When it comes to veterinary house calls there are two types of aggressive cats: Type 1 aggressive cats are by nature fearful, defensive and sometimes offensive. This type of aggressive cat includes most feral cats and cats that are simply opposed to being touched by humans. Although these cats will often let their chosen human touch them (the person that has cared for or tamed them) they usually will not let any other human touch or restrain them. In many cases not even the chosen human can touch these pets. Often these cats will sleep on the same bed or even on the chest of their chosen human but if that person attempts to hold or pet the cat, they will sustain injure. Often treating this type of cat is achieved by taking a thorough history, viewing the pet from a distance and prescribing the proper medications which are likely to be administered via the food or a long acting injection. Vaccines and other wellness are often administered by brief restraint with a towel or heavy blanket. In some cases. if a complete physical exam, diagnostics or hospitalization is needed, sedation must be employed. Type ll aggressive cats are usually only aggressive when they are transported to the vet hospital or to any place outside the comfort of their home. These cats are usually very easy to deal with on a house call basis. In most cases, Dr. Bennett can deliver care to these cats without any sign of defensive, fearful or offensive behavior from the cat. However, it is possible that these pets become fearful and aggressive during a veterinary house call, but it is unlikely to be a problem if the protocols bellow are implemented. The idea is to not let the pet know it is being visited by a veterinarian.
Transporting both type 1 and type 2 aggressive cats to the veterinary hospital can be extremely challenging. The first challenge will be getting the cat into a carrier. Especially with type 1 cats, attempting this feat will often land pet caretakers in the emergency room themselves. The second challenge is the pet may defecate, urinate and vocalize during the drive to the vet hospital or in the waiting room. The third challenge may be the pet hides after the trip to the hospital and does not show itself for hours or days. Sometimes type 1 and type 2 cats are so traumatized that they will quit eating or suffer additional medical problems such as bladder inflammation due to the stress it has endured.
Dr. Bennett’s Veterinary House calls is a great alternative for any aggressive, fractious or fearful cat. Dr. Bennett’s objective is to get the job done with minimal stress to you and your pet. Here are some simple protocols to insure your pet stays calm and happy.
1) Let Dr. Bennett know before the appointment if your cat does not like to be handled or touched by strangers. Advise Dr. Bennett on the pet’s general demeanor and temperament.
2) Do not feed fractious, aggressive or fearful cats for 6 hours before the house call.
3) Before Dr. Bennett arrives confine your cat in a bathroom or small room with no furniture or appliances to hide under or behind. Dr. Bennett or a staff member will call on the way so you can sequester your cat at the last moment. If this is not possible please speak with Dr. Bennett before he arrives so that other plans may be made to secure your pet. The objective is to not get into a hide and seek game with your pet which will increase stress and adrenaline surge.
4) Please keep all distractions to a minimum (TV, children, other animals, power tools etc.)
5) Please keep a safe distance and do not distract the Dr. or staff member while they are handling a fractious patient.
6) Provide as much lighting as possible by opening curtains and turning on all lights in the area of the cat.