A Cat’s Tale
Three days ago my cat had to have her tail amputated. Sad story, true fact. She had a large tumor removed from the base of her tail, things didn’t go well with healing, and the upshot is that her tail died — as in gangrene-type died. So my husband and I, who have a for-better-or-worse commitment when we adopt a pet, opted to have her undergo the surgical procedure. She’s recovering nicely and is the same sweet cat, though decidedly resembling a Manx now. It made me think about the esthetic value that most humans put on appearance, even the appearance of their pets — I knew someone who wouldn’t have his dog’s leg amputated when advised by the vet to do so, simply stating that he’d be damned if he’d have a dog with three legs. My cat doesn’t care about looking in the mirror — and other fur-covered animals never would judge her for lack of beauty or an appendage. I wish people were like that.