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RE: Slugger

Kitty: You listen to the rest of us talk at length about our children so
we're always happy to hear about your babies, too! Glad to hear you've
got such a good guy for a vet. Our small town vet and his assistant have
taken it upon themselves to capture and neuter as many of our large
colony of feral cats as they can...a community service project of sorts.
They try very hard to place them afterwards and if no luck, off to the
local no kill shelter they go. As a farm community we unfortunately have
lots of strays who reproduce more like bunnies than cats. :-)

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Tue 02/24, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 19:22:45 -0500
Subject: [CHAT] Slugger

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

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