I've mentioned Slugger a few times - he's the tough tomcat that rules the
neighborhood who decided to spend the winter with us. He often sleeps in my
chair in the family room most of the day and heads out at night to see who
he can beat up. He's become very friendly and will curl up in my lap....to
the consternation of Mick who absolutely hates his guts.
I had told my vet that I don't want another cat but that I'd like to neuter
him if I could get him to let me pick him up. He said to bring him in
anytime. Same day service. However, after joining the ranks of the UnE, I
called to see if anything else would be required. The total came to $170,
so I've let it slide. He won't let me pick him up anyway.
Well, Slugger suddenly became very ill; limp as a ragdoll. So I slid him
into the carrier with nary a struggle and hauled him off to see Uncle Hugh.
Apparently he had some celulitis happening in his leg and a scratch in a
delicate area. Dr. said he wasn't all that ill and could be neutered and
started in about the Feluk and FIV tests. He doesn't want to neuter a cat
just to then let it run around spreading disease. I explained why I
couldn't manage that and he just said, "Oh, we'll just do it for free then!"
I protested, but he insisted. He also lowered the rate on the castration a
bit from what I was quoted AND didn't charge me for antibiotic injection.
So Slugger got neutered, treatment for wounds, and vaccinations for
Rabies/Dist/Calci/Rhino-TR, tested for Feluk and FIV ( both negative! ) for
all of $83.
I hate to ask for reduced rates, but I just can't spend $200 on another cat.
However, between the doctor and myself I feel we're both doing our share for
a stray that needs help and for the community to prevent the spread of
disease and also to tame the neighborhood bully - eventually MUCH
appreciated by the other cats.
So that's the update on Slugger, if anyone was interested.
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