I have learned this from the woman in the cattery we brought the cats to when we went to France. And even though I wasn’t happy in what kind of state I got them back, I learned something from that woman. A valuable lesson I can’t keep to myself! I wasn’t so sure about it, even when she showed me I had my doubts. She has experience with cats, it probably went natural to her when she put the cats in the carrier.
As a cat owner who’s cats hate to get into carriers, I have tried everything to get them in. Treats, wet food, making them get used to it for a month. But as soon as the day arrives and the moment to actually get them in. The cats are like: “Lol nope”. They use their front and back legs to prevent them from going into the carrier. And so on…
Place the carrier in a room where you can easily put the cats in the carrier and where they have trouble hiding. Place the carrier there for a good few weeks. They don’t need to get into it, but it would be nice. Feed them around there, or get the bowl with food every time a bit closer to the carrier. As long as they get comfortable around the carrier.
When the moment is there that they have to get into the carrier. Use toys to lure them into the room. When they are in the room, close the door behind you with the cat, you and the carrier inside that room. Then there comes a moment to catch your cat, but since there won’t be a lot hiding places (I hope), it won’t be a problem. Grab your cat, hold him firmly at his scruff if needed (support his weight). The point is to get him into the carrier with your cats behind first. Trust me, I didn’t think it worked, but I never got Suki so easy in the carrier before. Ever. It’s even better if you’re able to stand behind the carrier, and hold your cat in front of it (with his behind into the entrance). This way she may have trouble biting you or scratching you. If the carrier is too big, do it from whichever side feels comfortable with you. I put her in from the front, and she was in before she (and I) even knew it.
Shove her in, close the carrier and tada! You’re done! You’ll thank me for this. It even worked for Hiro.
What are your tips to put a cat into the carrier?