Impatience Injured the Cat
Doing some chores today, I got to the little rug in front of the kitchen sink that had lots of cat hair on it. It's a rough texture, like a welcome mat for the front door, and for the cats it functions as an excellent hair brush. After sweeping the rug, I took a look at the one long-haired cat and saw a couple clumps of matted hair. Closer inspection revealed a huge clump behind his left cheek, so I broke out the scissors.
As I was working through the clump, I caught a small patch of skin. The cat protested the pain loudly, but I thought he was just being cantankerous. Once the lump came off, there was the piece of skin in it, and then I saw the bleeding. I immediately crated him and took him around the corner to the vet's.
Well, he got a few stitches, as well as a hair-clump-removal procedure. With taxes, it'll probably run me a little more than $100. I can afford that.
What they don't have at the vet's, for any price, is a betrayal-removal procedure. By breeding and training, that cat trusted me, and I let him down badly.