Saturday Jan 12 2013
A bubbly Malay lady from Woodlands came with her blue-eyed cat and a little boy. "Why do you come all the way from Woodlands? There are clinics near your home." It was her personal choice.
After the usual examination, I said she could come back in one hour to take the cat home.
"One hour?" the little boy with bright big eyes said aloud. He was most attentive
"Yes," I said. "Do you know what is 'one hour'?" I asked him.
He did not reply. Mum laughed.
Two hours later, the mum came with him for the cat.
"There is some bleeding from the operation site," the mum said."
"Disgusting," the little boy added. I was surprised that he uttered this word and wondered whether he knew what it meant. He was 6 years old as his mother told me later as I thought he was 4 or 5 years old. He was bright and would do well in life if given proper attention and if he studied hard.
The cat was left in the surgery till 5 pm when another adult came with 3 more children. Lots of joy and laughter with these young kids around. "I am the 5th sister," the mum said. "This is my 3rd sister." Third sister was slim and more serious and drove a car. The cat was no longer bleeding and all went home happily.
As to why this 2-year-old cat was sent for neutering, it was because he was caterwauling.
"A stray pregnant female cat waits for him outside the door," 5th sister said. "He is on heat and wants to go out. That is why I want you to neuter him"
"Male cats do not stop meowing noisily immediately after neutering," I said. "It takes time for his male hormones to disappear.
"This male cat sprayed his urine and oil onto the neighbour's walls and they are so angry! That is why I want to neuter him!".
"In any case, why don't you get the pregnant female cat spayed?"
"She is my neighbour's cat," 5th sister replied. "Whe she heard it cost me $195," she did not want to do it.
"The cost of neuter is much less," I said to her. "You wanted the e-collar, the vaccination and the de-fleaing spot-on. This added up. The actual cost is around $125 with antibiotics and painkillers and surgery and anaesthesia@"