Sorry for posting so late, friends. My parents and I have been trying to help my uncles with one of their kitties. My uncles are twins who live together, they have four kitties whom they love, they are not well off, and so they often need help. That's fine, and I won't dwell on that side of things.
The kitty in question is named Oleander, and he currently has a urinary obstruction. He is at our local emergency vet clinic, where he is hospitalized. Worrying about him has gotten me a bit off track. We'll get to our usual Thursday post in just a moment, but can we first please ask for some purrs and prayers for my uncles' kitty Oleander? A blocked tom is no joke, Oleander's renal values are a mess, and he's simply in need of lots of help, purrs, and prayers. Thank you all for your friendship and support!
So, happy Thursday! Let's get right to it with Angel Sammy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.
And one day he approached a new town looking for something to eat.
On the edge of that town he met a farmer,
Who greeted Pete with, "Howdy, partner!"
The two men exchanged greetings and names,
And then Pete looked around and did state,
"Could you point me in the direction of some food?
And, well, perhaps even just a tad bit of booze?"
He added, "Head to the saloon, which is north another two miles."
"Does this saloon have a lot to offer?" Pete couldn't help but ask.
He didn't mean to sound picky, but in truth he was just that.
The farmer said, "The saloon offers any food you might crave.
There's also drinks of all kinds, and a pretty lady name Maeve."
Pete liked the sound of that, he could not lie.
"Who, exactly, is this Maeve you mentioned?" was his reply.
"Maeve?" the farmer said. "She's a rare and gorgeous ginger.
Really, I've never seen another lady like her.
She greets everyone who shows up at the saloon,
And she always wears a ribbon in her hair, usually maroon."
After thanking the farmer, Pete headed north.
He had eaten nothing all day, and it was approaching four.
Pete looked forward to some food, a drink or two, and meeting this Maeve.
In truth, he thought that would certainly make his day.
With only two miles to go, the trip wouldn't take terribly long,
And soon Pete began hearing a piano's song.
Squinting ahead, he realized the noise came from none other than the saloon.
It was just up ahead, and Pete would happily be arriving at it soon.
When he stood at the base of the saloon's front steps,
A cat shot outside with a purr, a meow, and lots of pep.
"Hello, kitty," Pete said and gave it a scratch.
And then, scratching his own head, he stepped back.
The cat pranced around at his feet,
And as he watched it there was something he began to see.
The cat had long fur of orange, like fire.
Around its neck it wore a maroon ribbon as its attire.
Pete chuckled and then said, "Come on, kitty. Let's go inside."
The two entered the saloon together, the cat matching his stride.
Immediately, he was greeted by a man behind the bar.
Pete ordered a mountain of food, being hungry after traveling far.
The ginger cat sat on the stool beside Pete,
And he gave it another pet as it pranced its little feet.
Pete simply had to ask the man behind the bar, "What's this cat's name?"
"Oh," the man replied, "that's Maeve."
We'll see you tomorrow, friends!
For today's Spay/Neuter Awareness Month tip, we're discussing how it is important to be aware of your cat or dog's age and size, and to have them spayed or neutered at an appropriate, safe, effective time of their kittenhood or puppyhood. This is important, for one, because cats can potentially become pregnant as early as 4 or so months of age. Dogs fall not far behind that, with the potential for becoming pregnant at 5 or so months old. Should your kitten or puppy get loose, this means they could come back pregnant even at such a young age.
In addition, spaying or neutering your furbaby before they go through their first estrus or pregnancy will give them the best chance of remaining free from related health issues later in life, such as mammary cancer. Spaying or neutering before their first cycle can also help to potentially reduce the display of certain behaviors, such as spraying. Though certain such health or behavioral issues can still arise even if a furbaby is spayed or neutered, having this surgery performed before their first cycle can reduce the risk.
So, then, when should you have your cat or dog spayed or neutered? The short answer is to discuss this with your veterinarian. Ultimately, it depends on the individual animal's overall health and development. For typical, healthy kittens and puppies, the AVMA has endorsed spaying and neutering as early as two month of age, and/or when the kitten or puppy has reached two pounds. Many shelters and rescues follow this practice. Some veterinarians will prefer to wait a little longer, such as when the kitten or puppy has reached 3, 4, or even 5 months of age. Essentially, a veterinarian will best be able to determine when is the best time for your furbaby to be safely and effectively spayed or neutered, so of course discuss this with a professional.