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taking meanie cat to the vet? [Apr. 25th, 2013|09:41 am]
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My older cat, Ella, has a clear spot on her eye. It doesn't seem painful or irritated, and there's no discharge, so I'm waiting a little while. If it's not better by tomorrow I'll call the vet and make an appointment.

Does anyone have any suggestions for taking a notoriously obnoxious kitty to the vet? Of particular note, I don't have a car, so I'll be getting a taxi if we go (15 minute ride there). Ella is quite large--17 pounds--so she's hard to hold, too. (She'll be in a carrier there and back, but she's been described as "fractious" by multiple vets.)

Here's Queen Ella:

pretty Ella
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[User Picture]From: kaelstra
2013-04-25 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'll toss it out here as a way to travel a kitty without medication:

http://www.amazon.com/Thundershirt-M-Heather-Grey-Cat/dp/B007Y31JP6

I recently picked up one of these for my cat who is a chronic howler. He howls all night, scratches the door jambs, and is a general monster. We put the shirt on him at night, and he's a saint all night, it's so calming.

I'm mentioning it because one of the main uses for cats is to make them easier to handle for vet trips. It basically renders my cat into a giant lazy lump, and makes him very easy to handle. The other great thing about the shirt is you can leave it on at the vet's, and it makes it easier for them to deal with her as well. It has a complete money-back guarantee on it, and I've gotten both of mine (I loved it so much I got a second one for my other occasionally problematic kitty) at a local PetSmart.
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[User Picture]From: wicked_sassy
2013-04-26 01:46 am (UTC)
Thank you, I will check it out! I'm not sure she'd let me put one on her, but it does seem like a very good idea.
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[User Picture]From: squid_ink
2013-04-25 07:57 pm (UTC)
I have a kitty whos a total sweetheart with me but FREAKS OUT at life in general (like my other cats, dogs barking in the distance send him into a frenzy...even my husband couldn't get within five feet of him for MONTHS)

I found a vet who makes house calls and deals with ferals. (he's not feral but..well..a major scardey cat)

He's also FIV so I want to keep his stress levels down.

do you think this is an option for you?

if not.. just towel her and lock the carrier, fast. If you have a friend who can hold the carrier still, all the better. All my cats require two people to get 'stuffed' (into a cat carrier)

good luck! she's gorgeous!

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[User Picture]From: squid_ink
2013-04-25 07:59 pm (UTC)
forgot to mention... Ollie (my FIV kitty) had an eye injury and has a white spot on one eye (he has limited vision)

it requires some antibiotics now and then.

hope it's something this simple for you!
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[User Picture]From: wicked_sassy
2013-04-26 01:50 am (UTC)
A vet who makes house calls is a good idea--I will look into that around here and see. I've been able to get her into carriers before (while I was wearing long sleeves to save my arms from kicking), so fingers crossed for this time, too.

Thanks so much! :)
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[User Picture]From: arlen_esq
2013-04-26 03:02 am (UTC)
My parents have a cat who's such a beast when trying to get her into a carrier, they just stopped taking her to the vet for a number of years--until my mom wanted to adopt another cat from the shelter she volunteers with, and they wouldn't do it until the beast-kitty was up-to-date on her shots. The trick they used? They put some wet food down on a piece of cardboard, then slapped a clothes hamper over the greedily eating beast-kitty, and just duct-taped the whole thing together.

Probably not practical for a larger cat (beast-kitty is tiny), or for a taxi ride--but the vet thought it was *hilarious*. Duct tape really does fix anything.
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[User Picture]From: wicked_sassy
2013-04-26 11:05 am (UTC)
Haha, what a great story! Duct tape to the rescue!!
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[User Picture]From: kitzira
2013-04-26 01:41 am (UTC)
Almost looks like the start of an eye ulcer, which will likely require antibiotic drops.

As far as your vet, if she as aggressive at the vet as you say, I would fast her overnight, incase they have to sedate her. Keeps her from vomiting when the sedation wears off.

Also, I hope you have her microchipped. An 'aggressive' cat at the vet is an 'aggressive' cat at the shelter, which wouldn't go up for adoption and would barely squeek through a terrifying 3 day stray hold period. A microchipped cat we would keep around longer, trying to get response out of an owner.
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[User Picture]From: wicked_sassy
2013-04-26 01:45 am (UTC)
That's not really a current picture. :)

Thank you for the advice!
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