Hi all –
I have a bit of a situation with Sam, my huge and un-handleable indoor cat. 2012 was the last time I tried to get him into a carrier, and not only did it fail cr*ptactularly, as in, cat shit and urine all over the place, he bit me and I ended up in hospital for several days with cellulitis (I am diabetic, too, so really cannot have a repeat.) I have not attempted to get him into a carrier since then. All 3 of our cats are indoor only.
He will accept pets and scritches under very specific circumstances, and since I started working from home, has become marginally more friendly (he and the little girl kitty, who is also shy, both live in my office – which is a big 2-story space.)
So my basic idea after he bit me was that he could live out his life, and when he got ill/old/decrepit, we’d trap him and have him euthanized.
But now I like him too much to do that. He’s 12, seems generally healthy, but I am pretty sure his teeth are bothering him, based on how he eats his kibble. He also has some mats in his coat that need to be shaved off, because he’s very fat and cannot reach some places on his body.
I’d like to get him to the vet, but it might be a one-time deal, if we can even get him into a trap. The vet knows we have him, and does do some work with feral colony cats. He did get his 3 rabies shots before the “incident” but he’s obviously not up to date on vaccinations.