Getting a cat to the vet (let alone multiple cats!!!!) can be VERY challenging.
As a matter of fact, one of the most common reasons we don't see as many cats as dogs in the vet office is because the ordeal can be so difficult for the owners as well as for the cats themselves. Many people feel that the process is so difficult that it just isn't worth the hassle. Well, I'm here to give you a few pointers that can help your kitty (and you) make it to the vet office with a little less of a struggle.
It is no secret that once you bring out that scary cat carrier, all household felines will disappear.
They hear it, the smell it.
They hate it.
(To see how to desensitize them to a comfy, non-clunky carrier, skip to the END of the blog!! )
Anyway- I'll tell you how it goes in my house.
4 cats = 4 carriers. They are usually kept in the garage, which is near the laundry room. I close the laundry room door and bring all the carriers inside (quietly!!). Behind the closed door, they can't see them and there is less time for them to escape. Leave the carriers open.
TIP: A little while before getting the carriers, I close all bedroom and closet doors in the house to limit hiding places.
|All carriers ready.... get set....|
Then, one by one, I walk around the house and carry one cat at a time into the laundry room. I close the door behind me BEFORE putting that kitty in a carrier.
(If a laundry room isn't an option, a bathroom can work, too. You can put the cat in the bathroom, close the door, and then bring the carrier to them, too.)
|.... GO! First kitty victim was Nemo on this particular day. |
I recommend holding cats in towels if the tend to panic and scratch.
|All four victims have been captured.|
|Jaime HATES this. He likes to pee in the car, hence a plastic carrier is needed.|
Sadly, this is how many of my patients appear once they arrive to see me.
|Here is our comedian, Cosmo. The carrier is not scary or threatening when it's just sitting out on the coffee table.|
Notice the Jacob "photo bomb" in the background.....