Mar 9, 2014
Does your cat exhibit anxiety when you take out the carrier to go to the vet?
Here are some tips to make the whole experience a little easier for you and your feline friend.
Instead of taking out the carrier only when you are getting ready to leave, leave the carrier out all year or take it out a week in advance so your cat doesn't associate the carrier as a sign that they are going to go somewhere outside the home. This decreases the likelihood that they will run away and hide every time they see the carrier.
Try feeding your cat a meal or two every couple of weeks or days in their carrier so they associate the carrier with a positive situation rather than a scary one such as going to the veterinary clinic. If your cat is hesitant to eat meals in the carrier, start with putting a bowl of food close to the carrier and gradually move the food closer and closer every meal until your cat is comfortable eating in the carrier.
Both of these tips will help change your cat's attitude about the carrier and make the whole situation less stressful for you.
If you are looking for more suggestions or have questions about how to put these ideas into place please give us a call or send an email and we will be glad to help you out.