My family has a history with cats. When I was little, our cat Agnes was scheduled to be spayed right after Christmas. On Christmas Eve, she went into heat, got out through the basement door, and got pregnant.
So I was nervous about Susu. Between traveling and work, it just hasn't been possible to schedule her for the operation. But she's getting close to six months old and I know we're in a race against her ovaries.
Happily the vet agreed to take her early and give her back to us Monday, minus ovaries. I took her down in a cab yesterday. She seemed to be her normal self again.
But there are some organizations working to popularize neutering and improve animal welfare. One of my favorites rehabilitates dogs off the street and gives them to good homes. They hang posters of available dogs at the vet's office. At the bottom of every poster are the words: "Our dogs are intended for dog lovers, and not to be used as doorbells or lawn decorations." Right on!