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10 Tips for cat transporting

  1. Please NEVER drive with your cat unrestrained in the car.
  2. Choose a solid carrier. The best types are those that have an opening at the top or where the top half can be removed. This provides easy access to your cat if they are objecting to come out.
  3. When at home, leave your cat carrier open with toys inside so your cat can investigate and get used to it.
  4. Leave a blanket or towel inside the carrier with your scent on it, or that of the cat (just rub it over his/her temples). Half an hour before leaving, spray this blanket with a soothing pheromone such as Feliway, available from Greencross Vets.
  5. When you’re ready to visit the vet, if your cat does not spontaneously enter the carrier, calmly place him or her into the carrier through the opening in the top (or remove the top completely). If your cat is reluctant to travel, wrap them gently in a towel that has your cat’s scent or a pheromone spray.
  6. Secure the cat carrier on the back seat of your car with the seatbelt, or against the front seat, and cover it with a towel. Drive smoothly, without loud music, talking to your cat in a soothing voice; the calmer you are the less anxious your cat will be. If possible, keep windows closed for extra safety.
  7. From the car to the clinic, try to limit movement as much as possible.
  8. On arrival, Greencross Vets will show you the area that is reserved for cats. Place your carrier in the specially provided area, still covered with a towel, with the opening facing you.
  9. Follow the same tips for the return journey.
  10. When you get back home, if you have other cats, leave the carrier on the ground without opening it and watch their reaction. If they remain calm, allow your cat to leave the carrier and reward them with games or food. If your other cats appear worried, isolate the cat that has been away in a room on their own for 24 hours before socialising them with other cats.

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