Look for a carrier with proper ventilation, made of sturdy plastic, with a front door and, ideally, a top that can be easily lifted off.
Place the open carrier in an undisturbed area where your cat likes to spend time. With time, your cat will get used to it.
Place a piece of clothing with your scent in the carrier.
Include soft bedding, their favourite treats, or familiar toys in the carrier. Gently rub a cloth around your cat’s face to transfer his scent to the cloth. With the now scented cloth, rub it on your cat’s carrier to make it smell like home.
To reduce motion sickness, avoid feeding your cat a few hours before the trip. After you’ve placed your cat in the carrier, place a towel over the carrier. This should help keep your cat calm.
While in the clinic waiting room, keep the towel on the carrier and sit as far away as possible from dogs.
After returning home (if other cats are around, take a cloth and rub the other cats. Then rub the returning cat with the same cloth –this can reduce conflicts
Don’t worry if your cat seems unhappy after their visit to the clinic. The minor stress experienced is not harmful to your cat’s health or to your relationship with it.
Remember: regular visits to the veterinarian have been proven to extend the life and well-being of our feline friends.