This is not my beautiful house! (Reprise) Jimi was due for his second annual checkup today. Just like last year, all went well and Jimi’s in top condition. But unfortunately, Jimi was so, so stressed… I have mentioned before how Mr. Bowie enjoyed the car rides. What a contrast compared with Jimi, he’s so scared inside the car. Glad we’re back home and enjoying our treats in the garden on this warm summer day.
Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.
Hopelijk is hij ondertussen bekomen van de autorit en het bezoekje bij de dierenarts.
Tijd voor een lekkere beloning…
Yep, heeft hij al gekregen en intussen is hij weer aan ‘t jagen op de buxus-motten. Dit is zijn favoriete tijdverdrijf de laatste week…
Glad to hear Jimi got a good report for his checkup. Teddy HATES being in the car and Sammy loved it. I guess they are all different just as we humans are! Hope both of you enjoy this fine day! May it have some chocolate somewhere along the way.
Hugs, Pam and Teddy
Hi Pam. We’re both outside enjoying our treats after this stressful morning. Glad we’re having warm summer days, finally…
Hope you’re having a wonderful day, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!
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Keep well Jimi and you will only need to suffer this horror once a year 😏
I wish he could realise this, he should be happy after all. Especially with all the treats when we’re back home… 😉
Hi…Team Jimmi and certified can opener…
for the teen test some calming spray in the car and in the transport basket …like this …view feliway video….https://youtu.be/4v-ipNLJOjY
have a nice week and stay safe!
Thank you for this link and advice. I never needed such products in the past but maybe it’s time to give it a try with Jimi’s next car ride…
Hi Ginnietom thank you so much for sharing this video, it might be very helpful
Poor Jimi. But I am glad all is well with him at least!
Thank you! And Jimi got some extra treats when we arrived back home…
I good healthy cat and beautiful also, that’s Jimi! They do get so stressed, in the carrier, and MaChatte knows where she’s going, because that’s the only place she ever goes. And when she gets there, she threatens to hurt her vet! Look at his solemn face…..oh yea, he knows.
Once we were inside the clinic Jimi was actually relatively calm. He let the vet do all the tests without any hissings or protest. He just doesn’t like the car rides I guess. Mr. Bowie needed medical care almost every month so he was used to be in a car. And he always enjoyed it… So now I feel the stress too…
That’s good that he’s cooperative with all the process once he gets there, and doesn’t want to hurt the vet, lol. Mine always speaks up loudly in the car on the way to the vet, and is very quiet on the way back.
Jimi fell asleep (for a few minutes) in his carrier when we were driving back home. Cats seems to realise what’s going on…
Thanks for the tweet, much appreciated!
Tweets, sure! Cats do know what’s going on because they are smart. Have a great weekend!
Thanks! Enjoy your weekend, my friend!
I never had a cat who enjoyed car rides. Even though I would leave the carriers out around the house and they would all happily sleep in them, as soon as it was vet time it was a wild chase or hide and seek. They are all psychic I’m sure. The Feliway spray does help and I also put catnip in the carrier, too. So happy he got a good medical report card!
Hi Angela. I’m going to use that Feliway spray too, next time, maybe in combination with catnip. It’s not difficult to get Jimi in the carrier, it looks like he’s afraid of the car rides. Inside the clinic he was relatively calm. I was stressed myself to see Jimi this way…
Try not to stress yourself, he will sense it. You take some chocolate while he has the catnip.
Oh yes, we fully agree with your idea!
Good for Jimi. He was not happy from the look on his face.
Thank goodness we only have to do this once a year… Maybe I can ask to make a house call the next time…
Aw, poor scared Jimi! Catorze is more outraged than afraid on the journey to the vet, and he screams absolute bloody murder.
I think Jimi just hates being inside a car. He was rather calm when we were inside the clinic. But right now he’s chasing the butterflies in the garden…
Jimi is a very beautiful cat, and he thinks it is enough.
Thank you! Jimi was glad to be back home. Thank goodness we were back in less than 1 hour. And right now we’re both relaxing in the garden…
My cats also become stressed during vet visits. I sing to them in the car. Since Jimi loves your music, may I offer it as a suggestion? Glad all is well!
Hi Jen. I talk to Jimi all the time and yes, occasionally I sing-a-long with some songs. The funny thing is that he’s rather relaxed when we’re inside the clinic. I guess he just doesn’t like the car rides…
So happy he is back home and in tip top shape! Bagheera has terrible anxiety too…for awhile we were lucky to have home visits. For now we must travel to the clinic and Bagheera gets a little medication from his Vet for relaxing him 😌
That’s a good idea! Maybe I can ask if they can do the checkup at home. I’m lucky the clinic is only a (max) 20 minutes drive away. But Jimi says it’s too long! 😉
We dont like the trip either except for Einstein who is oddly calm. He is the odd cat out
Seems like Einstein is a very special cat!
But I don’t like going to a doctor either…
All our cats are now vet-shy cats. I miss Torvald, who in his short life never showed fear of travel or the carrier and fussed to be held up so he could see through the carrier door out the car window. Once we passed a flock of geese and he was ecstatic. “I could get one of those for you, Mom!” You could just see the thought balloon as he gazed and followed their movements.
We have found a vet who does routine exams and minor procedures at your home, working out of a van, and it’s really making life easier.
Seems like Torvald was just like Mr. Bowie. I loved to see how Bowie enjoyed the rides in the car while he was looking outside…
I think I’m going to ask if it’s possible to do the routine checkup at home next year. Thank goodness the car ride takes less than 20 minutes.
Belaud was a chartreux. He loved riding in the car but taking other cats for the annual checkup was difficult. Blue cats!
Hi Micheline. I miss the car rides with Mr. Bowie. It was so beautiful to see how he enjoyed it. Jimi really hates it. Inside the clinic he was back in his normal cat mode. But driving back home was hell for him…
Hi Herman, Blue cats travel but most cats are terrified. Poor Jimi and poor you.
Glad we’re safe for 12 months and Jimi’s ok!
I think it is more common for a cat to not like car rides.
Hi Charles. I’m sure you’re right. Mr. Bowie was an exception, probably. It was so beautiful to see how he was enjoying the car rides…
That would be great to have a cat that likes car rides.
Oh yes, that made Bowie so special and adorable…
I’m glad Jimi had a good checkup and that it’s now all over. None of my kitties have ever liked the car rides either.
Hi Leah. I think most of the cats hate car rides and visits to the vet. Mr. Bowie was definitely an exception… It was always so funny to see how he enjoyed the car rides.
jimi; dood, we total lee get it…..total lee…we hate de car, we hate de carrier, we hate de drive and frank lee we due knot like de vet either !!!
we iz happee yur chek up iz done and we hope they gived yur dad a soooooper grate ree port 🙂 ♥♥
Thank you so much, my friends! Glad you liked this post.
Jimi sends his regards! Thanks for the cat support.
Good to hear Jimi is over the trauma for another year.
Hi Patricia. Jimi is happy so I am happy too. Thank goodness we’re safe for another year. I don’t like car rides like the ones today…
Sorry you had a tough day Jimi. XO
Oh, thank you so much for your concern! Thank goodness we both had treats afterwards! 🙂
En ik denk dat ik evenveel stress had… Ik vind dat steeds zo erg voor die kat.
Maar deze morgen zat ik opnieuw vol stress voor een bezoek aan de tandarts…
Hi Herman and Jimi I am glad that you both got that behind you, and Jimi passed it all with flying colors, that’s great. I totally understand Jimi, as with Moshu it’s always like a drama for her and mostly me, I have to trick her to get into the cat carrier. When I manage to pick her up to push her into the carrier she get’s so stressed that she has to pee all over me and her. But once at the vet she is totally fine and lets the vet and assistants do what ever they need to do. I don’t know who is more stressed out, Me or Moshu. Well you both enjoy your well deserved treats , like espresso or ice cream
Hi Cornelia. I think the only problem for Jimi is the car ride. There’s no problem getting him in the carrier and he’s so calm in the clinic. But I have to clean the carrier every time because he pees in it… a result from the stress probably.
Thank goodness we both had treats when we were back home. Next car ride over 12 months… 😉
Hi Herman, I am sure the peeing in the carrier is related to his stress. Thanks god the next ride is only in 12 months. Enjoy what’s left of the summer.
The weird thing is that it happens when we’re driving back home. Guess I need to convince him better that we’re going back home… 😉
Good luck with travelling home
Well, right now we can relax for another year…
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Oh dear, Jimi was giving you quite the stink eye there, LOL! Happy to hear he’s in top-notch health. Must be all the cardio from mouse chasing 😉 I use to dread vet visits. Like a crazy woman, I’d take both cats at the same time 🤪 and they’d howl all the way there and back. It’s enough to make you want a drink mid-day. So now I pay extra to have a roaming vet service come to the house. Nutty yes, but this saves both our sanity. Maybe your vet offers this? Cheers Belgium boys 💛xK
Hi Kelly. I’m going to check out if my vet wants to come to my house. Or maybe I can go to another vet 3 km from my home. Now I need to drive for 20 minutes to the clinic. And yes, it’s so stressful for the both of us. Thank goodness we had both treats afterwards… 😉
Hope you’re having a wonderful day, my dear friend!
Poor Jimmi. I have had several cats that don’t travel well. With Annie, I had to go armed with plastic bags and paper towels because her bowels always let loose after ten minutes in the car. Sikkim who travelled with me from Seattle to New York gets motion sickness and she threw up on take-off. What a journey, but 11 of my other cats travelled by road. I think it would have killed her. No idea why I selected her to fly, I just “felt” something about her. One so wishes one could explain and comfort them! Best wishes from my gang of reprobates.
Thank you for your comment! I think cats just don’t like to travel, with once in a while an exception. A friend of mine used to move around and travel a lot, always in company of her cat. And the cat didn’t mind all the hours in the car at all. She didn’t need a carrier…
Mr. Bowie didn’t mind the rides in the car to the vet. But Jimi just hates it… But to be honest, I don’t like like to travel either… 😉
Nor me. Years ago…many years…there was a Scottish Fold called Norton. He went to Paris on Concorde and he adored travelling. There are books by his person, Peter Gethers. Lovely story.
Oh, thank you so much for this story. I’m going to check it out.
Me, I just like to sit at home and don’t worry about all the plans needed to travel… 😉
Poor kitty boy! Two of four cats I’ve had hated the car ride, and one of the four gives me that “if I could kill with a glance” look Jimi has on his face, above!
Hi Doug. On these days I miss Mr. Bowie even harder because it was fun driving my car with him by my side. But I guess most cats just hate the car rides, especially when they realise it’s to the vet… 😉
Exactly. I understand the missing part, too. There are things our kitty boys did or liked that were so characteristic that when events remind us of those things, there are those sad moments to deal with.
So true. On such moments I can feel very sad… although there are so many beautiful memories to cherish too.
Poor Jimi! Mischa and Samurai also hate car rides and I have one chance to get them in their carriers. They also had their vaccinations and health check recently, so we can all relax for another year.
Hi Jill. Getting Jimi in the carrier isn’t a problem. I guess he just hates the car rides. Oh well, just like you said, we can relax for another year too…
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
I am glad to hear Jimi is healthy! None of our kitties enjoy car rides either, and they can sympathize with him. Wishing you both a wonderful weekend ahead.
Hi Lavinia. Thank you so much for your kind comment!
Jimi really seems to hate the car rides. Inside the clinic he was rather calm and the vet could examine him without any problems. Guess the car ride is the issue…
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my dear friend! Jimi sends his regards!
Poor thing. Glad he’s healthy
Thank you so much for your kind comment!
Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! Jimi sends his regards!
Miss Egypt was always a good traveler in the car. She had a cardboard carry box as her carrier. I was able remove the lid once we were set to go. The others, they had to ride in a regular carrier. If I used a carry box similar to Egypt’s, they would try to get out through the handle cutouts. Dino and Pebbles, the older Siamese, they traveled in a carry box too. I could take them out of the box while we were moving. The problem, though, they wanted to investigate the car too. For the most part, they were content to sit on the lap.
Hi David. With the exception of Mr. Bowie, all the cats that lived with me were afraid of the car rides (in a carrier) and the visits to a vet. I had to take Mr. Bowie almost every month to the vet and not once there was a problem. He always enjoyed the car rides and watching the traffic. I really do miss those moments, and the furry boy too…
Oh, poor Jimi! But good to hear he is in great shape. Herman, I think you would love this song. Maybe you know it already. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lIdfulZ1c5c&list=RDlIdfulZ1c5c&index=1
Oh, thank you so much for the link. I’ve always loved this song. It’s also a very good cover of a true classic.
Thanks for your kind comment. Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!
Thanks, Herman. I am having a very relaxed Sunday and I hope you are too. I had a feeling you would know that song! 😁
It’s a warm sunny day so yes, we’re having a good day. Maybe there’s time for ice cream in the garden… 😉
Obviously, Jimi has recovered by now, but Gibbs still sends condolences for his brethren having to ride in that horrible car and see that horrible vet.
I really do miss the times with Mr. Bowie in my car. He always enjoyed the car rides to the vet. Oh well, all cats are different and they will probably all hate the car rides and visits to the vet…
Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday, Mary!
Connais tu Feliway ?
C’est un produit qui existe en diffuseur ou en spray .
En spray tu vaporises quelques heures avant pour appaiser le chat et ca marche tres bien.
J’ai acheté ce produit lorsque j’ai introduit Mrs Patmore à la maison (Violet Crawley était en colère …)
I tried this product with Mr. Bowie while a work crew was doing construction works in my house. But Mr. Bowie became more nervous while using Feliway products. When I stopped using the product Mr. Bowie became more relaxed again.
But maybe I can try it out on Jimi next year…
Thank you for the comment!
So happy to find you and Jimi in a good form. Does his fear of car rides has something to do with your driving skills, Herman? 😉 Just kidding:)
Hi Inese. Thank you so much for your kind comment!
Well, never looked at the situation in this way… let me think about it. Maybe you’re right… 😉
Jimi sends his regards! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!
Thank you, and best wishes back at you:)
Thank you so much, Inese!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
He sure does look like he is in top condition! Such a handsome boy .. although he does look a tad stressed! Poor lad, never fun going to the vets!
Hi Julie. Well, I had to go to the dentist this week so you can maybe realise how stressed I was… Thank goodness they didn’t put me in a carrier!
Wishing you a great week ahead, my friend!
Maybe Jimi gets carsick when someone else is doing the driving, like I sometimes do. 🌞
Hi Lisa, welcome on HoB!
The car ride is definitely the problem, I guess, or maybe the combination with the stress factor. Thank goodness we’re safe for another year… 🙂
Maybe let Jimi drive next time??
Hmmm… let me think about it for 12 months! 😉
LOL! Sometimes that’s the only thing that prevents my motion sickness! 🌞
You can always try some chocolate perhaps… 😉
Glad all is well with Jimi! 🙂
Thank you so much, Pamela!
Jimi sends his regards! Wishing you a wonderful week!
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Thank you so much for visiting the blog and your kind comment!
A penny for your thoughts, Jimi.
Hahaha… I think it’s better we don’t know! 😉
His thoughts…?? I don’t think so… 🙂
Oh poor little Jimi!
Little Monkey also hated the vets and was so stressed the whole visit.
Still, it needs to be done – and maybe some ice cream for Jimi afterwards to forget all about it! 😀
Thank goodness we only have to do this once in a year… And yes, afterwards we both needed lots of treats to compensate all the stress…
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!
Thank you –
And Happy Monday to you both 😀
Thank you so much! 🙂
Aw, what a sweet boy! 😀 I’m glad he’s feeling better now. ❤
Thank you so much for your kind comment, Miranda.
Jimi sends his regards!
You’re very welcome, and thank Jimi, and send him my regards too.
Thank you so much!
😀 You’re welcome! 😀
Jimi’s face is very clear to read. Glad to read everything went ok.
Hi Charlotte. I’m going to keep this post and photograph in mind when I’m visiting the dentist next week… 😉
What an expression!
Hi Susan. Yes, it was obvious he wasn’t amused in this situation. I had to give Jimi a lot of treats afterwards…