Originally Posted by Aussie_Dog
Awww, poor baby! Here's to hoping you can get him all set up for the vet without too
much blood loss, but at least when he's done, he's done. Then you can work on desensitizing him to the carrier so that he won't be so traumatized next time he gets a hair cut (if he loves it this time, I'm betting you'll get it done again, lol). Is he terrified of the vet office? There's a chance of losing him, but a harness and leash could work if you just carried him into the office. But lets hope he'll eventually be okay with the carrier. I don't envy you
Well, the vet cancelled the appointment for today and rescheduled it for Thursday
so we have two days to go before he goes in now.
I have no idea how to "desensitize" Ferris to the carrier. He is a semi-feral, wild-captured at about 8 weeks old and has serious
PTSD and panic issues when it comes to being confined. He won't get into cardboard boxes, either - he's afraid he'll get shut up in them.
I think he is less terrified of the vet's office than he is of being caged.
The only thing I can do is what I already do: I leave the carrier out at all times and put treats in it to try to associate it with good things.
I tried putting a harness on him ONCE, and I'll never do it again - he positively FREAKED, and I'm trying to develop a solid POSITIVE relationship with him, so my adding to his panic and trauma just isn't the way to go about it, as far as I am concerned.
Rather, I give him space and lots of love and patience and understanding and talk softly to him and never punish him beyond a sharp word if/when he misbehaves. I think that's the best I can do for him, considering who he is and how he is.
I love that boy to pieces.
Oh well - please hang onto those vibes you've all sent out to him (and thank you so much!
) and send them out again for Thursday morning - I know he's going to need it!