Originally Posted by Rang_27
I have one cat who follows me around to watch me vaccum (my Jordan of coarse) and if I put the soft bristled brush on the wand he will let me vaccum him. The others run away from it & hide. My advice is don't hold him while you vaccum because then he will begin to associated that scarry event with the person holding him. Also, if he wants to hide while the vaccum is out let him.
That was my advice, too! Apparently the noises (many too high pitched for human ears to hear) that a vacuum makes are extremely uncomfortable/painful to kitty's ears. My cat JC doesn't mind my Hoover Phantom, but my canister vac makes some sort of high pitch squeal that sends him running. And this is the cat that kept trying to sniff a working cement-cutter (the plumbers were cutting out the cement slab of the floor - they were too amazed to be annoyed with JC's sniffing to near the saw blade - I locked him up & He was MAD at me). I put my cats in the bedroom while I vacuum or do anything else that might be bad for them, such as using bleach water or other harmful chemicals.
You might get a carrier for Harley and prop it open, like a little cave, for him to hang out in, all the time. Then put his carrier in the bedroom for him to hide in when the vacuum comes out. This is also a good training in case of disasters, for quick & safe evacuations. Fun car rides in the carrier are another good idea, so that he gets used to riding around without associating being in the car with going to the vet. I confess that once on the road, I often let Joey & JC out of their carriers to check out the scenery on back roads. But they know to "load-up!" when the car stops. They are never transitioned without being locked up in the carrier. And being in the carrier is mandatory on the highway - if (God forbid!) there's an accident, at the speeds travelled, the carrier is their only protection. Sometimes, they gripe a bit, but better cry than die! I sprinkle catnip in the carriers & that often appeases them. Also, they enjoy a drive to the KMart parking lot, & watching the people come & go (I stay with them in the car, of course, to make sure that they are not stolen, or teased.)
By the way, I shop yard sales & thrift stores (esp. those that serve the disabled) for extra carriers at excellent prices. I've found a Pet Shuttle, and a Pet Taxi, for $1 each. Just be sure to bleach them out good & give them a good rinsing & air dry before using.