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I don't remember if they gave her a hysterectomy or not.
If she had pyo, it was the only way to save her. All female animals not purebred and intended for breeding should be spayed for their own safely.
"They can not ask for kindness, or for mercy plead. Yet cruel is our blindness, which does not see their need. World-over, town or city, God trusts us with this task; To give our love and pity to those who can not ask." Unknown
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Do you consider women who get hysterectomies "mutilated?"

Only if the hysterectomy is performed for no good medical reason. They used to be performed as a matter of course. In those instances, where there is no indication of disease, yes, it's mutilation.

I see.
Unspayed animals are prone to pyometra, a deadly infection and breast cancer.

This I didn't know. I have had several cats in my long life, but all came spayed or neutered. Tania ... dangerous proposition bringing her to the vet for her check ups and shots, so I do it only when required.

Veterinarians are well equipped to handle "difficult" cats. You should have been advised of the dangers of not spaying
Thanks for the info! Now, if I can figure out how this poor cat is going to eat and drink ... antibiotics, also pre-measured in syringes. All tis is doable, but 14 days in that cone seems like a dangerous proposition.

I agree. I also don't know why they didn't use internal sutures and skin glue. Once this is over with your cat will feel much better. You have no idea how long the infection was festering before you saw the discharge. Good luck with her and keep coming back here and learning about cat care. I've had cats most of my long life and I'm still learning. :-)
"They can not ask for kindness, or for mercy plead. Yet cruel is our blindness, which does not see their need. World-over, town or city, God trusts us with this task; To give our love and pity to those who can not ask." Unknown
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The only thing in looking at the picture of the cone she has - does it flex at all? It almost looks solid.

It was solid. No flex at all. With the Pro Collar, she was able to climb stairs, and even get into her basket and her slumber ball.

Bob
What do you do when the male cats come around and she detects them, and goes into her mating drives?

We live on a yacht. The only animal which has come on deck has been a raccoon. In the 13 years I have had Tania, I have never had a problem. She never tore anything up, except for me a few times. Bob

On a boat may be the only way to keep unfixed female cats from going crazy over the tomcats. You've solved the problem. I just hope she doesn't get sea sick, as cats seem to when they get with you in the car.

Mark
Hi All: This has been a terrible two days for Tania, my 13 year old feral female Main Coon, and ... to wear this for 14 days, then return to the hospital to have the stitches removed. Any ideas??? TIA Bob

Yes..Take it off and watch her eat and drink a couple of times a day, and then, put it back on..
Get a small or extra small inflatable ProCollar - about $15.

Went to Petco, and bought the "small" Pro Collar as the extra small looked way too small. It was $28.00 ... the stairs, and even got up onto her slumber ball in the Pilot House. Doesn't that look more comfortable???

You don't have to inflate the Pro Collar all the way- about half way is good enough. She still won't be able to get at her stiches and it'll be much more comfortable for her. If you inflate it only about half way, the Pro Collar will be also act like a soft pillow when she sleeps.
You'll know how to position the bowls by how far she can bend her neck.

Well, she can now reach her bowls which I elevated to the height of the doughnut thickness. She doesn't seem ... hospital? I mean, that place is not cheap. $2300.00 + the take home meds, and you get a plastic cone.

Spay surgeries are usually more expensive if the cat has pyometra. The surgery is much more dangerous and takes longer because the surgeon has to be very careful not to rupture the uterus while he's removing it. Plus emergencies are always more expensive than a scheduled procedure. VERG is expensive but its a good hospital. I know the place. For a high-risk surgery such as Tania's, you went to the right place.

I hope you've learned something from this experience and you'll get your future cats spayed and neutered. Its not only about preventing pregnancies- its about saving your cats' lives. You were very lucky this time. Next time you might not be so lucky.
Good luck,
Phil
.. VERG is expensive but its a good hospital. I know the place. For a high-risk surgery such as Tania's, you went to the right place.

I was very impressed with the professionalism and kindness of the staff. Very up front about diagnosis, treatment, and cost. They are available 24/7 365 days a year. Tania was admitted on Christmas eve, and operated on Christmas day. The discharge interview was thorough, as was the discharge report:
http://picasaweb.google.com/richard.robert/TaniaCone#5420319157150340514
I hope you've learned something from this experience and you'll get your future cats spayed and neutered.

I think Tania is going to be my last animal companion. I am 62, and I don't believe it's fair for a pet to outlive it's person. Despite what has happened here, my animals are well loved and cared for, they are family to me, not "pets". The answer is yes, IF I have the pleasure of another cat in my life, he/she will be "fixed" as soon as they move in.

Thanks for the help, education, and support you folks have given me during this very difficult time. In many ways, this has been harder than the hard times I have had with my children.
Bob
I just hope she doesn't get sea sick, as cats seem to when they get with you in the car.

No. Tania is a real NautiCat. She was perfectly fine during my longest cruise from the San Juan Islands of Washington State to NYC. A 12 month cruise down the Pacific, across the Gulf, and up the Atlantic, which saw very heavy seas at times. Seasickness in humans is genetic, it must be in cats as well. The Tan and I must have the non-seasick gene, motion doesn't bother either of us. Good thing, as even here at the dock we can rock a lot at times of heavy wind.
Bob
No. Tania is a real NautiCat. She was perfectly fine during my longest cruise from the San Juan Islands of ... of us. Good thing, as even here at the dock we can rock a lot at times of heavy wind.

Where are you docked now?

"They can not ask for kindness, or for mercy plead. Yet cruel is our blindness, which does not see their need. World-over, town or city, God trusts us with this task; To give our love and pity to those who can not ask." Unknown
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