Here is a helpful website if you are wondering whether to get your cat spayed or neutered.
We were feeling really anxious about the ordeal; Steven felt it was inhumane, and I was just feeling bad about taking Missy to the vet. I think I hate being there more than she does. However, once we'd done the research we knew it was the right thing to do.
Also...we had to live through one week of Missy being in heat before we got her in to be spayed. It went something like this:
|I HATES YOU.|
So...we didn't really have any regrets when we took her to the vet.
It was a sad day for our little Missy-cat. She had to stay at the vet from about 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening when I picked her up. They had to shave her belly and she was in so much pain that she wanted to kill us both. We had to leave her alone all evening, because even if we came into the same room she would start hissing and yowling and it was terrifying.
The next morning she felt much better though, and I was able to give her pain killer meds. She reeeally liked the pain killer. haha. After it kicked in, she would be all loopy and sleepy. She spent most of her day staring at blank patches of wall or staring off into space all the while purring for no reason.
For two weeks we were not allowed to encourage her to jump or run.
The first night after she got home she slinked into the bedroom and jumped onto the bed.
Two days later she attempted to jump onto the bathroom counter and Steven caught her as she fell.
After about a week we realized she was going to be playing by her own rules.
She has now, for the first time, sucessfully figured out how to get on top of the fridge.
This cat does her own thing.
Anyway, today is the two week mark, so she is back to her regular couch-clawing, fridge-jumping, bug-eating, purring self, and we adore her.