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How to get a cat in a carrier??

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by catz4m8z, Apr 6, 2011.


  1. catz4m8z

    catz4m8z PetForums VIP

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    anyone have any tips for this??
    Banjo needs to go to the vets coz he has a swollen toe. Thankfully its not urgent, it just looks like a little fluid build up in the sheath of one claw. However.....
    although he is generally friendly if he doesnt want to do something he wont. Forcing him just results in him trying to make balloon animals out of your intestines.:( In fact the last time I tried to give him a worming tablet he bit right through my thumb (inc the nail):eek:.
    Any suggestions???:confused:
     
  2. ChatterPuss

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    I use a top opening carrier so just lift mine in and then fasten the top. I know I would struggle if I had to use a front opening one!
     
  3. Shimacat

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    A vet's trick to get an unwilling cat into a front-opening basket is to put them in backwards. You could try that. It worked with one of mine on a recent trip to the vet, but then mine aren't as fierce as yours sounds.

    I had a very unwilling old puss who I used to wrap completely in a bath towel, then put the towel-wrapped cat into the basket with the towel still round her.

    ...or invest in a top-opening basket (sounds safer!)
     
  4. Cloudygirl

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    I decided to put my carrier in the front room when I first had it so they could explore it and remove the fear factor. They love it so much they have adopted it as their bed.

    If I put their fave toys in there and a couple of treats they happily go in there and let me zip them in.
     
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    You can lure Banjo in with a treat. I'm sure that if I put a tube of Cosma freeze dry treats inside the carrier, Ari would enter and close the door herself! :D

    Once I dangled her favourite mouse by the carrier door and when she came to play, I pushed her in by the butt. She thought it was part of the game :)

    When I had to use force, I lifted her with my right hand under her armpits, left hand supporting her back (belly up) and placed her legs and tail first. It was quite instinctive to do so and she didn't fight back (she was probably very surprised) My carrier is the round wicker one and the door is quite large, so I don't know if it can be done with any carrier.
     
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    i put the carrier on the edge of the table with the front opening at the edge, pick cat up and put him in the front.
    because there is nothing for them to grab hold of i find it quite easy
     
  7. lymorelynn

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    I have a top opening one which I find easier for two or three kittens at a time :D Mai Tai is quite happy to go into her carrier - I'm sure she thinks she's going off to see her boyfriend :rolleyes:
    Wrapping in a towel is usually a good way to get a reluctant cat into a carrier though. You could try just leaving the box around and hope that he is overcome with curiosity and has to investigate.
     
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    take door off & leave crate out with treats in it for them to sleep in :) best tip ever I leave mine out about a week before hand, sometimes 4 weeks as beds dotted around the house, cat sleeps in them = happy cat used to crate :)
     
  9. Vampyria

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    I agree with the advise of leaving the crate in a room with the door off, and put blankets/toys in there for your cat to get used to it. Locke's cat carrier lives in the bedroom with the door off, with toys and blankets and I occasionally throw a treat in there to enforce that the carrier is good. He's never had a problem with the carrier at home and will willingly enter the carrier to look for treats or for warmth.

    I would definitely invest in a carrier where you can remove the top. Much easier to put the cat in/out of the carrier that way :)
     
  10. Dante

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    Mine loooooove and I mean, seriously LOVE the vets :blink:
    And therefore happily climb into their little carriers as soon as they're brought out of the cupboard.

    Sounds like you have a little devil on your hands - I thought mine had sharp teeth, but through the nail? Ouch!! :cryin:
     
  11. Sacremist

    Sacremist Mum to 2 cats and a dog

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    I use a top opening carrier. I put the carrier out of sight in another room and then approach as if only stroking. I then pick the cat up and carry through to the already open carrier making sure the cat cannot see it till the last second. I slip the cat inside and down goes the lid. Easy peasy!
     
  12. catz4m8z

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    Thanks for the replies..
    I might have to invest in a top opening carrier. Banjo is way too clever to be caught by my front opener, not single handed anyways.:rolleyes: (Im sure he still suspects and that is why he is currently sleeping on top of a wardrobe wedged between a plastic box and the ceiling!!);)
     
  13. Sparkles87

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    William is far cleverer than me, thus I struggle to get him into the cat carrier in spite of any tricks I try. I'm sorry I can't give you any tips, but this thread has provided me with some advice; get a top opening carrier! :D

    Sparkles
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    I have a front opening carrier and a very reluctant cat. I stand the carrier up on its end so the door opening is facing upwards. Pick up the cat and lower in back end first, close the door quickly then turn the carrier the right way up slowly. Works every time
     
  15. Helen M

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    Top opening carriers are easier but if you have a front opening carrier then stand the carrier on its end with its door open (possibly in a differnet room if he/she does not like the sight of the box yet). Pick up your cat and give it a cuddle/ fuss hold onto its front paws with one hand and back paws with the other hand and gently feed it back feet first into the box. By holding the feeet he/she cannot make themselves 6ft wide!!
     
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