Who hasn't spent 30 minutes trying to find their cat who was well hidden under a piece of furniture since seeing his carry bag, spent several minutes grabbing it, struggling to fit it into its transport cage without getting scratched ... before he escapes again, to start all over again or finally give up, and postpone the appointment with the vet to another day, or postpone the departure on vacation by a few hours?
Your cat is an animal that likes its little habits, its comfort, and its well-marked territory. Therefore, moving, vacations, or visiting the veterinarian can be a source of stress, which sometimes makes the trip unpleasant for the cat or its owner (intense meowing, digestive disorders, stressful urination, etc.).
Follow our tips to make the test of the bag or the cage a pleasure.
You should know that the cat can associate the travel bag with a "traumatic" event, and therefore, the release of the bag immediately triggers a burst of stress or fear for your cat. It is therefore important from the start to associate the crate with something positive, to make it a non-event in your cat's life.
Thus, we do not recommend to put the cat for the first time in his crate (stress of confinement), take the car (noises and movements that are scary), make a visit to your veterinarian for a first vaccine (noises, news smells, scary dogs, handling and stinging), and back home.
At best, your cat is pretty cool, he will have had a good fright, and will put aside this unpleasant episode ... at worst, your cat will never recover from this event and will be panicked with each new release of the "box to fright ".
Let the cat get used to the transport crate by making it welcoming
It is therefore important to present the box or carrying bag to the cat, in its everyday environment, and make it a nice refuge a few days before having to use it for the first time.
Leave the box or bag open in a corner of the house. Make the espathis welcoming, by installing a small soft blanket, a toy, and some treats to help your cat explore it. There are even soothing pheromones that you can spray around the crate to trick your cat's brain into thinking it's a place they already know.
By making this object unusual, welcoming, your cat will be able to discover it at its own pace, deposit soothing pheromones on it, and get used to its effect.spathis restricted. He could even make it a little shelter out of sight, and find a reassuring environment when your cat finds himself transported to an unfamiliar environment, as if he was carrying part of his house with him.
At the first drive, do not go too far. Let your cat get used to the noise of the car, stop and then move. This universe is completely different from its place of life, so it is important not to rush it. A short trip will limit the duration of stress, and thus promote habituation.
For the first visit to the veterinarian, just make a round trip in the waiting room, so that your cat smells smells, sees a few animals without direct contact, hidden in the shelter behind the discrete openings of his carrying bag. A first approach without too much stimuli, or just a weighing will allow a habituation very smoothly.
We recommend that you put a terry towel in the bottom of the carrying bag, to make the bottom more comfortable and non-slippery. Add an absorbent pad on top, which will facilitate the cleaning task in the event of a small stress-related accident, which will prevent your cat from the unpleasant feeling of being covered with stool or urine.
In case of bad experience, it is important to clean the entire transport bag and cover, to eliminate all the odors and pheromones of stress, otherwise it will panic each trip.
By following our advice, your cat will be used to getting out of his comfort zone, and will be delighted to find a piece of his territory by going to take refuge in his transport case, even when he is not at home.
It is obvious that these exercises are much more effective when the habituation can be done while your cat is still kitten. At this age the brain is much more malleable. A good experience right from the start is much easier to set up, than having to desensitize a cat who has had a bad experience.
And if despite our advice, your cat still hates outings and his travel bag, then limit them, and ask your veterinarian for advice.
By Benjamin BAYON, Veterinary Doctor
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