Teaching an old cat new tricks?
One (of many!) new year resolution is to be much better about giving my cats proper attention. I have slacked off soooo much! I guess I figure since I'm home all the time, that's enough... though I don't spend much time actually interacting "individually" with them.
SO! I'm gonna start. I kept thinking "when I get my new cat, I'll be better about it"... however, since Paizly is only 10 years old, I still have another good 5 years or so before that happens.
I am going to try to get them to be better about going in the carrier (leave it out in the room for them to get used to it, rather than suddenly whipping out "the evil box!" and wrestling them into it just for vet visits). I also want to get them used to car trips, so I'll start with just little trips around the block at first, then take them when I run my errands, etc.
The main thing I worry about is the stress this might cause. No, I'm not going to force them to get used to new stuff all at once. I would do it gradually, like 5 minutes a day, and increase 5 minutes every other week or so. But it'll still be a new thing.
Anybody think this is a good plan, especially with a semi-geriatric cat? Vet visits are only once or twice a year, and I dunno if I should put all this effort into something that might cause stress for several months instead of just once in a while.
And Nebbie's not old, but she does seem to over-react to new/scary stuff. Such a drama queen!