Thursday, January 5, 2012

Scarlett and the Vet





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!


19 comments:

SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra said...

Our mama says she can totally understand, as that is how Shelly reacts also. We are all purring that the meds will calm you down, sweet girl.

xxxxxx

Rene said...

Oh, Scarlett. I hope the sedative works and she can get vaccinated and examed.

Kjelle Bus said...

Aww , Scarlet I´m so sorry to hear that you disslike the vet sooo much :(
I hope anti-anxiety medication will help tonight so you can have your vaccination.

kelley said...

oh Scarlett...wishing all goes well this time...terrible to be so traumatized...Melly will probably sneak up on you and snuggle while you're sedated too...hugs and best wishes...

~*Connie*~ said...

Oh Scarlett, I'm sorry you don't like the white coats.. but it is understandable, they rarely do anything really cool like give you turkey or nip or something like that..

Have you considered an animal communicator to try to help Scarlett? Or some Reki?

Cynthia M. Suprenant said...

She LOOKS so peaceful, doesn't she? But she can be fearsome, it appears. I had a big cat who shared Scarlett's disdain for veterinary medicine. Drugs made all the difference! Hope it works well with her. My vet told me that he would rather face an angry or fearful dog in an exam room than an angry or fearful cat!

MrsB said...

I had a little girlie that was just like that - she got used to the carrier - and the vet visit - but she always came home and hid for 24 hours.

Simba said...

Oh, Scarlett, we are sorry it is SO traumatic for you. One time, Mom got me my rabies vaccination through a vaccination clinic day our town was having and the vet didn't even remove me from my carrier - he just pulled the back half of me out, popped in the needle behind my shoulders, and that was that. I didn't have time to realize what was happening.

We will be very interested in finding out how the sedative works. We hope it will make it a better experience all round.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, poor Scarlett. Purrs and paws crossed that the meds calm her down enough to get to the vet and get home without incident!

Marlene said...

oh dear Scarlett. We do hope this goes well. We don't like to see any of our friends upset :(

We're sending some purrs to you in the hope that it will be over quickly and calmly.

9, Chani and Sheamus Popoki

Laura said...

Poor Scarlett! I had a kitty who was equally traumatized by vets, but then we moved and I took him to a new vet who apparently had a truly unbelievable gift of keeping kitties calm, and he was happy as could be the entire visit, to my shock. So I hope that someday Scarlett can also meet her magic vet person! In the meantime, yes, sedatives sound like the best route, poor baby.

BeadedTail said...

Oh poor Scarlett! We hope the sedative works so you don't have to go through all that trauma again.

Sparkle said...

Paws crossed for you and Scarlett! It's too bad the whole vet thing stresses her out so badly that she needs medication. I get VERY scared and trembly, but other than that, I am pretty well behaved.

catonsvillecats said...

I have one who sometimes has to be sedated at the vet - but I don't think it's because she is afraid, she's not afraid of ANYTHING (vacuum cleaners, plumbers with big noisy snaking machines), I think it's because she's pissed off. If she needs an xray or blood draw, she gets a shot of "kitty magic" first. Her regular vet is able to vaccinate her ok but she does get annoyed and refuse to let her abdomen get palpated...

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Oh my ... what a lot of trauma for you and for her. Hope all goes well and that it's over quickly.

Have a great day.

pawhugs, Max

Repositório said...

Poor Scarlet!!!
Here my cats don´t like to go to the vet too!
Kisses
Marilia

Anonymous said...

Poor Scarlet (and poor cat Mom too!). Cats unfortunately can be too smart for their own good at times- most cats never forget who the vet is and the unpleasantness of it. Kudos to your vet for attempting the house visit before the last resort of drugs. And kudos to you for following the law for Rabies vaccinations- we have a lot of bats where I live, which is great for keeping down the mosquito population, but unfortunately means a rather high number of rabid bat incidents. So I think the vaccination is great even for an indoor cat.

Mark's Mews said...

Wow, we dont like goin ta the vet either, but we dont get THAT upset. We hope the med works...

MysterLynch said...

My Mother's cat handles the vet ok, but the actual traveling is what gets her. She starts to drool and foam at the mouth.

Very sad. While I know it is for the best, I feel like a total heel when I haul her off into the car.