Several hundred dollars later, Esmeralda has been vaccinated and spayed. This morning, despite her elegant elizabethan collar, she managed to pull out a stitch. As I write this the girls are at the vet to have a stich made and get a larger collar.
And, yes, they still delude themselves that they are getting Esmeralda ready for adoption in another fine family. They keep calling her "No Name" because they don't want to become attached???
Our visiting 4 years old granddaughter likes this cat very much...it seems reciprocal.