Today, I moved from an extended stay hotel to a furnished apartment. I’ll be staying here until the condo I’m moving to is finished – May 3 is the day!
In preparation for the kitties’ trip, I put the carriers out several days ago. The cats actually snooze in them.
This morning, though, Pandora became psychic the exact moment I was going to shut the door to her carrier. She knew what was going on!
She went into the bathroom, then ducked around me and ran under the bed. I tried to grab her and wrap her in a towel – no go; she was growling and occasionally moved into yowling.
Eventually, she got onto the windowsill. I almost got hold of her, but she suddenly grew fifteen extra sets of claws and let out a scream that sounded like I was eviscerating her.
The next time I tried to get hold of her, she shrieked, started doing the alligator spin, and scratched my hands and arms.
I gave up. Pandora didn’t want to go into her carrier and she wasn’t going to, so there!
Thoroughly shaken and upset*, I called my vet, who suggested that I leave things for today. She suggested that I leave for the night, and only leave water and a litter box so that by morning, Pandora will be looking for food and some attention. At that point, I’m to drop her into something like a wheeled laundry basket with a lid you can bungee-cord down. I have one of those, so I left it in the room with some catnip inside to peak her interest…I hope it works.
However tomorrow I have to get her into the laundry basket!
Anyone have any ideas? I have another move in three weeks, and can’t imagine going through all of this again!
My vet doesn’t like to give cats sedatives; but I’m wondering if other vets will do this. I can get the sedative into the cat (tuna fish).
So my questions are: any tips on getting Pandora to go into the carrier tomorrow, and have any of you cat owners had a cat who used a sedative?
For the record, Pandora is a dilute tortie with the full tortie 'tude and, at last count, eighteen sets of claws. She was adopted from a shelter when she was about 3 months old. She has never been hurt in any way. She was ok, just vocal, when I put her in the carrier for the move from my apt to the hotel, so this surprises me. I expected some yowling and grumpiness, but not full-on feline freak-out.
*Ok, let’s be honest; I was crying. I’m normally a cat whisperer. Stray and semi-feral cats come up to me and let me pet them. Even as a kid I could get our more tetchy cats to do things that other people couldn’t. I’ve had my own cats for over 20 years, and at no time in my life have I had a cat become so upset and afraid that she attacked me. I felt like a horrible kitty mom!