Why is there a blue spot on my cat’s belly?

What is that mysterious blue spot? I adopted one of my cats from a rescue organization when he was six months old. He has short white fur on his belly and I soon noticed a blue spot. I had no idea what it was but I didn’t feel it was anything to get too worked up about.

Maybe you have noticed that your cat has a blue spot or a blue line on its abdomen and wondered what the heck it is. Well, let me be the one to tell you, your kitty has a tattoo.

The idea behind these tattoos is actually pretty cool and don’t worry, kitty didn’t feel a thing. Some veterinarians are giving their spay and neuter patients small tattoos while still under anesthesia.

The tattoo is a marker that easily shows that the animal has been altered and can no longer reproduce. If for any reason the cat needs to be rehomed, there will be no question about its status.

Why is this such a good idea? Because it isn’t always as easy as we think it is to know for sure if a cat has been fixed when we don’t have its history.

I adopted my other cat from the local humane society when she was seven years old. They didn’t have any veterinary records for her and knew very little about her history. They did not know for sure if she had been spayed because she did not have a tattoo.

They thought they felt a scar when she was examined, but we were sent home with instructions to bring her back if she showed signs of heat. Even if she would have had a prominent scar, that doesn’t positively mean she had been spayed. It would only indicate that some type of surgery took place.

My cat is a pure bred Ragdoll, that was on her shelter paperwork. She could have been a retired breeder, which would have made it more likely that she hadn’t been spayed and there was also the possibility she could have required a caesarean section which would have presented a scar.

Back to my male cat that does have a tattoo. I always thought you could just look under a male cat’s tail and see that he has either been neutered or not. Apparently this is not always the case.

A male cat can have a condition called cryptorchidism where the testicles don’t fall and remain in the abdomen. In this case, it may look like the cat was neutered when quite young, which is common practice in crowded animal shelters.

This condition can cause other complications that can be quite dangerous for the animal. If the tattoo is present, it will let a future veterinarian know that the testicles have indeed been removed.

So now I know what the mysterious blue spot on my cat’s tummy is and I certainly wouldn’t mind if all of my cats had one. It is a simple idea that can really have a positive impact on caring for our pets.

Smiles and hugs!

 

 

 

 

25 Cat Quotes Worth Sharing

Cat lover or not, it seems everyone has an opinion about cats. I’d like to share with you some thought-provoking quotes about the feline, attributed to equally interesting people.

“The more cats you have, the longer you live. If you have a hundred cats, you’ll live ten times longer than if you have ten cats. Someday this will be discovered, and people will have a thousand cats and live forever. It’s truly ridiculous.”  Charles Bukowski
“I have lived with several Zen masters – all of them cats.”  EckhartTolle
“Authors like cats because they are such quiet, loveable, wise creatures, and cats love authors for the same reasons.”  Robertson Davies
“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.”  Jim Davis
“We have three cats. It’s like having children, but there is no tuition involved.”   Ron Reagan
“My quest these days is to find my inner child, but I’m afraid if I do, I’ll end up with food in my hair and way too in love with the cats.”  Kenny Loggins
“I read that when cats are cuddling and kneading you, and you think it’s cute, they’re really just checking your vitals for weak spots.”  Kandyse McClure
“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”  Sigmund Freud
“There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.”  Tay Hohoff
“A cat is the only domestic animal I know who toilet trains itself and does a damned impressive job of it.”  Joseph Epstein
“Kittens are angels with whiskers.”  Alexis Flora Hope
“My cat speaks sign language with her tail.”  Robert A. Stern
“The cat seldom interferes with other people’s rights. His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life.”  Carl Van Vechten
“There is no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.”  Wesley Bates
“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience.”  Pam Brown
“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”  Terry Pratchett
“No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.”  Abraham Lincoln
“A cat pours his body on the floor like water.” William Lyon Phelps
“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.”  Bill Dana
“I believe cats to be spirits come to Earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.”  Jules Verne
“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”  Hippolyte Taine
“I used to love dogs until I discovered cats.”  Nafisa Joseph
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”  Ernest Hemingway
“What greater gift than the love of a cat?”  Charles Dickens
“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer.”  Paula Poundstone

I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did!!

Smiles and Hugs!