Take Your Cat to the Vet Week: Overcoming Cat Carrier Chaos

Today is the start of Take Your Cat to the Vet Week!

Our Friend Jane Harrell from Petfinder.com created a Take Your Cat to the Vet Week public event on Facebook inviting pet parents to take the pledge to make sure their felines get the medical attention they need and deserve.

Did you know that there are 15 million more Cats ruling habitats in the United States than there are pet dogs? Yet Cats only go to see the Veterinarian half as often as dogs. Since Cats are in charge of their homes, this is part of the problem, our dislike for the cat carrier, the stress of travel, being out of our element, and worse yet not being in control.

Listen, we Cats need preventive care too and regular check ups can help find any health issues that might be sneaking up on us. This is super important, so Petfinder.com has provided helpful Tips for Taking Your Cat to the Vet. If you take a moment and peruse the tips, I think you will find them very helpful.

I, need help with learning to like my ~shiver~ carrier.  So I read through Jane’s ” Get Your Cat to Like His Carrier”. Jane lists 10 tips to help ease cat carrier anxiety.  These tips are helping too. Did you notice that I didn’t

Gracey in Cat Carrier

Me, in my carrier. Don't I look relaxed?

shiver when I typed cat carrier that time?

My cat carrier is accessible to me most of the time.  During the terrifying thunderstorm season, which is still going on, my carrier is open and ready in case we need to make a mad dash to the basement.  When my carrier door is open, there is a nice soft blanket inside and usually one of my favorite toys, like Teenie Sardini.  Sometimes when my parents aren’t looking I even sneak inside the carrier and take a little nap.

I will admit that I need more practice with the closing of the door, and being picked up inside the carrier.  And then I will graduate to the walk around the block, and a short car ride while I am inside my carrier.  I  will tell you that being inside my carrier is not on the top of my list  of things to do.  But going to the Morris Veterinarian Clinic is very important for both my and my parent’s health.

It doesn’t help that Mercy is like an angel in his carrier either.  He really just gets in the carrier and sits quietly until we arrive at the Clinic.  He is a cat of few meows.  Whereas I yowl and whine and foam at the mouth almost the entire time.  There it is, I said it. Now I will make an effort to do better.

How does your Cat like going into the carrier and riding to the Vet’s office?