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The Dreaded Cat Carrier

Saturday, June 6, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

aran13_thumb1It’s the day that you have to take you cat to the vet.  Make sure you leave extra time because you may have to look for Kitty as soon as he sees the Cat Carrier. My cats are usually hunched in an unreachable spot under the bed. As soon as I try to coax them out, I get hissed at!

You have to slowly get your cat used to the carrier so they begin to associate it with something that is good rather than bad. Here are some tips.

Wash the carrier with soap and hot water or vinegar. Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Bring the carrier indoors and start by leaving the door open and start by feeding him some of his favorite     treats or snacks.

You may want to try putting some catnip in the cat carrier.

Put in a soft blanket and some toys. This will help to make the carrier an inviting place for your pet.

Leave the door open and let your cat go into the carrier by himself. As soon as you see that he is comfortable inside, close the door for a few minutes. When you open it, give him one of his favorite treats.

Do this about twice a week but not more than 10 or 15 minutes.

You can also put a hanging toy inside the carrier to give him something to do during the trip.  Pipe cleaners are good to use for hanging a toy inside the carrier.

Before you know it, this will no longer be a dreaded ordeal.



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