I am $800 poorer. Worth every penny.
One day later ...
Greatest post-operative challenge: preventing kitty from licking, biting or scratching his sutures while attempts at putting an e-collar around his neck stresses kitty so much that he ends up dry heaving with his little pink tongue hanging out. I have become an attentive 24-hour nurse but I am feeling like a very bad and helpless kitty mummy.