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My Cat Hates Her Pet Carrier

Updated on February 23, 2012
Soft Carrier - Crate The Best Option For Cats
Soft Carrier - Crate The Best Option For Cats | Source

Kitty Hates Her Carrier

Tips to help getting your cat In her pet carrier


Cats, as any cat owner knows, are very independent. They don’t really care what you want them to do. It’s only the way they want it to be.

So how do you convince her to get into the carrier?

There is no magic way and patience is the secret. If you know you have a trip scheduled, let’s say to the vet, you’ll have to start working on it, way before the scheduled date.

Before you buy, be sure you choose a suitable pet carrier for kitty.

First step

To prevent frustration and fighting with her, don’t force her in. You should not turn the pet carrier to a threat, but a cozy friendly place for her. The way to do it is by placing the pet carrier, OPEN, in the room where she is spending time in. Put in few treats she likes and a catnip toy, and you’ll find her sniffing and checking this new object , going in and out the bag. Put a cushion in it and you’ll probably find her snoozing there. Leave it for a few days. Don’t forget to add treats or even giving her the food in it.

Second step

When she is comfortable with going in and out for few days close the carrier opening while she is in. Leave her alone for a short time, and them come back and open the carrier and reword her with a treat. Repeat it few times a day for a week or so.

Third step

Take her while she is in the carrier for a short walk. At first you can do it in home. Repeat it few times a day while extending walks to the outside and the length of time. Again, treat is good option in the crate and after walks.

Last step

Take her for a ride in your car. Do it few times. Try not to connect rids with only vet visits, but with other trips too .

With patience, kitty will feel no threat or trapped in her carrier. If you leave it always accessible and open it may become her favored sleep place and play area. Use it not only for vet visits, but keep the short rids in the car, even if you’re going nowhere. It’s important that she won’t connect her being in means she has a vet visit.… Meow.

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Carrier with big openning
Carrier with big openning | Source

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      natures47friend 5 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      This would have been useful when my cat was alive. She did not do cages...she sat on my lap or shoulders (hard on the neck...lol) When I was going back to Wellington I would sneak stuff in the car and shut her in my bedroom. She hated leaving Napier or Wellington but loved being first one out of the car at both destinations.

      We have a cat now who goes into a cat cage and snoozes cos he was used to a wire cage at the breeders. But then he is a weirdo. That particular cage has straw in it and the two guinea pigs sleep in it at night when its cooler.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Love the carrier photos- very posh for posh 'wanna-be' kitties!

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      four-legged 5 years ago

      Hey natures47friend,

      He is not a weirdo, he's sweet cat that was trained to feel comfortable in a cage, and it support the idea of teaching and training cats too. Although i don't like cages for cats, it did the trick.

      I wonder how your cat and the guinea pigs get along.

      Thank you for the thumb up :)

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