One of our cats LOVES the carrier. We put it out, and she hops right in it waiting to go somewhere. I think this is because as a very young kitten, she made frequent trips to the vet for a variety of issues. So, she was just used to it.
Our other two cats well… It’s not pleasant. The oldest is the WORST. Just try cramming 15 lbs of black furry claws-out madness into a crate and see what’s left of you! I’m not sure there is any “Good” way to get a cat that doesn’t want to get in the crate, so instead, train them ahead of time!
Here are a few tips, we probably can all use them:
- Put the crate out several days before it is needed and start putting treats in it so it is a HAPPY PLACE. Maybe even douse it with Catnip so it’s even more fun and a good time! This will help your cat get comfortable with the crate and associate with good things.
- Test it out. When your cat is in the crate, eating teats maybe, seems happy. Shut the door, and give more treats! Make sure your cat stays happy and doesn’t get stressed out. At the first signs of stress, open the door so they can exit.
- Always make the crate a place of happiness and calm.
- Once your cat can settle in the crate for a few minutes with the door shut, try picking it up. Reward again with treats.
- Keep doing all of this repeatedly, and after a while, it won’t be so stressful for your cat.
- Next, try putting the crate in the car. Do this carefully and slowly so your cat doesn’t get stressed out. At the first signs of stress, return to the home, and let your cat relax. You never want the crate to be a stressful place.
By doing all of this, hopefully your cat will associate the crate with happiness, rather than stress, and make trips to the vet more comfortable for everyone.