Something had me thinking about Boots, a feline patient I’d treated for many years. Boots came up missing last year, his owners assumed he went off somewhere in the woods to die.
Two things stand out in my memory about Boots. One is that he was a grouch. He was one cantankerous patient and did not appreciate that we did our best to keep him well. When he came for an appointment we made sure we had everything ready in advance because his mood declined with each tick of the second hand. Either you finished with Boots in the first seven minutes, or you were finished until next year.
The other remarkable thing about Boots is that he absolutely hated to have doors closed in his house. Of course, with his bad attitude, it was necessary to close him up in a room to capture him and put him in a carrier for his doctor visit.
I always thought that was an interesting trait, and our Martha does it, too.
Just the other day it finally occurred to me why cats do that: We close doors to contain our cats into a single room for easy capture! Then we put them in carriers or administer medication to them! We know how smart our pets are, it surely doesn’t take them long to pick up on these cues and figure out that a closed door means something is coming that they don’t want to happen.
Some mysteries are solved with simple common sense.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.
PS: MyPetsDoctor.com readers were surely surprised to receive a headline this week with no text! There was a glitch that we think we have solved, and the above post is the one that should have come out then.