I think I have talked before about how difficult trips to the vet are for Scarlett. She is completely traumatized by the visits, and the vet staff members are forced to resort to tactics like wearing giant leather gauntlets to hold Scarlett down, which only makes her fear worse. It is very tempting to avoid the vet altogether, but the state of Washington now requires rabies vaccination compliance.
The cats' usual vet recommended sedating Scarlett for future appointments, but I was extremely reluctant to try something so extreme. I decided to try a different option: having a vet come to us. Dr. Cutting came over the week before Christmas to give Scarlett her vaccination, and the visit was a total failure; Scarlett had a complete meltdown and refused to let Dr. Cutting do anything at all. It was actually worse than when we go to the vet office, which I didn't think was possible.
So, despite my initial misgivings, it seems that medication is the way to go. Tonight, Scarlett will be getting an anti-anxiety medication, which will also have a mild sedative effect. Dr. Cutting will then come over and hopefully be able to vaccinate Scarlett. Wish us luck!