When my cats leave the house, they are in a carrier. It really isn’t optional. It is truly the only safe way to transport cats for veterinary appointments, travel or in emergency situations. Humans should not try to deal with a panicked cat who’s teeth and claws can turn into lethal weapons. The cat has a safe place during a potentially scary and stressful time.
Here are some tips to do the carrier thing properly:
Mrs. Quinn was shocked and became a bit defensive when we combed her dignified, handsome tabby Gus, only to find evidence of fleas. “But he’s indoors only, he’s not scratching, and I haven’t seen any fleas. Are you sure that is not just dirt!? And besides, how could they have gotten in the house? ”
This weekend we were away and one of our wonderful Chico Hospital for Cats staff members, Katie, stayed at the house to care for Luigi, our big goofy dog and BoDaishin (“One who seeks enlightenment”) and Andy, our also goofy Burmese cats. We met up on our return where she showed us the visitor that came up to the back door on her camera phone. It was the biggest rattlesnake I have seen since we moved into our home 14 years ago. Because my two cats are indoors only, my concern was mainly for the dog.