By the time my cat gets to the vet, I may have to be sedated, too.
November 18, 2012 5:27 PM Subscribe
How can I keep my kitty from bouncing off the walls while he’s fasting?
My 12-year-old cat Marty must fast Monday after 8 p.m. in preparation for teeth cleaning (and the requisite anesthesia) Tuesday at 8 a.m. (Sorry to fall down on the picture mandate – he’s all black, so taking a recognizable photo of him is … not easy!)
posted by virago to Pets & Animals (12 answers total)
This will be the second time in eight weeks I’ve tried to take him in for dental work. The last time, he howled and yowled for food the night before, running around the place and getting all worked up. (I admit that I did not help this situation when I put him in the bathroom with water and litter and one of my old T-shirts. I thought he’d finally chill, but instead he threw himself against the bathroom door. I won’t try that again, believe me.)
By the time I dropped him off the vet’s office, he was hissing and swiping his claws. Forty-five minutes later, the vet called me and said that even with pre-anesthetic sedation, Marty was so stressed that they didn’t want to put him under.
At home, Marty is a friendly, talkative little guy. And under normal circumstances, he’s relatively chill at this vet’s office, where he’s been many times before.
So now that we’re giving it a second try, how can I make sure Marty remains calm overnight when I can’t feed him? (Again, I will not repeat the mistake of locking him in the bathroom.)
P.S. I’m at work and can’t come back for a while, but I will check in should there be any more questions.