In addition to Babette, my household has three cats in it: Nico, a one-year old rescue kitten I adopted from Smitten With Kittens last August, and Grendel (a calico) and Shez (a Siamese), two ten-year-old female cats. Grendel was also a rescue from a pet hoarder, adopted after it became clear that kitten-Shez really, really, really needed someone to focus on for attention other than the humans in her life.
It is both amazing and gratifying how quickly cats can recovery from surgery. And also a little bit daunting, as I’ve been reminded by Babette in the past few days.
There are, apparently, different approaches to giving cats pain medication after a routine surgery like spaying. One school of thought advocates for them (as a previous vet of mine said, “If I’d had my uterus removed, I’d definitely want something to take the edge off!”). Another argues that cats recuperate with extreme rapidity and often act as if they haven’t been injured, so feeling some pain slows them down and prevents re-injury. I generally favor pain medication, but Babette wasn’t sent home with any. It soon became clear that, in her case, this was definitely the best decision.
Yesterday, Babette got spayed. With my adopted cats, de-sexing them has either been a necessary obligation or something that occurred before the adoption took place. Whichever way it happened, it required little effort and less thought; it was just a routine part of being a responsible pet owner. Babette’s situation, however, is different. When I first took her in to foster, she was almost immobilized by a bad case of rickets.
Our Amazing Fosters
Written by the fosters who open their homes and hearts to our rescue babies, and act as the bridge between their old existence and their brand new lives!