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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2009, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Overcoming "cat carrier phobia"

With an upcoming visit to the vet next week, I went out today and got a carrier for my cat. (The shelter gave me a cardboard one for the ride home when I adopted him, but I didn't think that was fitting, and I need a more permanent one anyway) -- so, anyway, I bring this thing home, drop it down in the living room and the cat FLEES. Under the bed. Won't come out.

What was I thinking?????

I quickly realized he probably thought I was taking him back to the shelter, or to the vet!!! I felt so bad. I put the carrier off to the side a bit, but still in the room, opened the carrier door and put a blanket and a treat inside, so that if/when he decided to explore it, he would see that it wasn't so scary.

I coxed him out from under the bed and began apologizing and playing/petting him and once convinced I wasn't going to try to stuff him in the carrier, he eventually perked up his ears and he curiously walked over to the carrier and began sniffing it out - found the treat and ate it. I was soooo happy!!!

Anyway, any cats that have "carrier phobia" - I recommend leaving the carrier out as part of the cat's environment, instead of keeping it hidden away in a closet and only bringing it out for visits to the vet, etc. Especially a week or two before vet visits. Some cats like carriers naturally, but most I've encountered hate them -- so I think leaving the carrier out, letting the cat explore it, get used to it -- some even begin sleeping inside of it -- and this can make the cat (and you) less stressed out about vet visits. I plan to always keep it out in the room as part of his environment!


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Re: Overcoming "cat carrier phobia"

Cinderella cries the minute I put her in the carrier, but I have three open carriers throughout my house, and all my cats hang out in them.

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Re: Overcoming "cat carrier phobia"

I tried the leave-it-out strategy on the brand-new big carrier I bought for my move to Iowa.

Even though they had never laid eyes on it before, and even though after the furniture was removed it was the only alternative to hiding behind the toilet in the apartment, the ladies still wouldn't go near the thing.

I don't know how they knew... but I think they knew.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2009, 05:40 PM
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Re: Overcoming "cat carrier phobia"

Talley will sleep in her crate, if it is available. When her sister, Harper (my daughter's cat), comes to visit, Talley claims her crate.

Harper used to go into her carrier on command, knowing it meant she was coming back here to visit Talley, Zoey and the dogs. In May, a friend of my daughter brought Harper to our house when my daughter went camping - the car ride must not have been pleasant as she now hates her carrier.

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Re: Overcoming "cat carrier phobia"

Yup, there's always one carrier out around here. Kobi likes to sleep in it. The other thing I've found out about carriers, is the bigger the better. I rarely have problems getting them in since I've gone to a bigger one. And one with latches so the top can be removed makes it easier to get them out at the vet instead of having to dump them out when the refuse to do it on their own.


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