February has been a beautiful month for me. Very little cat-drama, lots of adoptions and I've been coasting through feeling organized and and content. It's been blissful having NO sick cats. But I've had one odd situation that has come up this month....
The rescue has had FOUR cats....FOUR....that have gone into heat after supposedly having spay surgery. I've been doing cat rescue for many years. I feel like there's very little a vet could tell me about feline behaviour that I didn't know (silly me!). In all my years, I've never had this happen and it's happened FOUR times....in a MONTH!
One of our cats was spayed and adopted. The adopter contacts me and says, "I think she's in heat." I respond confidently, "Not possible!" These awesome adopters send me a video of the cat who is obviously in heat! (Think porn star behaviour) The vet who did the spay surgery is a friggin' quack - a vet we don't use any longer, so I took her to our A++ vet, who declares the cat in heat and opens her up to find that the stupid FIRST vet leaves BOTH ovaries!!! ARGH!!!! This poor cat had TWO spay surgeries - not one. If you're interested in knowing which vet botched this surgery and live locally, please email me and I'll be happy to tell you.
We've had three more "spayed" cats who have gone into heat - different vets performing the spay surgeries - cats who apparently were already spayed when we rescued them!! These cats didn't just go into heat - they were pee'ing on things too! (double *ugh*) Apparently, if a tiny piece of ovary drops into the abdomen during surgery, the ovary will attach itself to the abdominal wall and try to "reinvent" itself. Mother nature at her best!
How could I be doing this for 15+ years and have never had this happen before? Crazy!
David and I were talking about it and wondering if the proliferation of spay/neuter clinics that have popped up have caused assembly-line-like surgeries where veterinarians are not as careful as they should be?
Sadly, I'm very aware that this might be the reason these cats who were "already spayed" were dumped at the shelter. Howling and peeing around the house - and the dimwits figured it was behavioural and didn't bother to go back to the vet.
I was back at the shelter today rescuing a sweet little girl and delivering her to her foster home. She was already spayed.....but now I'm suspicious. ;)