Neighbours complaining, strays gathering outside my door and sleepless nights.
These are the thoughts that crossed my mind when I think about having a little cat in heat at home, yelling her lungs out in the middle of the night.
Needless to say, I promptly arranged for Boo-Boo’s spay to be done as soon as possible. Now, it might seem that I am only doing this for me, and not in the best interest of Boo Boo. Research has shown that spaying a dog or cat before their first heat prevents mammary tumors in over 99% of all dogs and 95% of cats. This reason alone should motivate all pet owners to get their beloved pets spayed as soon as possible.
Boo-Boo’s spay went by uneventfully, and she came home energetic and resisting her Elizabethan collar with all her might. This hungry kitten was devoid of food 12 hours prior to her surgery and was not allowed to eat until the morning after her surgery. The next morning, she ravaged through her breakfast, eating not only her share but Pilo’s.
There were moments over the next 12 days that I gave in and took her off her Elizabethan collar. However, to avoid complications which will definitely include her wearing the Elizabethan collar for a much longer time, I promptly put her Elizabethan collar back on Boo-Boo.
Boo-Boo rocked her Elizabethan collar, showing it off by being the best lamp I have ever seen. She came off the cone on day 12, and (fingers crossed) she’s as good as new!