for the love of cats
Oscar and the vet do NOT get along at all. In fact, the vet will not even look at Oscar unless I sign a consent form allowing the vet to anaesthetise Oscar first. On one visit, it took the vet, two nurses and me to hold down the poor little bundle of fluff. Yeh. On another occasion, the vet gently tipped up the cat basket on the table to enable Oscar to come out. No. He tipped the cat basket further. No. He tipped the basket even further so the cat would fall out. No. So he held the basket vertically and shook it. Still the damn cat would not come out. When we looked in the basket, Oscar's eyes were like organ stops and he was clinging on to the sides of the basket for dear life. On yet another visit, he was in the inevitable cat basket, on the floor, howling like a werewolf. There were 7 or 8 dogs in the waiting room, along with other cats in baskets, pet bunnies, etc etc and by the time the vet called us in to the surgery, every dog in the waiting room was howling like a banshee. When I took him back on a return visit three days later we were sent straight in. I wonder why?
A few years ago when I was off work ill, I had to see a neurologist. The day before my appointment, Oscar cuffed me and gave me a black eye. No claws were involved, but he had such a powerful smack. The neurologist didn't comment on my bruised eye - either he didn't see it behind all the make up I'd put on or he was just being diplomatic.
He's not a very friendly cat as you have gathered, but I do love him so very, very much.
My my. I think your talent lies in writing, not in vet visits. There are mild anesthetic meds at Pet Stores for not too much money. You might try one of those before the visit, instead of letting vet anethetize him and charge you big bucks. Also, I think you can check in and wait outside until your turn and then the staff will come and get you. Maybe all the other animals and smells scare kitty. Does your vet have a nice clean smelling office or does it smell like dog? Maybe even a change in vets to one who actually sanitizes the waiting room... would help. Hope you have better luck in the future. Poor kitty!!! and poor you!
Hi Elaine, thank you. No problems with the other cats visiting the vet, and the vet's place is spotlessly clean. It's just Oscar and the way he is. As soon as we put him in the car he howls like a werewolf and doesn't stop till we get back home. He's just a big coward. ha ha ha.
Poor Oscar! I don't blame him, tho I do pity you in that he doesn't understand the vet visits are for his well being. Tsk, tsk, what a naughty boy :) Loved your story!!!
My Mimi (formerly feral) used to be like that. I guess I know what the song "Love Hurts" literally means!!! PTL she's not like that anymore...
Poor Oscar and poor you! It sounds very traumatic all round.
We live only a short walk from our vets but even so you'd think we were torturing our cats on the journey. They will happily clamber in and out of the kitty carriers for hours but once they are zipped up and airborne (our carriers are the sports bag type), the meowing starts and doesn't stop until we're home again. Generally they only need to go individually but on Booster Day, both my boyfriend and I have to take them. Matilda always meows the loudest and longest, then will shrink as low as possible to the vet's table and crawl on her belly as though no human could possibly see her. Boris, on the other hand, lies still but will mournfully stretch out one paw to me, if i offer a finger to him, he will dig his claws in the whole time! He's normally such a gentle chap, that I'm not sure if this is his way of reassuring himself whilst punishing me! There's usually a lot of blaming looks and a few bad words but a treat when we get home seems to make everything ok - they normally get straight back in the carriers for a nice nap!
That sounds like my cat Mr. Nice Guy.
Hes named that because i thought it would instill some kindness into his life.
Grouchy kitties don't like leaving the house and seeing strange smelling people, I'm glad hes been healthy enough in the past that he hasn't had to take the vet trip too often.
The attitude is "You can't do this to me! MERCY MERCY! take me home naaaaooooooooowwwwww!"
With a cat like Nice Guy, you get trained to know what they don't like really quick or end up with hurt feelings because they glare at you for overstepping your boundaries.
Like there is an unwritten book of laws and codes you must abide by, darn those formally dressed suave kitties.
They are very loving once you get past the hard exterior and they confide in you by coming for attention when they want it. NOT when we want it haha!