KL.FM Off-Air, by Ashleigh Tuttle, February 14, 2017

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Pets seem to be on our mind a lot recently, what with KLFM running a special feature dedicated to homing so many gorgeous and special pets in our month of Pet Rescue.

As well as that though, many of us have pets of our own. Darren has Stanley the dog, Simon has Merlin, I have Mowgli the cat, and I’m currently in the process of convincing Posh Charles to get micro Stanley. I always thought we needed a mascot in the office…

I came the closest I have yet to parenthood when my little Mowgli had to go in for an operation. She went in to get spayed, and I can’t stress enough how important this is for little kitties – it makes sure we don’t have unwanted cats on the streets, and often in our Pet Rescue.

Because I’m on breakfast this week (yes, I’m waking you up in the morning), my mum had to take little Mowgli to the vets.

I was fine, until she came to pick up my house key, and then promptly burst into tears.

I know these things are such a routine procedure, and I trust Julie, Mowgli’s vet, 100 per cent – it made the whole thing very real.

My little baby would be going under the knife and I couldn’t even give her a cuddle.

Luckily, Julie kept me updated all day long, and Si even popped in as part of his Appy Days adventure, checking whether the people of Vets4Pets, Pizza Hut, Frankie and Benny’s, PC World, Carphone Warehouse, Boots and Costa had the KLFM app, giving them a cupcake if they already had the KLFM app, as well as the chance to win an iPhone 7.

You can get in on the action too, by downloading the app and grabbing Si when you see him.

Anyway, Si popped in to see Mowgli, who he said was very calm (very unlike her mum). Three hours later and the op done, she was back home, limping for good measure, but soon perked up. I think the worst part for her was being unable to eat for 12 hours.

It just makes you think how important these animals are to us. They’re family and, even though I knew nothing would happen to Mowgli, I didn’t know where to be without her.

I think she’s quite excited to go outside, but I may wait a while before introducing her properly to rabbits Pebbles and Puddles.