Today is the international Take your cat to the vet day! Unfortunately, little fuzzball doesn’t care about human days. What shall you do?
Start with doing mock checkups at home, to get the kitty used to being poked, prodded and squeezed. Get the cat familiarized with the (preferably) solid carrier let Admiral Wuss-Wuss sleep in it, leave in the living room, and make it a general part of life. Next comes car familiarization: take your cat on small rides, and gently increase their length so that Mittens gets used to it, as well as disassociating rides from vet visits.
Its also a good thing to take a towel or blanket that smells of home with you. Use it to make the kitty calmer in the waiting room, in the procedure area, and even leave this bit of home if overnight stay is required. Having a good rapport with the vet also helps being less stressed and having a caring doctor helps the cat, too!
Possibly killing your family cat will surely send any preteen into emergency mode, but the fear of getting in trouble is always a priority.
Redditor ChiefAcorn shared an email they received at the animal hospital where they work. Maggie, a 12-and-a-half-year-old wasn’t paying attention and her cat Shadow snuck a few sips of her strawberry milk, which concerned her enough to write her vet an email while her family was sleeping.
“I am concerned how this may effect him because I do not know if he has ever drunken milk or strawberry milk,” the email reads. “I am also concerned because I am the only one in my family who is awake and I am only 12 and a half so I don’t know what to do. Please help me.”
Maggie’s adorable call for help was met with reassuring email from the vet, letting her know that it was OK for Shadow to have a few sips of strawberry milk, but that it’s probably not a good idea to let it happen often.
Unfortunately, it took the vet a little while to get back to Maggie, but we’re sure her parents would understand if she was forced to tell them the tale of Shadow and the strawberry milk sips.
When he showed up on the doorstep of Faye Richards’ house in Withywood, England, a cat named Grant was in horrible shape. Covered from head to toe in wet concrete, the poor cat was surely going to die if someone didn’t help him out.
When Richards took him to her local vet, she learned the heartbreaking truth about Grant’s situation.
By the time the vet could see him, the concrete on his back had already hardened. Because he was traumatized, doctors decided to forego a bath in favor of combing out everything they could.
“Grant did not have any concrete on his paws and the pattern of the concrete on his fur looks like it was poured over him. Cats are not normally attracted to wet concrete. Because of the soft feel of it, they find it quite unsettling.”
At this point, Grant is getting plenty of rest and relaxation.
I’m pretty sure that pets feel the same way about a trip to the vet as we do about a visit to the dentist.
It’s basically the worst thing ever while it’s happening, but afterwards they get treats and we get a fun little goodie bag filled with toothpaste and floss.
On second thought, they totally get the better end of the deal!
But I digress…while not every cat and dog despises the vet, these furry felines are certainly not looking forward to being poked and prodded, regardless of how many tuna treats you plan on feeding them later.
1. The sink is a strong go-to when it comes to stealthy hiding spots.