Traveling Dog Lady: Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day was August 22, 2016 #Cat2VetDay

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day was August 22, 2016 #Cat2VetDay

Little did I know that August 22, 2016 was "National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day" when I made my appointment for all three cats to be visited by our mobile vet, Bay State Mobile Veterinary Service on that day!

Of course, when the neighbors saw the van pull into my driveway, they were concerned that something was wrong with one of the critters.  Nope, I explained, it's just easier to have the vet come to me, than drag three yowling cats, in crates, to the veterinarian's office.  It's also a lot better on my shoulders (ouch!) and my anxiety level.  And theirs (the cats, AND the vet).  Win-win for all!

 

                                       This is what it used to be like!!


 




My cats did not like the experience at home any more than the experience at the vet's office!  We did not bring them into the veterinarian's van, although that is an option.  I invited the vet and her assistant into my home, and we corralled the cats in the basement (i.e., the Girl Cave -- it's not a creepy basement!).  They even brought a portable scale and weighed each cat.  As predicted, Cali is the smallest, and Tux (the food addict) is the largest.

Newman was the best behaved and easiest.  Cali was screaming and hissing and growling, but allowed them to do everything they needed to do, despite the fact that Tux kept jumping up on the table to instigate her further.  I had "shooosh" duty!  Then, it was Tux's turn, and he wouldn't let us pick him up, but then he relented and growled and hissed just as much as Cali did.  Then, they all didn't "speak" to me for two days!

Maybe we will speak to you again, if you give us canned cat food!

It ended up that the dogs would have been due for some booster vaccines in January.  While I normally don't like to over-vaccinate, I agreed with the vet that it was easier to just do everybody now and be done with it for another year (or three, in the case of rabies).  Cooper, as always, was a piece of cake.  Charlie, as always, had to growl and whine and threaten to bite.  Sigh.

Watch out! Sometimes I gets in a bad mooood!


If you don't have a mobile vet in your area, why not petition your local vets to consider starting mobile services?

As a member of Cat Writers' Association,  I get to be the first to know about fun things such as National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day #Cat2VetDay.  They sent us some brochures, infographics and flyers to share with our readers.  Here is a link to all of the info, courtesy of American Association of Feline Practitioners.  

I'm including the #Cat2VetDay infographic below, for your viewing pleasure!





What is your experience taking your cats to the vet?  Do you avoid going because of the stress and hassle?  Do you rise to the challenge and get it done despite the stress involved?  Use Rescue Remedy or another herbal relaxation treatment for your cat(s)?  Share your cat-to-the-vet experience in the comments.



4 comments:

  1. Great story!! Thanks for the info about the mobile vet. Would come in very handy for me and my three boy kitties as well. I'll have to look into it.

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  2. I really like your blog. First time I heard about the mobile vet. Very interesting and helpful when you really need it.
    Dan

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    1. Thank you for reading, and for your feedback. Much appreciated! The mobile vet is a great solution for multi-pet families :)

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