Speaking of kitties
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Speaking of kitties
Ours have their annual vet appointments this morning at 8am. Well Seree is our shy/skittish one so I have to catch her and put her in the kennel to get her anywhere. So she's sitting on the kitchen island in her kennel (so the dogs can't get to her) just whining up a storm! I still have about 1/2 hour before I have to leave, but I always catch her early because I don't want to be running around without time to catch her in case she decides to hide on me. The poor thing! She sounds so pathetic! lol When I look at her she just meows and crys. Gizmo's easy. I just throw him in the car and he's fine! I can't chance her getting scared and running, though. She's a great cat, she's just very shy and nervous all the time. She doesn't normally let anyone near her, but will occasionally come to me or dh and even jump on our lap if we're very still and quiet. She spent the first 4 years of her life living with people that were allergic to her and never paid any attention to her and locked her in the laundry room when they didn't want to be bothered by her (which was a lot of the time). I wish there were something I could do to bring her out of her shell, but after four years like that and four years of working with her I just don't see that happening. Oh well. She's still a great cat.
Boy, can I relate! We had a cat once who was very difficult to take to the vet. He suggested housecalls and although a wee bit more expensive, totally worth it. Even then, our vet had to tightly wrap her in a towel so he wouldn't get scratched or bitten. Sadly, we had to put her down when the kids were really little because she started attacking DH and I totally unprovoked.
Don't give up. Seree could still come around. Our cat, Mandy, used to be very shy and would only let certain people pet her, but she has warmed up a lot in the past few years. Imagine my surprise when I found my Dad rubbing her belly one morning! I exclaimed, "OMGosh! I can't believe what I'm seeing!" Dad said, "SHE nudged me and after I pet her she went belly up." Wow, quite a change for her!