Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Now "she" is an "it"!

My little girly kitty cat Bella is now no longer a girl--she's an "it".

We dropped her off at the vet yesterday to have her spayed. We also had her declawed in the front. Before anyone goes off on me for the front declaw--yes, I get it that some people think it's torture, cruel and unusual punishment, etc...but with as much of a cat person as Mrs. jtj3 is (side note, I've decided that is now her official name...uh, "her" being the wife and not the cat), we looked into it and decided it was the best, safest choice for us.

Anyway...so we picked her up today. She's still very groggy, and she looks like she's got an owwy belly and paws ("owwy" being a technical term (C; ), but I'm sure in another day or two she'll be back to normal.

We were both kind of sweating it out--this is routine surgery that usually goes without a hitch, but you never know. Thank goodness all is well.

I'm off to take care of her and give her some cuddlin'. More later...

5 Comments:

La Chanson de Phoenix said...

I won't go 'off' on you, but I wonder if you realized that they actually remove the part of each 'finger' from the top knuckle up to 'declaw'. That's probably what most people get upset about.. it's an amputation of sorts. But most cats recover fine and live normal lives without resentment. Poor Bella's belly... awh.

Jim Jones said...

Sue, I hear ya. We've had it done on other cats and, as you say, they recover and they don't resent us...much...other than the normal resent and disdain cats show for us humans. (C:

Good news is she's much better today after a good night of sleep.

Daniel said...

When we got our new little cat, Tyler, he was very small and was already "fixed". It seemed like it was a little early, but he seems fine. We may also have him declawed someday. We did it to our late Bella and we didn't like it but it was either him or our furniture that had to go. Frankly it sounds painful when some describe the procedure, but he was up and jumping around less than 24 hours after the surgery. I won't give you all of the positives that came out of it, but we were all happier.

As for Tyler, our new guy, we would like to avoid the declawing but if he keeps up the sharpening thing and nothing seems to stop him, he may get to go through the procedure as well!

As for your Bella, becoming a female without the vital organs is no fun but she will be fine in no time!

Jim Jones said...

Daniel that's cool that Tyler was already fixed...reduces the stress level and the cost! And even with the declaw, Bella is up and walking about today, almost like nothing happened. They bounce back well at that age I guess.

From what I hear, there's no downside to spaying unless you're going to breed the cat--something we have no interest in doing at all...

Jim

Daniel said...

Yea, I honestly think declawing is not that big of a deal for a cat in many or most cases. Another interesting decision was when we got our dog, a blue heeler. With blue heelers, they usually "bob" (cut) the tails of the pups. I am glad that they did not do that to ours. In the field there is a very good reason for cutting their tails off (they are not mistaken by cattle for coyotes or wolves that way), but since ours is not out working with cattle or being shown, she gets to keep the tail and lose the reproductive organs. Sorry, but I thought it was a good trade-off for us and her! :)