We decided to keep the stray cat that appeared at our door a few weeks ago. Part of being a responsible pet owner is getting them spayed or neutered. One of my friends told me about West Georgia Spay Neuter Clinic in Villa Rica, Georgia. It is about 35 miles away. When I called to make the appointment for Rosie, they told me to be there at 7:30 in the morning. So, yesterday, we got up earlier than we have in months to take the cat to the vet.
We put Rosie in a carrier on Sunday night. She didn’t like it, but after about five minutes she settled down and didn’t cry anymore all night long. It wasn’t until Fabgrandpa picked up the cage in the morning and took it outside that the cat just went crazy! She was screaming and clawing at the cage, trying to get out. As soon as we got her in the car though, that stopped. She did mew occasionally on the ride to The West Georgia Spay Neuter Clinic in Villa Rica.
I filled out the paperwork, and checked all the boxes for all the vaccines, including Feline Leukemia and Rabies. They said that if they found an open umbilical hernia they would fix that too. The girl said they would call if the Feline Leukemia blood test was positive, and if it was then we would have to decide if we wanted to euthanize right then, or take her home. Later in the day, she called to say the tests were negative, and they had done the surgery and everything was fine. They kept her overnight.
Today, we had to be at the clinic at 7:00 a.m. to pick her up. When we got there, I was givien a summary of what they had done, which included neutering a MALE cat! Yes, Rosie is a boy! I felt so stupid, but I have never had a cat before, and it was really difficult to tell. I thought it was a girl. So, instead of being named Rosemary, HE is Roosevelt, like Rosie Greer. They also did several blood tests, treated for worms and fleas, trimmed his nails, and gave us an engraved tag to put on a collar. The price for all of this was $154, which is relatively inexpensive since other vets in the area charge more.
Rosie is now going to live in the house. We got a bed for him, which he has already been using, and a litter box. I don’t know how to get him to use it, though. He is used to being outside and using the dirt driveway to do his deed. I decided to get the scooper and put some of the dirt from the place he has been using outside in the litter box. That made him at least walk up to it a couple of times and sniff it, but so far he hasn’t used it. If you have an suggestions, please let me know.
This could be a problem for me. He likes to sit on my lap, and gets up here every time I open up my laptop. I can’t work or type very well when trying to share the laptop with him. I finally got him to stay off of me long enough for me to write this post, so there is hope that he can be trained at least little bit.
Um. Yeah, right! LOL. Do you have a cat? Does it get on your lap when you are trying to use your computer?