Pets have a way of knowing when it is time to go to the vet and that is exactly when they make themselves scarce. This is especially true for cats; after locating him, trying to get your cat into a carrier is often an exercise in futility and you may not get through it without a few scratches. In fact, some pet owners avoid taking their cats to the vet because transporting them is such a hassle.
Tips for Getting Your Cat into a Carrier
Whether it's a trip to the vet, when your'e moving home or practicing your disaster preparation plan, being able to place your cat inside a carrier is an important skill. Cat's ordinarily love boxes so the carrier should be no different (it's just a box!). Follow the suggestions below to get it right every time;
- Make sure the cat carrier is the right size to begin with – if the carrier is too small, your cat may feel claustrophobic and be unable to turn around. You should also make sure to line it with some soft bedding so your cat is comfortable during the trip.
- Place your cat’s food bowl near the carrier so he gets used to being around it – as your cat gets used to it, start moving the food bowl closer to the carrier each time you feed him.
- Put your cat’s food bowl inside the carrier to feed him and leave the door open – you want your cat to be comfortable about coming into the carrier without fear of being locked in. The key is to reduce the threat that the carrier imposes.
- In addition to feeding your cat in the carrier, toss a toy or treat into it once in a while throughout the day – this will help your cat to form a positive association with the carrier. You can also try putting some catnip in the carrier to entice your cat.
- Continue feeding your cat in the carrier and keep throwing treats and toys into it, waiting for the day when your cat is comfortable enough to start hanging out in the carrier on his own – he might eventually come to view it as a comfortable sleeping place.
- Once your cat starts to feel comfortable hanging out in the carrier on his own you can start closing the door behind him for short periods of time. Begin with a short duration around thirty seconds and work your way up to several minutes.
- When your cat is comfortable enough to spend time in his carrier for meals and naps, you can start taking him places in it so that he gets used to traveling in the carrier. Try to do this a few times before you actually take him to the vet – just take him for a short car ride and then come back home and let him out of the carrier.
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