Kitty Transport Tips

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    Prepping the Carrier

    Your cat’s carrier should have a few important features: sturdy plastic, good ventilation, a front door, and a top that can be adjusted to lift your cat out of. A few days before your visit, place the open carrier in a quiet area where your cat enjoys spending time. Put clothing with your scent in it, along with soft bedding, and begin to put their favorite meals or toys in it. Gently rub a soft cloth around your cat’s face, and then rub that inside your cat’s carrier. This will make it smell like home.

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    The Ride

    Don’t feed your cat within a few hours of your visit – this will reduce the risk of motion sickness. Once your cat is in the carrier, place a towel over it. On the drive, try to avoid any sharp or sudden stops or turns (keep it smooth), and keep road sounds as quiet as possible. Talk to your cat in a gentle voice.

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    In the waiting room, keep away as far as possible from dogs, and keep the towel over the carrier. Talk to your cat in a gentle voice to reassure them. Once you return home (if you have other cats), rub them with a soft cloth, and then rub your cat with the same cloth (this reduces conflicts).