Carrier comfort

By Connie Orcutt • Published: February 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

Cats need regular veterinary care to stay in tip-top tabby shape. But do you give up after trying to corral your fearful feline?

Cats crave familiar spaces with hiding spots and escape routes. So of course your cat runs for cover when the carrier appears only for veterinary visits. A carrier should be out and open every day. It needs to be spacious enough for your cat to stand up and turn around but not so big that it loses that hide-away feeling. The carrier should open at the top and in the front and be sturdy enough to withstand a seat belt.

Snacks and toys can tempt your cat inside the carrier where a blanket or bed invites snuggling. Familiar scents round out the homey feel. Cats like height and warmth, so try placing the carrier off the ground in the sunlight.

If your cat already fears the carrier, try a new one and start from scratch.