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Cat killed from DIY neutering, B.C. SPCA warns

Geiger was the victim of a home neuter.
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November 24, 2020 - 12:20 PM

Two cats were victims of an attempted home neutering earlier this month, and one died as a result, B.C. SPCA officials said today in a press release.

“Someone had tried to do home neuter and tied the genitals with elastic bands. The wounds on both cats were horrific,” Jodi Dunlop, manager of the B.C. SPCA in Vancouver said in the release. “This is the third home neuter that we have seen in two weeks. We’d like to remind the public that this is a surgery that can only be done by a specialist.”

The surviving cat was named Geiger by staff. Due to his injuries, the B.C. SPCA said Geiger required Perineal Urethrostomy Surgery, a procedure that is most commonly done in male cats that suffer from Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. He also needed treatment for an ear infection.

Despite his horrific pain, Dunlop said that Geiger was “always purring and ready for any attention from a human.”

He recovered swiftly from his surgery and is now safe and sound in his forever home.

Geiger’s story is a reminder that home neutering should never be an option when it comes caring for your pet, the SPCA said. 

If you require financial assistance, learn about low-cost spay/neuter programs in B.C. Also, if you are adopting your cat, dog or rabbit from the B.C. SPCA, spay/neuter is included in the adoption fee. The cost of spaying/neutering is small when compared to other costs of pet care, such as what you will spend on food for your pet over their lifetime.

To help animals that have suffered like him by donate at spca.bc.ca/donations/holidays.


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