Member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners
Gold Level Cat Friendly Practice
Getting an Unwilling Cat into the Carrier
|Serving Minneapolis and the Western Suburbs|
Your Cat's First Visit
Your first visit to City Cat Clinic & Condos is important to us.
All of the staff at the clinic want you and your cat to feel welcome and to
know you are among people who love and care about cats.
Our appointments are 1/2 hour in length so there is plenty of time
to ask questions about your cat's health or any other concerns you may have about your cat.
What to bring:
Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
For the safety and health of your cat we ask your cat be brought
to the clinic in a carrier.
Please bring any records with you for the doctor to review before
your appointment, or have your cat's records faxed to us beforehand
Cats are not always accustomed to getting in a carrier. Use the following tips to help:
Helping Your Cat Become Comfortable with the Carrier
- Start by putting the carrier in a small room with few hiding places. Bring your cat into the room
and close the door. Move slowly and calmly. Do not chase your cat to get it in the carrier. Encourage
your cat with treats or toys to walk into the carrier.
- If your cat will not walk into the carrier, then place the carrier on a countertop and slide it forward
past the edge of the counter (so there is no countertop for your cat to stand on). Hold your cat with one
arm and place into the carrier.
- Use familiar bedding inside the carrier. Consider use of synthetic feline facial pheromone (Feliway)
spray in the carrier at least 30 minutes prior to transport to help calm your cat. Also the use of Rescue
Remedy Cream 30 minutes before transportation can help (use a pea-sized amount and apply to the inside ear).
The goal is for your cat to learn to associate the carrier with positive experiences and routinely enter voluntarily.
- Make the carrier a familiar place at home by leaving it in a room where your cat spends a lot of time.
- Place familiar soft bedding inside the carrier. Bedding or clothing with your scent can make them feel more secure.
- Place treats, catnip or toys inside the carrier to encourage the cat to enter at home. Often, you will first see that the treats are removed from the carrier at night.
- It may take days or weeks before your cat starts to trust the carrier. Remain calm, patient and reward desired behaviors.
- If you still have trouble, you may need to assess the carrier itself.
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