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Coaxing kitty into the carrier


We have been in our 5er now fulltime for 3 weeks.  We got our 2 cats here but barely.  Our big boy Marlin, 20 lbs, goes into the carrier kicking and screaming. His back legs go out and he is so strong and struggles so much he is hard to hold onto.  We are taking our first trip with them next weekend and want this to be a pleasant experience for everyone.  I don't want them to be freaked out everytime we have to load them up to move.  Right now we are parked in an rv park fulltime but will soon be on the road moving from place to place.  

Any suggestions how to get our cats to go into their carriers easily?



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First, make sure something is in the carrier that has your scent on it. Something they are used to.
Next place about a tablespoon of canned tuna fish in the back of the carrier. Once the cat is in, close the door.
Our cat is not happy about going into the carrier but settles down once in there. We purchased a plastic carrier that is large enough for her to stand up and turn around comfortably.
Try this a couple of times and take the cats on a dry run around the block. They will grow accustomed to being contained and eventually be less fussy.

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thanks for the tip of the tuna.  Marlin loves to eat so I am sure he will be thrilled!



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I don't know about kittys,  but it took awhile to crate train my little dog.  It took lots of treats and praise with short stays with the door closed and the slowly increasing the time in the crate.  She now goes in with out any problem.   Good luck.



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This is how my vet told me to load kitties. Turn the carrier on end, with the open door at the top. Hold kitty's back feet and under his front arms. Lower him into the crate and close the door. Slowly lower carrier to original position. We use it on ours and no more fights. Of course we still have "pity parties" for a while before settling down. Good luck

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ooh, all good tips.  I think I will try the tuna.  Get him in there on his own and then try tipping the crate up if he won't go in!

My husband just wants to let him stay in the 5er in our bedroom.  I am afraid he would be really freaked out.

I will let you know how it goes!



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