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Going to the Vet

May 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Cat Carrier

ultimate_sherpa_bag_sIt is time to go to the vet, and suddenly Jessie Jane is nowhere in sight. You just brought the carrier out of the closet, and thought you saw Jessie dive under the bed, so you peer underneath the bed and there she is hunched in the farthest corner hissing at you. Try as you might, you can’t get her out, so with a red-face you call your vet make your apologies and reschedule the appointment. Now what do you do?

You return to basics and in doing so, you will allow your cat to become desensitized to the perceived threat of the cat carrier. The idea is to reassure your cat that every time she goes into the carrier, bad things will not occur. You can achieve this in several ways and by making this carrier a part of your cat’s daily routine, as well as using it during the all-important trip to the vet you minimize your cat’s stress in dealing with it.  We found the Sherpa Cat Carrier as one of the top of the line cat carriers.

  • Keeping the carrier visible in your home at all times helps to acclimate the cat to its presence.  The first steps in getting your cat used to the carrier begin long before the trip to the vet. You need to familiarize your cat with the carrier slowly and gradually.First off, before you even begin, wash the carrier out well with hot water and vinegar. Let it air dry for at least 24 hours.
  • Bring the carrier inside, and start feeding your cat inside of the carrier. Leave the door propped open, and place a bowl of tasty canned food at the very back. If the cat doesn’t go in on her own free will, don’t force her to. Simply leave the food in place for 10-15 minutes, then remove it and store it so it won’t spoil. Try again later. Do not feed her in-between times anywhere but in the carrier.
  • Sprinkle catnip on the bottom of the carrier, and toss a few toys inside. Ping pong balls or golf balls work well. They make a wonderful sound when batted about the floor of the carrier.
  • Spray the inside of the carrier with  Spray, saturate it well, put some nice padding inside to make a comfy bed, and see if kitty will go in and curl up. You can either leave the door propped open, or take it off completely.
  • Once the cat is comfortable about going inside the carrier, close the door for about 5 minutes, than release your cat. Give kitty a nice treat like Kitty Kaviar or kippered herring.

Do this about twice a week. Increase her time of confinement, but never more than 10 minutes.

Now you are ready to go to the vet without fear of your cat running and hiding under the bed.


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