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Veterinary Humor

I work at a veterinary hospital as a receptionist. Some of the things we as receptionists hear and deal with when it comes with clients can be down-right funny.

One such funny category is terminology people come up with for spaying a female animal. Many people say "fix" as in, "I want to get my cat fixed." That's pretty common. But there are others I've heard that are just funny, so here they are:

1. Splayed. Notice the "l" in there that doesn't belong. That one cracked me up when I first heard it.

2. Dressed. This is common with elderly folks. Getting an animal "dressed" means getting it altered.

3. Sprayed. Another one where they add a random letter, in this case, "r."

4. Spayded. Some people try to say "spay" but add an extra "-ed" to the end of it. I guess they earn points for trying.

I once had a man call in wanting to schedule his "Pussy cat to be fixed." I asked him what the gender was. He got angry with me, and his reply was, "I SAID it was a pussy cat!" I guess that means female...sorry I didn't realize your terminology. Many elderly folks call any and all cats "pussy cats." In fact, my husband's grandma does that. I guess for this guy if it's a pussy cat, it's a female. The funnies part was that he was genuinely angry with me about me not understanding and knowing.

What other terms have you heard for spaying or neutering?

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dzdn wrote on January 10, 2015, 10:30 AM

Hah, "dressed." When I get my cat dressed, it means I put a shirt on him. He seems to enjoy it, but he for some reason cannot walk right and forgets how to jump until you take the shirt off.

melody23 wrote on January 10, 2015, 12:16 PM

I have a rabbit and I am a member of a house rabbit forum, a favourite term there is 'desexed' I always found that one a bit odd because spaying/neutering doesn't stop the rabbit from being a boy or a girl, my Bramble is still a male rabbit, he is just a neutered one.

seren3 wrote on January 10, 2015, 1:52 PM

That's funny. I know longer have animals so don't hang out at the vet's. Yet "fixed" is the term I've probably heard the most.

Willow wrote on January 12, 2015, 10:11 AM

Heh, that's funny :)

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 26, 2015, 10:39 AM

What a horrible man, Like you say many call all cat´s pussy cats despite their sex.