Does your cat hate their carrier? Probably, but it's still really important that you use one when you're transporting them somewhere. Specifically, the veterinarian's office. It's also a pet peeve of veterinary staff when people bring their cats in without a carrier. Transporting a cat in a carrier is mostly for their own safety, although the cats might disagree with us there... There are several reasons why you need to take your cat to the vet in a carrier - here are some of the most important.
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Keep Your Cat Safe
I'd have to say the number one reason is safety, as I mentioned above. There are all kinds of things that could go wrong if your cat isn't safe and cozy in their carrier. I hate to think about all the different scenarios, but there are a lot.
- Ensure a safe car ride - What if you were to get into an accident? If your cat is roaming the car freely, they are very likely to get hurt. Not to mention they could jump out of a window or dart out of an open car door.
- Prevent your cat from running away - Riding in the car can be a scary experience for cats. If they are scared, they may be more likely to run away if they get the chance. It could be hard to catch them, plus you are probably going to be in an area where there are lots of cars around. Another added danger.
- Some dogs don't get along with cats - If you've managed to make it safely inside the vet's office without the carrier, you now have to worry about dogs. There could be dogs in the lobby that may not be cat friendly or are just excited. This could be scary for your cat! You and your cat could end up getting hurt in this scenario.
Keep Your Veterinary Staff Happy
When you bring your cat to the vet without a carrier, it can make things harder on the staff. They will probably do everything they can to make sure that your cat isn't injured or put in harms way. They are vulnerable when not in a carrier. It makes the staff very happy when you bring your cat in a carrier to the animal clinic.
Also, please try to limit one cat per carrier. I've seen some cats put in a carrier together and by the time they get to the vet's office, they are very angry with each other. Of course, that makes them even more unhappy to be at vet clinic. It also makes it more difficult to remove them and put them back into their carriers.
Other Tips for Taking Your Cat to the Vet in a Carrier
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Most vet hospitals will do this already, but you should label your cat's carriers with your cat's first and last names and even your own name. Especially if you have two or more cats and you're dropping them off for the day. It is possible for people to make mistakes and this can help prevent any mix-ups with your pets. Labeling your carrier can also help prevent it from getting lost or sent home with the wrong person.
And don't forget to make your cat comfortable in their carrier! Give them a blanket or towel to lay on. Avoid placing water dishes in the crate as they are likely to spill and get kitty all wet.
If your cat has an "accident" in the carrier - don't worry. It happens all the time and the veterinary staff should be used to this sort of thing. But don't put any bedding in the carrier that you wouldn't want to be soiled.
Whether your a seasoned cat pro or this is your first trip to the vet with your cat, hopefully these tips are helpful to you in some way. Do you use a carrier to transport your cat to the vet? If not, I hope you will consider using a carrier for future visits.