You have to wonder why this 30-year-old man from Eden, North Carolina, USA, allegedly decided to take it upon himself to neuter his neighbour’s cat. We are told that he offered to neuter the cat even though he was unqualified to do so, and his neighbour declined the offer. Obviously she would decline the offer because a veterinarian will neuter a male cat at a very modest price and do it properly.
After this man, Thomas Hall, was told by his neighbour, Dickerson, not to neuter her cat she found her cat missing. Later she found her cat without his testicles. He was bloodied and clearly the indication was that Mr Hall had done something very stupid.
Dickerson called the police and he is being held at the Rockingham County Detention Facility under a $5000 bond.
Dickerson’s cat, Shna-Shna, has been checked over at the Rockingham County Animal Control. The news media say that he is expected to survive, which is what I would expect because the neutering of a male cat is a very commonplace and a quick and safe operation when carried out by a qualified person.
The case brings to mind a similar story about a person who tried to declaw his cat. That was particularly grisly and upsetting. It goes without saying that cat owners should never try DIY veterinary work. Notwithstanding that obvious advice, many cat owners do try and bypass going to the veterinarian in order to save money. It is not a good idea and indicates that the owner does not have sufficient funds to care for a cat properly. One of the major reasons for relinquishing a cat is because they ‘owner’ discovers it is not necessarily cheap caring for a domestic cat.
Notwithstanding that, there are some wonderful cat rescuers who are very skilled in feline treatments despite being unqualified.