A six-month-old cat, Milo, wakes up at home from a neutering operation and appears to show his dissatisfaction with what has happened when he lets out a huge screech. He then spends about an hour checking what he’s missing! His owner photographed in but sadly there isn’t a video.
There is a serious side to this amusing story, dare I mention it. It makes me wonder whether, sometimes, male cats do recognise the fact that they have lost their balls after the operation! We know they recover extremely quickly from the operation and can go home on the same day. Afterwards they behave normally as if nothing had happened. But are we reading this correctly? Are we sure that they believe nothing has happened? We don’t know how they feel emotionally. We tend to underplay the operation, minimise its impact, as a way of making it more acceptable. But procreating is a major part of a male cat’s life; that and hunting.
Perhaps male cats do feel a sense of loss and perhaps they do recognise that a part of their anatomy – a very important part of their anatomy – is missing. It that a crazy idea?
John Reed, 58, a property developer and Milo’s caretaker with his wife, Julia, said:
“It was priceless. He took about a good hour or so coming around. He looked down and realised they were missing and let out this almighty screech. He carried on looking down and staring for ages. I just chuckled. We’ve had a good laugh at the pictures since. The second one is amazing.”
I am not sure that I would have laughed. I tend to feel sorry for male cats who have to have their testicles removed to stop them procreating. But that’s just me. I’m not your mainstream cat caretaker. I prefer to leave what nature gave us alone if at all possible but I understand that it is not possible with respect to a male, domestic cat’s balls!
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