We brought the kittens to the vet to be neutered today. (I think I'm going to miss their cute little boy puffballs - but probably not as much as they will.)
While making the appointment last week, I had a heated discussion with the receptionist about the kittens needing their rabies vaccine. I've read that the rabies vaccine has been closely linked to fibrosarcomas in cats and I'm not entirely comfortable with it. My cats have never been outside, do not come in contact with other animals, do not bite people, their chance of getting rabies is minuscule...so why do I have to inject my healthy animals with a substance that could potentially cause very aggressive tumors?
Because it's the law.
So this morning when we brought the kittens in for their surgery, the receptionist (a frightening combination of The Soup Nazi and Nurse Ratched, who hums to herself and thinks she's something of a veterinary expert) told me that the kittens needed their rabies shot. I explained that I wanted to speak to the doctor and she showed us into an examination room.
As soon as the vet walked in, I beat him to the punch. I immediately informed him that I was not going to give the kittens the vaccine, and why.
"But it's the law!" he said.
"And?" I replied. "Are they going to come to my house and arrest me?"
I took a lot of convincing, but it turns out that he could lose his license. Neither of us had any choice. He had to vaccinate and I had to let him...because it's the law.