Female cats, and why it is necessary to get them spayed

I can’t believe I’m writing about cats at the one year anniversary of Shasta’s passing. I’ve said it over and over, I’m a dog person, always have been. I’m terribly allergic to cats, and having Princess in the house (most of the time), has been an interesting adventure. She’s a sweetheart, and I should be buying stock in Zyrtec.

Princess is “on the Prowl,” and I’m tired

Ah Princess…poor thing has been “on the prowl” (she’s in season), for the past month or so. She will be two in September, and has never had a litter. It’s not for a lack of trying on her part. The males are just not interested. She does her “come hither” dance, but the males just walk away. That’s ok with me, but it’s not a good thing for her.

Unfortunately, while she’s doing her “dance,” she meows like she’s being murdered, and she has literally given a new meaning to climbing the walls. Seriously, the cat has tried to climb the walls. While she was going through all of this, the Mr and I were as well. We refused to let her out of the house, so we’ve experienced her “prowls,” right along with her.

I had no idea that this is a 4-5 day ordeal, that repeats itself every 2 weeks. Yep, every 2 weeks, until she mates. And, since she is apparently unable to mate, the cycle continues. We are tired, and we know she is as well.

So enough about Princess, here’s the deal on why you need to spay/neuter your female (and male) cats.

Why you should spay/neuter your cats

Did you know that female cats are always in season? Yes, always. Unlike dogs that might go into season once or twice a year, the females are always in season. Theoretically, they could have a litter of kittens every 62 days. Can you imagine? Sadly, it happens. When we don’t spay or neuter our cats (and we can’t let dogs off the hook either), we are allowing the cat population to grow unfettered. Not good. Never mind the risk of cancer, rabies, and other diseases that happen when we don’t spay/neuter our animals, letting them have litter upon litter is just not a good thing. We’ve all seen the television commercials and the news stories — shelters and rescue facilities are over-crowded. More cats (and dogs) are being euthanized every day as there are just too many of them. I understand it, but it breaks my heart.

For the responsible pet owner, I understand how costly it is to take your animals to the vet to have them spayed or neutered. Sadly, it’s not the responsible folks that allow cats (and dogs) to constantly breed.

So I did a bit of research (thanks to Petco) and imagine my surprise, when I found a low-cost clinic in my town.

Low cost spay and neutering, who knew

Last Thursday, I stopped into the Animal Spay and Neuter clinic in Auburn, for the first time. It is a fabulous, low-cost, spay and neuter facility in town. I was curious, since we run up hefty vet bills when we take the farm cats (and our dogs) in to be spayed/neutered. I was wondering just how reasonable they could be.

I spoke with Michelle at the front desk, and wow, did I get an education on cats! I also learned how reasonable the fee’s actually were (and wished I had known about them earlier).

Michelle explained in detail how cat’s are always in season (and it only gets worse with age) and the increased health risk when you leave a cat unaltered. Feline Leukemia is apparently a rather nasty illness. She was surprised at Princess’ inability to mate (we’re thinking genetics may play a part in this, since Princess is white, and came from a litter of Tabby’s and Calico’s), and she was truly sympathetic when I told her how tired we were.

As for the fees: for $30 dollars, they will spay your female. It’s $25 for males. For an extra $27, you can also get the proper shots (Rabies, Leukemia and a vaccine for three different illnesses that are common with cats). Seriously, $57 for the whole enchilada? Sold.

If you can’t afford these fee’s, they have a special program “Mission Possible,” funded by the ASPCA, and the Petco Foundation, that helps a person get their animals spayed or neutered for little to no cost.

The clinic does not accept debit or credit cards, just cash. This keeps their overhead down and allows them to offer the best services at a reasonable cost. They also have flea/tick and other medicines at a low cost. This is awesome, since these medications can be costly, and Auburn is full of senior citizens (I noticed a few seniors waiting for their animals).

I’m willing to bet, most cities have a clinic like this. Check with your Animal Shelter or even Petco. They (Petco) recommended the clinic to me. They also have a program where you can add a few dollars at the register which in turn helps fund low-cost spay and neuter clinics, and provides food and medicines for animals in shelters and foster care. I think it’s a great program (and other stores may have this as well).

FYI… I’m not an affiliate or employee of Petco, I just like what they do. (I also shop at other stores.)

No more “prowl” for Princess

Tomorrow (Tuesday), Princess is going in for a “little” work. She’ll be confined to the house (again), but this time, it will be for recuperating. Interestingly, she won’t need the “cone of shame,” and for all intent and purposes, she’ll be fine in a few days.

Maybe now, we’ll all get some well needed sleep.

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