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Katharine Schwarz, RVT, KPA CTP
Since indoor cats rarely leave the house, they often become stressed or anxious when they are taken to the veterinary hospital once a year. Cats learn by association, so the sudden appearance of the carrier tends to signal that something scary is happening. If the carrier is kept in a part of the home that the cat doesn’t have access to, such as the garage or attic, it can also bring strange smells, potentially adding more stress.
Training cats to love their carriers is beneficial for many reasons
Find the right carrier
How to train your cat to love their carrier
Taking it on the road
The key is to build and maintain a positive association with the carrier to make your cat’s visit to the veterinarian as low stress as possible.
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