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Cats in a tool box??????????? Why???

post #1 of 23
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Boy am I peeved!!! I dropped my little baby Sui off at the vet to be spayed this morning and you wouldn't believe what I saw. I saw some grisly nasty looking man holding a big tool box so I thought he was some sort of maintainence man. The receptionist comes over and starts talking to the man and he kneels down and pops the top of this box and out pops two heads. He had brought his cats to the vet in a tool box with no air holes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They were at least 9 months old, so they were pretty big, they didn't have much room in there. He was like,"I thank they're gettin' hot in thar". I almost crapped my pants!!! So I say," You THINK they're getting hot? Would you? Do you think they can breathe? How would you like it if someone locked you in a coffin and carried you around?" I just don't understand someone who cares enough to take their cats to the vet but would carry them around in a toolbox!!!!!!!!! There is no excuse for stupidity. I first got Sandy when I was in college and I didn't have the money to buy a carrier for her but I at least borrowed one when I had to get her to the vet! I just cannot imagine sticking her in a box to suffocate!! I'm still peeved, can you tell?
post #2 of 23
Do you know for sure these were his cats? Could he have found them while he was working and this was the only safe place to transport them? It does seem odd that someone would plan a trip to the vets and not have something to take them in.
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by squirtle
Do you know for sure these were his cats? Could he have found them while he was working and this was the only safe place to transport them? It does seem odd that someone would plan a trip to the vets and not have something to take them in.
No, I wish that were the case. I heard him discussing with the receptionist that they were his "grandkitties". He was having them spayed/neutered. It was just so heartbreaking seeing these 2 kitties squished up in that box. Thankfully the receptionist told him they would give them cardboard carriers to take them home in. Unfortunately, I heard him say "Well now I can put my tools back in my box" so he has no plans on getting real carriers. BUT a cardboard carrier is better than a toolbox any day!!
post #4 of 23
Are you sure there were no airholes drilled into the toolbox?
post #5 of 23
Better than no carrier at all really. More than once I have seen people carry their pets out to the car with nothing and before you know it their freshly spayed/neutered/vaccinated kitty is running terrified into traffic or a nearby cornfield. I really bothers me when this happens AFTER I have offered them a carrier to use!
post #6 of 23
Well, you had the courage to speak up for those cats who couldn't speak for themselves. I am glad that at least the man was getting them neutered. As for his inconsiderate treatment of the cats, I wonder how he was treated as a child, that he was so thoughtless. And my heart breaks for those kitties who trusted him enough to let him lock them up in a toolbox. I send prayers and heartfelt wishes that they receive nothing but better treatment from here on out..And thanks for speaking up - if only more people would speak out against mistreatment whenever & whereever they encounter it...if only................
post #7 of 23
You are fortunate he didn't pop you in the head with a screwdriver. People like that have no clue how to properly care for cats, and they do not like being corrected on how to do so.
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by Dr. Doolittle
Better than no carrier at all really. More than once I have seen people carry their pets out to the car with nothing and before you know it their freshly spayed/neutered/vaccinated kitty is running terrified into traffic or a nearby cornfield. I really bothers me when this happens AFTER I have offered them a carrier to use!
I agree. My present vet told me it happens quite often in the clinic. People bring puppies and kittens in shoeboxes, baskets, grocery bags and even in cookingware!
Does anyone know if these "cardboard" carriers are patented so are exclusively sold or can any manufacturer massproduce them to be distributed free to animal clinics?
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by yayi
Does anyone know if these "cardboard" carriers are patented so are exclusively sold or can any manufacturer massproduce them to be distributed free to animal clinics?
No, you just contract with a box making company and they will manufacture boxes to your specifications. For instance, PetSmart has cardboard carriers for $5 with their logo on the side.



As for the original post, I'm glad you didn't run into me when I took Nano to the clinic for the first time. I couldn't get her into a traditional carrier, and running very short of time and dealing with a very reluctant cat, I had to "improvise" (so to speak). Then I smartened up and bought a top loading carrier...but the first visit was very Grapes of Wrath-ish.

And hey, the guy was at least getting his pets S/N'd. Better than a good chunk of the so-called pet lovers registered at this site.
post #10 of 23
I'm guilty of using something non-traditional in a pinch.

I just adopted Oliver a few weeks beforehand and used borrowed a carrier. After his initial vet visits, I gave the carrier back. I hadn't bought my own yet (at that time). Oliver got stung by a wasp. I didn't know what kind of reaction he would have, so I rushed him to the vet. I did not want to take him without a carrier, so I put him in a Budwieser box. The staff thought I was bringing them a present.

I bought a carrier soon afterward.

BTW, Thank God, it was barely a sting. He had no reaction.
post #11 of 23
I took one of my cats to the vet in a duffel bag once. Hey at least she was going in to be spayed. It was the best I could do when I was 15 and my parents weren't much help.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
Are you sure there were no airholes drilled into the toolbox?
If there were, they were tiny. I was relatively close and it looked pretty smooth all around.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by hissy
You are fortunate he didn't pop you in the head with a screwdriver. People like that have no clue how to properly care for cats, and they do not like being corrected on how to do so.
I thought about that (afterwards). They way they were squished in there just angered me so much and when I'm that angry, I can't bite my tongue!!! I've seen people take animals in in "unconventional" things BUT that toolbox was just cruel. I guess it was something you just have to see to be that angry. I'll bet if it was that man's huntin' dog he wouldn't squish her into something she didn't fit in.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by Dr. Doolittle
I took one of my cats to the vet in a duffel bag once. Hey at least she was going in to be spayed. It was the best I could do when I was 15 and my parents weren't much help.
A duffel bag isn't a bad substitute. It's great for a 15 year old to be so responsible, too.
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
I'm guilty of using something non-traditional in a pinch.

I just adopted Oliver a few weeks beforehand and used borrowed a carrier. After his initial vet visits, I gave the carrier back. I hadn't bought my own yet (at that time). Oliver got stung by a wasp. I didn't know what kind of reaction he would have, so I rushed him to the vet. I did not want to take him without a carrier, so I put him in a Budwieser box. The staff thought I was bringing them a present.

I bought a carrier soon afterward.

BTW, Thank God, it was barely a sting. He had no reaction.
That's a little different. You didn't shove him into something he didn't fit in and couldn't breathe in. I'll bet it was scary when he got stung. Did he cry?
post #16 of 23
O_O We have only one carrier, and three cats. So when they go to the vets, Rosco (My mom's 18 yr old cat) goes in the carrier, and i bring the other two on their leashes (Walking elliot, holding aerowyn because she doesnt walk good on the leash yet :O But if I have to I can carry them both O_O ) I cant believe people can be so stupid O_O Dumb people are just so...... DUMB O_O
post #17 of 23
Maybe he was just stupid. Seriously.
Hopefully the receptionist gave him a clue.
At least he meant well. Let's hope he learned something.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by Me-n-my guys
Maybe he was just stupid. Seriously.
Hopefully the receptionist gave him a clue.
At least he meant well. Let's hope he learned something.


I gotta agree here. He referred to them as his "grandkitties", was taking them to the vet and getting them spayed/neutered, so he obviously cares about them. He probably just lacked a clue or a better idea.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Nano
And hey, the guy was at least getting his pets S/N'd. Better than a good chunk of the so-called pet lovers registered at this site.
post #20 of 23
yayi, I don't know how much plainer I could make it. Several other people spoke up in agreement to say the guy wasn't so horrible and was at least trying to do the right thing. The simple act of taking his cats to the vet for S/N already makes this guy a more capable and compassionate pet owner than an uncomfortably high percentage of people who use these forums for "advice" or "venting" instead of seeking proper vet care.

But if you want clarification, once again we have a man being attacked -- with amateur psychology that he was abused as a child and that he probably wanted to hit a woman with a screwdriver -- because he used a makeshift carrier to bring his pets to the vet. Those are ludicrous things to say. No other comments.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Nano
yayi, I don't know how much plainer I could make it. Several other people spoke up in agreement to say the guy wasn't so horrible and was at least trying to do the right thing. The simple act of taking his cats to the vet for S/N already makes this guy a more capable and compassionate pet owner than an uncomfortably high percentage of people who use these forums for "advice" or "venting" instead of seeking proper vet care.

But if you want clarification, once again we have a man being attacked -- with amateur psychology that he was abused as a child and that he probably wanted to hit a woman with a screwdriver -- because he used a makeshift carrier to bring his pets to the vet. Those are ludicrous things to say. No other comments.
Still, even if he means well, he could have killed those cats in a box with no air. Somebody should have pointed that out to him, and it looks like the original poster did just that. The guy is clearly cluless-was he going to take them back home in the box after their surgeries? Did he not think they would need 2 carriers? He is like those people that leave their children in a hot car. I am sure most of them do love their kids, but kids end up just as dead.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Kellyyfaber
That's a little different. You didn't shove him into something he didn't fit in and couldn't breathe in. I'll bet it was scary when he got stung. Did he cry?
Yes, my poor baby cried, but I think it was more because my (then) husband put an ice-pack on it while I was calling the vet. The vet's office even heard him crying over the phone.

My regular vet wasn't there. My then-husband asked him if it was really necessary to bring him in or was I over-reacting. I said - we had no way of knowing if Oliver could have been allergic, so I wanted to be safe. The vet told hubby that Oliver's face would have swollen up immediately, so I probably overreacted a little. I don't care if he's a vet or not. I'M the Mommy!!!
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by elizwithcat
Still, even if he means well, he could have killed those cats in a box with no air. Somebody should have pointed that out to him, and it looks like the original poster did just that. The guy is clearly cluless-was he going to take them back home in the box after their surgeries? Did he not think they would need 2 carriers? He is like those people that leave their children in a hot car. I am sure most of them do love their kids, but kids end up just as dead.
That's a good comparison.
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