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!|
|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.