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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: 2022 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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Kelly
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Jan 15, 2009

I had a cat that would go ballistic every time we tried to put her in the carrier. She had never been a feral but she had a bad experience at a vet's & after that she associated the carrier with the bad vet.

Leaving the carrier out all the time so kitty can get used to it works most of the time...it didn't with Katie. She just stayed in a foul mood & attacked everyone & everything as long as the carrier was in view. We tried food, treats, her favorite blanket. Nothing ever calmed her down & got her used to the carrier. I tell you this so you'll be prepared in case the worst case scenario happens & all these great suggestions don't work.

When it was time to go to the vet I would put the carrier in a room & stand it on end with the door opening up. I wouldn't let her see it & then I'd go about my business. When it was time to leave I would pick her up, snuggle her & hold her close. I would walk into the room but wouldn't let her see the carrier because I'd be talking to her & shielding her eyes. Then I would place her into the carrier butt first & close the door. It was easier at the vet because she just wanted to get back home so she went in voluntarily.

Good luck. I hope you find what works for you.

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Bluemoon298
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Jan 03, 2009

We have a nylon see-through carrier. We leave the carrier out once in a while. I usually scrunch up a towel that a lightly sprayed with calming spray and put it inside. We also tried hiding a few treats inside and putting a toy inside. The cat will come up to it, sniff at it and look inside. When we actually go to the vet, still need to hide the carrier around a corner, so he doesn't see it before we pick him up and try to get him in fast. The good thing is, he does not seem afraid of the carrier itself, but he still tries to wiggle out of it every time we try to get him in.

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Blackie1
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Jan 02, 2009

We've had luck leaving the carrier around at all times so that he gets used to seeing it. I've even found him sleeping in there. Could try putting him in there and then NOT taking him to the vet. Just let him out after a few minutes.

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bianca n.
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Jan 02, 2009

try to trick him with tuna or cat treats that he likes or put a cat toy in there and roll it around

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ECruthirds
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Jan 02, 2009

OMG-- I had a feral cat for 8 years. He didn't care for the carrier; however, we would put his "Treats" in it to help lure him in. It worked for him:)

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Jeanie W.
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Jan 01, 2009

You can put a comfy towel or old rug in the carrier and make it comfortable for the cat to sleep in. You can also feed the cat in the carrier. Once he/she associates it with being a good place to go into, you shouldn't have too much of a problem.

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Bonnie  M.
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Jan 01, 2009

You've gotten a lot of good answers. I have troulbe with one of my cats, too. He freaks so bad till I get him to the vet (a 6 min. trip) he is panicing. Once the vet had to sedate him. I try all the things that were suggested to you and I also use a product called Feliway. It is a pheromone that can help calm cats down. I had first used it to stop marking (even though all my cats are fixed). It works wonders for me. I spray it in the carrier about a half hour before it's time to go. Jack is not nearly as bad anymore. You can buy it at most pet supply stores. Good Luck.

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Seniors
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Jan 01, 2009

You need to leave the carrier out all the time. Remove the door when it's not in use, and put a cozy blanket in there. Kitty will think it's a save place to sleep, and not be so freaked out by it when it is vet time.

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Nichole B.
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Jan 01, 2009

my cats really hate carriers so we try to make it easier for them and just take them to the vets in a box...we have a few rather large boxes that we made little window type things almost like a play box and it makes them seem a little less tense unlike if we try to put them in a carrier...good luck!

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Cindy
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Jan 01, 2009

I have found that I have to be very discrete. My cat picks up on th slightest indication he is going into the carrier. I get the carrier all ready, the car ready, and basically make sure I am all ready to go. Then I casually pick up my cat and carry him as short a distance as possible to the carrrier, talking to hm gently but matter-of-factly. I also make an effort to pick my cat up at other times so he doesn't think that whenever I pick him up and carry him a short distance it means he is going in the carrier. I set the carrier in the passenger seat with the front facing me so he can see me and I talk to him in the car.

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