Friday, November 10, 2006

Feline Friday--Anthropomorphism

The lovely Miss Saphira turned 6 months old today. We celebrated by having her spayed. It's funny, but I feel really sorry for her today: I struggled with infertility, and it seems really sad to me that she will never know the joy of having babies. OK, stupid, I know, but that's how I would feel if it happened to me! Thankfully, I retain at least one shred of sanity and never questioned having her fixed--we do NOT need to contribute to the excess pet population! This sane part of me knows she'll be happier, healthier, calmer etc. But the sensitive, sentimental side of me wonders if we've somehow taken something from her... The trials and tribulations of pet stewardship...

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At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saphira is a completely beautiful and adorable kittycat, and you are absolutely doing the right thing by having her spayed. (I understand the sentiments behind your reluctance and want to applaud you for being rational here; you are taking nothing away from her and you are giving her a good, loving home.)

There is such a population of "surplus" cats and kittens in animal shelters at any given time, there are more than enough for anyone who wants one, two, or more. ;-) Our incredibly contented housecat (and unstoppable rodent killing machine) was a New York City street stray, and he has either domesticated us or become domesticated himself or some combination of the two.

At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Beezer came from the SF-SPCA and they ummm 'fix' all kitten before they adopt them out. So I really didn't have to make a decision. Before Beez I had a girl for 18 and 1/2 years. I think she lived so long be cause she was spayed. It does make them happier and I think healthier.

But, oh it would be fun to have a kit and kaboodle running around. ;)

At 6:24 PM, Anonymous tbirdonawire said...

Our kittens come from strays that we are unable to traip in have-a-hearts. If we can possibly catch them, even before they are weaned, we do so we can find homes for them. We have 4 outside cats we consider ours and they are all spayed.

BTW, we live on a farm. ;o)

Sapphire is beautiful. I love ginger cats.

Thanks for visiting!

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Bryan said...

A beautiful cat, and the best decision you could make. I work with several prides of feral cats, and those that are spayed live the longest. Another benefit is that cats that are spayed and neutered early tend not to "mark".

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Ostara said...

Saphira is such a beautiful young lady. It's a good thing you're doing!

At 9:28 AM, Blogger DEBRA said...

Hi Miss Saphira! My what a purrty name. You are a furry lovely young kitty. I know you must be a little under the weather right now (I remember how I felt when my Momma took me in for my hoohahectomy) but you will have the bounce right back in your step in no time. I would be most honored, when you are feeling better to be considered as your furfriend!

Yours furry truly

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Fat Eric said...

Hi Miss Saphira!

You are a very lovely cat. I am a fat ginger kitty blogging in London and it's always nice to meet other internet kitties. We have a page showcasing us gorgeous ginger kitties at If you'd like your picture to be added to it, come and visit, there's a link telling you what to do! Purrs.

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Barb said...

She is lovely, indeed! You did the absolute right thing. :)


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