Well, what a day we had last week! Generally our days are taken up with eating, sleeping, playing, scratching wallpaper, playing some more, scratching furniture, eating and sleeping some more, taking washing off the clothes horse, and any other mischief we can get our paws on. But last Tuesday, it was a big day for us. Turns out we were old enough to be castrated. We weren’t really sure what to expect, but we needn’t have worried at all.
The biggest problem for us was that we weren’t allowed any breakfast that morning. No matter how loud we cried, and scratched Kerry’s legs, she didn’t give in. Apparently if we had eaten breakfast, there would have been a risk of us vomiting under the anaesthetic, which can be very dangerous. When we got to the surgery, we were put in a kennel together, so we could cuddle up together, and we had a nice warm comfy bed, and a blanket to hide under if we wanted to – although we spent most of the time at the front of the kennel seeing what was going on. That way we got more attention from the nurses! The nurses were all very kind, and did give us plenty of fuss and cuddles.
About 11am, one at a time, we were taken out of our kennels and given an injection of anaesthetic. One of us was very brave – Bear – but one of us did cry a little bit – Teddy – (but that got me an extra cuddle!). The next thing we knew, we were waking up in our warm comfy kennel. We didn’t feel any pain at all – Kerry said that was because of the pain relief we had been given. Kerry also told us that while we were under anaesthetic, we had a microchip implanted. This means that if we ever went missing, or got injured when we’re out and about, we could always be traced back to Kerry. The way it works is that if we were found and taken to any vets, or the RSPCA, or Cat’s Protection, they would scan us, find the chip number, and then be able to get in touch with Kerry through the national microchip database. Sounds like a very good idea to us!
When we got home, we were still a bit sleepy – but that didn’t stop us wanting food! Kerry only gave us a small amount to start with – which we weren’t impressed about, but she said she wanted to make sure we weren’t going to be sick. As we weren’t sick, later that evening, she gave us a bit more. The other thing we have been told, is that now we have been castrated, our metabolic rate will slow down – which basically means we need less food. That doesn’t sound like good news to us, but it’s better in the long run, as if we get fat, we will be at much more risk of many health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis.
Well that was our big day – off to find something else to chew or scratch now!