Wanted to pass along a piece of advice from a vet about your cats. He said instead of giving them drugs or putting them in kennels for when you need to leave the house for your open houses, to put them in king size pillow cases, and tie them shut. This will keep them from peeing,
vomiting, etc. It actually calms them. Just a thought!!!
After doing a bit of research on the subject I decided to give it a go. It would be kind of like a ‘Thunder Shirt’ for dogs except it would cover the cat’s entire body. People online had mixed views on the subject and there were very few people who actually admitted to trying it. Most people thought it was mean.
We had a showing this morning so I put it to the test. But instead of a king size pillow case I used a body pillow case, one that zipped shut. After Maddie was in the case I then placed her inside a plastic tote just in case it didn’t work.
All I could envision was getting home and opening the sack to find it full of shit, puke, piss and drool. I also worried while driving around that she would suffocate or that if I got pulled over I would get arrested for cruelty to animals because there was no way a cop would ever believe my story. Wasn’t that how farmers used to kill cats and kittens?
Didn’t they put them in potato sacks and throw them into rivers?! (I’m not saying that thought didn’t cross my mind….after all she was already in the bag and the dam is only a mile away….)
Maddie flopped around a bit and cried horribly in the car but IT WORKED! No body fluids leaked out of her at all for the first time EVER! It was so nice to drive around with the windows up and still be able to breath, it was nice to get home and not have a mess to clean up
and it was really nice to not have to give Maddie a bath. But best of all Maddie did not have to be medicated and she recovered quickly after we got home. When she is given Cat Valium, it takes her around 12 hours before she is back to normal.
So now I’m wondering why someone hasn’t grabbed this idea and ran with it. NO ONE is marketing ‘cat comfort bags.’ A person could make millions on a very simple, cheap product. I’m going to email some of the big Pet Stores and share this idea. If I do indeed get rich, Kelli Harris VanReeth and I will be chilling out on some tropical island far away from Iowa and Minnesota, someplace where there is no snow and no houses to show.
Thank you Kelli, your little message saved me A WHOLE LOT of work and worry.