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    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 11th Aug 19, 8:42 PM
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    Getting the Cat into the Cat Carrier
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    • 11th Aug 19, 8:42 PM
    Getting the Cat into the Cat Carrier 11th Aug 19 at 8:42 PM
    My cat needs to go to the vet for her yearly healthcheck and vaccinations. I am going to make an appointment for her on Thursday. However, the last time we tried to take her she turned into a complete wildcat.

    We used plug in Feliway and the cat carrier was sitting in the kitchen for a week for her to get used to it but as soon we tried to pick her up she got wind of what was happening and she went absolutely crazy. My husband had bleeding scratches and bites all up his arms so he put on some heavy duty gardening gloves but she was just too strong for us. We also tried wrapping her in a blanket as a last resort but we just could not push her into the carrier and close the opening before she escaped. In the end we had to ring the vet and cancel. Luckily it was a minor problem, a sore paw, which I bathed and it got better.

    However this time she has to go. I asked the vets for something to calm her but they refused. I am just wondering if catnip would work or any other suggestions?
    The forest would be very silent if no birds sang except for the birds that sang the best






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    • room512
    • By room512 18th Aug 19, 12:46 AM
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    We had to cancel about 10 appointments for one of our cats injections this year. In the end the vet said once she is in the box ring us and we'll fit you in! The carrier sat in the lounge for two months. Every evening as soon as the vet was shut she would happily go in and lie in the carrier. In the end she happened to go in whilst the vet was open and so I shut the door and the vet fitted us in. She makes such a noise and always messes in the carrier. She has a special message on her page on the computer at the vets about being a timid cat. Last time we were even given our own room to wait in! Luckily the other two go in no problem.
    We have tried everything. Looking at the carrier that opens at the top I am sure she would jump out before we could shut it. She's a little terror but we love her. All three are rescue cats that we have had from kittens but she had a bad experience at the vets when she was spayed (she had an abscess and the vet just pushed on it to burst it). Before that she would go in happily.
    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 19th Aug 19, 2:27 PM
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    Well we managed to get the cat to the vets. I distracted her with Dreamies and then my husband grabbed her and tried to push her into the carrier. However, it was not all plain sailing. She fought with him and his arms ended up very badly scratched, dripping with blood. We had to treat his injuries before we went. I asked him why he didn't use the gloves, which he had got out and he said they would have frightened her.

    When we got her to the surgery she had wet herself - we had puppy pads but she was smelly. The vet took her to clean her up and she was such a darling little cat, you wouldn't think she was the same wildcat as half an hour before.

    She is still overweight but because of the healthy food diet I devised for her she has lost some weight. They said it wasn't enough and they want her to go to their slimming club with a weigh in once a month. I said to them you have to be joking, look at his arms. So the nurse is going to ring me with details of a prescription diet.

    I think though, those diets are not good food and if she is losing weight on my diet, which I recently put together, then that should be good enough. I worked it out to be 160 calories and she doesn't seem too hungry on that. Before when she had the prescription diet she was always crying pitifully for food.

    The journey home was a breeze. They always seem to know and she has taken herself upstairs to chill and calm down.
    The forest would be very silent if no birds sang except for the birds that sang the best






    • room512
    • By room512 19th Aug 19, 10:50 PM
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    We have to take ours to the vet tomorrow - must have been tempting fate by posting! She has a poorly mouth so we have to get her there. Dreading it. Glad you got yours to the vet but sorry to hear about your husband's arms!
    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 22nd Aug 19, 9:19 PM
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    We have to take ours to the vet tomorrow - must have been tempting fate by posting! She has a poorly mouth so we have to get her there. Dreading it. Glad you got yours to the vet but sorry to hear about your husband's arms!
    Originally posted by room512
    Good luck. Let us know the outcome.
    The forest would be very silent if no birds sang except for the birds that sang the best






    • splishsplash
    • By splishsplash 22nd Aug 19, 9:49 PM
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    This is pretty much what I do: .

    If you have a difficult cat, your type of cat carrier is a disaster. You have no way to hold them in it while you close it. The design in the video means you run them in head first and close the door before they can turn around.
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    • cheeky-peach
    • By cheeky-peach 23rd Aug 19, 8:15 AM
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    You can also get some Feliway type spray which you can put on a towel or something and put into the crate. One of our cats is a nightmare and I found this helps.
    • room512
    • By room512 25th Aug 19, 6:20 PM
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    I picked her up and shoved her in before she knew what was happening! We then had the yowling and pooing in the car. Get into the vets and she is perfectly behaved. Get back in the car and the yowling starts again. It is so traumatic for us and her. They think she may have been stung on her lip or it could be an ingrowing hair. Hopefully the sting or we have to go back in two weeks!
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 25th Aug 19, 6:41 PM
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    This isn't a moneysaving option, but someone I know has a cat who gets SO stressed by visits to the vet that home visits have been suggested.
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    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 25th Aug 19, 6:46 PM
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    This isn't a moneysaving option, but someone I know has a cat who gets SO stressed by visits to the vet that home visits have been suggested.
    Originally posted by Savvy_Sue
    I'd try to avoid this - the cat may never feel safe in his/her own home.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 25th Aug 19, 7:14 PM
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    I'd try to avoid this - the cat may never feel safe in his/her own home.
    Originally posted by Silvertabby
    Well, it's the state the cat gets into being put into a carrier which is the concern.
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    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 25th Aug 19, 10:30 PM
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    Well, it's the state the cat gets into being put into a carrier which is the concern.
    Originally posted by Savvy_Sue
    I am not sure about home visits as there is plenty of scope for hiding under the bed etc. Also she keeps still at the vet but may not do so in the house. We only live 5 minutes from the vet so its a short trip, just a bit traumatic for all of us.
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    • hb2
    • By hb2 26th Aug 19, 10:38 AM
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    There are mixed opinions about getting the vet to do a home visit. Yes, it can save the distress of getting kitty into a basket; on the other paw, it can mean that kitty no longer feels safe in their own home. There is no one 'right' answer, it depends on the cat and owner.
    • room512
    • By room512 26th Aug 19, 12:41 PM
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    A home visit wouldn't work for us as all our cats hide when we have visitors. My mother in law comes to stay and the first time one of the cats wouldn't come in for the three days she stayed and had to be fed on the patio! Luckily, she has got used to her now but even so a stranger wouldn't see her. Had a cat sitter to feed them twice a day for a week and she saw all three in the distance every time she came! It's embarrassing as when it is just us they are all super friendly. Maybe it is because they are all rescue cats that we have had since kittens.
    • UKTigerlily
    • By UKTigerlily 13th Oct 19, 11:33 AM
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    Well we managed to get the cat to the vets. I distracted her with Dreamies and then my husband grabbed her and tried to push her into the carrier. However, it was not all plain sailing. She fought with him and his arms ended up very badly scratched, dripping with blood. We had to treat his injuries before we went. I asked him why he didn't use the gloves, which he had got out and he said they would have frightened her.

    When we got her to the surgery she had wet herself - we had puppy pads but she was smelly. The vet took her to clean her up and she was such a darling little cat, you wouldn't think she was the same wildcat as half an hour before.

    She is still overweight but because of the healthy food diet I devised for her she has lost some weight. They said it wasn't enough and they want her to go to their slimming club with a weigh in once a month. I said to them you have to be joking, look at his arms. So the nurse is going to ring me with details of a prescription diet.

    I think though, those diets are not good food and if she is losing weight on my diet, which I recently put together, then that should be good enough. I worked it out to be 160 calories and she doesn't seem too hungry on that. Before when she had the prescription diet she was always crying pitifully for food.

    The journey home was a breeze. They always seem to know and she has taken herself upstairs to chill and calm down.
    Originally posted by tesuhoha



    I'm not a Vet, but personally I don't see the need for special food for weight loss. If the cat takes in less than it burns off, it will lose weight, whatever it is fed. You've already got some weight off, so i'd keep doing what you're doing!


    I read a suggestion to cover the carrier so the cat feels even more secure, and to wait outside so it helps to keep him/her more relaxed; i'll be trying these when my own cat goes back on Friday!
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 13th Oct 19, 12:09 PM
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    This is pretty much what I do: .

    If you have a difficult cat, your type of cat carrier is a disaster. You have no way to hold them in it while you close it. The design in the video means you run them in head first and close the door before they can turn around.
    Originally posted by splishsplash
    I could never get that close to my cat with a towel, she'd be upstairs under the bed as soon as I walked in the room.

    Catching her is a two person job and we only get one chance, if we get it wrong and she escapes we can't go anywhere near her for days, I now have to ring the vet when we're both at home to see whether or not they're fully booked, catch the cat, then phone back to make an appointment.
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    • tesuhoha
    • By tesuhoha 13th Oct 19, 9:00 PM
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    I could never get that close to my cat with a towel, she'd be upstairs under the bed as soon as I walked in the room.

    Catching her is a two person job and we only get one chance, if we get it wrong and she escapes we can't go anywhere near her for days, I now have to ring the vet when we're both at home to see whether or not they're fully booked, catch the cat, then phone back to make an appointment.
    Originally posted by peachyprice
    Sounds like my world. The other one needs to go now and she is even more of a nightmare.
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    • Gavin83
    • By Gavin83 14th Oct 19, 12:41 PM
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    I could never get that close to my cat with a towel, she'd be upstairs under the bed as soon as I walked in the room.
    Originally posted by peachyprice
    Maybe try shutting the bedroom door before you start the process?
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 14th Oct 19, 12:57 PM
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    Maybe try shutting the bedroom door before you start the process?
    Originally posted by Gavin83
    She would go under the bed and pee there.

    I did manage to shut her in the bathroom once, then she had nowhere to go, that was about 6 months ago, she won't come in the bathroom now unless we're in the shower or sitting on the loo. She really knows how to bear a grudge.

    She even knows the sound of flea drops packaging being opened and hides for hours.
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    • warby68
    • By warby68 14th Oct 19, 12:59 PM
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    Had to take a very reluctant cat last week.

    Decided to get a new carrier and bought a soft one of sports holdall material and mesh- front flap opens completely and lies flat to ground - top opens so its light and bright. Only 18 from Amazon.

    Started putting bits of tuna at far end and didn't take long for her to go in to eat it. Kept doing this over a day or so and then at vet time zipped it up behind her. Marvellously easy after multiple abject failures with the plastic things. Couldn't believe our luck.

    Just to prove it wasn't beginner's luck and that once wise to it she wouldn't be caught again, she's still happy to go in to get the odd tuna treat.
    • TripleH
    • By TripleH 30th Oct 19, 8:29 PM
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    We had to do a 4 hour car journey (moving home) a couple of weeks ago. The younger 2 happily went into the large cat carrier they were sharing (poor deluded fools). The oldest refused to go in hers and did everything she could not to get put in. In the end she was carried down to the car and we set off at 6am.

    After crying a bit she pooed on my wife and went into the cat carrier herself where she was shut in for the rest of the journey.

    The younger 2 seemed quite calm, the middle one cuddled up to a hot water bottle for about half the journey. On arrival however she crawled into their space ship and stayed therr for 3 hours.

    All 3 are happily settled in the new place and seem to like it more than our old home just to end on a high point, i just dread trying to take the younger 2 anywhere again!
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