If the thought of transporting your cat causes you to break out in a cold sweat, you are not alone! But we can retrain your cat to tolerate the stress of travel. Here are some tips:
- Leave the carrier, with the top detached, in a room where you spend most of your time
- Line the inside with a towel and spray it with Feliway
- Use treats: place a treat near, but not too near the carrier, and gradually move it closer until you can successfully get your cat to eat the treat in the carrier
- When the cat is comfortable going in and out of the carrier, put the door back on, but leave it in the open position, and continue leaving treats/small meals in the carrier.
Traveling with your cat? Contact Rachel for help at 617-787-8872 and select menu option 5.
By Rachel Geller, cat behavior counselor