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The Purr-sistence of Hazel: A Cat’s Hilarious Attempt to Avoid the Vet



Quick Smiles:

  • Hazel, an orange tabby, hilariously resisted her trip to the vet, winning 1.4 million views on TikTok.
  • Many cat owners relate, with one saying their own orange cat took a unique revenge by marking the carrier.
  • VCA Animal Hospitals advises making the carrier cozy and familiar to reduce our feline friends’ stress levels.

It’s a universally acknowledged truth that feline fur-balls have a few things on their no-no list. Top of the charts? Visiting the vet. And Hazel, an orange tabby with a flair for the dramatic, has taken the internet by storm with her vet-evading antics.

When Kiara Burns (@kiaracburns) decided it was time for Hazel’s check-up, little did she know she was in for a bit of a chase. Celebrating their 5-year “adoptaversary”, Kiara tried getting Hazel into her carrier.

Hazel, however, had different plans. Through a symphony of hisses, screeches, and full-on kitty kung-fu, Hazel made sure she wasn’t going anywhere.


Happy 5 year adoptaversary to the best thing to ever happen to me! Hazel, you give me a run for my money and I couldn’t love you more ❤️ #orangecatbehavior #orangecatsoftiktok #adoptdontshop #petsarefamily #fyp #foryourpage ♬ original sound – Kiara Burns

Thanks to Kiara’s quick thinking and ever-present smartphone, this hilariously stressful moment was shared on TikTok and has since gotten 1.4 million views and over 217,800 likes. It seems Hazel’s antics have struck a chord (or a funny bone) with many!

One viewer even commented on how they often receive calls at the vet with people admitting their cat-astrophic carrier challenges.


So, how can we make these trips less stressful for our four-legged family members? VCA Animal Hospitals suggests a simple solution: make the carrier a cozy, familiar space. Leaving it out in the house, with some treats and even synthetic pheromones can make it a cat’s favorite retreat, rather than a dreaded box of doom.

While Hazel’s vet escape was both humorous and relatable, it’s a gentle reminder that our pets need a little extra TLC sometimes, especially when it’s time for that dreaded check-up.

Also, pro-tip for fellow cat owners: an orange tabby might just give you the chase of a lifetime.

As one TikToker pointed out, “No struggle, even with a devilish orange cat like mine haha.”

Cat-astrophe averted!