Why I will always spay my dog/cat. And you should too.
When I got my first cat, I saw her in the pet store and thought omfg she is soooooo cute. I didn;t think of spaying her. I bought her thinking, pfft cats are easy.
I called the vets and was floored that spay costs were around 300$
I figured eh, she's indoors, she won't have kittens anyhow. Along the years, I aquired 2 other kitties I found in the streets. Both female, neither was spayed since they were indoor and would never have kittens.
When she was 15 she started squatting and crying, and it looked like she was trying to pee. I rushed her to the vet thinking UTI. When I got there he told me she had pyometra. An infection in her uterus from not having kittens and not being spayed.
I was devastated.
I got the antibiotics he gave me and we did 2 run throughs with them. She seemed to get better.
A year passed.
Then I noticed she smelled awful and had bad breath all the time. I took her in and the doctor showed me that she had pus oozing out of her vaginal opening. Her uterus was literally rotting from the inside and oozing out. Because cats are cats, she hid her pain from it.
We booked her immediately for surgery.
She did not make it.
I loved this cat so much. And I killed her.
I called my sister and told her. We decided to bring all of our cats in to be spayed immediately. She had 2 both 9yrs. And I had 2 remaining, a 3 and a 4 yr old.
One of my sister's cats didn't make it. She had a heart attack during recovery and died instantly.
One of my cats during the spay surgery it was discovered also had pyometra. They removed her uterus and she went on 2 rounds of antibioltics. She is ok.
So, 5 cats. 2 dead, 2 with pyometra. More heartbreak and guilt and shame than I can say.
This is why I will ALWAYS spay my cats.
I hope someone learns from our mistakes. It was a hard lesson to learn first hand.