On Thanksgiving morning, 2009, a very young feral kitten ended up on my front porch. Wet, cold & hungry, it managed to make its way out of the forest and into our house, right next to the wood stove. Being too young to tell if it was male or female, my wife named it Pilgrim. I guess that's a transgender name, 'eh? Turns out Pilgrim is a girl. A very feisty one at that. We keep her indoors so the many foxes/coyotes/etc don't make a meal out of her. When the time came we had her spayed by one of the two vets in my small town, about a year and a half ago. For some reason we took her to the other vet, not the one we take our dog to. About six months after having her spayed she went into heat. WTF? Oh well, must be a fluke. Three months after that it happened again. I took her back to the vet that did the spay and told him he did a sloppy job and did not remove everything. He copped a tude and wanted to charge me "big money" to research the problem. I told him to stick his big money research where the sun don't shine and made a huge scene in his crowded office before I left for good. Over the past few months the cat has been going into white-hot heat every two or three weeks, real bad. I knew something was very wrong and made an appointment with our regular vet. That was last Thursday, where we discussed the possibility of even a small piece of ovary being left in the cat could cause "false cycles", but that would not explain the severity or frequency of the cycles. Today the good vet did exploratory surgery on Pilgrim. He found a whole intact ovary with a cyst attached that was ten times the size of the ovary. Not only would that explain the troubles she has been having, but he said removing the cyst most defiantly saved her life, as it would have turned ugly in short order. I pickup Pilgrim up tomorrow morning, have already paid for today's surgery, and am currently really pissed-off at the other vet. Not sure what I'm gonna do about it but something must be done. Maybe frequent his office and warn his patrons about what a lousy vet the guy is. Whew, thanks for listening. I need a drink.