Cats Going to the Vet--Wish Us Luck!
Tarzan and Catfish, aka Puff-Puff and Bubby, do not yet know it, but they will be going to the vet today at 1 p.m. for their annual visit and checkup.
I do not like taking the cats to the vet. Dogs are MUCH easier. First of all, I have to get them into the carriers, Tarzan in the medium-sized one, because he is a very big boy, and Catfish in the small one. This isn't too hard, as I put the carriers in the apartment bedroom and close the door. Then I pick up each in turn and put them inside before they know what's going on. I feel so bad, especially for Catfish, because, as you know, he was rescued from a drain pipe at the RiverWalk, where he was living with a fishhook in his mouth, and had to be trapped. He was so scared of people. He hid out here for three weeks after I adopted him before he came out of his shell and let us love on him. Tarzan too was wild and afraid and I had to trap him to get him neutered when he was living the wild life in the jungle. So I know that going in the carrier worries them both.
I have two hard plastic pet carriers, and the last time I took the cats to the vet, we could not get Catfish out of it. We had to unscrew the entire thing and take it apart. So when I was in PetsMmart the other day and saw the above carrier, I didn't even look at the price, I just bought it! It will be perfect for him and once at the vet, I can just zip open the top rather than take the plastic one apart. Of course, what do you think The Boss said about the new carrier that I "didn't need." Sigh, it's not a matter of NEED, it's a matter of ease. Besides, he isn't going to the vet, I am, and anything to make the trip easier is worth every cent.
It takes me 20 minutes to drive to the vet clinic, and I will enjoy Tarzan's loud, pitiful, you-are-skinning-me-alive meowing at the top of his little lungs the entire way there. He's a talker normally, but get him in a crate in a car and I swear, he's almost as annoying as a kid having a temper tantrum in a restaurant (but not quite--nothing is THAT bad.)
So wish me luck and tomorrow I'll fill you in on the trip. Share your own vet stories here too! Above picture is Catfish along with his new carrier. I'll take pictures of him in it and also at the clinic!
Also, congratulate Shannon on her new boxer puppy, Rocky, a rescue dog her family decided to keep! As soon as she sends me pictures I will post them and we can all weigh in. And Shannon, no need to feel guilty. You know Harley (and Cody too)are just tickled that you are rescuing one of their own and giving it the same wonderful life they enjoyed.
posted by Sandy at 5/30/2007 08:12:00 AM