The day Sayuri got fixed

Sayuri and her "nanny"
Sayuri and her “nanny”

We finally brought our cat to the vet last Friday to get her fixed.
It was no easy feat: she shrieked and wailed — her meows sounded between pleading for us to let her out of the carrier and then changing to growls full of hatred and desperation. In the cab, she rattled the carrier, intending to escape. In the front seat, the cab driver was trying not to laugh, amused on how my husband and I pleaded for her to stop.

We took advantage of the Neutering program being run by a local animal foundation we admire, Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) Welfare Philippines. CARA was formed in the year 2000 by a dedicated group of animal lovers determined to help the plight of animals in the Philippines. It is a non-profit, non-government organization that receives no government funding and subsists solely on private donations. (SOURCE) We have been following this group on Facebook and have profound respect for its welfare programs, particularly on strays which it rescues from some of Manila’s harshest streets. We would have loved to adopt or foster some of its rescues but the lack of a space in our current home has prevented us from doing so.

Bringing Sayuri to a private vet for neutering/spay services will cost much more as compared to CARA who only charges PHP700 for its services. With private vets, the service will probably run to a thousand pesos. We were also comfortable with the level of service being afforded by CARA to all the animals under its care. When we arrived that Sunday morning, the place was full of cats — maybe strays who was also neutered before they are to be released again in the wild. Sensing that she was in a different place, a place full of stranger cats nonetheless, Sayuri unleashes another torrent of shrieking, probably begging us not to leave her in that place. When we tried to placate her, explaining we will get her in the afternoon — she sniffed and turned her back on us.

The hubby picked her up in the afternoon, cleaned the soiled carrier and gave her milk. When I arrived from work, she took one look at me, exhaled and turned her back on us. I was left talking to her tail.

Before, we had our doubts about getting her fixed. We were afraid that she’ll get hurt in the process. But after researching about it, we knew that getting her neutered is one of the best decisions we could have made as a pet owner. It is also the most responsible thing to do. We decided that we couldn’t bear seeing kittens born to her litter and without any definite place to go because we could no longer afford to keep kittens at home. We pretty much exhausted all our friends and colleagues who agreed to adopt her litter. We also couldn’t take anymore the noise she created caterwauling when she is in heat, trying to attract the toms in the neighborhood. And most importantly, we don’t want her to go through pregnancy and giving birth to another litter of kittens, especially now that she is growing old.

We think that Sayuri has finally forgiven us for subjecting her through the ordeal. She started sleeping again in our beds, letting us her crazy humans pet her and dote on her as always. She is still on her road to recovery and in two or three days, she’ll be finally okay.

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