While not nearly as complicated as taking out an international terrorist, taking the Diplocat to get her vaccinations gets a little more complicated when there are international borders involved. First, you have to get the cat in the carrier. The Diplocat is actually pretty good about this and I’m good at catching her by surprise so this part is not too difficult. However, the Diplocat does not seem to like car travel. She meows the whole time she is in a car. Since the Diplocat’s vet is over in El Paso, this means that she meows all the way to the border, she meows while I’m talking with the CBP officer at the border, she meows while the CBP officer is looking at her vaccination paperwork, and she meows all the way to the vet. That’s 30-45 minutes of meowing, depending on the traffic and wait at the border.
Then, there’s the appointment. Fortunately, her reaction to being in the vet’s office is not to go crazy and attack like some cats I’ve known, but to just huddle down in her carrier or in my lap after we’ve taken her out of the carrier. She was well behaved for the vet and the vet tech while the checked her out and then administered the vaccinations.
Sufficiently shocked by the vet appointment, she was pretty quiet on the way home to Mexico. She barely made a peep, even when we encountered some of the vicious speed bumps and pot holes we have in the road here. As soon as we got home and I let her out of the carrier, she ran around the house and pounced on several things, so she doesn’t seem to be having any adverse effects from the vaccinations.
I do worry a little bit about her aversion to car travel. While I don’t know where I’m going next, getting there will probably involve driving home to my parents’ house for home leave, driving or flying to DC, and then flying to the next assignment. Based on my experience traveling with her to the vet’s office and the multi-hour drive home to my parents’ house, I don’t think that she’ll calm down after a bit and be chill for the rest of the trip. So, I worry a bit about traveling that much with her. I know that I should probably try to drive more with her on short trips to get her used to traveling, but driving around Juarez is difficult due to the security situation and all the potholes and speed bumps that would make the trip rougher on her.
So, we’ll have to see. I did ask the vet about medicine options and he mentioned a couple of things, but I’d rather not go there if I don’t have to. I’ve found a couple of hotels in El Paso and New Mexico that take pets and are nice so we may take some short road trips like that, I may try to drive around with her while I’m on home leave, and if I’m in DC for any length of time, we can maybe work on some driving there, too. So, we’ll see. Even if she gets acclimated to car travel, who knows how she’ll react when I take her on a plane. Maybe the medicines aren’t such a bad idea after all. 😉