Today I took two cats, Molly and Jenny to the vets. It was a harrowing experience, for me as well as the cats.
Did you ever watch the Animal Planet show where the rescuers go to the hoarders house and they try to cats the cats with net.
It was something akin to that but I did not have a net.
Firstly they have some innate knowledge of the impending trip. I try to pick up Molly, and she runs for her life and hides under the bed. When I try to get her out, she runs again. Her meows were getting increasingly louder. After 15 minutes she ran into the bathroom (big mistake Molly, never get your self trapped in a box canyon) and was captured.
Then I have to take her to put her in the cat carrier. As I opened the bedroom door there are three spooked cats outside and they scatter like bowling pins. Now, they all know that one of them is next and they all flee. It took me another ten minutes to capture Jenny. She then also went into the cat carrier. They immediately began hissing at each other and I think I heard a few growls too. I got a cardboard disposable box from the vet for the return trip. Since neither of them chewed it up, I think I can plan to use it for awhile. They will ride solo in two carriages to the vet. Next Monday I have to take Lucy and Henry for their check ups, that will be round two, I am not looking forward to that capture at all.
The actual visit was uneventful. They now are wary and avoiding me like the plague. I hope I can gain their trust before it is time to go next year. Does anyone have any other suggestions on cat capture? They know before I know that I plan to take them somewhere.