We have a cat and two dogs. The cat is new, and was brought into the house as a kitten, and now it thinks it is a dog. At least, it hangs around with the dogs and is not bothered by their dog-ness. The cat still uses the litter box, so that’s cool.
The dogs are trying to hump the cat lately. We think the cat has just matured enough to enter its first estrus cycle. What am I doing with an un-spayed cat, you ask? I ask that myself, as we paid $250 for the procedure to have the cat fixed.
Why did you spend $250 on a procedure that should cost, at most, $80? I asked my wife the same question. She couldn’t answer, but here is her version of the events:
We paid $50 as a deposit on the cat’s spaying. We were given a coupon for the service to be done at the Riverside Cat Hospital. My wife took the cat there expecting to pay no more than an additional $50 beyond the deposit. However, after the procedure, she was presented a bill for $289. They also requested we bring the cat back for follow-up procedures.
Why would your cat still have an estrus cycle after a costly procedure like that? I can only assume those dumb-ass veterinarians tied the cat’s tubes, rather than remove the ovaries. Can you not just imagine the joy the vets feel, preserving the cat’s hormonal balance while still preventing over-population. For a service like that, of course you charge far more than one would charge for a simple spaying.
What makes this so deliciously painful is that it’s not even the first time something like this has happened to us in regards to cats. But that will have to wait for another blog post.