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Anxiety Over Going to the Vet

Saturday, July 07, 2012

My cats are indoor, shy guys. Whenever I have to go to the vet, it is a major ordeal for me. I am bringing Harry in for his eye problem in about an hour and it's to a new vet. I feel anxious over driving with him even though he's in his carrier. He's such a shy guy and is so fearful of these infrequent trips. When he cries enroute, it makes me nervous. Silly, I know, and I just have to put my big girl pants on and concentrate that his eyeball needs help and this is the only way to get it.

Does anyone else go through this at pet-to-vet times?
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  • SKYEFYR
    I'm not sure it it'll help Harry or not, or even if he'll sit still for it but....

    Make yourself a cup of tea. :-)

    Seriously - soak a teabag for about 3 minutes. Semi-squeeze the water out and let it get cool to the touch. Place it on his eye. It will draw out a lot of the infection and stuff that can build up in there. I know it's worked wonders when mine got pink eye. Or even sometimes with allergy season theirs will get all red and aggravated. It works and it's safe for them. Regular old black tea - the kind of bags you buy in the big boxes at the store - nothing special.

    Works great for humans too at the end of a hard day or when your allergies act up and make you want to claw your eyes out.
    2880 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8522718
    When my cats are crying while riding in the car I don't feel very good about it either. i think that is a natural emotion with our babies. Also, going to a new vet is scary for them and us because we don't know how they will be with our pride and joy also!
    2884 days ago
  • FANGFACEKITTY
    I'm so sorry Harry's not well but glad his eye drops are helping.

    One of my cats, Tyler, howls and yowls at an ear splitting pitch the entire time he is in the carrier. A few years ago, when I broke my ankle and couldn't drive, my nephew who had only just received his first learning permit, came over to drive us all to the vet (me, 3 cats and my son). It was early March, there was a snow storm, my nephew was already extremely nervous about driving...and Tyler did his yowling thing. It was constant, the entire 20 minute drive each way. It was freaking me out and I was just the passenger. I felt so bad for my nephew but he got through the experience with only minimal emotional scarring LOL.
    2884 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    my pets are pretty good on teh way to the vets, but my dog did try to bite the vet once not good. I hope your cat is okay . they are part of the family and tug at our heart so. My prayers are with you both today
    2885 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I'm not really nervous, but tbe whole thing is just draining. Simba just howls the entire way - and is then perfectly happy at the vet. He HATES being shut into/out of something. Unfortunately he now sometimes pees in tbe car, too, which is very frustrating. And he needs to go every couple of months.

    Hopefully you're recovered now!
    2885 days ago
  • SHEILA234
    My Roscoe lets out his first cry when we get to the elevator (going to the car), and then a few on the way there. Once I walk into the vet's office with him, though, he's full into "I'm pretending I'm not here" mode. By that time, he has got himself fully UNDER the bath towel I had on the floor of the cat carrier, and he sits there, absolutely still and silent, all the time we're waiting to get called in for his appointment. I'm sure that he thinks because he is covered up I will think he isn't there. Too sweet! :) I hope your appointment with your kitty went went today, Jesse.
    2885 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5575543
    With six cats we have six trips to the vet and each cat has a slightly different persona. Three are quiet and well mannered. Two are noisy but calm. The last one is the old man of the group and he starts meowing or maybe I should say meyowling the minute he gets put in the carrier. I think he can be heard two counties away.

    Needless to say, it is always a fun trip. emoticon
    2885 days ago
  • NATPLUMMER
    I feel the same way when we need to bring out kitties in.
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    2885 days ago
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