Your vet practices w/ 2 cats?
So, as some of you know, my husband I recently adopted two adorable kittens named Tumbler and Juice, a brother/sister duo. We've had them under 2 months and they've been to the vet 4 times. Since they were shelter cats, they had a bunch of minor issues that have now been taken care of.
Well, the first 4 times I took them, they went together in their double cat carrier since the appointments were always for both of them. Today, Juice had her follow-up appt for her eye corneal ulceration (poor little girl!) to make sure it had healed properly. It is the last of their visits and the appt was only for her.
I worried about splitting them up, as they haven't been apart since birth. They were together in the same cage at the shelter for the first 7 months of their lives. We adopted them at 7 months and they've been together at our home or in their carrier for a car ride/vet visit ever since. They had a third brother who died very young at the shelter, so it's always been just the two of them.
Anyway, long story short, since today was just a visit for Juice I worried about Tumbler getting on without her. As some of you may know, Tumbler is very "special needs" and he relies on her a lot. Juice is a playful sister, but also like a pseudo-momma for him. She cleans him, cuddles him, and takes care of him. He is mentally challenged and physically has cerebellar hypoplasia (wobbles and falls over - even has a ramp for stairs!).
Well, when I put Juice in the carrier, Tumbler put his little paws on the caged door and licked her face from outside. It was pathetic and I assured them both that we'd be right back. Tumbler was FINE without her while I was gone - he was sleeping in a chair when I got home and greeted her with happiness. BUT JUICE - she was TRAUMATIZED. I think she thought I was taking her away from her brother forever. She practically played dead. She laid in the carrier without moving or fighting. She had to be pulled out of it by the vet. She laid like dead on the table. Depressed. Sad. Didn't respond a bit or purr at all when I pet her to comfort her there and she is a VERY purr-y kitty. She was so pathetic it broke my heart.
Good news: her eye is healed and she's fine now. When I brought her home she was OVERJOYED to see Tumbler and greeted him like she had won the lottery. But she did not love me anymore. She ran when I went to pet her. She was afraid of me and very sad to be around me. I don't think she trusted me for a good several hours. When I came home tonight late (I go to grad school after work) she was her loving self again.
This whole long story is merely to ask: Do any of you bring BOTH cats to the vet even when an appt is for one sick one? Simply because they don't like to be apart?
Is it weird/overprotective of me to consider that?
Should they learn to cope apart in small doses like that (very infrequently obviously) since one of them will inevitably die before the other one day?
As I keep saying in various threads, I am a brand new cat parent - these are my first and they are quite the unique pair as you can tell from my stories, video, etc.
Your thoughts would be much appreciated as I am not sure what is best for them in the event I need to take one to the vet again.
Thank you!!! I love getting perspectives and everyone is so kind here.
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Tumbler, my little tumbling boy & Juice, my sweet orange girl - the precious brother/sister duo