Because he is strictly an indoor cat, I never worried about my cat requiring the attention of a vet. But that changed over the Spring Festival holiday, when the arrival of a non-spayed female cat in our apartment—and the animal behavior that ensued—motivated me to take him to the animal doctor.
Rescued on my behalf by the mother of one of my students, Mi Hou Tao came to live with me at the end of the Chinese New Year holiday in 2012. At that time, he was a terrified kitten with some minor battle wounds from the rough outdoors. He would frequently hide under the kitchen cupboards or behind the TV stand.
Today, Mi Hou Tao is still a scaredy cat. He is no longer scared of me, but he is not fond of new people. When he is not hiding, he is sleeping under my blankets or on a chair, sunbathing, chasing flies or playing with the bell dangling from a string in the doorway. But Mi Hou Tao wasn't so shy around the newly arrived female cat.
That cat, A Mi, was one I was looking after for a friend temporarily. After I explained the situation, A Mi's owner agreed to the surgery to prevent a litter of kittens now and in the future. Another friend had recommended a service run by volunteers that aims to help take care of stray cats in Chengdu and other cities around China. These volunteers trap stray cats, spay or neuter them, and release them where they were found. Through Huai Ren Animal Hospital, the organization also offers discounts on spaying/neutering of adopted stray cats. As a stray, A-mi was eligible for the discounted surgery. I phoned the organization, and a volunteer was able to help me fill out the paperwork for the discount and deliver it to the vet's office. Once that was taken care of, I made an appointment, and when the time arrived, I put A-mi in my kitty carrier and brought her to the vet. The staff at the Huai Ren Animal Hospital performed the surgery and even made A-mi a fancy outfit to protect her wound. With the discount, the spaying cost less than RMB300 (the normal fee is between RMB300 and 500), and I left a satisfied customer.
A week or two later, I made an appointment with the Yangguang Jinsha Animal Hospital for Mi Hou Tao. I chose this hospital because I may want to bring my cat to Canada in the future, and this animal hospital is headed by a Canadian veterinarian and was recommended for pet-export services. The veterinarian performed the surgery on Mi Hou Tao, gave him a check-up, stuck him with some vaccinations and provided me with de-worming pills to administer when he recovered from the surgery. Not all of this was necessary, and I was able to choose what I wanted and didn't want of the recommended treatments—I ended up choosing them all, and the total bill for this experience was approximately RMB1,300. (The much higher price for Mi Hou Tao's visit reflects the vaccination and de-worming, and non-discounted rate. At present, the TNR discount is only offered at the Huai Ren Animal Hospital.)
If you would like to take your pet to see the vet, I would recommend either of these animal hospitals. Both have the standard vet fees chart posted in their hospitals and provided adequate service. If you are interested in adopting a stray cat or have adopted a stray cat and you would like to have it spayed or neutered, you can contact the TNR volunteers before you visit the Huai Ren Animal Hospital. They are also looking for volunteers to help out during their TNR events as well as good homes for the kitties.
Si Ye (Chinese) 15608082277
Jerry (English) 15608083377