Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. I’s gotta hurry and eat mine’s brekky cuz we’re goin’ to see mommy’s new dentist today. And wouldn’t ya’ know it, the heavens have opened up and it’s stormin’ like there’s no tomorrow. All this started late last night. I’s thought sissy was gonna fall off the cat tree when the thunder boomed the furst time.
Quit makin’ fun of me, Raena. Me was in complete control when me descended the tree and went to look fur intruders.
Sure you were sissy. So, what intruders are you lookin’ fur unner that chair there, huh?
Maybe the same ones you were lookin’ fur when you ran down the hall to the bedroom, smarty bloomers. Me seems to recall mommy hollerin’ fur you to come back up to the livin’ room. Somethin’ ‘bout she wasn’t gonna have you bein’ ‘fraid of the storms and hidin’ out unner the bed?.
Uh, I’s recall her sayin’ she wasn’t gonna have both of us ‘fraid of the storms sissy., not just me, she said both. And, what did I’s do when she hollered sissy, huh? Huh? Well? I’s came right back up and laid down with mommy. I’s not ‘bout to let some little ole clap of thunder scare me. Nope, not gonna happen. (Suddenly there’s a loud clap of thunder that shakes the window and lightning lights up the whole room. Raena looks at mommy and runs behind the chair and stands in the hall looking confused.) Mommy, what’s happenin’?
Ain’t gonna scare you huh, Raena? (Dezi meows from under the chair. Raena walks slowly back into the living room and jumps into the Gen7 stroller.)
Hmmmpht I’s back sissy, and where are you? Hmmmmm Let me see…I’s do believe you’re still hidin’ out unner the chair.
Me’s NOT Hidin’!!! Don’t you have a ‘pointment to get ready fur?
I’s do sissy. Are you gonna be okay here alone till mommy and me get home?
Me will be fine Raena. Just ‘member to bring me home any treats you may get. ‘Member, sharin’ is carin’.
I’s always share sissy. And hopefully all these storms will go away soon. I’s can’t wait to meet everypawdy at the new office. Guess I’s’ll finish mine’s brekky now. Wish you’d come finish yours too sissy. By the way, any purrayers you can spare fur our trip and meetin’ with the new dentist would be ‘purreciated.
Till the next time…………………………………Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
Dezi: MeOW RaenaBelle, hurry up. It’s time fur Blest Sunday. And, today’s Mother’s day too. You heard the lady in the box (alexa: echo dot) didn’t ya’?
Raena: I’s comin’ sissy, I’s just lookin’ fu a dry spot to walk in. I’s thought we were gonna do somethin’ special fur mommy today, you know, like let her drink a whole cup of coffee while it’s still hot, and give her extra luvvins and massages. I’s purretty sure she didn’t want your gifts. Ya’ know, we’re s’posed to be treatin’ her today and takin’ care of her, not the other way ‘round.
Oh Yeah? Well Raena, me got to thinkin’ ‘bout your suggestions and me decided mommy would much rather have the gift of knowin’ she was needed than a hot cup of coffee or a massage that we give her everyday anyways. So, me decided to start her day off right at 2:30 this meownin’. What’d ya’ think ‘bout me’s aim from the top of the liberty cat tree when me hurled that hairball wrapped in dinner? Did you hear it splat on the floor and on all three lower ledges of the tree? Me even got some on the table beside mommy’s sittin’ chair. Me’s got game that’s fur sure.
Oh sissy, I’s not so sure that’s what “game” means. And, judgin’ by the look on mommy’s face and all that huffin’ she did, I’s not so sure she was all that impurressed by your purrjectile hairballs. I’s know fur sure she wasn’t happy ‘bout the puddle of piddle you left in the middle of the pawtty box room floor at 4 a.m.. Why would you do that? Both pawtty boxes we purrfectly clean, just the way you like ‘em.
Me already meowed that to ya’ Raena. Me wanted mommy to feel needed. Me hasn’t decided what me’s gonna do next. Me might have to save the rest fur her birthday at the end of this month.
Sissy, I’s would bet you all mine’s treats fur a month that mommy would much rather have a massage than purrjectile vomit or puddles of piddle any day. You already meowed that gift ideas weren’t your thing, so why don’t you leave the plannin’ to the master…Me!?
Master? You? Huh!!! Conceited much? Mommy knows how much we luv her, she doesn’t need to finish a hot cup of coffee to feel our luv.
Nope sissy, she doesn’t. That’s why it’s a good idea; it’s somethin’ she doesn’t need, but somethin’ she doesn’t get to do very offen cuz of us. Of course mommy knows we luvs her, just like we know she luvs us…even when you leave puddles of piddle on the floor. But she always tries to make our special days extra nice, so it’s only right we do the same fur her. That means, no more purrjectile vomit or puddles of piddle fur her to clean up…at least fur today.
Me will think ‘bout it, K Raena? Me’s so blest to have such a luvvin’ mommy. No matter how tired she is or what she might be doin’, she always makes time fur me. She never hollers at me, even tho’ me knows she might not be happy with somethin’ me did…like the puddle of piddle. Me knew the minute me met mommy that me never had to worry ‘bout anythin’ ever again. Mommy’s kept every purromisse she’s ever made to me, so that’s how me knows, we’ll be together furever. Me luvs mommy sooooooooo much.
I’s luvs mommy too, sissy, and I’s just as blest as you. Mother’s day is the day we celebrate the special peeps in our lives that take care of us and keep us safe and cherish us no matter what. Givin’ birth doesn’t make you a mother, luvvin’ unconditionally does. Bein’ there and purrtectin’ and guidin’ the young does. Whether your kids have fur or skin doesn’t matter. We wish all the mother’s out there a very Happy and Blest Mother’s day. And to mommy, we say fanky fank you; your luvs can never be measured or replaced. We luvs you more and more each day.
Hmmmmm Guess you’re purretty good at this Raena. We do luv our mommy and purray her day is as Blest as ours. We’d also like to remind you all to take a minute today and every day to give Thanks fur the Blessings in your life. Fank you all fur bein’ a pawrt of ours and Happy Mother’s day to all who fill those shoes.
Don’t furget sissy, we’re linkin’ up with the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies. We’re gonna go give mommy some of those extra massages now. Happy Mother’s day to you all.
Till the next time………………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
MeOW Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We’ve got a great topic today so stay tuned. And ‘member you can leave your questions or topic suggestions in the comments below or send us a purrivate email via our Contact page. And as always, you can get caught up on any post you may have missed by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from our menu. Remember, we’re no longer listing names per reader request. There is no dumb question. Mommy says no one purrson knows everything about everything. We all have to start somewhere. By the way, you’ll notice a little different structure today. Let us know ifin ya’ like it.
The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.
One of the questions we get asked most is about taking kitty out in public and making sure kitty’s comfortable and calm. Whether it be to the VET or on an adventure, people want to know that kitty isn’t stressed out. We discussed preparations for taking kitty to the VET last week. If you missed it, you can read it here. Today, we’re going to follow up a bit on that topic. The question is, “Kitty appears/is calm during the initial VET visit and suddenly ‘goes nuts’ and bites when the VET/tech with metal mesh gloves takes his/her temperature. What caused this and can we stop it from happening in the future? ” Another question that goes along with this is: “How can I keep kitty calm during the exam itself? The VET and techs are concerned about bites and scratches and want to sedate kitty or wear gloves or other protective gear when handling kitty.”
Feeding off the Energy:
Let’s take a look at the first question. You’ve done everything right and kitty is nice and calm. Even the waiting room didn’t stress kitty out. So why then is kitty suddenly going “nuts” and biting? Remember, we always stress that kitty will feed off the emotions of those around him/her, so it’s really important that you remain calm and thinking positive thoughts. But, it’s also important for the VET’s staff to not only be professional but calm. If a kitty has never shown any signs of biting, then no one should be wearing metal mesh gloves during any part of the exam. Quite frankly we were appalled when we read the question. Mommy wouldn’t let anyone near us wearing such armor gloves. We suspect this kitty reacted to the tentative touch of the tech who most likely was also feeling a bit apprehensive. There was no initial signs that the gloves would be needed and should never have been worn. VET appointments are rarely fun, but mommy likes to keep them as stress free as possible, so that we remain calm each time we have to be in the office. All it takes is one bad experience to cause kitty to react poorly and stress at all future appointments. And YES, it is possible to change the behavior of a kitty who does have a history of biting, scratching or fighting with a VET/tech. It just takes a little time and patience and the cooperation of your VET and their staff.
You can see the purple calming collar in the foto.
We don’t have Feline only VETs in our parts, but, you might look into them in your area. Obviously, an office that caters to cats should be better equipped in knowing how to deal with them. Another option, is an office that has separate waiting rooms to help keep kitty calm. A lot of people have great success with calming sprays and plug ins. It might help every kitty/doggy if your VET had them in the rooms and waiting area. You might suggest them to your VET or gift them to your favorite VET’s office. Don’t forget, you can also spray kitty’s carrier and the towel or clothing inside kitty’s carrier as well. You might also want to look into a calming collar. They’re fairly inexpensive and can be used only when needed. While in the waiting room, you should speak calmly to kitty and remember to praise them and let them know how proud you are of their great attitude and calm demeanor. And yes, do this even if kitty is hissing or cowering in their carrier. Remember, the idea is to calm or keep kitty calm so the appointment goes off without any problems. And don’t leave kitty unattended at any time. We even go to the bathroom with mommy when all the time necessary.
During the appointment mommy makes sure to remain in our line of sight at all times. She stays calm and blows us kisses and slow blinks. When she has to hold us down for tests, injections, etc., she makes sure to calmly and quietly praise us for our good behavior. Yes, it’s usually the techs’ job to hold kitty, but mommy knows that we stay calmer when she does it. We know mommy’s touch and can feel the love radiating down thru her hands instead of apprehension from someone who doesn’t really know what to expect from us or how we’ll behave/react to certain touches, pokes and prods. At no time does mommy let us out of her sight. The office policy may be, no owners in the back, but if you’re a calming effect on kitty, exceptions will be made. If not, you may want to look for another VET. Mommy’s policy is: If they can’t do “it” in front of her, then they probably shouldn’t be doing it all. She’s seen perfectly calm kitties suddenly get written up in their file as ferocious/biter after a trip to the back for a blood draw or weigh in. And, she’s seen some pretty incompetent techs trying to find veins or restrain kitty. So she completely understands how a kitty can become stressed and lash out. That being said, if you can’t remain calm, you need to work on it and pray for a great office.
Mommy says more often than not, kitty will react the way people are expecting. Tech wears bite glove, kitty bites. Guess they got what they were expecting. So, if the VET/tech comes in the room clad in armor, kitty’s probably going to act out. Kitty is feeling everyone’s stress and reacting in kind. Our VET and his staff have a lot of shortcoming’s, but, they usually enter the room calmly and completely ignore kitty. We either start sniffing him or mommy presents us to him/her and then the exam begins. Unfortunately you can’t change a VETs personality or actions, but you can suggest ways they can deal with your kitty that will make kitty more comfortable. After all, you know your kitty better than anyone else. Remember, this is a relationship. Kitty can’t speak, so the VET is looking to you for cues on what is and is not normal with kitty. A good VET is going to want to make the visit as stress free as possible. Nobody wants to get bit or scratched.
Well, we’re gonna wrap it up fur today. We’ve covered a lot of infurmation, and we do hope it helps. Sometimes Training is as much about Training the human on how to behave as it is kitty. Always remember, calm is good and Training is best achieved with Repetition and Rewards. Teaching kitty to remain calm at the VET is just as important as Training kitty to use a litter box or where to scratch. Don’t furget to leave your questions or topic suggestions in the comments or send us an email via our Contact page. And, you can ketch up on any post in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. Join us here each Furiday to learn more about the mysterious feline in your life and what makes us tic. MOL We’re also joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday.
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Till the next time………………………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle