Iodine: yes, spit works okay but nothing tones down the sting of whatever’s in a kitty’s claws like alcohol laced disinfectant.
Toys: 12-packs of wee mice, 6-packs of fuzzy balls, a faux hedgehog with a tail you pull to make it jump (2 nanoseconds worth for a ‘is this the best you can do’ look), a mat for the floor so when she dips her paw in the canned cat food and drops it next to the dish it’s easier to clean, ditto in front of the kitty litter box, a heavy ceramic dish with a piccie of a cat inside, a bigger, heavier dish for water, feathers on a wand, fuzzy things on a wand, plastic balls, whiffle balls, a laser pointer, a largish wicker basket to hold the loot… Let’s just say ‘kaching’ and call it good.
Spaying and shots: you really don’t want to know.
Point of interest: kitty was FREE.
Cue opening the bottle of iodine.
Wanna know what works? I threaten to take her picture with the iPhone! Yes, it works a treat. She’s changed from a little ham to a little diva who instantly retreats to a bit of plastic skirting on one of those battery-operated spin toys (not in my budget, it was a gift) as her safe house. And we start again.