A cat needs to become comfortable with the carrier. The cat has to learn to associate the carrier with positive experiences. Use it routinely and leave the carrier in a room where the cat spends most of its time. Put a blanket or clothing with your scent as it retains the smell of home, helps with reintroduction, and makes the pet feel more secure. Also use a treat, toy or catnip which will encourage the cat to go in the carrier. It my take time before your cat gets comfortable. Give your cat a reward when it allows you to touch its paws, tail, mouth and ears--it helps your cat when the veterinarian goes to handle the cat.
Bach Rescue liquid drops--a natural relaxant--calms anxious cats without making your pet overly sleepy.
It can be placed in the mouth 30 - 60 minutes prior to the stressful situation.
In the examination room, you can let the cat explore the area and start to relax. Be sure the area is secured and your cat is unable to escape from the room. Let the cat come out of the carrier on his own. When you come home from the vet's office, and if you have more then one cat, be aware the other cats smell unfamiliar smells which can result in one cat no longer recognizing another. Aggressive behavior can occur when returning from the vet. Wait a few minutes before you let the cat out of the carrier. If the other cats are calm, let the cat out of the carrier. If they are not getting along, separate the cats from each other for a day or so. Slip a double ended toy under the door and encourage the cats to play it which should help them alleviate tension.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area