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Q: How do I get my cat into a carrier to take him to the vet

January 1, 2009 | By AnneHi | 17 answers | Expired: 1921 days ago

My cat gets freaked out when I try to get him into a carrier. A year ago we caught him outside (feral kitten) and took him to the shelter for neutering and his shots and the works. Now it's been a year and I really should take him to the vet for a check up. So far no luck he seems to sense that I'm up to something and goes into hiding. Any other time I can pick him up or pet him and he doesn't run away. Is there a preferred carrier:

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Joedawson
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Jan 01, 2009

Keep the carrier out all the time. Once your cat stops hiding from that, even if it takes a few weeks, begin feeding the cat near the carrier. Slowly but surely, move the food closer and closer until you can begin feeding the cat in the carrier - always with the door open. After a while of this, you should be able to close the door. He'll still freak but the trauma of going in should be less.

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Rachel G.
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Jan 01, 2009

My cats are used to carriers but I always leave them out about half an hour before we go anywhere. If you leave one out all the time and put comfy blankets in it he may see it as a comfortable place and go and sleep in it. If you can get ahold of him try putting the carrier on it's back end so the door opening it facing up. Don't put your cat in head first but put him in rear end first, this way he won't have as much leverage to hold onto to keep him out of the carrier. I use this method all the time when working in emergency shelters where you have to put cats in and out of carriers.

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stevefrye f.
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Jan 01, 2009

I have found that if you set the carrier on its end with door up, and put cat in butt first it does not seem to freak them out as bad.

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