There are a few things pet owners fear. One is having a pet get ill in the middle of the night when nothing is open. Another is an attack by a wild critter. For me the greatest fear has always been that my cat would get out of his carrier to or from the vet.
This happened last week. We have a very large sturdy plastic crate for our large semi-sturdy old cat. We had a successful visit and on the way out, as the beloved husband put him in the back of our minivan, Jake got out of the crate. I turned around to see him standing on the back deck with the gate wide open.
It’s not clear that I was breathing. I yelled to the beloved husband to close the gate. Fortunately, Jake was stunned and did not jump out of the car. He could have easily jumped and disappeared into the back field. Perhaps a younger Jake would have been tempted. There was no way to get him back into the carrier in the car so I ended up holding him for the drive home. What a production.
He wiggled and squirmed and yelled but I knew that if I left him go, he would go under the driver’s feet and possibly cause an accident. It was a wild ride home.
I have heard horror stories of this happening. Somehow the latch must not have caught properly and a cat bump dislodged it. A terrified cat in a strange area is hard to catch. Most house cats do not have the survival skills necessary to provide for themselves after years of being fed and pampered. Add age and diabetes and you have a diagnosis for disaster.
Before anyone else makes the vet trip, I am going to invest in a snug bungee cord to go around the carrier as an added safety feature and also look into a different style that would be safer. To all my animal friends out there, I am all ears if you have suggestions.
This turned out well but my heart got a workout it didn’t need!