If you’re a cat owner, you’ve likely experienced how hard it can be to get your cat into a pet carrier. Fortunately, you don’t need to do this on a daily basis. But if you take your cat for car rides, you will want them to be safe and secure. While it’s easiest to introduce your pet to a carrier at an early age, it’s not too late to start. To get your cat comfortable in their carrier, follow these tips:
Change your cat’s association with the carrier (if s/he has a negative association with it). Take the door off your carrier and place it inside your cat’s favourite room. Lightly spray with feline pheromone spray to encourage exploration.
Encourage your cat to go near the carrier. Place your cat’s favourite treats near their carrier. Once your pet becomes interested in these, slowly start moving the treats towards the front of the carrier. When ready, place the treats inside.
Practise closing the carrier door. When your cat is comfortable going inside the carrier, close the door for a few seconds. Then, open it and offer a treat. Add this to your training routine.