Angry Cat at the Vet – Fractious Cat Restraint


Hi, I’m Megan. Today we’re going to deal with an angry cat. This is Max, and he’s been vomiting and losing weight, and so he’s here today so we can examine him, and draw some blood. He has been fired from other veterinary hospitals, and so we know that he has a history of being angry. He’s in here kind of growling at us and preparing for the worst. So, we are getting set up. Since I know he’s angry, we’re just going to assume that we’re going to need some some pretty heavy restraint on him. So I’ve got a cat muzzle out. In my opinion, this is the best invention for cat restraint ever. It’s a really hard plastic, kind of patent-y and it goes over there, you know, his face is going to go in here and we tighten it down behind his ears but he can still open his mouth, he can scream, he can hiss, he can breathe unobstructed, which i think is a problem with other cat muzzles. When they can’t open their mouths, they feel like they can’t breathe. That becomes a real problem. So goal number one is going to be and try and get this on his face. I also have a big blanket. This is not a cat that a towel is going to help with, so we’ve got a big thick blanket. Sarah is going to help me, so there’s going to be two of us working on him, and the goal is just going to be to be as efficient as possible. I have everything ready. I have a thermometer, I have a scale, everything I’m going to need to draw blood work. We don’t want to anger him and then have to shuffle around and find our supplies. Also kind of on board with the doctor so she knows exactly the order that we’re going to do things. She’s got a plan in her head, we don’t want to get this angry cat, out do a bunch of stuff, put him back, and then have the doctor come back five minutes later, oh by the way, do you mind doing this? So just make sure there’s a lot of communication when you have an angry animal so that you can get everything done, get him put away, and on his way. This is a carrier that opens from the top, but I am going to just take the carrier apart. This is kind of a small hole for us to get our hands in and drag him out of, so I’d rather just you know we’ll kind of pop all these, and then when we’re ready we’ll take the top off, get the blanket on him, and pull him out. I’m not a big fan of dumping cats out the front, just in case he bolts and we lose him- that’s not a good situation. You don’t ever want to have to pull a cat out from under cupboards, or you know under a shelf, or under a cage or anything like that. Certainly excaping out the front door, running into some dogs. All bad news. So we want to be as controlled as possible. I don’t know, now something’s up buddy, okay. All right, he wants to go hide in there. Okay, so I am just gonna pay attention to where his head is. So I’ve got my hand just kind of around his neck, to control his head. This cat, it’s never going to do us any good to scruff him. I think a scruff is a really good tool when you need to kind of immobilize a cat if he’s struggling a little bit when you’re trying to get blood. But when a cat is really angry and you scruff them, and you pull tighter and tighter and they struggle more and more, they actually can’t breathe anymore. It puts enough pressure on their trachea. So when I have a really angry cat I don’t scruff at all. I’m just going to kind of pin his head down. So I know his head is right here. Just pin his neck down so that he can turn and bite through the blanket if he wants to, but, just control that head. We’ll kind of get his feet under the blanket as we need to and then just go from there. So a lot of angry cat restraint is just holding them down to the table, which Sarah is going to do. So now I’m going to turn him so his head is facing towards me and we’re going to get the muzzle on. There we go. Okay, So just kind of feed his head in there, make sure the straps get behind his ears, and then cinch it down. It’s not impossible for him to get this muzzle off, if he gets his back legs up there, he can certainly flip it off over his head. But now I know that his teeth are covered, and he still has a lot of room to breathe in there. He’s still growling. Oftentimes just getting things dark, it’s going to help him. He’s not going to, you know, be able to see us moving around and, you know, anticipate movements toward him. So we’ll just kind of leave him in the dark, and next we’ll get a weight. Max, he’s just kind of gone limp here, which is in our favor. Okay, no bolting. All right, 14 pounds. Okay. All right, now that he has a correct weight, if we do get in trouble and we need to move to sedation, we’ve got that important piece of information and we can just move right to it. So Sarah’s got his front half, I just have some hands on his back feet. These cats can do some really good damage with back claws when they start bunny kicking, so it’s my job to protect the doctor, and so far so good. All right, so we got a quick physical exam done. He gave us a good urine sample, so that’s always helpful. He has been able to get out of his muzzle. This is, you know, we all need to be talking to each other. If I see that happen, I need to make sure Sarah knows his teeth are out so she’s going to be careful with that. If he’s struggling and I’m close to losing his back legs, if Sarah’s restraining him for something and she’s about to lose control of him, just let everybody know. You’ve got to yell it and say I’m losing it, so whoever is close to his face can step back if he does escape and get off the table, that’s better than, you know, having one of us get bit by a cat. You know, we can find him, retrieve him, and get him back. But nobody wants to go to the hospital. So I’m going to draw blood from this cat. I don’t anticipate him behaving very well so I’m going to use a butterfly catheter. This is a 23 gauge butterfly catheter. The reason that I like these is that it gives him the opportunity to struggle a little bit, and I’m not gonna lacerate his vein. You know if I’ve got this syringe on it and he moves around it’s pretty easy to cause some trauma there. Okay, so we’re gonna move him into a kennel now, and that’s where he’ll hang out until his owner is ready to come get him. So we’re not going to take any of the blankets or anything off of him, we’re just going to pick up the whole mass, and just move him into his kennel. So Sara’s still got a good hold on his head, so I’m just going to kind of help with the back end here and we’ll use an entire queen’s bed worth of laundry to get him picked up. All of that bedding in there will be helpful and it’s time to pull him back out again. We’ll use all the same big blankets and then get him out of here. So we’re back with Max, and after further discussion with the owner, we do want to do a good oral exam on him. There’s some concern for dental disease, and he obviously is not going to let us get a good look without some heavy sedation. So we’re going to give him some dexdomitor, and in order to do that we’re going to need to get him out of the cage. So he is already aware that I’m going to do something that he doesn’t like. The key to getting angry cats out of a kennel is to just do it very quickly and be very decisive about it. The more I flinch and kind of move around he’s going to learn very quickly what’s going on and he’s going to be able to get around it, and perhaps escape or cause injury. So I have another nice thick blanket I’m just going to go in, cover him with this blanket, again find where his head is going to kind of put my hands on either side of his neck and then just scoop him up and go from there. Okay and now we’re just gonna kind of wait, until he calms down enough. So we’ve done our oral exam, and we reversed his dexdomitor, and he’s now picking his head up and moving around on his own. So I’m going to let him recover the rest of the time in his own carrier so that we don’t have to get him out of a cage again. Oh buddy, okay, all right so he’s looking good, he’s definitely aware of his surroundings. Lock him in here, and now he is ready to go. We have successfully treated him and none of us got injured and he is no worse for the wear.

100 thoughts on “Angry Cat at the Vet – Fractious Cat Restraint

  1. "Well turns out we need to do a full dental exam… Ok, we need the tranquilizer gun, Holy water, snare pole, and ketamine… you know what, grab the taser too, just in case!"

  2. Never seen a cat muzzle before…. and never had a problem with any cat nor dog… even "the meanest" whom the receptionists would ask me to bring back into the exam rooms or kennel cages. I simply talk to them.

  3. ha ha ha that might be an angry cat but not that fierce. My cat is far more aggressive than that cat and he would have jumped and bunny kicked like mad as soon as a blanket is put on him. Besides, the growling of really aggressive cats is far louder.

  4. I could imagine Max may be the friendliest cat if he isn't cornered or affraid: his first reaction after opening the cage wasn't to attac the vet – but to hide under the blanket. He just tried to avoid being touched by a stranger in his own effective way… (I just don't understand those comments who deamonise him, or imply evilness.)

  5. I am impressed, I have a cat that gets angry, we can’t laugh in front of her. For some reason people laugh sends her in to a rage and she will come after you mad as heck.

  6. I use to do the same at my gynecologist (I don't get nervous anymore since taking Koi-Koi with me). I feel for the kitty. He needed his mommy human near-by to make it all less traumatic. Poor kitty. 🙁 Why is the owner not allow in? Pets are like children they need their guardian near them so they don't panic like that.

  7. I'm not going to lie when I say this. I went to Africa on a vacation one time with my friend and what me and him saw was kind of disturbing.. basically we saw group of Africans sneak behind a cat and they literally put it in a black bag and then started whacking the bag on the ground. The cat was literally screaming for its life.. they were all laughing and cheering and then proceeded to take it back to their hideout. Me and my friend followed them, what we saw next was also disturbing.. they started to chop the cat into pieces and then they just ate it raw. I honestly shit you not, this is what we saw at the time, which was a very long time ago. I thought they just killed the cat for fun, I was pissed and they were laughing and cheering.. but they seemed hungry as well. I honestly felt bad for the cat, however I couldn't do anything about it because my friend stated that it would have escalated very quickly if we had stepped in. A cat's life was took right in front of our eyes and we had to hear it scream.. I felt soo bad for the cat and I still do to this very day. I always knew that the poor part of Africa, the people there were always starving but never would I have thought that they would stoop this low. It's honestly disgusting, but at the end of the day it's survival. This is what the world is coming to now, I feel sorry for the Africans that literally have to kill an animal and then eat them raw, they didn't even wash the cat, they just chopped it up and ate it between them.

  8. Wow straight up suffocating the cat as soon as they blanketed him.. Just stoopid. Imagine a huge thick blanket being wrapped tight around you by a giant?

  9. Bless his heart. Lil Catibal Lecter. 😂 Ive been doing TNR with ferals in my neighborhood for years and have def come across a few like this dude.

  10. When our 25 pound Maine Coon cat decides that he doesn’t want to be looked at, our vet had the genius idea of getting a clear plastic box with a hole in the back for a pipe of knockout gas. He will let me handle him, so with no one else in the room, I pick him up and gently place him in the box and close the lid. Then they come in and put a little tube on that hole in the back of the box and it just takes a couple of seconds and that cat goes out like a light. He just lays right down and falls asleep and then they can examine him. It’s such a pleasant experience for him that now he doesn’t even hate going to that vet so much.

  11. Cats like this should just be put down. Imagine someone in the street, a kid or something, see this cat from behind and approach to stroke it or get too close before getting it's attention? this thing will turn and slap the shit out the kid…

  12. I took our feral cat to the vet years ago, to get spayed. When I walked in with the cage, the cat was upside down, with all four claws, grasped to the top of the cage.

  13. Animal lover here.  Why not video tape, and add the narration in after, so less stressful for the cat?

    Plus, try to not wave your hands in front of the cage while talking.  Scary for him!

    But overall, amazing job!

  14. I really hope this cat hasn't been declawed. What could cause an animal to behave in such a way? He obviously is in pain or some kind of discomfort, or in fear of humans for some reason. Poor kitty. 🙁

  15. Cats are nothing but vermin. There useless and poops all over people properties. Owners are disrespect over neighbours.

  16. I had a cat mean like him she was labeled dangerous at her vet office lol I loved her so much 🐈 she passed of old age. She was a indoor cat so we used to get jel nails done by her vet she would scratch people if they annoyed her.

  17. "Angry", yeah that's one word for that ball of furry hell.
    I've see rattle snakes that were more pleasant than that cat.

  18. All they needed to add was a priest, pea soup and the cats head turning 180 and they got themselves a pretty decent remake of The Exorcist…

  19. How I felt after the OU game today! Vet walks in…Ok I need a young priest and an old priest….The power of Christ compels you!! ….I'm 20 times bigger and just no….excuse me ? That's not your cat anymore sir, Ok On 3 ok…1……I'm gone good luck

  20. Assistant's Inner thoughts IM GOING TO SMOKE A BOWL ON MY LUNCH BREAK….THIS CAT IS KILLING MY VIBE 🤣🤣🤣

  21. How did know no one mention how gorgeous sarah is ( the girl with short hair ) 😍🌹 I’m straight btw but she’s just so cute 😋😂

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