Aside from the Kitten on string case , this is another one that I’m following closely on Dawn’s blog. The poor female cat in this case has severe pyometra.
“Pyometra is a disease mainly of middle-aged female cats that have not been spayed. In the past, we thought pyometra was simply a uterine infection, but today, we know that it is a hormonal abnormality, and a secondary bacterial infection may or may not be present. Pyometra follows a heat cycle in which fertilization did not occur. Typically, within two to four months after the cycle, the female starts showing signs of the disease.”
It’s not just female cats who benefit from losing mojo, mojo-less boys get a better life too.
Plus, remember: Singapore’s SPCA has a more than 90% kill-rate. Do we really want more unwanted kittens on Singapore’s streets? Be responsible and sterilise, it’s the least you can do as a cat-parent.
If you still need convincing, check out this list of articles explaining sterilisation and why cats should be sterilised.
Also, realise that YOU, cat parent, do need to know a bit about the basics of your cat and how to care for her. Don’t feed her junk, and know the difference between your cat being sick and being abused. Fancy that the family assumed their cat was abused because she’s not well. Yes, she was abused, but sadly the abuse inflicted on her was done by the very people who are supposed to care for and love her.
Here’s the story of the Singapore “pet” cat afflicted with pyometra as blogged by Dawn, (emphasis mine):
“The cat looked pretty sick, had not groomed herself as Rebecca pointed out to the woman and had no appetite according to the woman. She also said the cat had miscarried and had been bleeding though that seems to have stopped somewhat. The front right paw also seemed to be injured.We offered to bring the cat down but she said she did have transport. She asked for the name of the vet and said she would go with her husband tonight. They had never been to a vet before and she said she would get it sterilised since she was there. “
“Here’s the sandtray we saw outside the flat in the case with the two cats that may have been abused. The family insists their cats do not run far.We tried to tell them that it is best to keep the cats indoors and not let them out.“
“The woman said that when her husband came home and they spoke about it, her husband said that there was no need to bring the cat to the vet. The woman claims that the cat is well and is now walking up and down the stairs. She also said it had stopped bleeding a while ago.I explained that the cat might have internal injuries that could not be seen, especially as the cat may have been beaten, and that I strongly advised her to take the cat to the vet. She said that she would monitor the situation and get her domestic help to force feed the cat some more. I somehow don’t think she will take the cat to the vet. “
“The door is now closed and the front room where the cat was lying in is empty – the cat cannot be seen from the outside so we can’t tell if the cat really is better and walking around.”
“The woman said her husband is against her sending the cat in because if the cat dies, then it’ll be a waste of money.The caregiver told her that if the cat dies, then she’ll feel guilty for not doing anything, to which she agreed.”
“Here’s the sick cat at the vet. She has pretty bad pyometra and the vet doesn’t think it’s connected to abuse. More likely it just has to do with the fact that she is unsterilised. The poor cat was dripping discharge out of her rear end.The vet says she is very skinny and is likely to die if operated on right now. The teenage daughter who came with me to the vet (who seems like a pretty nice girl) was told to bring the cat home and fatten her up, give her antibiotics and see if she can recover. If the cat recovers, she goes for surgery – without which she will most probably die.The vet told the girl that the cat has to be sterilised or it will reoccur.
The girl said she will go home and speak to the mother. It’s a good thing that they are considering sterilisation – she said that in the past, they had too many cats when they mated, and so they dumped some.”
“She said the operation was expensive (it’s around $500) and I asked if they had financial problems. She said ‘quite’ and asked if we could pay for the operation.I told her in general that we don’t usually help out with home cats. I did say though that if finances were an issue, and they could send us their income documents we would see what we can do.
On the way home yesterday, the daughter had told me her father was a technical engineer and her mother an accountant. Of course they may indeed have other financial constraints that we are not aware of – and if that’s the case, then we can try our best to help out. If it’s because they don’t WANT to spend the money though that’ a different issue.”