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Tips on Transporting Your Feline Friend to Our Clinic

  • Use a top-loading carrier so the cat can easily be removed from and placed into the carrier
  •  Ideally, the top half should come completely off allowing the cat to remain inside the bottom half during the exam
  • Leave the carrier out and open in an easily accessible area for several days before the appointment
  • Create a comfortable environment inside the carrier with blankets, toys or an article of clothing from a favorite person
  • Reinforce the cat's positive associations with the carrier using treats, food and calm praise.
  • Once the cat is comfortable with the carrier, take him or her for a few short car rides, but make sure the experience is positive
  • Withhold food before the trip to reduce motion sickness
  • Thirty minutes prior to leaving, spray a synthetic feline pheromone in the carrier to help keep the cat calm
  • Drape a blanket or towel over the carrier to reduce motion sickness
(tips courtesy of Modern Feline magazine)