I needed to make a quick Anchor Electronics run for some odds'n'ends, and figured I'd take Top Hat along, 'cause she hadn't been anywhere in a long time.
She cried - a mournful "meow" sound, and she normally doesn't make any sound that's remotely meowish - the whole way in the car.
In the store, she seemed pretty much OK for the few minutes I was browsing, even looking around and being inquisitive. When I proceeded to the counter...
First, she peed on my shirt. Oh, well: so much for stopping by AeroMicro on the way home.
Then she got restless about being on the counter. Well, that's maybe OK. I put her on the floor and held her leash so she couldn't crawl under the nearest shelving.
Oopsie! Another customer tripped over her leash! Neither of them was injured, but Top Hat went wild. Running, climbing, thrashing around, hissing and showing her teeth: I hadn't seen her so feral since her blueberry-patch days... and now she's a lot bigger, with big sharp claws.
Yes, my hands got a bit torn up retrieving her. She was in full panic mode there, and waving her claws around indiscriminately.
So: home, change shirts, wash and disinfect hands, apply liquid-bandage stuff....
Now she's all recovered, and being a cute little buzzy nuisance while I'm trying to type.