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ROBINFAITH
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11/9/09 10:24 P

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You are so funny!
Yeah a glass of wine sounds really good right now.
I don't have any (:
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I use the leaving the carrier out technique, they don't seem to mind it as much. I also have a cat carrie/stroller that I use to take them out in front of my house. I haven't found the stress release sprays worked. Also a good glass of wine before or after helps me greatly.

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None of my six cats are fond of going to the vet, but on the last two trips I tried a different technique for getting them into their carriers (which has ALWAYS been a big problem). I never take them all at the same time, so my normal procedure had been to put the carriers out early in the day in hopes that they would go in and out and have a ball with them. LOL...It never happened. Actually, the last time, they all went into hiding when they saw the carriers come out. Since I only live 5 minutes from the vet's office, the ride over isn't so bad because it is so close to home, but getting them into the carriers here at the house has always been quite a chore. I do the 'scruffing' thing, but I believe my cats are 'non-scruffable' because that never seemed to work either. Honestly, I am probably way to gentle when 'scruffing' but no matter, it didn't work. So the last two times that I took any of my cats to the vet, I first confined those who were going into my foyer (so they had no place to hide from me). A bathroom will work just fine also. Then I put the carriers (with their doors open) in my truck. Since none of my cats ever go outside, as I picked each one up and carried him or her out the front door and outside, once we got to my truck they were very eager to climb into the carrier. I guess to each of them, the carrier was familiar and less stressful than the OUTSIDE. The ride to the vet was about the same as usual, but since it is very short...we made it just fine. Once we get to the vet's office, they all get very quiet and are actually very well behaved. Again, they are eager to be returned to their carriers and ready to 'get-the-heck-outta-there.' AND, so am I!!!!!...LOL.

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10/23/09 2:55 P

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Actually I didn't know that until you posted it!!!
I am a diabetic and found it interesting!!!
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Hi Robin, Yes I know the insulin ranges are the same as humans. I had to change our appt. til today at 4:30, so I'll have Thor write his bi-weekly blog when he gets home. He'll do it after dinner.

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10/22/09 9:20 A

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Do you know, people diabetics and cat diabetics get the same as far as insulin. I am on a ton more then your cat ): Yes omg 42 is way too low. Yeah 75 would be awesome for me too. Wow 570 a bit high!!!
Has he been irritable lately with is b.s.'s so low?
I have been that low, and I get b----y, sweat pours off me, I don't want to eat, I get confused.
My husband says thats just an excuse to act that way.
The man is an r.n. Sorry all for my complaining about him so much. If I could afford it He would be poofed!!! out the door.
so anyway I hope you get your boy's b.s. up.
I tried to take one of my cats b.s. lol. I did it in her ear. The lancet needle went right through, no blood. Now I know . ty.
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So glad Bonzai's trip to the vet is over for both of you. They sure do love their tuna!!


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Hi Robin..They take his blood from his back leg. Also we've been adjusting his insulin every time we go. We are able to decrease it now because his Diabetic Maintenance diet is working.He's gone from 12 units down to 8 now. His blood sugar the last month was 42 and 41 which is now too low! We'd like to see it around 75. We;ll get there. He started out at 570 in February.

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Just chiming in late to say I'm glad you & Bonsaid made it ok. These were great hints that everyone shared!

My cats are weird and LOVE going to the vet. I think because every surface there is covered with towels and they really have a thing for towels :)

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Thank you guys for the replies. We're home and despite her ears being infected, Bonzai is snoozing happily in her favorite bed with a belly full of tuna. It was as stressful as usual, but she seemed to be the most concerned about making sure she got her tuna afterward. She went and started pawing at the cabinet before I could even get my coat off. emoticon I guess, in her head, it's all worth it for the munchies.

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ROBINFAITH
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how come they won't let you test him at home? i am diabetic. Do they just take a drop of blood and put it on a meter strip? or do they take blood from his veins?
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It sure sounds like she needs meds. You've done everything else that could be done, I think. Is she okay once she comes home again?
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This much stress can't be good for you or the cat. Could you have the vet prescribe something to help relax the cat before you head out to the visit? I know that they have medication that helps stressed dogs through fireworks around the 4th of July but I can't remember what it is.

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Sometimes if you leave the carrtier out in the open they can check it out and realize it is not a harmful object and she can get used toi it instead of it coming out only when it is time to go to the vet.. my cats wander in and out of ours when it is out. Good luck

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I know the feeling. Thor is the same way about getting stressed going to the vet's. He sometimes will even have an accident in his carrier. Poor baby. I have to take him every 2 weeks to get his blood sugar tested. He cries there and back.

Sounds like you have done all you can do. Keep us posted. You're a good cat Mom.

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The most obvious good thing you are doing is taking care of her health so try not to feel too quilty. It is so sad she hates it but your intentions are honorable.

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Don't make the only time she goes into the carrier a trip to the vet.

Put her in the carrier, and drive around the block a few times, then come home (and give her a treat).

Take her to places she might enjoy: Petco, or anywhere else she might get doted on or have toys to play with--or perhaps a trusted friend's house, who has no pets but doesn't mind letting one visit.

But don't let her think the carrier always means the VET.

Does she not like being outside at all? perhaps a trip to the park (in nice weather).

If all else fails, just take her for a car ride. Start with a few mins coming home to a treat, and lengthen the rides as she gets a bit more comfortable with the idea.

Hope that helps...

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I also have a couple of cats that are in complete panic no matter what I do when I take them to the vet. The only thing I do is constantly talk to them in the car so they know that someone they trust is with them. I like to think that they feel better hearing my voice, but they do remain stressed - maybe a little less??? Good luck to you and Bonzai. She still knows you love her, and I am sure she trusts you. That is what is important.


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I have to take my sweet Bonzai in to the vet tomorrow because she's having issues with her ears again.

Taking her to the vet is a horrific experience. It's not that she fights (though getting her into the carrier is a battle), it's that she is so incredibly terrified that it breaks my heart. Since her first day in the house, she has been terrified to go outside. She doesn't like to be anywhere near the outside doors, and if you happen to get too close to one while holding her, it's a full-fledged panic attack.

I've read a million articles on what to do to make it less stressful, but it just doesn't seem to help.

I bought her the cozy, soft carrier so she would feel more secure. I use the "stress spray" in the carrier. I put her favorite mousie in with her. I cover all the "windows" in the carrier expect where she can see only me, so she feels more like she's hiding. I even take her special blanket because she panics if I don't hold her the entire time, and cover her head. I try to get her to associate the trip with good things too - when she gets home, everyone gets tuna! Still, she freaks out. I just don't know what to do.

I've had many, many kitties and while it's never been fun taking them to the vet, the idea of taking Bonzai is almost enough to make ME have a panic attack.

I'm afraid that there may be nothing more I can do, and she'll just have to be stressed for awhile. If anyone can think of any ideas or advice, I would love to hear it!

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