Two backyards, with landscaping and fences
Is where our tragic love story commences.
Late winter mating makes for spring kittens
Where was RoMeow, and love so forbidden?
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JulieCat rolled and cried, it is such a sight
"She's just in heat," said the owner,
"Not possessed by a sprite."
Every few weeks, JulieCat's cycle repeated
"Where is my RoMeow," she yowled
Sounding forlorn and defeated.
But Cupid's arrow did strike,
When o'er the fence RoMeow climbed
He found his beloved JulieCat
And, they had a good time.
Oh no! This moment carries such terrible risk,
Like the spread of leukemia and FIV
Why weren't the cats fixed?
On the way home from JulieCat's
RoMeow got into a fight
It caused a large infection
He needed surgery that night.
His tomcat friend Tybald was eaten
By a pack of stray hounds
At least RoMeow wasn't run over
And by the roadside found.
Four hundred twenty thousand
Is the number of kittens
That two parents and their offspring
Can produce (in seven years) if they're smitten.
Cat's that aren't fixed
Will surely find woe
Learn from this readers
And to the vet go!
Dr. Jon Klingborg is a veterinarian associated with Valley Animal Hospital in Merced. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.