View Full Version : Cats just love to make you feel like the worst person in the world when you're trying to help them.

12-09-2011, 05:32 PM
My parents cat, the dim but lovable Zeus, has been having some skin problems. They had got bad enough to go to the vets. As my mum is busy, and my dad can't get around easily without help, I was drafted in on this perilous quest.

Get the cat to the vet.

When I got there, my parents had already struggled him into the carrier. Dad was bleeding. Mum was sulking upstairs. We had an appointment at 12:10. It was 11:15. From the carrier came the most pathetic mews I've ever heard. Carefully pitched to tug at the heartstrings.

Ten minutes later he started to try and claw his way out. Like I said. Not very bright. Mewing all the while.
*carrier shakes*

It was quite hard to ignore. At this point I started feeling dreadful.

Finally, we had to walk him down to the vet. I picked him up, and god, the noise he started making. I talked to him, tried to calm him down. The closer to the vets the more stressful the noise. Eventually this happened.

"I'm sorry. It's for your own good."
"I know. I'm dreadful."
"That's right, Zeus, I am worse than Hitler, are you happy now?"
"... mreeeeew."
Me and dad got some strange looks.

In the vets itself he was silent. We think he slipped into a panicked fugue state, because when you looked at him he was this flattened-eared, wide-eyed picture of misery.

The vet pulled him out of the carrier to look at him. He went fairly easily. I think he was just glad to be out. As she manhandled him he looked at me and dad with eyes that said 'why. why do you hate me, human?". The vet decided to give him a couple of injections- some antibiotics as he had a minor infection in one of the bits he'd been scratching at and some steroids- so dad had to hold him down.

He just sat there, watching me. As the injections went in he made sure to flinch. If he could have made tears flow at will he would have.

Back in the carrier, pay 75 to the vets (owch) on the way home he slips out of the fugue state again.

"Oh god, just shut up."
"We're going home now."
"I wish I were dead, so I didn't have to hear your pathetic face noise."

He kept winning these conversations of ours.

We let him out at home, and he promptly gave us the most pathetic face I've seen on an animal outside of RSPCA adverts and stalked off. He made sure to let us know that the expensive and awkward trip to make him better was not appreciated and he had better get pampered for it.

The manipulative little shit.

12-09-2011, 05:36 PM
I dread every time I have to take my cat to the vet. My cat hates the pet carrier, and knows what it means if she sees it. I have to plan ahead in order to take her for her annual checkup and shots.

Most of time there is bleeding involved. Mine.

Lyra Jean
12-09-2011, 06:13 PM
now I feel bad. my cat loves his carrier and goes in it all the time even if we're not going anywhere.

12-09-2011, 07:21 PM
Ah bless him, poor mite. They don't understand what we're doing when we take them, so it is scary. I generally spray some feliway on a blanket and put that in the box when ours go to the vets.

Our Mething was a brave thing when she was ill, but she clearly thought we'd abandoned her at the vets. They were worried that she wasn't eating after her abdominal surgery. Turns out all she needed was 10 minutes out of the cage cuddling mummy to convince her she hadn't been forgotten and she happily downed an entire bowlful. The sight of her when she first saw me come in, and she struggled so much to get upright and stumble over to me while still attached to a drip was heartbreaking. Sigh. And then I had to leave her there another night.

And who says cats don't love their owners?

...Looshkin, however, is just a complete wuss. Going to the vets is a trauma for him because leaving the house or seeing the terror that is the sky for any reason at all ever is reason enough for him to cry, tremble like a leaf and try to return to the womb. Complete mummy's boy, that one.

12-09-2011, 07:31 PM
I think it's worse for him in a lot of ways. He was an abandoned kitty- dumped in a cardboard carrier in our back garden in winter three years ago- and I think somewhere in his thick little head he remembers that.

As if we'd abandon him, the sweetheart. We just don't want him to have sore, itchy, oozy patches where the fur is thinning any more.

Lyra Jean
12-09-2011, 08:04 PM
aw poor kitty. that does explain a lot.

12-09-2011, 08:52 PM
aw poor kitty. that does explain a lot.

Yeah. The vet said they thought he'd been in there three or four days before we found him and one more would have killed him. He's a very lucky kitty we went out back and decided to throw that box away... and realised there was weight in it.

We think that's why he's so greedy, too, poor boy.

Still doesn't excuse that over the top, manipulative display earlier!

Oh. by the way. Here he is.

12-09-2011, 09:09 PM
Pretty boy. If you dont have a carrier that easily divides into top and bottom, get one. Wrap the cat in a towel and build the carrier around him. Less bleeding, unless you are really bad at this.

Really stressed cats can also benefit from sedatives that your vet sends home with you. Since he was calmer at the vets, hes prolly not that bad off. Plus if you arrive with a doped cat thats sick, your vet has to figure out if he's apathetic or doped, and owner descriptions pre-doping arent always as helpful.

12-09-2011, 10:00 PM
Oh just look at that face! He knows he's got you wrapped around his finger, doesn't he.

12-09-2011, 10:04 PM
Damn right he does. I wish me and Jos could have kept him when we found him, but our lease doesn't allow pets. And he's good company for my dad.

Cliff Face
12-10-2011, 05:59 AM
My cat is a pain to get in the carrier, too. He'll scratch, sure, but mostly he's just fast and will hide in any location. If you miss him in the hallway, suddenly he's under a bed behind a box.

And he definitely mews pathetically while in the carrier. Really good at the vets though, which is strange as he isn't brave around people he doesn't know. Whenever someone visits our house, he hides...

12-10-2011, 07:31 AM
I keep saying it.

Tiger kitties are between Ceiling Cat and Basement Cat.

Ceiling Cat doesn't want them and Basement Cat is afraid they'll take over.