Cats aren’t dogs. They aren’t — for the most part — acclimated to car rides, and you can’t trick them into doing what you want them to do like you can with dogs.
Which is why, as our resident Crazy Cat Lady, Dorian Wagner, recently documented, taking your kitty to the vet can sometimes be a scene out of a horror movie. Your normally precious, gentle, purring pet suddenly becomes a spitting, hissing, terrified ball of fluff, which is tragic when it prevents you from taking your cat for much-needed regular vet checks.
Getting your cat into the carrier alone can be a harrowing experience. For many it’s a necessary evil if they want to keep their feline friends healthy. But Banfield Pet Hospital is here to help with an inFURvention, so those regular vet trips can be less horrible and more happy.
For starters, here’s a great video demonstrating how to acclimate your kitty to her carrier so that it becomes more of a place of comfort rather than a place of fear. This is especially helpful in an emergency when you may not have time to wrestle kitty into a carrier.
Banfield is also offering a chance to win an in-home visit from pet expert Victoria Stilwell by submitting a video of you — either successfully or unsuccessfully — trying to get your cat into his or her carrier. Contest details can be found here.
What methods have you tried? Let us know!