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Posted on 03-16-2016

November 11, 2015

Cats and carriers!

We all know how much kitties love their carriers (not), so here are some quick tips to get our feline friends to the veterinarian safely!

1)  Leave your carrier out, and entice your kitties to go in and out of it! If the only time they ever see the carrier is to come to the veterinarian, they aren’t going to have any positive association with it.  Leaving it out in a room they commonly visit, and placing treats and/or catnip in it periodically can make it easier to get them in on the big day!

2)  Make sure your carrier is big enough!  Also make sure it is sturdy and stable, so the cat doesn’t feel like it is going to collapse on them. We especially like the hard sided carriers that open from both the front and the top. This makes getting your furry friend out much easier and safer.

3)  On the road:  It often helps to completely or partially cover your carrier on the road. This can help calm your kitty during a stressful time.  However, some cats do better when able to see, so just plan accordingly! We also recommend securing the carrier with a seat belt in case of any sudden stops.

Taking this effort ahead of time can save you a lot of stress if your cat is ever sick, or can make your annual veterinary visit much less stressful for all involved. Call Dr. Krakowski, Dr. Bailey, or Dr. Craddock if you have any questions!

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