Since it was a slow day for surgeries and they’re old enough to start trying to make their own babies now, I went ahead and got Hazel and Badger spayed/neutered today. I was able to work out a deal where they can be adopted for $115 each which includes their spay/neuter and antibiotics, all vaccines (good until next year), deworming, and FIV/FeLV (feline aids/leukemia) combo test. If they can be adopted as a pair I’ll cover the cost of the tests myself and make it an even $200. I’ll send them home with a littler box, any food and litter they have left, their collars, and all their favorite toys and a blanket or two. If you’re thinking “well I could stop by the SPCA and get a cat for $50” you’re right, you can, and I encourage you to do so if you want. Lord knows so many cats are in need of a good home. However, the time and energy I’ve spent harness-training these two, socializing them, and all the supplies they’re going to come with (as well as their entire medical history since birth) at least monetarily is the same as the wonderfully discounted prices the SPCA can offer.
Anyway, they’re pretty pooped out from their busy day but they’re doing great after their surgeries. It was a plus being able to do all the prepwork and watch over the procedures myself, and hold them as they came out of anesthesia. Badger had to wear an e-collar for a bit at first (and god did he put on a pitiful show about it) but he got over it after a while. Such cute little bubs.