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!