Hi All I’m looking for some advice regarding two damaged cats I adopted exactly a year ago today. Some background. Pam and Spicy. They were both found and put into a shelter at about 3 months old and although they bonded with each other they aren’t sisters. It’s been a slow process. Pam has settled more. She will take treats from our hand. Allow us to stroke her (but only in her room), And will sit on the sofa a few feet away. She will also sleep on a rug next to our bed overnight. She likes attention and summons us to her room for some wand play and fuss. Spicy is more damaged. She wont allow us to touch her and will only allow us to get within a couple of feet of us. She will relax on her cat tree in the same room as us. Both seem happy and will sit on their trees or the window sills watching the birds outside. They play with their toys and enjoy themselves as long as we give them space. It’s been a long process and we’ve put in a lot of effort to get to this stage. That was until last week. The time came when they needed their vaccine boosters. Unexpectedly Spicy was easy to get into the cat carrier. She was dozing in one of the cat igloos and we simply snuck up and put the carrier over the door. Once she was aware of what we were doing she had no choice but to go in the carrier. She wasn’t happy, meowed for 5 minutes constantly and was trying to get her leg out of the carrier. After that she went silent and hid as far back as she could. Pam on the other hand was alerted by Spicy’s Meowing and was like grease lightning after 10 minutes I gave up and just took Spicy to her appointment leaving my wife to carry on trying. Covid wise I dropped Spicy off explained her situation and said I’d return in 10 minutes with or without Pam. As it turned out when I got home Pam had made it on top of a Bookcase and was hiding and looking petrified. So I went back to the vets to collect Spicy. The vet announced that they’d managed to do the vaccination but hadn’t managed any other examination as Spicy was uncontrollable and had bolted around the vets room. She also said that any further procedures would need to be done under anaesthetic as Spicy was so terrified of being touched. Since then neither of them will stay in the same room as us. If one of us walks in the room that’s fine but both of us and they dart. Pam won’t let us touch her and Spicy flattens her ears and goes on alert if we are near. They’ve stopped playing on their trees and have mainly retreated back into their room. I feel like we’ve lost months of bonding. Spicy needs to go back in 3 weeks for a booster and Pam still needs to go in, twice. First off I’ve got no idea how I’m going to get them in cat carriers. All of my previous cats have been vaccinated and under normal circumstances I wouldn’t hesitate to get them vaccinated. I’m just wondering if the trauma is worth it with these two? Any help and advice. I’m at a loss.