Should I have my sick cat spayed?
December 26, 2011 3:17 AM Subscribe
I have a very sick recently adopted cat who has feline leukemia. She isn't expected to live more than a year or two. I need advice regarding an upcoming medical decision.
posted by Arethusa to Pets & Animals (8 answers total)
My husband and I recently adopted a stray cat, who had been outdoors for over three years and was in extremely poor health. She has feline leukemia and has been shown to have a very poor immune response. When we first got her, we weren't sure she would survive the month, but she has come through that (with almost 1000 dollars in vet bills) and is now is sickly and skinny and anemic and all kinds of other things, but seems like she is not in any immediate danger of dying.
We're a military family living in Japan, fairly recently arrived. We have an on base vet here who has really not impressed us so far, providing care that we are very far from being satisfied with.
Due the language barriers, it's not easy for us to take her to local vets. I am so grateful that some of them have been willing to work with us at all, but communication has been very, very difficult.
So. We don't think she's been spayed. Normally it wouldn't even be a question for me; if cat, then fix. However, she's so sick, and not expected to live more than a year or two. I'm really worried that a surgery such as being spayed would be the end of her, and it seems like it might be better to forgo the surgery in light of her sickness. However, I have no expertise in this area, it's just my feeling. I could really use some input from people with experience and/or expertise.
Can anyone provide me with any perspective on this? Would it be conscionable to forgo or delay the spaying due to the cat's ill health? She is very strictly indoor. (We live on the ninth story of an apartment building and she has no easy access to the outdoors.) I asked the on-base vet this question probably five different ways, and all he was able to say was that of course all surgeries have some risks.
Have you ever had a cat in a similar situation? I could really use some advice.