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post #31 of 49
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You just taught me something and possibly others too
Thank you, I hope it helped. By the way, the spay/neuter vet here does 30 surgeries A DAY (I left that part out by mistake.)

We have 8 cats and 5 dogs in our house. None have ever had any problem with their shots or their sterilization surgeries. We've had a number of foster animals and quite a few others we've lost over the years (mostly to old age.) None has ever had a problem with the shots or surgeries. My sister has a dog that does react to the shots, but gets a shot of Benadryl just before and has no problems (he's a small Shih Tzu and they are notorious for this type of reaction.) When I was at the shelter I gave hundreds, if not thousands, of shots myself and I've given lots of insulin shots to a variety of diabetic cats, also with no problem. I know you will still worry (and I would expect you to if for no other reason than you care so much) but I also expect all will be just fine. I can only speak for myself, but I'm sure others agree with me, we are all here to give our support.

George
post #32 of 49
i just had my cat Li neutered at a few days shy of 5 months..he was FINE by the way, just groggery after the surgery and that's perfectly normal. might have waited the extra 4 weeks...but his behavior led me to believe that he was getting ready to mature sexually so i caught him before he could...

anywho!! just letting you know that no matter what age you do it at, the chances of an adverse reaction are rare. the longer you wait, the better the chance she'll go into heat, and she's going to become an expert escape artist...not to mention start calling...and being a bit of a pain.

we all love our pets, but if we hesitate to do what's good for them due to the slight risks, worse things can happen.

Imagine if you lived your entire life like that: you wouldn't even be able to go driving because you might get into an accident... in all honesty i can't think of anything we do in this life that doesn't involve a little risk.

so take a deep breath...let yourself know she'll be ok...and go get those shots and get Spica spayed by 6 months of age...

you'll be doing yourself and her a big favor and give yourself peace of mind.

{{hugs and a chin scratch to Spica}}
post #33 of 49
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Originally posted by CharmsDad
Thank you, I hope it helped. By the way, the spay/neuter vet here does 30 surgeries A DAY (I left that part out by mistake.)

We have 8 cats and 5 dogs in our house. None have ever had any problem with their shots or their sterilization surgeries.I know you will still worry (and I would expect you to if for no other reason than you care so much) but I also expect all will be just fine. I can only speak for myself, but I'm sure others agree with me, we are all here to give our support.

George
Welcome. 30!!!! Thats alot...
I'm glad everyone's here and I'm still gonna worry, but I know it's something that needs to be done. Definately her shots since I have other cats outside that she could get exposed to through me even with all the sterile precations I take.
post #34 of 49
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Originally posted by RaggieMom
the longer you wait, the better the chance she'll go into heat, and she's going to become an expert escape artist...not to mention start calling...and being a bit of a pain.

Imagine if you lived your entire life like that: you wouldn't even be able to go driving because you might get into an accident... in all honesty i can't think of anything we do in this life that doesn't involve a little risk.

so take a deep breath...let yourself know she'll be ok...and go get those shots and get Spica spayed by 6 months of age...
{{hugs and a chin scratch to Spica}}
Trust me she cant get out of my room and even if she did she'd have to figure out how to get out of the house....As for calling..I'm used to it. Grandma and my Aunts fat siamese meows everynight and she's fixed!!! She could never be more of a pain.

I already do live my life like that...I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and that's why I was so scared to take her even with all the good reasons.
{{Much purring and raising of neck for more scratches(she's spoiled)}}.
post #35 of 49
I have confidence in our vets and know they take the best care of our critters. Even though I've seen it so many times, and know the risk are extremely small, I have to admit I still worry a bit too. My wife just rolls her eyes and tells me I'm silly. (She's a physician and worries about her patients all the time, even though she takes excellent care of them, so she's not one to talk.)

I just realized the cat in your picture is a Torti. I have a special soft spot in my heart for them myself (three of ours are Tortis.)

George
post #36 of 49
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Originally posted by CharmsDad
I have confidence in our vets and know they take the best care of our critters. Even though I've seen it so many times, and know the risk are extremely small, I have to admit I still worry a bit too. My wife just rolls her eyes and tells me I'm silly. (She's a physician and worries about her patients all the time, even though she takes excellent care of them, so she's not one to talk.)

I just realized the cat in your picture is a Torti. I have a special soft spot in my heart for them myself (three of ours are Tortis.)

George
I'm afraid of doctors myself...sometimes I think my fear holds me back from totally trusting vets.

Spica is a tortie. She's longhaired and weird colored of a tortie.
Go here to see more photos if you want:
http://www.geocities.com/gothic_amethyst/Spica.html
post #37 of 49
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Go here to see more photos if you want:
What wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing them. Here are our kitties:
http://www.dogsled.net/our_kitties.htm

And here's the main site link (doggies and wolves too.)
http://www.dogsled.net

It's all a bit out of date, I've got lots of pictures and information to put up but have been very slack.

Our three Tortis:

Sheba: camped on our porch for several days begging to come in before we adopted her (that was 10 years ago.) She was 6 months old and already pregnant. We had her spayed anyway and she's a wonderful girl.

Charm: Spent 2 months at the animal shelter with no one looking at her. We were looking for a playmate for Harley, our latest kitty (our others were older and not as playful.) Charm had a magic touch on the other cats - that's how she got her name. She's the biggest lap cat of our bunch and keeps me company at the computer most of the time.

Kaybe: Spent 3 months at the animal shelter and her time was running out. I thought she was special from the day she came in and decided to take her home. She's a darling girl and spends much of her time sleeping at my feet.

I dearly love all of our cats, but I have to admit the Tortis have a special place in my heart.

George
post #38 of 49
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Originally posted by CharmsDad
What wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing them. Here are our kitties:
http://www.dogsled.net/our_kitties.htm

And here's the main site link (doggies and wolves too.)
http://www.dogsled.net

I dearly love all of our cats, but I have to admit the Tortis have a special place in my heart.

George
Welcome. I thought you'd like them since you like torties too. I need to take some new photos of her to post on my site. Those were last month.
You have several adorable kitties too! Sorry you've lost some. I have too it sucks.
Why torties? Although I have noticed my torties seem to be more friendly. Guess cause they know they're special
post #39 of 49
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Sorry you've lost some. I have too it sucks.
Yes, the losses are very sad. I've been around cats for most of my life so I've lost quite a few (I'm 48.) When my wife and I met (many years ago) I had two cats and a dog. She had never been around cats but immediately decided she was very much a cat person.

My first Torti was Sheba, the one that camped on our doorstep 10 years ago. Before that most had been Tabby cats, with an occasional solid or bi-colored one. She just has a special quality about her. Because of her I noticed the Tortis among the so many cats coming through the animal shelter and it seemed most of them were similarly special: friendly, sweet, affectionate, generally gentle, etc. I also noticed that few people actually look at them, usually selecting another type of cat. When people asked for specific personalities I regularly pointed them at a Torti, and believe I've won over quite a few to these wonderful girls (they're almost all girls - the gene for this color pattern is associated with the one for Calico - also all female. The Torti pattern is also called a type of Calico.)

George
post #40 of 49
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Originally posted by CharmsDad
Yes, the losses are very sad. I've been around cats for most of my life so I've lost quite a few (I'm 48.)

Because of her I noticed the Tortis among the so many cats coming through the animal shelter and it seemed most of them were similarly special: friendly, sweet, affectionate, generally gentle, etc. I also noticed that few people actually look at them, usually selecting another type of cat. When people asked for specific personalities I regularly pointed them at a Torti, and believe I've won over quite a few to these wonderful girls (they're almost all girls - the gene for this color pattern is associated with the one for Calico - also all female. The Torti pattern is also called a type of Calico.)

George
I hate to lose one. No matter the reason I blame myself. I could never be a vet because of that. It's ashame though cause I'm really great with animals. I just cant stand anymore death.

It;s weird how friendly they are. As for the sex, none of mine born ever were male. I always wanted one cause I know they are rare.
post #41 of 49
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I hate to lose one. No matter the reason I blame myself. I could never be a vet because of that.
That's always hard.

I volunteered at the local shelter for many years and filled in as Acting Director when we were between Directors (I was a Board member and on the Executive Committee.) I've made lots of difficult euthanasia decisions, and while it's never easy some are harder than others. Unfortunately there's just not enough space, or homes, for all the animals that come in the door. I also went through the training and have euthanized a number of animals. I felt strongly that I could not ask the staff members to perform this duty if I was not willing to do it myself. (By the way, I'm the only board member that ever went through this training.) I can tell you it is a VERY difficult and depressing task. The people that have to carry out this duty deeply love the animals in their care and do all they can for them.

George
post #42 of 49
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I dont see how you stayed sane doing that. I never could.
post #43 of 49
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Originally posted by Gothic_Amethyst
I dont see how you stayed sane doing that. I never could.
It was easily the most difficult part of the whole thing. We lived for the animals that got adopted and went home. Many times I helped someone find the right dog or cat and watched it go to a happy home, and went somewhere where no one could see and cried. I helped a friend find a dog, and later told her how if affected me. She cried too.

George
post #44 of 49
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The most cats I have had at one time was 32. They were all ferals/strays or kittens except 5 of mine. I 'tamed' them and gave them away. All the work I did with them made me connect with them very well. I always hated to have to give them away because it hurt so much. It was like giving away a child. I knew it had to be done though because I couldnt keep that many and I 'tamed' them so they could go to a home where they would be loved instead of captured and euthenized. I now have 4 I'm keeping, two 5-6 month kittens, two tortoises (one pregg), 1 long hair stray and her 1 kitten( about 1 month)a total of 10. I keep telling myself that once they are gone that's it. I know though that if another stray shows up hungry the whole proccess with start again.
post #45 of 49
32 cats at one time!!! You are a remarkable person.

I have my 8 cats but also the neighborhood stray "Mamma Cat" who goes to the vet on Wednesday to be spayed. Her latest 3 kittens will be 8 weeks old that day, and I'll be looking for homes for them. (Mamma Cat will most likely become one of our kitties.) Her last litter of 4 all were very sad. One of our dogs (Shannon) killed the two girls (she didn't consider them part of her family - she's fine with our 8 cats!) and the two boys disapeared at about 12 weeks (driven off by mamma or local male?) I believe there was another in the latest litter which may also have been killed by one of our dogs. Now our Queen dog (Hope) appears to have decided these cats are part of our family (still not sure!) If Hope decides they're OK then all the dogs will accept them (or Hope will put the dog in line!) We've never had an issue when I've gone through a proper introduction, so if Mamma Cat's lab tests are OK I'll bring them all in.

This is Hope and our youngest cat, June Bug.


George
post #46 of 49
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Originally posted by CharmsDad
[b]32 cats at one time!!! You are a remarkable person.
Her last litter of 4 all were very sad. One of our dogs (Shannon) killed the two girls.....and the two boys disapeared at about 12 weeks
This is Hope and our youngest cat, June Bug.
Lol...thanks, but what makes you think I'm remarkable? I just took them in cause I didnt want to see them starve or be caught and taken to the pound like my grandmother wanted.
I have lost several too. Kittens that were sick but too young to be helped by a vet and adults that have diseapeared. I live next to a paylake, so who knows. Losing them is the hardest part...especially finding them. I'm not sure if I could've kept the dogs after that.
June Bug is cute! Who doesnt like black and white.
post #47 of 49
I haven't waded through all the posts here but I was just wondering, if Spica has had her shots yet?
post #48 of 49
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Originally posted by WellingtonCats
I haven't waded through all the posts here but I was just wondering, if Spica has had her shots yet?
No not yet. Spicas teething and not feeling good. I wanted to wait until she felt better since the shots will make her feel bad too. I plan to get her shots and fixed soon. I'll let you all know when I do. Promise.
post #49 of 49
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but what makes you think I'm remarkable?
Looking after 32 cats at once, caring for them all, and finding homes. That's pretty remarkable.

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June Bug is cute! Who doesnt like black and white.
Thanks, she's a special little girl. She was an underaged, undersized little thing at the shelter when my wife saw her there. She decided this little girl just had to come home. She's two now and still a runt, but a happy and healthy girl.

Here's another, more recent, picture of her with Hope and Charm:


George
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