Rabies shots before coffee | For Animal Lovers

Mollie and Hazel during happy times

Mollie and Hazel during happy times

There is nothing as exhausting as taking two cats to the veterinarian except maybe taking three or four. Owners should be given valium for these trips.

Shots are due so today was the day.

I make an appointment for two with the condition that I have no idea which two will be most accommodating to being escorted into the carrier.

Because cats KNOW when you are planning a vet trip and usually reside under the middle part of the biggest bed, catching the little buggers when they eat is the optimal time. All they are thinking of is food so the appointment was for 8 a.m. What was I thinking?

I'm telling you I heard the carrier come out of the closet!

I’m telling you I heard the carrier come out of the closet! Quick under the bed!

That means the appointment is pre-Starbucks. Yes, pre-any coffee.

That’s me at my crankiest. Add to that the symphony of cat howling for a 15 minute ride. I always make encourage the beloved husband go along.

First off, we each can take a cat.

Second, his job is to make sure I don’t kill anyone and to get me to the local Starbucks quickly afterward.

I-Go2 carrier

I-Go2 carrier

Life has gotten easier since I bought an I-Go2 rolling pet carrier. That was definitely worth the money (and I recommend it for anyone with a pet). The vet techs love it because it’s easy for them to handle.

The next challenge was to make sure that Morgan didn’t eat all the cat food while we were gone. I thought I had put away everyone’s food but she did eat all of Mollie’s (but not her own).

Here I need to remind you that they all get the same food. Like from the same can. I can never figure out why she prefers to eat everyone else’s first.

Mollie and Hazel got their shots and their annual checkup. Fortunately for them the checkup doesn’t involve their legs in air or intimate body probing with strange objects. There is no boob squishing. Seriously, it’s a weight check, heart, ears and organ checking. Piece of cake!

I'm exhausted. I need a nap!

I’m exhausted. I need a nap!

Cats (at least the ones that live in my house) have it made. They get free healthcare, free food without foraging and they get to pass gas in anyone’s face without any embarrassment. There are days……

NOTE: I did not receive any compensation for my endorsement of the Pet Gear I-Go2 carrier. However, I am certainly open to “testing” the one with hot pink trim. Seriously, if you have a pet that requires crating for vet trips, they are so much easier to load and you don’t have to lift it to carry. Great for bad backs.

30 thoughts on “Rabies shots before coffee | For Animal Lovers

  1. This post reminded me of my daughter’s “mass travels to the vets.” After a tornado ripped through their town, once she located their two outside dogs, and found their three cats huddled in the cellar, she was loading them all to take to a nearby vet for boarding while the rebuilding went on. While the animals were used to each other on normal days, this wasn’t a normal day…and two of the pet carries had been destroyed by the tornado. She said it was almost as terrifying as the tornado!

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  2. Two at a time has to be more than enough excitement for one day! The rolling carrier is great. The Vet is such a scary place for our pets, and if they only understood we aren’t enjoying it either! Two down, two to go?

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  3. Glad you have your hubby’s help in the cat-to-vet experience. I do, too. Dave and I do manage to trick our cats by keeping the carrier out of sight. That works up until we’re ready to stuff them into the cat carrier. Then they spread out and resist all efforts to go into the carrier. Thanks for the tip on Pet Gear I-Go2Carrier. We have 2 cats, weighing about 17 pounds and 19 pounds each.

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    • The great thing about this carrier is that it has a zippered mesh front so they can’t splay out in all angles. You sit them in it and quickly zip up. Sooo much easier. With your biggies though, you will need the large one. I do too. Jake is 15 lbs but very tall and long and Hazel….well…she’s a big tubby at 17 lbs (short and squat like a fireplug). It’s high so they can sit up comfortably without hitting their head on the roof.

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  4. We don’t even have to pull out the carrier and Tigger knows. He’s a mind reader! I can’t imagine trying to fool four cats.

    You should have married a Vet ~ FREE home visits! Glad you got 2 done.

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  5. I don’t own pets, but more than one owner tells me their pet cat knows exactly what is going on or where it is going. My husband doesn’t even know that. I have to constantly remind him 😦

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  6. Mollie and Hazel got their shots and their annual checkup. Fortunately for them the checkup doesn’t involve their legs in air or intimate body probing with strange objects. There is no boob squishing. Seriously, it’s a weight check, heart, ears and organ checking. Piece of cake!

    I really love that….very funny Kate…I can see it all and without coffee.

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  7. Wheels – now that’s a glorious invention. Once we had cats that were well mannered and sat quietly on your lap in the car/ vet on a blanket.
    Now we have extremely tough carriers with latches unsuitable for cat paws…and we must play the car radio really really loud – No lady, we are not slaughtering cats here – it just sounds that way…

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  8. Oh Kate, must I teach you everything? 4 cats = traveling vet! It’s much easier for us to capture a vet and bring her here than to get the 4 beasties out of the house somewhere. Of course all bets were off last year during the Derecho, when we had to move all 4 into a hotel room with us. I’ve glimpsed hell now.

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