- Bring out the carrier 1-2 weeks prior to the scheduled visit. Leave the carrier open and provide yummy treats or meal feedings in the carrier to allow them to associate it with something positive.
- Make sure the carrier is the appropriate size. A carrier that can be easily taken apart is ideal, as the top can be removed if necessary to allow easy access to a cat who will not readily walk out on their own.
- Move the carrier in a secure fashion so that it is not tipped, swung, or banged into walls or doors. Supporting a cat carrier from the bottom is the preferred method of transport.
- Bring your cat hungry and feel free to bring some of their favorite treats from home. Don’t worry if you forget, we will have plenty of yummy treat options!
- Apply a pheromone such as Feliway to the inside of the carrier, towel or blanket 1 hour prior to transport.
- For some cats an oral calming agent or medication may be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety. If we feel this applies to your cat we will review appropriate options.