CATastrophe at the vet today... is this normal?
I took my 2 dogs and 1 cat to the vet today for shots and check-ups before our big move in January. I've had the cat for 7 years and he is affectionate and easy to handle at home. My husband and I both carry him around and play with him all the time, and his favorite place to sit is across the top of my computer chair (I work from home, so I sit in this chair all day... usually with the cat right there.)
Obviously I've taken my cat to the vet annually for all of his shots and check-ups and any other needed treatment. He has never been any trouble.... until TODAY.
Today, he turned into a terrifying maniac. Seriously - he was hissing at the tech on the way out of his crate. He did a convincing impression of a clawing, spitting tornado when they tried to take his temperature. His actual exam and shots entailed 2 techs, 2 towels, some sort of lasso thing around his neck - I was terribly embarrassed and he was obviously extremely unhappy about it all. (God bless my vet and his office - they handled him calmly and capably and did not seem perturbed at all.)
Thankfully, the dogs were angels as usual. But I am mystified by the cat. I've had him for seven years (adopted as a kitten) and he's NEVER behaved like this, ever. Not even at previous vet visits - and we have been at this vet for 3 years, so he's been there a few times before with nothing like today's performance.
He's the only cat I've ever owned, so I really don't know if this is a normal thing. Everyone at the vet clinic was very understanding and reassuring but I'm afraid they may have just been trying to be nice. I usually take great pride in having well behaved animals... so you can imagine that I was completely mortified by the possessed-by-Satan act today.
So, cat experts.... how dreadful is this and what can I do about it? I would like to keep him from maiming and/or killing any innocent veterinarians or vet techs in the future.