Georgie + Tammy Go to the Vet [PHOTOS]
My two cats recently moved in with my boyfriend. If you are a cat owner then you are probably aware that cats don’t like to move.
I have heard of saying that cats would prefer to stay at their old house with new owners than move to a new house with their old ones. Well, I don’t know if mine are that set in their ways, but we are absolutely going through growing pains.
Georgie has been hiding, yowling, and hissing when we try to pet her or even talk to her. She’s usually more friendly to me when Boyfriend is not around, but not always. Before the move she was very affectionate with me. Anytime I would sit down, she would jump up in my lap,and sometimes she would jump in the recliner when she saw me walking toward it.
Since the move, three weeks ago, she has not been the same. Concerned that she might actually be injured or hurt, I made an appointment with a local vet to check her out. After examining her through loud meows, he determined that she was severely stressed, and asked me if we had recently moved.
He affirmed that cats do not like a change to their environment, and that they are highly sensitive to even small changes like adding a scented stick up on the side of a litter box, for example. He gave me some pheromone wines to apply to her ‘usual spots’ and illustrated how helpful they were when he had his assistant apply them to the cat carrier.
We placed Georgie back in, and she calmed down quickly. There was less hissing and meowing. At this point, I shared with him a photo I had taken of my other kitty, Tammy.
Tammy recently injured one of her back paws. She was struggling against Boyfriend as we was trying to put her into her carrier. The doctor looked at the photo, and thought maybe we just needed to remove the injured claw.
I came back with Tammy later that afternoon, and we discovered that she had actually broken her claw. This experience was all together different from Georgie’s. Tammy didn’t meow, and she didn’t hiss.
The carrier had been wiped down earlier with the pheromones and probably helped calm her. So hen he removed her from it, she stood on the examination table and allowed him to examine her paw without any fuss.
He took her in the back, applied anesthetic, cut her claw back where it was inflamed, and bandaged it. When he brought her back she was still calm, and he said she was great. No fussing in the back either. She didn’t even meow!
She calmly went back into her carrier, and since then we have been giving her antibiotics twice a day to prevent infection.
By the end of the end of the evening, both cats seemed to be feeling much better. Georgie had been inhaling the pheromones and calmed down. Tammy was moving around slow, but she hadn’t ditched her bandage yet.
All in all it was a very productive trip to the vet, and now I have two happier an healthier kitties.