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Panic at the vet.

Monkas
August 7th, 2008, 12:57 PM
HI,

I brought my stray cat to the vet. To get her fixed. She used to live on the street for about 4-5 years and recently (its been a year) she started trusting us and comes in the house and sleeps at night in(3 months ago she even gave birth to her kittens in the house). In the car she was quiet and she was ok the only thing she was scared and her eyes were huge.(i put blanket over the cage so she does not get stressed too much) In the room with the vet she was nervous but still I could hug her. He could easily check her eyes, teeth, ears. (the vet said we should stay in the room when they inject he needle)When they tried to make her lie down and started injecting the needles she got crazy. Started screaming like a lion and she started jumping in the room like crazy. My heart was melting. The doctor said seldom cats get so scared and scratch the people. There was one accident the person was taken with an emergency to the hospital because the cat scratched him. My poin is that I felt so sorry for her. Is she going ot be ok? We will take her home this evening. I hope she will still trust us? Please let me know what do you think and if you have experianced the same situation:sad:

ancientgirl
August 7th, 2008, 01:06 PM
Thank you for taking this girl in and getting her spayed.

I don't think you will have an issue of her not trusting you. When I took my former stray girl to the vet for the first time she was fine with me after. I've taken her in and given her a home, and the first time I brought her home after leaving her to get bathed and checked at the vet she was fine with me.

Make sure she's got a nice quiet spot to recover. Give her plenty of food and water and when you are with her speak very softly and soothingly. Don't rush her to come to you and she will be okay.

Did you find home for the kittens she had?

14+kitties
August 7th, 2008, 01:08 PM
Did you tell the vet your cat was a feral? Technically that's what she is. If she has only been trusting you enough to sleep in your house for a little while then she is still on the wild side.
The vet should have been made aware of this. He should then have left her in her carrier to sedate her which would have made his job quite a bit easier. I am not blaming you. He should have picked up on that too. Personally, I have never heard of a vet who wants you in the room while he sedates a cat for surgery. This just sounds a little weird.
She should be fine. She needs to be kept quiet for at least a week, preferrably two. I am sure your vet will give you lots of info for her recovery.
It may be a good idea if you considered making her a totally indoor kitty. She would be a lot safer. Thank you for taking this kitty in and for getting her spayed. :thumbs up

Monkas
August 7th, 2008, 01:11 PM
Thank you for taking this girl in and getting her spayed.

I don't think you will have an issue of her not trusting you. When I took my former stray girl to the vet for the first time she was fine with me after. I've taken her in and given her a home, and the first time I brought her home after leaving her to get bathed and checked at the vet she was fine with me.

Make sure she's got a nice quiet spot to recover. Give her plenty of food and water and when you are with her speak very softly and soothingly. Don't rush her to come to you and she will be okay.

Did you find home for the kittens she had?

thank you for your post. yes i gave them into pairs to nice familes. they now send me pictures and are in love with the kittens. :)

The other problem i am worrying is that in 10 days i will have ot bring her back to get her stitches removed. I really dont want to do that because she will be really scarred going back there again. Do you know any alternatives?

Monkas
August 7th, 2008, 01:14 PM
Did you tell the vet your cat was a feral? Technically that's what she is. If she has only been trusting you enough to sleep in your house for a little while then she is still on the wild side.
The vet should have been made aware of this. He should then have left her in her carrier to sedate her which would have made his job quite a bit easier. I am not blaming you. He should have picked up on that too. Personally, I have never heard of a vet who wants you in the room while he sedates a cat for surgery. This just sounds a little weird.
She should be fine. She needs to be kept quiet for at least a week, preferrably two. I am sure your vet will give you lots of info for her recovery.
It may be a good idea if you considered making her a totally indoor kitty. She would be a lot safer. Thank you for taking this kitty in and for getting her spayed. :thumbs up

He knows that she is a feral. and he knows the hole story with her. that is why he asked us to inject the needle right on the spot while we were there.

ancientgirl
August 7th, 2008, 01:17 PM
thank you for your post. yes i gave them into pairs to nice familes. they now send me pictures and are in love with the kittens. :)

The other problem i am worrying is that in 10 days i will have ot bring her back to get her stitches removed. I really dont want to do that because she will be really scarred going back there again. Do you know any alternatives?

14+ gave you some great advice too there.

I had 2 of my girls spayed, and 2 boys neutered and I didn't have to take them back to get stitches removed. Is your vet using the kind of stitches that need to be removed? If he's not then you don't have to worry. But you might want to consider getting some Feliway diffusers or spray. Putting that in the area she will be staying in will help keep her calm. Also if you do need to take her back to the vet, you can try giving her some Rescue Remedy or spraying some Feliway in the carrier before you take her. This has a calming effect and should make the trip to the vet less scary for her.

And as 14+ said, you should let the vet know she's been a stray for a while. When I took my girl in I made sure that's the first thing I let the vet tech and the vet know. That way they can prepare themselves.

Heck, even when I take my 4 that weren't strays I still warn the vet tech to "be careful" when they take them out of the carrier. You never know.

Monkas
August 7th, 2008, 01:19 PM
Did you tell the vet your cat was a feral? Technically that's what she is. If she has only been trusting you enough to sleep in your house for a little while then she is still on the wild side.
The vet should have been made aware of this. He should then have left her in her carrier to sedate her which would have made his job quite a bit easier. I am not blaming you. He should have picked up on that too. Personally, I have never heard of a vet who wants you in the room while he sedates a cat for surgery. This just sounds a little weird.
She should be fine. She needs to be kept quiet for at least a week, preferrably two. I am sure your vet will give you lots of info for her recovery.
It may be a good idea if you considered making her a totally indoor kitty. She would be a lot safer. Thank you for taking this kitty in and for getting her spayed. :thumbs up

well her dauther was spayed 1 year ago and she was also a feral cat. he told us that he behaved the same way except i never knew before he told us today. probably taht is why he asked us to stay in there. i dont know:sad: but she is like"never happened" except when my husband puts a jacket and she hears the noice of the keys in his hand she gets mad:laughing:

Monkas
August 7th, 2008, 01:31 PM
it was scarry she was jumping so high almost my showder height. and rowling arond the room screaming. she was so afraid. oh i cant forget and it keeps cooming in my mind. i cant stop thinking about that. it was terrible:sad:

14+kitties
August 7th, 2008, 01:36 PM
I have taken a few kitties in to three different vets in the last 9 months. All of those vets have sedated the cats (feral) in the carriers or live trap with a blanket over the carrier. It makes their job so much easier. :shrug: They don't have to worry about the cat freaking out.

It sounds like you are a wonderful person who rescues cats and gets them fixed. :highfive: to you, kitty :angel:! Is your vet open to suggestions? Maybe the next time you take one in you could ask him about sedating cats in this way? To me it just makes so much more sense than risking scratches, bites, etc. the way he does it.

Most vets I deal with also do the dissolving stitches so there is no need to go back in for another visit. Is he charging you for it or is it part of the spay package? Sorry for all of the questions. I am just confused. A normal state with me. :rolleyes:

Monkas
August 7th, 2008, 01:38 PM
Did you tell the vet your cat was a feral? Technically that's what she is. If she has only been trusting you enough to sleep in your house for a little while then she is still on the wild side.
The vet should have been made aware of this. He should then have left her in her carrier to sedate her which would have made his job quite a bit easier. I am not blaming you. He should have picked up on that too. Personally, I have never heard of a vet who wants you in the room while he sedates a cat for surgery. This just sounds a little weird.
She should be fine. She needs to be kept quiet for at least a week, preferrably two. I am sure your vet will give you lots of info for her recovery.
It may be a good idea if you considered making her a totally indoor kitty. She would be a lot safer. Thank you for taking this kitty in and for getting her spayed. :thumbs up

I wish they stay only indoor but 3 of my stray cats like being inside and outside. they want to go outside so badly and stay at the door and meaow until i let them out. Especially the male he pees/poops outdoors only. We have a backyard so it is a bit better than living in an appartment.:cool: Still I wish they only stayed indoors:wall:

14+kitties
August 7th, 2008, 01:39 PM
it was scarry she was jumping so high almost my showder height. and rowling arond the room screaming. she was so afraid. oh i cant forget and it keeps cooming in my mind. i cant stop thinking about that. it was terrible:sad:

Poor sweetie was terrified. All the more reason for her to have been sedated in a more humane way. Just my :2cents:.... I would be on the lookout for a new vet!
:grouphug: to you and to the little one. Poor baby. :sad:

14+kitties
August 7th, 2008, 01:45 PM
well her daughter was spayed 1 year ago and she was also a feral cat.

If that is the case then all the more reason for him to suspect that maybe the mom would act the same as the daughter or worse because she had been a stray longer. :shrug:

Jim Hall
August 7th, 2008, 01:47 PM
the first time we had to take DU to the vet my hands were so torn up getting her into the carrier that the vet made me go into the surgery and scrub my hands

Du was an absolute terror for the first 2 visits now she settles down a bit a cat in a situation like that with odd smells and strange people handling her will freak as they get used to it they will calm down

think abput it this way you get thrown into a box by someone 10 timeds your size and get pinned down in a bad smelling room by mopre smelly pink yhings 10 times your size a human would probably have a heart attack and keel over cats are darned tough creatures she will survive and proper how was she after you got her home?

Monkas
August 7th, 2008, 02:02 PM
I have taken a few kitties in to three different vets in the last 9 months. All of those vets have sedated the cats (feral) in the carriers or live trap with a blanket over the carrier. It makes their job so much easier. :shrug: They don't have to worry about the cat freaking out.

It sounds like you are a wonderful person who rescues cats and gets them fixed. :highfive: to you, kitty :angel:! Is your vet open to suggestions? Maybe the next time you take one in you could ask him about sedating cats in this way? To me it just makes so much more sense than risking scratches, bites, etc. the way he does it.

Most vets I deal with also do the dissolving stitches so there is no need to go back in for another visit. Is he charging you for it or is it part of the spay package? Sorry for all of the questions. I am just confused. A normal state with me. :rolleyes:

Hi, thank you for your post. yes i love all animals and all my life Ive been trying to help cats, dogs and anything that is alive and helpless.
We have the whole family rescued in the house:laughing:: great grand father, grandmother, mother, kid and all are taken from the streets and finally spayed/neutred. NO more kitties will be born.. I hope:pray: unless a new ferral comes in the neighbourhood. i hope not.
:pray:

Everyone is fixed now. :grouphug: So finally this terrified adventure will be over. I am so sensitive and I get so emotional when we bring them to the vet.( i always loose a few pounds because of worrying too much).:shrug: I hope she will be fine on a way home today.:fingerscr

thank you for asking me this question and i will answer to you as soon as we get her today and see what the vet will say.:thumbs up

Usually for a female cat at this vet we pay around 250$ and they ask us to go back in 10 days to remove the stiches.

Monkas
August 7th, 2008, 02:05 PM
the first time we had to take DU to the vet my hands were so torn up getting her into the carrier that the vet made me go into the surgery and scrub my hands

Du was an absolute terror for the first 2 visits now she settles down a bit a cat in a situation like that with odd smells and strange people handling her will freak as they get used to it they will calm down

think abput it this way you get thrown into a box by someone 10 timeds your size and get pinned down in a bad smelling room by mopre smelly pink yhings 10 times your size a human would probably have a heart attack and keel over cats are darned tough creatures she will survive and proper how was she after you got her home?

We will get her home this afternoon after 5 pm. will let you know.:cry:

kiara
August 7th, 2008, 03:36 PM
A cat that has lived outside for 4-5 years, needs first a check-up, vaccinations, de-fleaing, de-worming and ear mites taken care of. This is usually done first and then after 7-10 days the cat should come in to be fixed. But in this situation the cat is considered feral it should all be done at one visit. Females are usually kept overnight, because their surgery is more invasive. Therefore I am quite surprised that your vet did not think of that. This type of cat should only be handled by a technician, unless they want you to get hurt. It is better not to take chances. Even your own cat could bite if he is in pain and being handled. Your cat will probably not be happy going to a vet from now on, hopefully she is healthy and will only need yearly visits and vaccinations. Make a huge fuss over her when she comes back from the vet and give her some special treats. What a lucky cat to have found a good home, so many of them are still roaming. A lot of them are sick, full of parasites and get involved in fights (mostly males) and their wounds are infected. They often carry diseases like FIV or Leukemia and it gets spread to other cats that go outside. Good luck with your new kitty. Don't forget to send pictures.

chico2
August 7th, 2008, 05:04 PM
All I want to say,is thank you for caring,hopefully she's ok today:fingerscr

Monkas
August 8th, 2008, 06:14 PM
Hello all,

We took her at around 5 pm last night and she was still dizzy but calm. in about an hour she pulled a bit one of her stitches with her teeth. 2-3 drops of bleeding followed. i was so worried and i decided that I will not sleep all nigh and will look after her. she was crying all night because she wanted to get out. I didnt let her and the night for me was a nightmare...:eek: i was so sleepy. she tried to lick her stitches many times but i didnt allow her. At around 6 am my husband replaced me for 4-5 hours and i slept. I didnt go to work..took a personal day:frustrated:Today she is doing fine and recovering i even leave her alone in the room and when i come back she is fine. the wound heals very fast.:)

The technician at the vet said that in 10 days we have to go and remove the stitches. and they will see how is the cat doing. i am thinking of removing them myself:confused:i ve seen how they do it many times but i still thinking about that. i will call around that date to ask if its is ok for us to remove them.