|Quoting Redngold (Reply 36):|
Yes, this is another reason to get them spayed - pyometria is common in older unspayed females, and is likely caused by a dead kitten left inside.
She is actually quite a very young cat. They were probably about six months or so old when they first moved in. The pyometria (thanks for the name) was not caused by a kitten left inside. That's the first thing the vet felt for when I took her in. He, by the way, wore two very thick leather gloves that reached all the way up to his elbows, while I was even then still dripping blood on his examination table.
We managed to keep her under control by wrapping a towel around her head, so she could see nothing. As the vet said, the problem with cats is that they have so many sharp sides.
Another cat that had the same condition was barely over a year old and was not even pregnant at the time. Sadly, she was one of the cats mentioned in my previous post that I picked up on the pavement in front of the house.
Thanks for the link, I will look through it.
|Quoting Matt D (Reply 37):|
By the way: Is there anything wrong with keeping two cats locked up inside? I sometimes feel they are go stir crazy and feel pent up. I feel bad, despite making sure they have all the food and water they want plus scratching posts, toys, each other to keep company, and a warm private place to sleep.
Matt, you are doing the right thing by keeping them inside. I've read many books on cats and caring for them, and every book says the same thing: It is perfectly safe and okay to keep cats indoors. It will not damage them in any way, unlike life outdoors. I've asked various vets about it as well, and they say the same.
Sure, they may get bored, because even with playthings and each other's company, there is still only so much they can do to keep themselves entertained. Lots of people that live in flats keep cats as pets, because they can handle indoor life, unlike dogs.
I started keeping my own two cats indoors about two and a bit years ago for safety reasons, leading to an unoccupied yard and thus the stray cats moving in.