Ask the Vet


Dear Dr. Schelling,

I've heard some horror stories about carrier experiences from friends with cats. How can I avoid a bad experience and get my cat used to her carrier?

Dear Maude,

It's true that most cats do not care for their carriers. As all cat owners know, cats can be very finicky and once they've settled on not wanting anything to do with the carrier you'll be hard pressed to change their minds. The trick to carrier training lies in the proper introduction of your cat and the carrier. Follow the tips in this article on cat carrier training to have a better travel experience.

Check out this article on Training Your Cat To Use A Pet Carrier.

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It’s almost time to take my cat to the vet for her first visit and I don’t know what kind of carrier I should get for her. I know this visit could potentially be stressful for her since it’s her first time being out of the house and I don’t want to add to the stress by purchasing the wrong carrier. Do you have any tips on picking out cat carriers?


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Dear Elise,

Traveling can be stressful but I happen to be a seasoned traveler and have arrived in style to my various destinations in a variety of carriers. Cardboard, padded, and plastic—I’ve used them all! Check out this article for carrier tips to see which one will best suit you and your cats needs.


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