Lily's mommy here: I'm gonna do a serious post today. One thing I love about the cat blogosphere is the information we can share and help others out. I have learned so much from you guys. I hope no one is offended or upset at me for posting about this, but I just wanted to let everyone know about what happened when Lily was spayed.
So when Lily was brought into the call center she was skinny like most strays. She was taken to someone's home, bathed, and taken to the vet for a checkup and her first shots. She was taken back to the call center and her spay was scheduled. She was about 9 months old by the vet's guess.
The lady who had taken responsibility for her dropped her off the next week for her spay. She had given the vet her home number and planned on picking her up after work. She had not thought about the vet needing to contact her while at work. When the vet started the spay he discovered that Lily was pregnant. He tried to call the lady, but could not contact her because she was at work.
Now from what I understand most vets usually will not spay under these circumstances, but this is the humane society vet. He sees all the cats that go through the shelter. Not knowing what to do, he went ahead and spayed her.
I do not know how far along she was. It upset a lot of people at my husbands workplace. They started calling the lady a "kitten killer." I do no blame her one bit. I am very sure that she would have said no if she knew.
When we started having Lily with us on weekends, we had to take her to the vet because she had a full mammary gland and we were worried it was blocked. Of course we had to explain to our vet what had happened. Our vet thanked us for not contributing to the pet overpopulation problem. That made me a little upset, but I know she meant well. Lily was fine and just needed time for the hormones and milk to get out of her system.
I'm not quite sure what the message I think people should get out of this. Mainly please, please, please spay and neuter and adopt shelter pets. I know I'm preaching to the choir so to speak.
Thanks for listening about my Lily.
Edited to add: Just wanted to make sure everyone knows I don't blame the humane society vet. I really don't blame anybody. I just knew this was something I did not want to hide about how Lily's life started off.