Thundershirt for Cats means Successful Vet Visit for Gracey
Super Hurrah!! My Thundershirt for Cats training really paid off. For the first time…ever…. both my mom and I made it all the way to my doctor’s office and back without any accidents or anxiety attacks. I have been in training for a few months, wearing my Thundershirt for Cats during big spooky storms and on the scariest holiday for cats, the 4th of July. All of this training was leading up to the big event…. a trip to visit my doctors at the Morris Veterinary Clinic.
Now, I love my doctors at the clinic, every one of them. They are super nice and I know they are truly concerned and take excellent care of me, so it is not visiting them so much as it is being confined to my carrier and having to be transported in the car to and from the clinic. ~shiver~.
My mom loads me up into my Pet Taxi and places some training pads in the bottom of the carrier. Then she
carries me carefully to the car and places me in a seat with a seat belt looped through my carrier in case of any sudden stops. I always face in a direction where I can see her and she talks to me. We listen to Andrea Bocelli while we drive to help keep us both calm.
The Dreaded Car Ride to the Morris Veterinary Clinic
Now on an ordinary car ride to the Morris Veterinary Clinic I begin to panic. About ten minutes into the journey my stomach starts to toss and turn. I vocalize my distress to my mom and she tries to calm me down but after another ten minutes we cross a set of railroad tracks and the when we go over the bump, I am known to have an accident or two in my carrier. It is most unpleasant and embarrassing.
Due to my embarrassment, I begin to panic about what has happened and most often cry out in the most pitiful way. This causes my mom’s heart to race and I can see the worry on her face as she gently reassures me that we are almost there and everything will be alright.
When we arrive at the clinic, the staff is on standby. I am typically whisked out of my carrier and showered clean. It is most unpleasant for everyone. After my bath, I am ready for my check up. But because I am so wound up from the experience, they can’t get an accurate glucose check on me.