April 7, 2019

My V.E.T Persona Has Been Changed

Kitties!  Now that mom has finally been able to convince the techs to stop scruffing me when I am there for anything..I am behaving so much better.  Its no fun being hurt so badly by those kids or young people.  The only one who held me down instead of the horrible scruffing, was the one who came here for pet sitting and claw cutting, and who just dropped us like a hot 'tater with no explanation.  I think her house mate, also a tech, took a dislike to mommy and me.  Because that disappearing act happened right after mommy and I meeting her.

Anyway, the Vet has taken the big flaming red "C" off my chart and wrote "do not scruff" on it a year ago, and I have been changed from the dreaded "C" (Caution) to "Vocal" on my chart.  The tech I had early in this week, who just held me, said she can tell a fractious cat, as she called it, from a vocal one.  She stated that *I* just talk.  Even though I hissed a few times too, with a few growls.  I didn't scream, yowl, try to bite or struggle much.  Wonderful what happens when they listen to the mommy's.

Mom will tell you I have suffered for years with those immature ones I always seem to get-- save the one I mentioned earlier-- who feel a compulsion to scruff me..and I don't even have much flesh to pinch up or whatever it is they do.  I just know they hurt me a lot and made me cry.  And the more I screamed from pain, the harder they pinched and hurt my poor neck.

You know, I never even knew I could have a blood test without screaming and struggling and many minutes going by with me screaming.  The Vet did it herself, took a minute..and reminded the tech in the room not to scruff me; instead of turning it over to the kids in the back to do.  I didn't say a WORD! Treat me right and I return the favor.





30 comments:

The Whiskeratti said...

Miss Katie, I am so very glad that you will have a better experience now. Sadly, not everyone who works for a vet really knows, or even cares, what they are doing.

Lone Star Cats said...

I don't think I'd like being scruffed either.

Brian said...

I am so happy you are getting treated properly sweet girl.

The Island Cats said...

We’re glad to hear they will handle you the right way, Katie.

meowmeowmans said...

That is such great news, sweet Katie. We are glad you are being treated with kindness and care now. We don't like being scruffed, either! XO

Kea said...

Poor sweetie. We're glad your experience will be better now. We agree with one of the comments, that some vet clinic techs, staff, even the vets, just don't care. Purrs to your and your mom.

Nicki and Derry

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

It makes such a difference having someone who understands and cares, Katie. Our vet and staff would never scruff Eric and Flynn.
I have to admit though that when I worked for a vet in the late 1960s that we used to scruff. It was what we were told to do, and if we didn't he said we weren't holding the cat securely. I didn't know any different and when I went to a different vet I was told the same. I am very glad that times have changed and most places are a lot gentler now.

CATachresis said...

Miss Katie, I think it's dreadful you have been treated so bad by people who should know better! I loathe and detest going to my V.E.T but he has always treated me with the utmost respect. And the nurses are very cool! ❤️ Perhaps you should emigrate? ;-) xx

Pam and Teddy said...

YAY!!!! Success! Amazing how things can get better if someone just listens to us right Katie? There's no need to hurt us - we will be nice if treated nice - so there!

Hugs, Teddy
p.s. My Mommy sent your Mommy an email just now!

Julie said...

See...TREAT you like the Princess you are and you behave just pawfectly...will peeps never learn?
Glad you got your records updated to reflect your true nature
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

Oh, Katie, I am so happy to hear that they are treating you much better now.

Laila

Sasha + Saku said...

Treat you with respect and you'll be respectful too! Good work Katie.

My Mind's Eye said...

Yikes Katie thank goodness you have found a very special Vet and staff
Hugs Cecilia

Tamago said...

I so understand. If they treat you right in the first place, they don't need to scruff you! Goro got bad treatment in the past and I think that's why he doesn't like stranger like he did before. Glad you are treated much better, Katie san :-)

Cupcake said...

How dare they say the word of Caution about you, KI. Don't they know sweetness and light when they see it? Yikes. I am happy we have got that scruffing thing all squared away. I mean the vet's house is bad enough without all the pinching and name calling! Jeesh!

Love and licks,
Cupcake

Eastside Cats said...

Katie, you weren't being treated correctly...and it's good that they know it now, and will do better. Purrsonally, I'd fire that vet and go somewhere else, but I'm running out of vets now...

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

I've always thought scruffing should be a last resort, not the first thing a tech tries. It's a violent act, if you think about it, and no wonder cats act badly when it's done to them.

Cat Chat With Caren and Cody (Caren Gittleman) said...

Wow we feel so bad for you. Neither of my cats were ever scruffed. Cody tolerates the Vet really well and my Angel Bobo used to just curl up in a ball. Glad they are treating you much, much better. If I was treated wrong from the get-go Mom would have gotten me a new Vet immediately! Love, Cody

Tanza Erlambang said...

cute image...
have a great day

catladymac said...

Katie, we are so glad you are having better experiences now that Mama got her point across.

pilch92 said...

I am glad they smartened up and gave you proper treatment. XO

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

So glad you had a good experience

William’s Kith & Kin said...

Katie, we're so sorry you've been treated so poorly but glad somebody finally listened. If it makes you feel better, know that our old bro William was tagged "WILL BOLT" in his records and Ivan was labeled "fractious" at the shelter. We can say Ivan's never been fractious with us or Mom, although the thing about William was probably true. :-)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Katie Isabella,
Oh my, there are so many bad assistants at the Vet's office! Our kitties all hate going there due to probably one negative experience.
The female Vet we have now is great and she has good assistants too.
Glad yours went so well.
Hugs,
Mariette

Annie Bear said...

Katie, I'm sorry that you were scruffed! It sounds like it was a terrible experience. I actually had never heard of it before a few years ago when I went to pick up Annie from a place she was boarding while we were away. She's very scared of strangers, and when she's scared, she hisses and growls. The worker came out to say she couldn't get Annie out from the enclosure. I said that I would do it, and then the lady who worked at the front said that she'd just scruff her. That made me mad. Annie is declawed and wouldn't hurt anyone anyway. Well, I'm just glad that they stopped with you and also get to see how much better you act.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Stupid vet people! I've seen a person or two try to scruff Bear and he's like you - he doesn't have a lot to hang onto. But you have that gorgeous furry coat, I imagine all the people at the vet love to touch it :)

Patzys Place said...

Luckily I haven’t had to go to the vet very often so I don’t remember if I was scruffed or not. But I know I am Very Vocal and yell at my mom when she picks me up although I am getting better about letting her hold me. Sometimes I even hiss at her. But I’ve never raised an unsheathed claw to her so she just smiles and holds me for a few seconds more and puts me down. That’s when I hiss and swat with no claws. I am simply showing my displeasure and she and I are working on it.

For some reason in my past I don’t like to be held but I sleep on top of her every chance I get!

She would never let a vet scruff me now that she knows how unnecessary it is and how much it can hurt me.

Thanks for the info Katie!
Luvz, Patzy

SailorEdgar said...

They should have listened to your Mom a long time ago!

Marv said...

Such magnificent news!
Me and Ninja are so happy you have a new vet person who knows what to do!
Queen Nellie was still incorrigible though! They had welding gloves for her!
Mom has not taken me to our vet yet...this summer...
Purrs
Marv

Mickey's Musings said...

We are so happy that your Vet listens now and there will be no more scruffing.
Surely they are taught to handle cats well!
WE have a Vet very close to us and they are really nice and we feel lucky.
We still don't like going though!
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ