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My bad.

Lyra is in heat. She weighs only about 4 lbs, and she is still a kid-- but she was born in August, so it is about time. She has spent the last 3 days with her rear in the air, singing and shouting. Luckily we live on the second floor, and there is no way she can get out. We do not need her knocked up when she is the human equivalent of a 12 year old.

But I feel so bad for her-- and the noise is appalling.

If she were a dog we would have a six month reprive, but cats don't work that way. (Really cat reproduction is so weird! Their ovulation is triggered by sex-- stupid arrangement, seems to me.)

I am calling around to see how to get it done quickly, and decently, without spending too much.

Yodel and Hazel are quite puzzled.

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provencepuss
Feb. 24th, 2013 09:18 am (UTC)
i'm breathing a sigh of relief here because I was beginning to wonder of Minnie was on heat - but she hasn't behaved like that so I guess we are all clear.
Can you get Lyra to swallow the Pill? that would at least give you some peace of mind
donnaimmaculata
Feb. 24th, 2013 09:34 am (UTC)
Oh, the poor little darling. I like how confused Yodel and Hazel are, though. I can imagine the expression on their faces and how they carefully slink closer to sniff Lyra to check what's going on there.
anteros_lmc
Feb. 24th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! I don't know who I feel more sorry for, you guys, Yodel and Hazel or poor wee Lyra! I hope you can get her fixed up without too much trouble and expense.
ba1126
Feb. 24th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Our local Animal Rescue League shelter will do spaying, and I think the cost is less than most vets. You can check out any similar place near you. I'd imagine they may have to wait until she is no longer in heat, but not being that familiar with cats, YMMV. I CAN empathize with the noise, as growing up I remember being woken by alley cats 'singing' for lovers!!
eglantine_br
Feb. 24th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
I think I have found something like that. Lowers th price from 600 at our usual vet, to just about 100.

I just have to get shot records from her former people first.

This morning is quieter. maybe she is coming out of it. Maybe her voice is just gone...
ba1126
Feb. 24th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
YAY for less money, and YAY for quieter!! Boston (where I grew up) used to have a HUGE homeless cat population, but the spaying of strays brought to the Animal Rescue League has made a huge difference.
veronica_rich
Feb. 24th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
$600 FOR A SPAYING? HOLY SHIT.
ba1126
Feb. 24th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
I know!! I think that's more than having one's own tubes tied!!
veronica_rich
Feb. 24th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Well, close, probably - my hysterectomy was around $30,000, but that feels about equivalent to $600 for a cat. LOL
eglantine_br
Feb. 24th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Yes-- it is stunning. My vet usually lets me make payments, but I hate doing that. Everything here costs more. And I am in Brooklyn. Manhattan is worse.
veronica_rich
Feb. 24th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
When I had Sylvester neutered at the old country vet's in 1997, it cost me $43 - and that included the drugs and overnight stay.
vespican
Feb. 24th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
I remember that a few years ago, some automotive columnist described the typical new sporty car as resembling a cat in heat.
Dave
eglantine_br
Feb. 24th, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
If a car sounded like Lyra I would worry. She has a trill and a squeak!
nodbear
Feb. 25th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
Hope you are all relieved soon - with lyra possibly a little worse for wear for a day or two - I remember Sophie cooming home from the vets quite bouncy but still wobbly from the anasthetic and nesarly falling off the back of the sofa.
vespican
Feb. 25th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
Years ago, friends of mine took their dog to the vet. Poor hound was sedated for whatever treatment he was undergoing. When they got him home, he got out of the car, hunched over to go #2, and promptly fell over sideways.
Dave
eglantine_br
Feb. 26th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
I have not been able to get the surgery yet. But she is better today. They do come back from spay quite quickly. Animals are stoic. (Well animals and Archie!) When i got my tummy unzipped years ago I lost my bounce for some time!

Edited at 2013-02-26 12:55 am (UTC)
eglantine_br
Feb. 26th, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Your comment reply ended up under Dave. Oh dear-- everything is going in the wrong place-- sorry guys!

Edited at 2013-02-26 12:57 am (UTC)
vespican
Feb. 25th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
I think the guy was comparing the posture, rear end up, etc, to the cars' raised rear ends and lowered front ends. (Somewhat evident in the icon on Veronica's comments.
Dave
PS: We still don't know if the bird is "he" or "she."
eglantine_br
Feb. 26th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
Ah-- that makes much more sense! If it is a girl will she not eventually lay eggs? If not I guess assume boy. Some birds you can tell, chickens for an example.
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