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Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Yearly Visit to the Vet

Yup, it's that time of year again when Kirby gets his regular checkup, his shots, etc. I used to dread this  because he was hard to catch and extremely noisy when he was in the exam room. Started following some of the advice I had read and written about in previous blogs which seemed to help. Brought out the carrier where he can go in anytime he wants (and come out), put treats and play toys in the carrier, and threw in something with my scent on it. That seemed to help a lot. Still doesn't like to ride in the car. :>) Let's just say it's a work in progress.

In the beginning, I would be met with a face like this when I'd bring out the carrier:

(Especially the last one in the first row and the first one in the second row)
Getting him into the carrier would be something like this.

While in the carrier, his attitude was probably:
Thank goodness Mom got smarter and started considering how Kirby felt and how scary a trip to the vet can be. This part is much better now. Of course, once we are at the vets and he comes out of the carrier:

Dr. Molly has a way of keeping him calm if I leave the room. Don't hear the screaching and the squalling anymore like I used to. Exam goes well and it's time to go home. What a difference! Quiet and sleeping.

But if the truth be known, he may be having these thoughts.

Once we're home, the trip is just a thing of the past.

These links will take you to my previous blogs about preparing your cat for a more relaxed way of going to and seeing the vet. Wish I had known this when my boys were kittens. Sure would have made it a lot easier.

If you have any suggestions that have worked well with your cats, please share them with us.

Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.

1 comment:

  1. Your cat sounds just like mine! I'm going to follow some of your great advice to get my own kitty more comfortable with his carrier. I hope our cats realize that we only take them to the vet because we love them and want the best for them! PS: I love the pictures in your blog posts, they're so funny!