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How to Transport your Cat calmly & comfortably - by Liz Gordon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Adam   
Saturday, 01 June 2013 11:51

Look for a carrier with proper ventilation, made of study plastic with a front door & ideally, a removable top. Place the open carrier in an undisturbed area where your cat likes to spend time. With time they will get used to it.  Place a piece of clothing with your scent, ON or IN the carrier; include soft bedding, their favorite treats, and a familiar toy.  Gently rub a cloth around your cat’s face; with the scented cloth, then rub it on carrier to make it smell like home.

To reduce motion sickness, avoid feeding your cat a few hours before the trip.  After placing your cat in the carrier, cover it with a towel; this will help keep them calm. Be sure to drive smoothly while In the car.  Instead of turning on the radio, reduce any jarring noises, by simply talking to your cat in a calm, reassuring tone. Remember: a cat’s sense of hearing is four times sharper than ours.

If your transportation was to the vet clinic, keep the carrier covered while in the waiting room - and as far away from any dogs as possible. After returning home (if other cats are around), take the cloth & rub the other cats, then  rub the returning cat with the same cloth; this can reduce conflicts.

Don’t worry if your cat seems unhappy after their trip; the minor stress experienced is not harmful to their health or your relationship with it.  When it comes to all of our pets, all you need is a little patience and of course heartLove!


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