My cat is not well
I am hoping someone can give me some advice. I have a feisty 13 year old cat who does not like to be touched. I have not had a successful vet visit in over 10 years as she won't let anyone near her. I chose to not put her through the strain of sedation in order to have a check-up. She is an indoor cat, well taken care of and in good health up to now.
I noticed the last couple of days that she appears to be very sore at her hind quarter - especially on her right side. She seems to run and jump fine, eats normal and expels normal. The only sign is that she yelps when I touch her side. I took her to emergency vet last night, but she would not let the vet near her or touch her. The vet gave me a bill for $152 and told me to take her to my vet. The problem is that my cat will behave the same at any vet I take her to. She is in pain and I just don';t know what to do. I can't keep paying oiut money when they can't even examine, but at the same time I can't watch her in pain.
Can anyone offer any advice? I am sobbing as I write this as I just don't know where to turn.
KarenSSS I am so sorry your going through this! The only thing I can think of is if you can askl the vet for a mild sedative to give to her prior to her visit. Maybe this way they can get a good exam in as well. If that doesnt work I know you can ask them to give her a bit of gas. I had to do this once to get blood drawn from my fiesty one!
I go along with Winston with the idea of using a light sedative or tranquilizer. I have a couple other suggestions that might be of value as well. Google Thundershirt for cats I bought one this summer for a cat who was having problems with electrical storms and it works quite well for him. Something else that I have used and introduced it to our Vets in town is Clipnosis, This technique works quite well on some cats. One day, a friend of mine told me about an incident that she heard about after I had mentioned it to her. She introduced this to her vet. It happened that her vet had a cat that they wanted to do a physical on, and three of them could not hold the cat down. Then they remembered the clipnosis and applied it and were absolutely amazed at how easy it was to work on the cat. What I use is a 2 inch metal binder clip from Staples. It works quite well I will enclose a website, at the bottom, but you can also Google clipnosis for cats, and have a look at some of the You Tube videos and articles on clipnosis. One other thing that I've seen is a collar that is made out of plastic and is shaped like a funnel and extends beyond the cat's ears. This funnel shaped collar makes it a little more difficult for the cat to turn and bite anybody that is working on her/him. I haven't had any experience with this collar, but it's worth checking out.
Check your local pet food stores. I understand some of them are now carrying the thundershirt's for dogs, but they should also be able to get the ones for cats, which could be faster than buying over the Internet if you're of a mind to go that way.
These are very trying times for you and the cat and I do hope for the best for you both, and it is not something serious. Please keep us informed.
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