To help your cat become more comfortable with her carrier, follow these tips:
Leave the carrier out.
- When you leave the carrier out in your home, your cat will see it as a regular part of her space.
- She can enter and exit the carrier easily and will associate it as part of her space.
- The carrier will acquire the smell of your home instead of smelling like the basement or garage.
Gently place your cat into her carrier.
- If you need your cat in the carrier and she isn’t entering the carrier by herself, carefully scoop her up with both hands and support her bottom.
- You want your cat to trust you when you pick her up, so handle her carefully to avoid causing her fear or pain.
- Many cats have arthritis in their neck or back. With proper and gentle handling you can avoid causing your cat pain in these areas.
Treat your cat with respect.
- Even when you are in a hurry, take care not to drop or shove your cat into the carrier. This may cause her fear and she may try to bite or scratch you.
- Instead, if you are desperate to get your cat into the carrier, toss a blanket over your cat, gently wrap her like a burrito – being careful not to pull the blanket too tight – and slide her into the carrier. It’s similar to swaddling a baby.
Remember to line the bottom of the carrier.
- Your cat prefers a soft, comfy place to site.
- Try placing a blanket or towel in the bottom of the carrier and spray it with a feline facial pheromone, so the carrier is not so frightening to her.
- If you try too hard to get your cat into the carrier, your cat can get suspicious.
- Instead, place treats, toys, or catnip in the carrier.
- With patience and time, your cat should come around.