How to Choose a Cat Carrier (and get your cat to like it!)
So, you need to bring your cat to the vet and you immediately feel anxious … how on earth are you going to get your cat into the dreaded carrier without any blood being spilt?
Sound familiar? You’re not alone. There are many reasons why your cat feels it would rather ‘fight to the death’ than get in their carrier. Here’s a few possibilities:
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But don’t lose hope!
The good news is you can help turn these negative feelings around and help your cat to have a whole new relationship with their carrier – one that is much more positive!
The first step in this ‘relationship makeover’ is to choose the right carrier. Not all carriers are created equal! Here’s some important features to look for:
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Carrier Sorted … What Next?
So, your carrier has all the features listed above. How do you actually get your cat to like it? Well, the key to helping your cat accept the carrier as something it doesn’t fear is to turn its negative association into a positive one. Here’s some tips on how to do that:
Useful Links (provided from International Cat Care):
Encouraging your cat to be happy in a cat carrier
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© Information provided by PPGA Professional Member - Andrea Carne: Cattitude – Cat Behaviour Consultant - 2022