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Cat: “Don’t Want To Visit No Damn Vet!” (Video)

Cat: “Don’t Want To Visit No Damn Vet!” (Video)

This kitty is telling its owner “I don’t want it” — literally — as they arrive at the vets, somewhere in America.

This cat doesn’t seem too upset, more “let me out of here, please.”

But what if she were really howling? According to Animal Planet, as with this cat, it could simply be responding to frustration or anxiety due to a recent move. Or she could be bored, eagerly seeking any kind of attention.

Unspayed cats howl during heat cycles and also if there’s illness; trip to the vet!

Animal Planet points out that:

This behavior is more likely to start as she ages. Senior cats (those 8 years or older) suffer any number of ills and may be in pain or expressing anxiety by meowing loudly at night. Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), the onset of dementia-like behavioral changes in older dogs and cats, makes cats confused or anxious. The fading of a cat’s vision or hearing are also possible triggers for nocturnal yowling.

An older cat may exhibit other signs of confusion, including going back to her empty food bowl soon after eating, apparently forgetting that she’s just finished a meal. She may be distressed at being separated from you or other family members at night, when you’re busy sleeping and not giving her attention. If her hearing is impaired, she may cry out more loudly, just as a human who cannot hear well will talk louder. If her eyesight is dimming, her frustration at trying to maneuver around her home may cause her to howl.

In an otherwise healthy cat, such symptoms are indicators of aging, and signs that she may suffer from CDS. She will be understandably bothered by the changes taking place in her body and brain, as CDS also affects her sleep cycle, leaving her restless and anxious. Instead of sleeping at night, she may slumber more during the day and wander the house crying at night.

Keeping your older cat comfortable, especially at night, may soothe her anxieties. Because older cats cannot regulate their own body temperatures as efficiently as they once did, they gravitate toward warmth. Be sure her bed is out of the path of any draft, and provide an extra blanket or two, both in her bed and on any other favorite napping spots. If your cat’s vision is deteriorating, a nightlight will help her navigate in the dark, and a radio playing on low volume will remind her that she’s not alone. Removing obstacles and keeping your home clutter-free will reduce her stress, especially if her sight and hearing are fading.

Because older cats are also are extra sensitive to humidity and heat, keep them indoors and away from conditions that could cause heatstroke. Whatever your elderly feline is coping with, giving her comfort is the kindest thing you can do.

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10:09AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Poor baby

1:32AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Never heard sounds quite like that coming from a cat before. It really does sound a lot like talking!

3:42AM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

ufff so familiar... :D

3:44PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

This kitty speaks human lingo!!!! I wish there was an equivalent pill to Xanax or valium for these type of situations to give our anxious furry ones. I for one dread those Vet visits!!!

2:45AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

I'm lucky - my vet is a five-minute walk away. In fact, that helped in my decision to get a rescue cat when I moved house. I got a double-decker animal pram so I just pop them in (the hardest part!) and wheel them off. Life-saver. They quite like looking out onto the world and such a short journey means they only have time to register any complaint if they are kept waiting in the vets.

1:11AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thanks Paul.

1:08AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Oh poor baby he looks anxious.
I wish there was a better way to prepare cats for his kind of visits.

6:54PM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

One of my cats, Primo, meows somewhat like that but it is not a distress call. He is just very talkative. When I talk back to him, he looks at me and carries on. His brother and sister aren't so talkative. Usually in the car, all is quiet and there are never any problems going to the vet. They love their vet who is also their godfather. If anything happens to me, he will raise my three as his own.

1:57PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

When I hear my cats make that sound, I know they're very distressed and maybe even feeling poorly. A very old cat I once had made that noise when he would become disoriented in the dark due to poor vision. I would go and get him and he would stop right away and settle in to sleep once he knew where he was again. It's never a good sound.

6:56AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

All my feral cats have sounded like that when going to the vet for spaying, that's why you're suppose to cover the trap or carrier to keep them at ease.

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