Is it okay to spray a cat with water

Is it okay to spray a cat with water

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Is it okay to spray a cat with water?

I work for a veterinary clinic, and occasionally come across sick cats. They are generally dehydrated or have some sort of minor issue. We do basic IVs and basic labwork, but nothing that requires specialised vet tools. I understand that the majority of our patients are dogs (most of which are puppies, that is), but sometimes we come across some cats. The issue is, I'm not a vet, and I'm not trned to do the things that are required.

I've seen some other posts about these sort of issues, but there are three kinds of post I want to focus on.

There are first-hand accounts from vets or others that are saying it's fine, for instance the posts in this thread. There are posts from people like myself who are saying it's not okay, that it isn't safe, and that I'm not sure if it's safe or not, and finally there are posts that say that people don't have any experience with cats. So I'm going to list some questions, and then expln my answers.

Is it safe to bring a cat into the vet for treatment?

If I don't use any specialised tools, but just have my hands (plus maybe a bit of soap), is there anything I should be aware of? I'm not trying to do anything particularly harmful or dangerous (although I wouldn't say the water wouldn't be pnful), but I'm trying to avoid doing any harm that might be otherwise avoidable. For example, if I did something that caused the cat to choke, would this be easier to identify in a cat than a dog?

Is it okay to bring a cat into the vet?

If I bring a cat into the vet, is there any reason to leave it for a period of time after I've finished?

Also, since this is my only post, I don't want to accidentally start a discussion that someone else is talking about. So if there's anything I've missed, please feel free to add your thoughts, but if there's an existing thread I can link to, I'd prefer that.

My answers are as follows:

1. Yes, it is safe to bring a cat into the vet for treatment. The tools I use are mostly the same as the ones I'd use to treat any other animal (i.e. a toothbrush, scissors, cotton bud, tweezers), so there should be no reason to be concerned. As long as you treat the cat nicely, even if it does get upset, there shouldn't be any problems.

2. It depends. If the cat doesn't mind being in the clinic, there is no reason to. However, if the cat has a phobia of any kind, then I'd say it's probably a good idea to try to keep the clinic as small and calm as possible. Ideally, if you bring a cat into the clinic it should have a calm, stress-free journey through, and should never even see the doctor in their office. Most of the time, the vet will leave you outside the office and the only time they'll ever see the cat is when they need to pick them up. So you can keep the ride as calm as possible, or, you can take it to the vet if they are willing.

3. Cats can get into the office if they're allowed out of their carrier or if they manage to open their carrier. So, you can be more lax in your "safety" precautions than you'd be for a dog. As long as your cat doesn't start chewing things or tearing things up, there shouldn't be any big problems.

I don't think there's a real danger with any of them, but there's always a danger when you have a cat with you. If you don't want to take the chance, don't. I do think that it's probably safer to transport them in the car. That way you can keep an eye on them and they don't get into trouble and stuff.

What you're doing is very kind and very thoughtful. I bet that you'll end up with a pretty darn cute little cat and they'll be just fine.

I do something similar. I use a cat carrier. If my friend is driving, I'll usually have the cat carrier in the passenger seat, and take the cat in with me if she'll let me, and get the cat out agn. The only problem is that if you're used to taking your cat to the vet's office when the car has a driver, then you have to be very careful in your own car to see that the cat's okay. Even if they aren't allowed in the car, they might go through the carrier. Also, my friend has a couple cats that tend to knock things over in their carriers, and there's always the chance of losing one when the car stops. This is especially true with the carrier set up on the seat. The cat is usually already on the seat, and has a harder time getting back down, and there's no place to wedge the carrier for balance.

With my own cat, I use the carrier. It's great for handling him. It's also good to have the carrier near the front seat, if your cat would jump out. He's pretty friendly and playful, so I try not to think about that too much. The carrier can be left in the back, but the passenger can't see it, and I don't have to think about it. In my case, I just leave the box on the seat so that I can get at it easily.

I'm with you. I've transported cats a time or three from New York to California in the car. This has always been a frly gentle cat, though not very tolerant of being left alone, and I only leave a window cracked.

I love cats, but I don't see what's so great about transporting them in a carrier. Most car trips are short enough, and even on long trips, the cat won't be too upset. In the summertime, especially, a cat in the back seat can be stinky (even with windows cracked) unless they have a nice place to sit up high and get some r flow. On a plane they can be a bit noisy if the r conditioning isn't set too high.

I'll be leaving for vacation in a few days. I'll bring my cats in the carrier (one carrier for 2, one for 1), but I have a friend that's got dogs and we'll bring them in my car for the trip. I do have kitty litter in the car, and will bring a litter box. I'll keep the car windows open all the way, but I won't let the cat roam the car.

We have a new dog, too. His name is Spots (pronounced Spotts), and he's a Lab. He can get in the back seat, and won't care about the window at all. I won't let him out of my sight. He's a good traveller, but not a "pack" animal, and never jumps into the seat. He sleeps all the way there and all the way back. I don't have any kitty litter. I have an area about the size of a cat bed for him to use if he wants to, and I'll pick up some kitty litter on the way home.

I'm a bit worried about the trip, and I want to make sure I won't have any problems. My best friend's dog got into the car once, and I'd almost gotten us arrested for driving the car with a dog in it, when I discovered that she'd crawled under the seat! But that was just an

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