Feline Behavior


Cats can refuse the carrier to travel because of fear, so you have to transform this accessory into a nice place and opt for a detachable model

  • Author: By EVA SAN MARTÍN
  • Publication date: March 11, 2014

Traveling with cats is not always easy, even if it is a small trip as a simple visit to the veterinarian. And it is that the problems usually begin very soon, specifically, when we try to put our pet in the carrier. This article reveals five tricks to get the cat in his carrier without stress: among them, choose the appropriate receptacle, turn it into a nice feline shelter, introduce the cat from the top or back and wash the carrier with soap and water, after a negative feline experience.

How to put the cat in the carrier without problems?

Not all cats agree to enter the carrier, an accessory that is nevertheless necessary for the animal to travel safely. "The feline's fear of transport is a frequent problem, but it can be eliminated with a little training at home, "explains the American Association of Cat Veterinarians.

So, How to get a reluctant cat to enter his carrier without problems and without stress?

1. Put the cat in the carrier: choose the box carefully

The first key to getting a cat to accept your carrier without stress is to choose the appropriate model. In this regard, most professionals agree to recommend travel receptacles for the cat. rigid and with grilles, since they are safer.

The cat carrier must be a safe haven, with familiar blankets and odors, that the animal can explore without problems

This type of carrier has another advantage: allow to be disassembled, so they usually greatly facilitate the task of introducing the feline inside. "The rigid and removable cat carriers, which have both top and front openings, are the best for cats," said these veterinarians. The reason is that these accessories allow you to put it on its top, a possibility that reduces your stress. Also, these cat booths they make the visit to the veterinarian of the most fearful cats easier: it will be enough to lift the lid of the carrier to perform a veterinary examination.

2. Cats without fear of transport: make it your refuge

One way to eliminate or avoid the feline's fear of transport is to make this receptacle a safe place for him. In other words, you have to transform the carrier into a most attractive refuge For the hairy partner.

But, How to achieve it "The cat's carrier needs to be large enough to accommodate a bed, food, water, and even a small cat litter during longer trips with the animal," concludes a study by the University of Ohio on behavior and anxiety in cats

3. Cats in the carrier! A pleasant trip

The cat carrier must be washed with soap and water after a negative experience, and allow the cat to play with him at home

Before traveling with the cat, it is convenient to put the carrier in a safe and quiet place at home, like a room removed from the rest of the family. Other proposal It is also to remove the cover and the door of the receptacle, place the cat's favorite bed inside and introduce some of the most attractive toys for the cat. "The cats need to get used to the carrier before the trips, therefore, it must be left at your disposal before traveling with the animal and allow it to explore freely, "added the association of feline veterinarians.

Edible prizes for cats and some catnip placed inside the cabin also They will make the carrier a more pleasant place for the cat. All these positive experiences will help the animal to better accept the fact of entering its accessory when it needs to travel or visit the veterinarian.

4. What is the best way to put the cat in the carrier?

It was time for the trip with the cat or the visit to the vet. And now, how to put the furry friend in the carrier so that his movement is safe? The feline entrance through the top of the cabinWhen the carrier is removable, it is usually the least problematic option.

But, What to do when the receptacle does not have a removable cover? "So it usually works insert the cat with its back in the receptacle, it is more effective than trying to do it head on, it will be more difficult for you to panic, "says veterinarian Patricia González. In this regard, the help of a second person It will be useful. The procedure is as follows: one should approach the carrier on its back while the second approaches the receptacle, and when they are on their backs, it is enough to turn around to introduce the feline into the receptacle without stress.

What if the cat still does not want to enter or is too afraid? Then, a trick is to place the carrier in an upright position (the door open upwards), catch the cat delicately in our arms and help it slide into the receptacle.

In extreme casesThe veterinarian can prescribe an oral tranquilizer to the cat, which will help the animal in cases of pronounced fear.

5. Wash the cat carrier with soap and water

A bad experience of the cat with its carrier can spoil all attempts to get the traveling receptacle to be accepted by the cat. In these cases, the solution consists of lay hold of soap and water. In other words, you have to carefully wash the carrier to prevent its smell related to the previous bad experience.

One last tip? Just as important as the cat's entrance to its carrier is its exit. This implies that after the trip of the animal or upon arrival of the veterinarian, it should never be forced to leave the carrier. Once you arrive home or at the destination, the best option is leave the cabin door open and allow the cat to take time to get out at his own pace.

How to accustom our cat to the carrier.

There are many things that our partners should get used to when they arrive at a home, and one of them is their carrier. Making it pleasant for him will make the task much easier each time we want to move the animal, for example to the veterinarian.

When we prepare the necessary furniture for our cat we must not forget this element. It is very important that the animal is accustomed to always see him next to the rest of his things, so that little by little he gets used to his presence and is not a strange element that he only sees when he has to leave the house. It is in this small detail where the success of the company lies.

The carrier must be of an adequate size and must be pleasant to our cat. It is important to habituate our partner to leave and enter the element of his own free will. To do this we will ensure that it has known odors inside, either your blanket or towel or any garment that contains our smell if that calms you down.

To achieve this feat we can use food or some sweets of the taste of the pussycat. We will place them inside the carrier and let it be he who decides to enter for them, it is possible that at first he is reluctant, but his curiosity and taste for his goodies will do the hard work, sooner or later he will fall into temptation . Almost certainly we will get up one day and see that it has entered and has been frolicking in it far from our sight. We can also place your bowl of food next to the door of the little box to get closer to it. Little by little we will bring it closer until it enters it. Patience and tranquility, this may take some time, the pace must always mark our friend. You have to be cautious and avoid any type of stress and negative experience to the animal. This process can take hours, days or weeks, depending on the character of the cat.

Another way to get our partner to get in and out of transport with natural> hanging some interactive toy from the ceiling to enter to play with him. The important thing is to remember that a cat should never forcefully enter the transport. Cats learn from experience, if each time our cat enters his little box he gets a prize, his toy or his partner will associate with positive experiences.

When you have entered and get> your eyes. The first day may not last in too long, but little by little he will consider the carrier as something as usual as any other element of his trousseau.

Accustom the cat to the carrier in 6 steps

Almost all of us who live with cats have or have had this problem: our cat is afraid of the carrier. And when we put them inside to take them to the vet we live a real drama at home. We know how desperate it is, right? Well, today we are going to give you some tips and steps to get the cat used to the carrier.

The best way to avoid the fear of transport is to use them since childhood to be a daily object at home. As if it were another piece of furniture. If your cat is still "little" (less than 5 months), you can start having your carrier at your fingertips at home. Put in a blanket or bed that you like and most likely put himself.

However, if your cat is already an adult or already has a recognized fear of transport, putting it in sight can be very stressful For our pussy. When he sees it, he may hide and not want to leave, and that does not help us or them. So let's see some guidelines that can be very useful and effective to get the cat used to the carrier.

1 - Clean the carrier well - When we put the cat in the carrier to take it to the vet, the poor man gets very stressed and scared. This makes it segregate some pheromones alarm calls that remain heavily impregnated in the carrier. And this happens every time we take it, so imagine the huge amount of alarm pheromones that are concentrated.

Any cat that captures these pheromones becomes tense and stressed, generating more pheromones. That is why it is essential to clean the carrier well after each visit to the veterinarian. This will help a lot to make the cat less nervous inside the carrier.
Do not wash with bleach, ammonia or derivatives! They are too strong and our cats will be uncomfortable. It is more appropriate to wash the carrier with dish soap (like Fairy) or neutral soap (like Lizard soap). Rinse with plenty of water and dry so as not to leave soap residue.

2 - Open by playing camitas - After properly cleaning the carrier, the next thing is to leave it open in two halves. If possible, remove the closures so they don't make noise. In each half we put a blanket or a bed that our cat likes, hiding a little that underneath is a half of the carrier. We can also put a sweater on our bed, so that they recognize our smell and like it. We distribute the two “camitas” at home, to be able to be in places where our pussy likes to be.

3 - Assembled without door - Once the cat has started using the beds from the previous step, we will allow some time to get used to it. At least one or two weeks. After this period and whenever the cat frequently uses the beds, we will join the halves leaving only 1 bed with the lid on. We will not put the door but the closures of the 2 halves, so that it is tightly closed. This way it will not be dismantled and we will prevent our cat from taking any fright. If we see what he wants but does not dare to enter, we can help you by leaving some food or a bauble inside. We can also encourage them to enter while we play with them, for example throwing a toy inside.

4 - Mounted with open door - If the cat already uses the transport-bed without problems, we can place the door but leaving it open. The intention is to get used to that bed has a door, so we should not lock them inside. And less against his will, since we will have thrown overboard all the previous steps and we will have to start from scratch.

5 - Leave surprise gift from time to time - You can do this whenever you want from step 3. It is a positive reinforcement that helps the cat relate that place to positive things and pleasant surprises. If your cat likes something very much, put it inside the carrier without seeing you. You will see what a pleasant surprise it takes!

6 - Go outside without going to the vet - The final step to get the cat used to the carrier is to go outside without fear. This is the most complicated step.. Little by little, we must show them that going outside is not terrible and that they are safe in their transport. If your cat likes to go out on the landing, you can start by going out to the landing with the carrier. You must stay there for a while, so you can sit next to him or even let him out when he is calm.

After getting used to going out the door in the carrier, we must Expand horizons beyond the home portal. We can go with our pussy to a place quiet or a park to start seeing the world without having to leave its box.

This process can be very slow or very fast depending on the cat. The important thing is that our cat sits comfortable and quiet, so the rhythm is marking us. If you see that it starts to get nervous, keep calm. Talk to him gently and return to the portal or where he feels safe. The return home should be quiet and without getting nervous. And don't forget to congratulate him after the walk for how well he has done it !!

If we follow these steps at the pace indicated by our pussy, we will help a lot to get the cat used to the carrier and that going outside can be a lot of fun!

The routine of going outside to take a walk and not to see the veterinarian should continue. It is no use to get the cat used to the carrier and then just go out to see the doctor. This way you will relate the carrier again to something not too positive. So you know: to walk! 🙂

If you have tried everything but there is no way and you do not know what to do, quiet ... I can help you. With my service “Al ve! ”I will help you in person to take the cat to the vet and we will see specific guidelines that we can perform for your cat.

Have you followed these steps? How has your cat reacted? Have you managed to get the cat used to the carrier? MEOW! Tell us!

Tips for your cat to get used to the carrier

At the outset I already assure you that it may not be easy. From my experience, each visit has become a small homemade chaos.

The reality is that you like it or not, your cat sooner or later will necessarily have to use the carrier that you have bought. The reasons can be many and varied, mandatory or for pleasure.

You may have to take it to the vet, on the road, running errands, walking ... whatever the cause, you must find a way to enter that cabin and be at ease.

Look at this illustration of catversushuman, about the odyssey of taking your cat to the vet in the carrier. Does it sound to you

We know that the felines feel locked up they don't like anything at all, and this task will not be easy, but you must do the impossible to get it, so we are going to give you some tips for your cat to get used to the carrier.

Let your cat see the carrier

It is very important that your cat gets used to seeing the carrier in the same room, or in the place where you spend more time in the house. When you buy the carrier do not make the mistake of hiding it.

You must let me look at it, smell it, and investigate it in depth. It is essential that the idea is made that this space is yours. After those first moments with your carrier without entering, you have to give some prize to your cat.

Choose a candy that drives you crazy and you usually book it in a special way, and give it to him, so he will associate his travel house as something good and positive for him.

The prize must be linked to the recognition of the carrier, you must give it near it to understand it.

Y in this first phase do not open the door, as we feel that the cat accepts the carrier we will open it.

Now is the time to open the carrier door

As soon as we see that the kitten is accustomed and comfortable with the presence and existence of the carrier, it is time to open the door and inside the cabin we will leave a prize interesting for your cat such as some fun toy with catnip, or whatever you like.

With that surprise inside, your little hairy will be very curious to enter. And above all, you will feel that entering your carrier is something fun and rewarding. Don't even think about it in this first internal encounter with your carrier close the doorIf you do it, you will spoil the moment and your pussy will feel cornered, locked.

Gradually and patiently, go closing the door for a short time, and as the days go by, you can gradually increase the time as you see how your cat feels. Adjust the duration according to how your child adapts, and each one is a world.

Too you must give him some prize while inside, all so you don't forget how great the carrier is.

This whole process of feline education takes its pace. If you need to take your little furry to the vet and you have to put it in the carrier and it is not used, you could put some piece of clothing that smells like you inside, or even use a feline pheromone diffuser, with this your cat will feel safe, Quiet and protected.

This is a process that can be more or less fast, you will see that your cat goes from feeling indifference or dread to become his piece of traveling cave.

You will see how you will not even want to leave it with all these steps. If you see that He likes to spend time inside, it would be worth putting a blanket, so that if you sleep inside you are warm and comfortable.