Cinnamon Tabasco

Get Cinnamon to the Vet!!

My Cinnamon has an anti-social purrsonality, more so than any other cat I've known, but I need to take her to the vet to at least get nails trimmed. She refuses to use her scratching post and is having some real claw control issues. She is up-to-date on shots and all, she was given all that at the shelter before we adopted her. She DOES NOT allow anyone to pick her up. When we had to get her stitches taken out my father-in-law tried to pick her up, she bit his hand, his hand swelled up and he had to go to urgent care and take medicine for a week or two. Help, advice, really anything at this point will be greatly appreciated.

Asked by Cinnamon Tabasco on Jul 17th 2013 Tagged vet, aggression, nails in Health & Wellness
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Izadore (Izzie)

Oh, dear. Most cats don't like to go to the vet and a lot don't like to be picked up especially by a "stranger". You don't say how long you've had CT, but if she came from a situation where she was abused or even neglected, she needs lots of time and socialization to be a good feline citizen. Unfortunately, a lot of people aren't willing to put the time into the cats and they wind up being bounced from home to home and shelter to shelter and it just makes it all worse. Did you know she was like that before you adopted her or is this a new behavior? Shelters do all they can to get cats 'adoptable' but it's difficult to socialize a cat in a shelter since there are so many there. If you don't already have a vet, get one on board now. Before you bring CT in, ask for their advice on socializing her. Try different scratching posts, even a corrugated "scratchy box" with catnip sprinkled on it. Don't try to pick her up. Work with your vet to socialize her. That's your best bet. Good luck!

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 7/18/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Bezalel Tiger

Have you tried luring her into a cat carrier with some treats or wet food? Use some new kind of food item (or a tested favorite item) that will spark her curiosity, and pre-treat the carrier with herbal calming spray beforehand. Then, shut the door when she's inside. If you need to pick her up to place her inside, do it in a team of two with thick rubber gloves and clothes on so that she can not scratch through whatever you are wearing. Hold her away from you so that she cannot bite or scratch your face. Good luck!! ^_^

Bezalel Tiger answered on 7/18/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Before the vet visit time comes around, a few days before I always put the carrier out open on the living room floor with a fleece blanket in it so they can lay around in it without threat. They really love hanging out in there! It makes it less scary for the actual event. I socialize troubled and abused cats at our local humane society so if you have to pick her up, hold her under the tummy with your right hand and the left hand "scruffed" around her neck. She won't be able to turn on you. Put the carrier up on its end and lower her in. Do it with confidence, authority and calm spirit. If you are stressed or anxious, the cat will feel it. When you have the opportunity to touch her paws in a quiet environment, do it. Get her used to it. Eventually try and clip one claw at a time...and build from that. Good luck! It will just take some time!!

Nicholas answered on 7/26/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer