How To Get A Cat Into A Carrier
The problem of how to get a cat into a carrier is one shared by many cat owners. Many people, including myself, have struggled with this over and over again. Is there a better way?
The answer, of course, yes.
Or maybe I should say believe it or not if your cat is difficult!
There are a number of different techniques you can use in the moment, including scruffing, using cat restraint bags, and a towel or blanket.
But, the very best method is to start long before it's time for your cat to travel, or your cat cat has a vet visit.
What you don't want, is this...
At least Parker the cat wasn't screaming, though, and really, he's pretty good compared to some of the experiences I've had.
Let's look at some advice from experts on both the immediate method, and the long term approach.
The videos are below with my commentary. I personally suggest two things. One, if you don't have the right kind of carrier, get a different one. A soft-sided or top loading hard-sided carrier will be much easier on both you and your cat. Two, integrate the carrier into your cat's life, as described in the AVMA video below.
First, the below video shows (yet again) how not to get a cat into a cat carrier. This time, complete with screaming.
Does that scene look familiar? You're going to be late to the vet's office yet again, and look, there's blood on your arm. I've been there many times. Funny (or not) how so many people have carriers that are not really made for easy entry.
Now this is much better...
OK, so no one else has a cat that gets into the carrier by himself?
Thought so. For all of us normal cats out there, now let's look at how to get a cat into a carrier the correct way.
There was a video that used the "grab the cat by the scruff of the neck" technique, but it has been "removed by the user."
I liked it because you have to be very care when scruffing. This video showed someone experienced at this and it was clear that she was properly supporting the cat's weight.
She also used a fairly large crate, and it was top loading. Ah, there's a good idea. As I mentioned above, there are some other carriers you can get, including the soft-sided type, that are much easier to get your cat in and out of.
To replace that video, I've found one from the Catalyst Council that covers a great deal of information...
The best way, of course, is not to bring the carrier out only when you're going to take your cat to the vet. If the carrier only comes out when your cat is going to travel, and she hates car rides, well, guess what?
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