How do I get my cat to get in its carrier to travel?

This is actually very common behavior with cats. They learn pretty easily, and if they figure out that the cat carrier means a trip to the vet, they aren't going down without a fight. They'll run, scratch, hide, and wriggle out of your grip - anything to avoid the car or the vet or whatever they're afraid of. But you can actually deal with this without that much trouble.


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One way is by training your cat to go into the carrier regularly. This isn't that hard. Do you give your pet treats daily? Well, instead of just handing it to them, leave the carrier out and put the treats in the far back every day. The cat will get used to this. Don't try to put the cat into the carrier - just put the treat in and let him go in to get it himself. If he doesn't get the idea, put the treat in front of his nose and then put it in the back of the carrier. The point is to make it a regular thing for your cat to go inside the carrier after the treats - then the one time you need him to do it to go to the vet, you just slam the door shut behind him. Easy and no fuss. You shouldn't have any problems with this - most people don't travel with their cats that often, so 99% of the time he gets a treat with no problem. Most cats will still go in voluntarily even after a few vet trips.

The other way is to medicate your cat with some sort of cat tranquilizer. You'll probably have to get this from your vet. This may be best anyway for long trips or airline flights.

The other thing you should think about is making sure to have a leash with you whenever you travel with your cat. This is a good idea if something happens to the cat crate. You can guarantee some control over your cat even if it breaks, and you can put it on the cat before letting it out, making sure you don't get a mad dash out the door of the vet's office.


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