(Poster stolen from The Humane Society)
Sparky, my kindergartener, brought a proposal to me this morning. She's alarmed at the difficulty we've had getting the first young outside cat, Buckeye, spayed. Buckeye has developed an infection at the point of incision and is on antibiotics for ten days, and she's wearing a cone on her neck to keep her from licking her wound. It's been stressful for all of us (especially Buckeye), and the girls and Daddy are railing against the idea that two more outside cats must be spayed.
But they haven't accepted the true choice: spayed or euthanized. We CAN'T have more kittens; it's ridiculous and grossly expensive to take care of a yard full of cats as it is, especially when you consider that people will forever drive by and dump more cats on us. But this is the third cat on a 10-day round of antibiotics since Christmas, and the prospect of two more cats in queue makes all of us a little queasy. And that's just the females!
So here's how Sparky presented her plan.
"Mommy, Smedley and I have come up with a plan to keep Green Eyes from having kittens. Here's how it works:
1. Keep away from males.
2. Eat lots of fruit.
3. Eat lots of grass.
4. Keep away from other cats.
That way, Green Eyes won't have kittens. Okay Mommy?"
Now why didn't I think of that? Maybe we should spread the word to a certain unmarried unemployed bankrupt* California woman who is prone to litters.
Please spay and neuter your spouses pets. The Humane Society's Spay and Neuter Day 2009 is February 24th.
*I am retracting the word bankrupt because of a reader suggestion that it was out of line. She's absolutely right and I'm leaving it here so that the comments make sense, but I shot my mouth off and I'm sorry about that.