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Day 19

Ari endured some serious indignities in the past 24 hours. First, he got the back of his neck squirted with the flea guard stuff. He did not like it and was washing himself for 24 hours. Then because the Pest Control guy was coming, I put away all the food and dishes to let him spray everything and put Ari into his little airline carrier.

He struggled. Carrier + no suitcases = Trip to Vet. Ari is very clear on that point. All eleven years of his life, if there are suitcases around and he goes in the carrier, we're moving. If there are no suitcases, he's going to the vet. He did not claw me - this was me. But he squirmed, kicked, struggled and got into some interesting positions all of which were too wide to stuff into the opening of his little airline bag.

Finally I got him in and set him on the bed. He grumped, hunching up with his back turned.

Then he got set out in the hall. Five minutes later he got brought back in again and I let him out of the bag. Confused and relieved, he now understands that Pest Control is a third option - go in the bag, sit in the hall a few minutes and then come back in. I hope this makes him a little more reasonable the next time he has to get in the bag. Like next year, when he has to go to the vet.

I stayed up all night in order to be awake when Pest Control came. So I was pretty darn woozy and was cat napping all day. The result - a watercolor experiment with interesting results.

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baka_kit
Oct. 20th, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
Poor Ari!

I once had a cat, Spock, who when he was taken to the vet would brace himself on the inside lip of the carrier. Every time we took him, we had to disassemble the carrier.

None of the cats would voluntarily get into the carrier except for Hobbes; one time we were taking Spock in I noticed that the carrier was unusually heavy. When I looked in, I saw both Spock and Hobbes looking out at me.

I don't know how she knew that she wasn't the one going, but she wanted to be there for him.
robertsloan2
Oct. 20th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
Aww that is a great story! Good for Hobbes!

Ari only objects to the carrier when it's the vet. I want to use it for other things enough that he comes to trust me with it and know that vet trips are something else.

If I have suitcases packed, he will go in with no objections. He knows we're moving and turns into a furry angel. When he flew with me from Arkansas all of the air stewards complimented him on how well behaved he was - he didn't even meow through the whole trip. He purred and hugged me while I carried him through the security scan. I had been worried he'd struggle so he was on a harness and leash, but no problem.

He's happy again. The stuff on the back of his neck is long dried and he's undisturbed. We now have a new feeding routine. He asks for food and I take out his full food dish, hand it to him and put it away when he's done eating. I may be doing this dozens of times a day but that's better than free feeding the roaches.
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