October 2007 Issue

A Cozy Cat Carrier

Many cats would argue that such a thing can't exist. We share some tips in how to make the traveling experience more pleasant.

You need to take your cat to the veterinarian for a checkup. When you retrieve the cat carrier from the closet, your cat disappears. The ensuing chase tires you out and stresses your cat, making his heart beat faster and possibly elevating his temperature. Sound familiar? For many cat owners, getting their cats into a carrier is a battle of wits and wills but necessary preparation for veterinary visits, emergency evacuations, or moving to a new location. "You may want to put your cat in a carrier to keep her from escaping when painters or housekeepers come," says Ellen Lindell, VMD, CatWatch’s behavior columnist and a board-certified member (a diplomate) of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. So why wait until an emergency arises? Getting your cat used to the carrier simply takes foresight and training.

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