One of the most common complaints I hear as a veterinarian is how difficult it is for many cat owners to get their cat to the veterinarian (or anywhere else outside of the home, for that matter.) The chief reason these owners have difficulty is because their cat does not like the carrier and is often hard to actually get into the carrier.
Being able to get your cat into and out of the carrier when needed is a necessity though. Cats need regular veterinary care and, in order to get to the veterinarian, a cat carrier is essential. There’s also the fact that, should an emergency occur that requires leaving your home quickly with your cat, being able to get your cat into the carrier quickly and easily without a struggle could mean the difference between life and death.
Fortunately, there are some good ways to help your cat become acclimated to the carrier and to essentially make your cat’s carrier a retreat for him while he’s at home as well as making it a “home away from home”, a place where your cat feels safe and secure when out of your home. In other words, your cat’s carrier doesn’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) a scary thing for him.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) have kindly provided the following infographic that contains some great tips for helping your cat become acclimated to the carrier. Definitely worth a look!
It may take some time and patience but your cat can learn to love and enjoy his carrier. Once that happens, your life and your cat’s life will become much less complicated and stressful, especially when it comes time for that veterinary visit.