Cat owners – how many times have you had difficulty getting your sneaky feline into a carrier? Does your cat scamper away and hide when they even hear the carrier come out? Here are some tips to getting your cat into a carrier to make your vet visits stress-free!
- Leave It Out – Instead of putting your carrier away and only bringing it out for trips to the vet, put it in an area where your cat likes to spend a lot of time. This way your furry family member can become accustomed to seeing it every day, and it just becomes a part of their daily life.
- Make It Fun – Adding bedding or clothing to the carrier will give it a familiar scent and make your cat feel more comfortable and secure.
- Entice Your Cat – Put treats, catnip or your cat’s favorite toys inside the carrier to encourage them to enter it and realize it’s a safe place.
- Be Patient – It may take some time for your cat to acquaint themselves with the carrier and be relaxed enough to hang out in there. Stay calm and do not get upset or frustrated because your cat can feed off of that anxiety. Instead, reward them when they are sitting near or in the carrier, so they begin to have positive associations with it.
- Provide Comfort – Apply Feliway to the carrier to help make your feline more content on their trip to the vet. We would recommend either using the spray or a wipe, about 10 minutes prior to putting your cat in the carrier.
According to Royal Canin, creators of Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, only half of all cats in the United States receive an annual exam from a veterinarian. Blum Animal Hospital, a Fear Free Certified hospital, wants to create a stress-free and anxiety-free experience for your feline. If you have any further questions about how to make your vet visit easier on both you and your cat, please contact us at: (773) 327-4446.
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Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.