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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:17:13 PM
Today Mr. Bingley, the silver Persian in my siggie, had a bath and lion cut at the vet's office with sedation. He was a rescue and is still very grooming-adverse after a year, so I keep him in a short coat.

I noticed that his chart had "Caution" written on it and the word was highlighted in yellow. When I asked the receptionist about it she said that he has growled at the vet in the procedure room. Cue the vet tech carrying Bingley in his crate. He helpfully piped up and said that Bingley has growled at AND bitten several of the vet techs when they move him from the table back into his carrier.

She then attached a red tab to his chart and wrote "Bites" on it. I was so embarrassed! They assured me that that happens to them frequently with other people's pets. We have several cats and Bingley is the last one I would expect to bite.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:18:57 PM
Poor baby. I'd bite too, if someone tried to give me a lion cut.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:19:54 PM
My vet doesnt do tabs as far as I know, but my cats act 100% different with the vet then they do with people in our home. The vet is usually somehow violating them, I don't mind that they last out.

It'll be okay.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:30:04 PM
Mr Bingley! I always pictured you more sophisticated than that. shame.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:31:51 PM
As a former vet tech let me say, don't worry too much. We mark charts (and if your vet doesn't do "tabs" I guarantee they do something) to make sure everyone stays safe. That includes your kitty. It is traumatic to everyone if an unprepared tech gets bitten and freaks out you know? It just means that everyone will be cautious and will go slow and pay better attention to his moods and reactions. And possibly that he might need something to make him calmer before that type of procedure.

Or at least that is my experience. It is way more about keeping him comfy and everyone safe, not about labeling him as "bad". Poor guy.
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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:38:35 PM
My silver rescue Persian has to be sedated at the vets office for his haircut too. When I got him the gal said he loved being brushed, yea, so not true!!

So since Max is Kitty with an Attitude, he probably has a red tab too

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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:50:06 PM
I've never had one of my cats, bite anyone ever.

I think that's because I torture them at home on a regular basis...anything the vet does pales in comparison to one of my "good ideas"

Yesterday I was at the pet shop (don't sell live pets, just food and accessories).
It's a new shop and so I was having a browse.
They had a new to me product "plaque spray" says on the bottle 'cleans teeth and gums and freshens breath' Sounded great so I bought some.

This morning I decide to give it a go, pick up a sleepy purring Angelique, pry lips apart and "pffft" explosion

Pick up a now somewhat apprehensive Millie, pry lips apart, aim spray and "pffft"...

By that time I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.

It sounded good in theory but the words "spray" and "for cats" do not belong in the same sentence.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:46:28 PM
Pjaye that is hilarious!!!

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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:49:47 PM
Our laid back maine coon is on the caution list as well. He is such a good cat, I'm not sure what they do to them in the procedure lab that pisses them off so much.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 3:13:57 AM
My completely laid back flame-point Siamese goes insane. He's like a different kitty! At home, you can do whatever you want and he just lays there, but take him to the vet? Oh hell no! LOL

Mischief, so aptly named, is like Pjaye's hilarious kitties. We do 'corporal cuddling' and he just growls and carries on. Doesn't bite, but carries on. I think it pisses him off that I respond by saying, "Oh...I love you, too, Mischief." and so on. He HATES being cuddled, but always comes back. Anyway, I thought he'd be the psycho, but nope! LOVES the vet! His rarely used motor just goes off as he's figure eighting around his legs. Crazy cats.

I agree with the former vet tech. I used to work in a vet hospital. We used orange stickers. For especially 'excitable' pets, we used multiple orange stickers.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 5:21:12 AM
Love your visual, Pjaye!

Frankly, I would have expected one of the formerly semi-feral cats we brought indoors last year to have been a biter. But you never know how much trauma an animal has been through after being surrendered to a shelter and put into rescue after that.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:23:14 AM
Would that be a red tab of honor to a cat?


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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:35:58 AM
Mr. Bingley simply looks too sophisticated to be a biter but looks can be deceiving.

My Himalayan needs to be heavily sedated for his lion cut and he's very docile around us. We hear vet stories that make us wonder if he's the same cat that we dropped off. For all the vets, better safe than sorry and forewarned is the best way.

It's just like at school when our kids behave differently for the teachers than they do at home. Happens all the time. And I am LMFAO at Pjaye's adventure!



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Posted: 1/26/2013 8:29:23 AM

It sounded good in theory but the words "spray" and "for cats" do not belong in the same sentence.

So true, so true!!

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Posted: 1/26/2013 8:55:03 AM
OMG pjayen -- you need to try it again with video so we can see it on youtube. I was describing the product to my DH and we're laughing so hard just thinking about giving it to our cats. I'm tempted to go buy some just for the amusement factor.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:08:47 AM

We have the sweetest Maine Coon (who is now 18), & she's a total lap cat, sleeps in bed with us every night & wouldn't hurt a fly! A few years back she got really sick & had to stay overnight at the hospital with an IV in. I called a few times to check on her & the tech described her as "extremely aggressive"! Say what???? You must be mistaking my sweet innocent baby with another monster there! I couldn't believe it!


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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:13:32 AM
I'd bite too if given a lion cut!

It's ok OP, I have a "dangerous kitty", too. She's small, only 7 pounds, old, 14 now, but we move a lot and I always warn the vets but they just don't listen until she takes a chunk out of someones hand. she is very deceptive, she will be limp, I wrap her in a towel and just pull out the part being seen (ie, a leg or her back for shots) but they always take her in the back with a tech and insist they can handle her. At some point they remove the towel and- bite! I used to feel bad, but now I just say I told you so- she has a big file of records we carry from place to place (she's lived in 6 states and 2 countries) with warnings, after all.

I have no idea why she is such a hellion, shes a pretty snotty cat at home, too. No one likes her but me, and she likes no one but me. I'm very protective of my scrawny, mean, old cat Rocko though!


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Posted: 1/26/2013 10:33:38 AM
Mine is the othere way arond.Cash was in crabby ood this a.m., hissing at the other cats (while they were sleeping) Pretty sure she knew was was goingto the grommers today. Get to the grommers, had her over to the girl...she curls up in the girl's arm and starts purring away! Waiting to go pick her up now and for he to retake her spot as queen b!tch today.

Sorry Mr. Bingley bit...hopfuly next time you go back to the vet's you can laugh about it.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:10:16 AM
I used to have to pay extra for our old cat...

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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:36:56 AM
They say that scared cats will purr up a storm to self soothe. My big boy does not. It surprised me to hear him buzzing like that when the vet pulled him out of his carrier. I had taken them both in cause I thought there was something wrong with him. There wasn't but both needed their shots and a little overall inspection.

Funny thing though. The female cat is really unshakeable. She does not get scared of anything. (A rottweiler was at the other side of our screen door one day and she was trying to get out to attack him, fearless I say.) When we got home with them and took them out of their carriers. She attacked the male like she knew it was his fault that they had to go through that. He just crouched down and took it like a man. (I learned later that he must have had a different scent on him from the vets that affected her that way)

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Posted: 1/26/2013 11:38:12 AM
You have a cat named Mr. Bingley!!!?!

That is awesome. We just named our puppy Mr. Bingley. I thought I was being so original!


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Posted: 1/26/2013 1:25:45 PM
What a GORGEOUS cat!!! That's the one my DH dreams about getting. I'd love one too but we only take in rescue kitties.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 1:38:45 PM
Presto, aka The Fuzz, gets put in the box of shame every time he goes to the vet. They have a big clear plastic box with a place to attach a nozzle and he goes in there for a minute of cat laughing gas so they can examine him. It used to embarrass me but now I don't care - just do it so no one gets hurt and we can get out of here. We used to bring him home hissing and angry from the vet and now it's like he's had a margarita instead of a checkup.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 1:57:13 PM
Every cat hates going to the vet and who can blame them. He gets taken from his happy home, loaded in a crate and carted off for a hair cut. I know you have to do this. (We have a grooming-averse kitty, too, but fortunately he is a short hair and all we have to do is trim out a matted spot now and then.)

He's just reacting naturally and I'm sure the vet is used to it. Besides, he probably figures this is Kitty Karma shaming you for taking him for a hair cut and a bath with water! The indignity!

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Posted: 1/26/2013 3:32:08 PM
This thread is cracking me up! However, I feel I must respond in twopeas fashion:

HOW DARE YOU LAUGH!!! The cat is clearly in major emotional pain and you just put it in a situation it was not prepared to handle!! Do you know what you have done to that cat's psyche? I had a cat who was painfully shy, took her to the vet and she BLEW UP!! That's right - exploded!! So do not minimize another cat's emotional distress!!

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Posted: 1/26/2013 5:30:05 PM

Ha, poor Mr. Bingley!

Our boy-cat had a 3 day stay at the Vet over the summer for pancreatitis. Every time I went in to sit with him, the whole staff would come by absolutely amazed. He just laid in my arms, soaking up the love.

They could not believe that was the same cat they were treating. Dude went nuts on them. So bad they were worried about me letting him out to sit with me, thinking he'd attack me!

He is the most docile, please love me baby we've ever had. Until, apparently, a little vet stay sent him over the edge.

Trust me, I understand the shame. I felt so terrible that they were seriously not wanting to touch him. The double-takes the vets & techs would do when they saw him laying in my arms, purring away were pretty eye opening. I'm forever grateful to them for taking care of him despite him being Mr. Crankypants.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 5:47:03 PM
We used to have a cat that was absolutely horrible to the vet. Unfortunately, he was prone to UTIs, so spent a lot of time at the vet. He always had the red tab of shame.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:16:51 PM
Haha...I'm sorry but I did like the idea of a red badge of shame!

I had a cat that attacked and clawed the living shit out of one of the vet tech girls once. And then she told me about it, all indignant, when I went to pick him up. Say what? He's a scared CAT. He's not a dog. I hope she learned that day how to pick up a cat without getting attacked. I just looked at her because she seemed to be demanding an apology of some sort. I did clip his claws short for future vet trips but come on...girl needs to know how to handle scared sharp kitties if she's doing that for a living!

My cat now is the biggest A-hole at home, but at the vet he turns into the sweetest and most gentle cat you've ever met. It's hilarious to me. Obviously he's hoping that if he fools them, they'll leave him alone. I've never seen such a meek about-face from a cat. They inserted a long needle into his bladder for a urine sample and he made not a peep, yet he bit my mom when she tried to pet him. (He doesn't attack people unprovoked, he just doesn't tolerate strangers touching him in his own home.) The vet staff swoon over what a "sweetheart" he is--if they only knew!

I would think it's more rare to have a cat at the vet that DOESN'T bite, rather than one that does.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:23:04 AM
I'm giggling at the red tab of shame! I have a very docile but very, very vocal cat. She meows and talks and loves to 'knit' sometimes super fast. She always has a paw with claws up if she wants attention. She will nibble on my nose, she will nibble anywhere and cry like we are strangling her when she decides SHE NEEDS attention, she is amazing I am sure she is on the Vet Watch List!

I have one doggie on the red tab of shame and the other is not.

I have a friend who has a totally psycho cat, I think I will ask the Peas what they would do.

It's all just nonsense anyway!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:09:06 AM
LMAO @ Pjaye!!!!

My cats are fine with the vet, but we had a Border Collie who was the most awesome, loving, wonderful dog until I took him to the vet....and he got a red tab of shame too.

Turns out that he was fine if DH took him, but he was so protective of me that he would snarl at the vet. He didn't mind the vet coming near him, but he objected to the vet getting close to me.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:52:20 AM
Aww-Mr Bingley looks like butter wouldn't melt in his mouth,lol!

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