Saturday, April 10, 2010
The curious case of Bibbity Cat
Bibbity came to me as I sat in my lawn chair on Cape Cod back in 2003. She leapt onto my semi-reclining self and nudged my right hand to be petted. She left but kept returning seeming to want to be adopted.
I had two other cats and so was reluctant at first, but she was soooo cute that before long she was a member of our household. I took her to the vet to be checked out and to get her shots. "How do you know if she's been fixed," I remember asking. The vet said unless you can see a scar you really can't tell. You just have to wait and see if she has kittens.
There were a few months when I feared Bibs might be pregnant but nothing came of that. She's been through a lot. She got lost twice for two weeks at a time, but found her way back home, tired but okay. Now she has glaucoma and is blind in her left eye.
Yesterday I took Bibs and Emily to the local vets for their rabies shots. This vet gave each cat a very thorough exam. Then she said, "Bibbity is a boy."
Yes, her/his testicles have not descended, but she is a he.
So, is this the first vet that ever really checked??? Of course, I didnt really check. I just assumed. Usually I can tell boys at a glance you know.
Now I have to get used to calling her him. How confused he must have been for so many years when I called him her. Or would a cat pick up on that?