Sorry for the crossposts. I just now checked out the cat groups but didn't really see which one would be best, nor how much overlap there is.

My 15-year old, Sadie Bugbane, was abused on her first trip to the vet, and since then it is almost worth the vet's life to take her in the doc.

She is small and the squeeze net is ineffective and a vet and helpers are sure to get slashed if they really try to do their job.

Obviously, if she had a major problem her life would be in danger, her frantic, ferocious efforts to defend herself could only aggravate the injury/illness.
BTW, she is absolutely gentle at all other times, except with other cats.

So, the problem and question I pose, is there some way to alleviate the problem, to sedate her,as it were, before trying to get her to the vet?

Or ... ?
A complication is that she is a wrggler under the best circumstances, it being perhaps just ten percent of the time that she doesn't object - with gentle wriggles - to being picked up.
Please help me out here, and realize that I haven't even slightly exaggerated the problem.

eleaticus
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Why in Crawford do my fingers never want to type 'veterinarian'?

eleaticus
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We have had a lot of luck with the squeeze cage for Bear he also can't be touched at the vet's office, and it's really helpful when he's had a serious illness.
Julie
We have had a lot of luck with the squeeze cage for Bear he also can't be touched at the vet's office, and it's really helpful when he's had a serious illness.

thanks, julie.
Is the 'cage' really a framed net?

eleaticus
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what please is a squeeze cage? soft
No, we've used that (the squeeze net) but the squeeze cage is like a regular small-animal cage or bird cage, and is just a tad larger than the cat - if you slide it up to the cat carrier and open the doors of both of them, you can get the cat into the squeeze cage. Then, after he's inside, one side of the squeeze cage can be slided in, so that the cat is in a cage that fits him completely and he can't lie down, or move his head or legs to bite or scratch, and it has little doors on the sides, like a bird cage would, so the vet can put his hand in to feel the cat, or can give him shots, etc.

My vet got one at a vet trade show - he saw it and thought it would be perfect for very aggressive kitties.
Julie
Itz an instrOOment of torChure!!!
Bear
No, we've used that (the squeeze net) but the squeeze cage is like a regular small-animal cage or bird cage, ... one at a vet trade show - he saw it and thought it would be perfect for very aggressive kitties.

So, what we really have here (at my vet) is a poorly equipped clinic.

no squeeze cage (would have to see to believe its hard edges wouldn't harm Sadie)
no sedative spray.

eleaticus
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we haf been katsiderin diz here idermint an we thinkz dey shuuld not be allowed, wonner if da purrsident ana sheriff rosco culld luk into diz situatin, Tiger
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