When I took Tucker to his vet check appointment at the animal adoption center yesterday, he was given a vaccination booster and examined to make sure he was ready to be neutered. Veterinarians and animal agencies used to wait until an animal was around 6-8 months of age before spaying or neutering it. Unfortunately, humans who adopt them can't always be trusted to follow through and have the procedures done - so much for trying to control the animal over-population problem. The agencies now feel it's necessary to spay and neuter animals before they are available for adoption, which often means small kittens and puppies now have the procedures done to them. Today it was Tucker's turn. I was asked to leave him at the agency yesterday afternoon and he had surgery this morning.
As I drove away from the agency yesterday, I worried that Tucker might have felt abandoned. He was put into a holding cage with ample room for play and sleep but he could only see out of the front of it. That's the usual procedure, and it's temporary, but he was used to running and playing in the house and then sleeping in his own little cozy room, surrounded by soft toys. Even though I knew having him neutered was the right thing to do, he seemed so little and had no idea where he was or why he was there. Cesar, the Dog Whisperer, often says people make the mistake of assigning human feelings to animals. He insists animals live in the moment without wondering or worrying about what might happen the next minute. I suppose he's right, but that doesn't stop me from pondering it.
I brought Tucker home this afternoon. The vet said everything went well and that Tucker was a sweetie and a real charmer. He was quiet all the way home and I hoped he wasn't upset with me. Sorry Cesar, I could not help wondering what Tucker might be thinking or feeling. I let the kitten rest for a few hours and what a difference that made. All the anesthetic has now worn off and Tucker is running and playing all through the house as I type. Ooops, he's crawling, ouch, up my leg, ouch, right now. He seems to be just as active and happy as he was before his ordeal. I would think he might be a little sore in his nether region, but that will heal quickly. I'm glad to have the little guy back home. I missed him.