April 2, 2013

I Has a Sads

Sorry I gave the impression that it was OK for Katie to be treated that way and that I would continue.  I suppose I wrote it wrong. Phrased it badly.
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Katie went to the v-e-t today to get her claws cut and to get a shot for her allergies.  I have never had a moments problem with my girl going to or at the v-e-t till now.  I had a tech I have never met.  When he took her to get her claws cut and to be weighed, I could HEAR her growling and hissing.  I peered through the window and saw he had her scruffed for the claw cutting.  I can understand that but be GENTLE!  Jason or the others never hurt her.  He had to have!  And when he plucked her out of the carrier  in the exam room, he was going to scruff her then and I said please..don't do that.  So he hauled my baby out and carried her slung over his forearm like an old rag.  Her hind quarters and everything from her arms back hung with no support.  She hissed and growled when she came back to the exam room. I asked him if he was a dog person and he said he was (about 19 yr old I would say) and he said he liked them best.  He was honest.  Said  he didn't like cats  that were were mean. I asked what was that as I had not met one.  He said the ones who hiss and growl (like poor Katie just did)  Well, hells bells..no WONDER they are mean to him if he treats them so roughly.  I told him that the cats he referred to were scared or feral, one.  


48 comments:

  1. I would speak to the vet, privately. He needs to know that he's employing someone who does not like cats, and should in all reality probably NOT be a vet tech, requiring a LOT of empathy which this young man certainly lacks. The main concern is Katie, (and other kitties) the heck with hurting somebody's feelings.

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  2. I did tell the Dr. He said what he did.

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  3. I would have already fired him without hesitation. That could damage her personality permanently.

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  4. Oh, Mom Carole and Katie, that is quite a dilemma. I would hate to think you have to go elsewhere just because of one vet tech, but if the doctor only defends him, what choice do you have? Perhaps it possible for you to watch whenever you are there (as you did this time), just to make sure they are gentle with your sweet Katie? :(

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  5. I would request that this dog person NOT be the tech when you bring Katie in. You and Katie are the clients and this tech is REALLY not good with cats. If the vet stands up for this guy, no matter how well you and Admiral were treated in the past, you really should go elsewhere. And what Brian said - Katie is a very sensitive kitty, and this type of encounter could do permanent damage psychologically.

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  6. I second what Sparkle says regarding asking for a different tech. Since you have flexibility in scheduling clippy claws and allergy shot appointments (i.e., it's not an emergency where you have no choice), I would specifically arrange for a different tech to be the one who takes care of Katie. If the office does not accommodate that perfectly reasonable request, THEN I would look for another vet.

    Tell Katie I'll be over later to groom her little face and likity-lick her earsies, and then we can have a little nappy together UTB.

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  7. You have a right to not go to a doctor who treats you crappy. I wouldn't put up with a nurse who did, either. Medical services for all of us aren't that cheap, so I would say requesting another tech is within your rights. And Katie's!
    My first vet was absolutely rotten, and all of his staff were disgusted, left and started another clinic. Guess who I went to then. Yup, the new clinic with the absolutely wonderful staff. Who still remember my first kitty, more than twenty years ago!

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  8. Oh poor Katie! We're so sorry that horrible vet tech treated her that way! He should never be allowed near her again! You have the right to say something because Katie can't speak for herself so the vet has to listen to you. Hopefully Katie doesn't react next time she has to go to the vet after that awful experience. Hugs to you and many purrs for Katie!

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  9. Katie and mom, I'm sorry you had to go through that terrible ordeal. I know neither one of you will ever cross paths with that peabrained kid again.

    I think you both need treats tonight.

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  10. Poor Katie and Mom! No one in a position at a Vet's office should try an animal so thoughtlessly. I would speak with the vet in private too.

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  11. Poor Katie!! I sympathize because Bhu is not exactly what you would call a gentleman at the vet. Ahem. They call him Hannibhu Lecter, akshully. But the bottom line is cat money is just as golden as dog money. If the tech or vet thinks differently, they need to stop accepting kitteh klients! xxoo Patty & Bhu

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  12. I think this a--h--- is in the Wrong profession!!!! I'm sorry I'de have his a-- in a sling! :| But I'm kinda like that you know....lol
    So Sorry for you and poor Katie :(
    Hugs & Kissies to Sweet Katie ♥♥xoxo
    Mom Angel~
    *Larry rushez to teleporter, on hiz way to Katie* ^..^ ♥♥♥xoxoxo

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  13. What a jerk that tech is! His butt should be kick to the curb pronto. I'm sorry that happened to you and your Mommy Katie. 'Cause believe me, it hurts us humans a lot when you kitties are treated in such an awful way..

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  14. OMC! Did you go to MY v.e.t. by accident? they don't know how to treat cats at all. TW says if she ever takes me anywhere again and she sees they're hurting me, she'll take me out of there before they touch me. Katie is going to be terrified to go back there. That tech needs to be fired.

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  15. Poor Miss Katie!:-( I am sad for you, dear. Sending along hugs and extra treats.

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  16. I have had the same vet for 26 years. At the start, he used to turn the PTU and shake the cats out. After 2 years of seeing that I demanded he stop. I showed him how to cup the backsides in the hand and slide them out without problems.

    He was surprised, but understanding. There are, apparently, some things they don't teach in veterinary school (at least back then). He never did it the "Bad Way" again.

    But I have to be honest about what vets do too. They can handle the Mews in ways I cannot. I can't check their teeth the way the vet does. He just forces their mouths open and pushes their lips up. I can't.

    There is an assumed control that they learn to to what they need to do. It is so foreign to me, but it is necessary.

    So when they do something forceful that is not required, say so. Even vets can use some training! But we also need to understand that some routine force we would never do ourselves is required.

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  17. Oh Katie, we're so sorry you went through this. We agree with the others...this vet tech should not be allowed to handle Katie..or any other cat for that matter...again. And you should be able to request that.

    Katie, you deserve lots of treats after that terrible ordeal.

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  18. Oh no beautiful Katie Isabella, I'm so sorry you went through that.

    Carole, please talk to the vet about the tech. The tech may just need some training, especially if he's on 19, he's not really a tech. If that does not help, then you do have the right to demand he never be the tech to work with Katie.

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  19. Poor Katie and mom. Our human does everything for us except check-ups and is also extra nice to all staff at the clinic so we would be treated well.
    Purrs and hugs to Katie and mom.

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  20. My cats hate going to the vet.
    My vet, last time, used a towel and wrapped Ashton (my hissing boy).

    I also get the purple calming collar .. looks like an old flea collar but purple. Helps .. it says .. to calm them.

    Also, I spray the cage with feliway.

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  21. I am so glad I work at a cat hospital and a good one. We all receive training and watch videos on proper cat handling. Here's one we learn from, and maybe you should send your vet the link to it. That kind of treatment and response from staff is unacceptable!

    http://www.catalystcouncil.org/resources/health_welfare/cat_friendly_practices/

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  22. Oh we are are so very sorry. Being young and a "dog person" is no excuse for bad behavior. Mom understands being strict - she has to do it to some of us. And she knows not every owner can do it (our v-e-t laughs when mom volunteers to hold one of us). But no way should a tech treat ANY animal that way......

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  23. I am so sorry that idiot kid hurt you Miss Katie. Thanks to mom for telling him off! xx

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  24. What a terrible way to treat a Queen!

    This type of treatment is non-negotiable. We know that your Mommy will handle this unpleasantness in the best way pawssible.

    We're sorry your week has started out so terrible and hope you have a great Wednesday! **smooches**

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  25. Oh no! I would definitely speak to the vet about this. There is no way anyone in a vet clinic should be allowed to treat a cat that way or be allowed to work with cats if they don't like them.

    Mom Paula

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  26. Oh poor darling Katie!!! Hugs and purrs to you both for such a horrible day! We hope that guy is not there when you go back next!
    Don't like cats, boy did you pick the wrong profession guy!

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  27. Leo says: Say what now?? Someone hurted MY Katie! I mean... Someone hurted Katie! Lemme at'em! Lemme at'em! I'll show him claws! I got's extra claws and I knows how to use them! NO ONE makes my, I mean, NO ONE makes Katie growl and hiss and gets away with it!
    And when I'm done with him, I'ma get me a piece of that fancy pants orange menace that bugs her too! *pantpantpantgrowlgrumble*

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  28. This is not good or what you deserve! Pöh. I let Äiti write.....
    I would phone the vet and ask for the name of the tech; then when you have to take Katie again and book an appointment ask if that tech is there on that day and request that he doesn't handle Katie when the appointment is made - it makes a point calmly and professionally and it is bound to be noticed. Right now it sounds like the vet is defending his employee but perhaps the vet will notice in future if the customers complain.
    Alternatively, you could get your vet to read this blog.
    We hope Katie is recovering from the trauma.

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  29. Oh dear! I'm sending my momma Ellie to comfort and mother sweet Katie until she feels better.

    If that non-cat person is around, make sure there is someone else...or go elsewhere.

    We once, years ago...back in the 1980's...had a vet who traumatized our cat. We did not hesitate, got copies of all of our pets records (dogs and cats) and promptly found a new vet. We did not want to take any chances.

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  30. I can't add anymore that hasn't already been said. We are so sad that Katie had to suffer in his hands.

    Jenna and Sissy are sending lots of purrs to Katie :)

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  31. That is absolutely the most appalling thing and I am in total agreement with Brian. I would have near demanded the Vet do something on the spot. What if poor Katie had a hurty somewhere and Mr. s**t for brains was handling her so? I'll tell you something, when it comes down to it you are a paying customer and them Vets charge A LOT so you and Katie deserve to be treated like the valued clients you are. Not be dismissed like some looney cat lady all over reacting about her kitty. That's crap! I am curious, what did the Vet say when you told him what had been said and how the kid behaved?

    How dare he treat our beloveds so callously, the little s**t!

    xoxo
    Ms. Stella
    That (furious) Woman

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  32. That's awful! I would be very angry if I saw someone (especially a professional) mistreating one of my cats. Is it possible to call ahead next time and request to get a cat-friendly vet-tech? And refuse to have that guy handle sweet Katie again.

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  33. Do you use to hear most of the VET or nurse are doggie pawson ? But it's not fare for the cat like Katie or Me !!!!
    My mom will rip his head before hand !!! She is small but brutal ! But we do agree with Mom Trish, he should not allowed to work with cats !
    I hope Miss Katie is O.K.
    Purrs and hugs

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  34. This has made me and Mommy very upset. We hope you let the vet know so he can probably let this particular tech handle dogs only. It is people like him who make cats fear and act out at the vet clinic.

    I am still fuming over this. Give me a minute to cool off and I'll be over for as long as Katie needs me.

    xoxoxoxo
    Boomie

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  35. That guy needs to lose his job. It is totally irrelevant whether he is a dog or cat person. That kind of behaviour is not acceptable.

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  36. I agree with all the comments. That d**khead shouldn't be allowed anywhere near cats …… or any other animal for that matter! He obviously has no understanding or empathy! :( Sweet Katie, I hope you are ok!!! xox

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  37. That is so bad and I have to agree with so many of the others that he is maybe in the wrong profession. I would never let him treat your girl again and would speak to the practice manager. No wonder the poor baby reacted as she did. I hope its sorted for you. Hugs GJ x

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  38. I'm so sad this happened to you Miss Carole AND to Katie. That vet tech shouldn't be allowed to treat the animals in his care like that and it's sad his boss didn't find a problem with his so-called technique. It's scary to think how many animals the tech has caused to suffer with fear or discomfort with is tough handling. I hope the tech leaves of his own accord - he's in the wrong place for someone who doesn't even like cats!

    Kitty Hugs for Katie.....Sam

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  39. We can't understand this as we thought that vets had a longer training period than a doctor (that may just be the UK and have no idea what training other countries have). If he wasn't properly qualified we think you are within your rights to an explanation from the head vet at your Vet's Office and a promise this will not happen to you again and all the other animals he treats too. If you don't get satisfaction please ask everyone you know where they take their pets and try them. You are a caring owner and as a client your wishes should be met.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  40. OUTRAGEOUS! This young whippersnapper needs to work in a "dogs only" practice or something. I certainly hope you spoke to the vet & staff quite firmly about this person! How he treated Katie was just WRONG and insensitive.

    And Hannah & Lucy are right: There are other vets around! I hope you get satisfaction on this - please keep us posted on what happens.

    Poor Katie! Give her some extra treats & lovins from me & MomKatt!

    Selina (who'd have hissed, too, if SHE had been treated thusly)

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  41. Oh poor Katie! We're so sorry that horrible vet tech treated you that way :(
    Of course you hiss and growl if a person who doesn´t have a clue on how to handle us cat´s !!
    Hope you haven´t been frighten for life !
    XOXO

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  42. oh hell noe N pleez eggs cuze R werds..katie, yur mom kneads to contact de primary vet at de clinic and let them noe if nothin iz done about azz butt, then her will be contactin de better business bureau and de local aspca and hsus in yur area coz thatz NOE WAY ta treetz an animal....if de tech doez knot like cats then him either kneads ta go two an all dog vet; ore get another line oh werk ....all kittehs hiss N growl at de vets, we iz scared...we iz pretty sure dawg N pupps be growlin two....

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  43. We kind of agree with the Chans - and we DEFinitely agree with Sparkle. That tech never gets close to Katie - EVER again.

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  44. I used to be a vet tech. If your vet is good, ask for another tech. Tell your vet what happened, and put in Katie's chart that he is not to deal with her. No excuse and no reason for this!
    ~xo~

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  45. Some people just don't know how to relate to cats. I've been around cats my whole life and they will respond if you're kind to them. There was no need for Katie to be treated roughly.

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