Edited at 7:11 p.m., 7:42 p.m., 8:22 p.m. and 11:36 p.m.
As I write, a Russian vet is in my kitchen spaying Asya. On the girls' blue Ikea table. I kid you not. Next up is Sasha (Lyalya). He will not be happy with the results. I had been waiting to use my friend's vet (who also comes your home), but I couldn't put it off any longer--today the two cats woke up with only one thing on their minds and loudly made sure we knew what they were thinking. As crazy as it sounds that our cat is having major surgery in the kitchen, I feel safer having her there than at a Russian facility... They are nasty and I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving our animals anywhere here.
I can't believe how incredibly easy it was to orchestrate this. I called the place recommended by our local cat/dog supply shop, they asked a few questions, and the vet arrived at our home four hours later (we had to wait four hours to ensure the cats hadn't eaten or drank anything).
It's unfortunate our appointment is at dinnertime, though... I'll be able to quickly heat up the girls' food in the microwave in between surgeries. I will not be serving meatballs or hotdogs as I'd originally planned. (That is not an attempt at a bad joke. I truly had planned our meals a few days ago and decided to rethink those choices this afternoon).
I will feel a whole lot better about all of this once it's over because we sure do love those two cats... Katya isn't home yet; I pray she reacts OK to the fact that the cats are having "a visit with the doctor" in the kitchen and we're not allowed in. (I could go in, but I do not want to). The doctor even said I could take pictures, but I'll pass. I'm sure you are all thanking me for it!
The total cost is 3,500 rubles/$148. How much would it cost to get a cat spayed and a cat neutered in the USA?
Asya's surgery went well and she is now recovering in her kitten house. The anesthesia is wearing off and she seems OK so far. The vet was so ingenious... He showed me how to cut up an old t-shirt to make leg openings and then lace it up her back to protect the stitches (you'll see later on). He's now working on Lyalya. It felt really, really weird to be dishing out the girls' dinners while Lyalya was getting prepped!!! The girls are watching tv, thankfully unaware that the doctor is doing more than "just looking" at the cats.
Lyalya's surgery is now done, too. The doctor was here for two hours and twenty minutes. Lyalya is resting and the anesthesia is wearing off. Uh-oh--the girls are freaked out that the cats' eyes are open while they're asleep; I need to go reassure them.
The girls have calmed down, cats are still resting and all is fine.
Both cats have now moved around. Asya is still pretty out of it, but she's awake enough to show how much she hates her "shirt." Lyalya was still drugged enough that he couldn't blink--but he managed to try to jump up to Katya's top bunk bed to be comforted by her. Unfortunately, he didn't have the strength to make his usual jump--and one of his claws got stuck in Katya's arm while he literally hung off the side of the bed! THE SHRIEKING was unbelievable! We are incredibly lucky that the puncture in Katya's arm stopped bleeding and that she didn't freak out as much as expected because she realized that Lyalya's attempt to jump up that high while drugged was a real testament to how much he loves her and feels comforted when with her.