Spay, Spray, Splay? #socs

Sherman in a quiet moment. There weren’t many of them.

It’s a good idea to spay your cat, if it’s a female. The appropriate term for a male cat is “neuter,” and that’s also a good idea. Males who haven’t been neutered have a tendency to spray, and the odor is a little more powerful than skunk spray. We found that out the hard way. It cuts down aggressive behavior in males and it’s been my expeience (and I have a lot of experience) that a spayed or neutered cat has fewer health issues and lives longer.

I think the same holds true for dogs, but I have no experience with them.

Now, what am I going to do with splay? Drop the s and you get play. Which reminds me, I’ve been playing this new game that I downloaded called Connect The Pops! It’s quite enjoyable, never mind that there doesn’t seem to be a way to “win.” Your score just keeps going up and up. Right now I’m at about 6 billion, with no end in sight. Maybe it’s so much fun because you’re not actually playing for a win, you’re just playing. Kind of a “cat’s game,” like you have in tic-tac-toe (or Aughts and Crosses), where you play to a draw. One piece of advice: spend the $2 and get rid of the ads…


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12 thoughts on “Spay, Spray, Splay? #socs

  1. Playing just to play sounds like the best way. And so is spaying and neutering our pets. I’ve had many dogs and a few cats and all have been spayed or neutered.

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    1. The only one that we didn’t have spayed was Natasha, who was a chocolate-point Siamese and very, very noisy when she’d go into heat. We never let her out, so we just never did her. I wish we had: she died of uterine cancer…

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        1. We found her wandering around. I guess she had belonged to the bartender across the street (this was Chicago, where you can have a tavern in the middle of a residential block) who just let her wander. She got pregnant and had her kittens, he kept the kittens and kicked her out, so she wandered over by us. We had been feeding another stray, and we found them eating together. Eventually the other cat (who we named Albert) came in as well. We still miss them…

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  2. You’d be correct that it’s the same for dogs. I have as little experience with cats as you do with dogs (apparently). My brother (who is horribly allergic to animal dander) has had cats for years (since he got married). He takes allergy shots. That’s not relevant. The point is that the first cats he got (urging from his spouse) were two male kittens. They had no idea of the spray things, and got quite a nasty surprise when the kittens reached maturity. They had to get rid of all the bedding on their bed, plus the pillows where the cats had sprayed. He said it stunk worse than anything he ever smelled. The only good thing about dogs is that, although they do spray to mark their territory, it doesn’t smell half that bad. It does stink though, which I guess is the point. Skunk scent in my domicile? No. Just no.

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    1. Anytime we brought a male into this house, we had him neutered at the earliest possible oppottunity. As long as we did that, we could wait on having the females spayed: we’d have them done, too, but it was more expensive because they actually had to do sugery. With boys, all the relevant pieces were on the outside (same as dogs…)

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