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veronaz

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Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:38:15 AM »
Finally the day has come.  I have to take kitty to get two shots and a nail trim.  (Had to reschedule from a couple weeks ago).

The carrier is out.   But last time it was a huge battle.

I tried clicking her food bowl and grabbing her by surprise, but once I did that she’s wise to that trick.  She also turns a deaf ear to my cooing and promising special treats later.

I hear that ‘feet first’ is the best way, but that’s easier said than done.  :-\

Incredible how much I’m dreading this.  2 hours, 10 minutes and counting.

Any tips?
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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2014, 10:42:14 AM »
kitty funnel?

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2014, 10:51:08 AM »
Sneak attack.  Have the carrier out.  Wait for kitty to nap, nab her by quickly wrapping her in a towel and put her in the carrier.  While walking over there, I try to wrap the towel around the feet to prevent the kicking and flailing. 

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 10:52:09 AM »
I get the carrier out the day before I need to use it and tuck it onto a chair or the couch, wedged between the back and the arms.  Then I can ignore it and she might relax a little if she isn't being stuffed into it immediately. The next day, I start shutting doors to limit access to the cat as she moves to different rooms. Eventually I swoop in, pick her up and stick her in, tail end first. It tends to work most of the time.

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2014, 10:52:13 AM »
Yes, feet first was amazingly easier than head first.
I try to get the carrier into a small confined space (in my case, the downstairs half bath) and then get the cat through some means into the same space, then lock us both in. (This is how I offend her dignity put flea stuff on her monthly.)

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2014, 10:53:58 AM »
Hide the carrier.

A few minutes before it's time to go, find kitty, scoop her up for snuggles, and shut her in the bathroom.

Give her a few minutes to "forget."

Then take the carrier into the bathroom, shut the door behind you, and start the operations there.

Of course, that was always the hardest part w/ my old kitty. Sometimes it took two people--one to wrangle the cat and the other to wrangle the carrier.

W/ the new one, we leave the carrier out for a few days before. And sometimes I even toss a treat in there, then go get her and put her in it.

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2014, 10:56:57 AM »
2 of the 3 cats in my house are not that big a problem.  The third one?  If DH is home, it resembles a tag team event at a Wrestling venue.  I have truly pulled her out of the chimney several times.  There's a ledge in there - about 4 feet up. How a 17 lb cat can get up there is beyond me.  I've lost a couple of tee shirts and some blood pulling her out of there, tho.   We now "trap" her in a room and corner her.   I swear, the next time I have to put her in her carrier, I will go in wearing full body armour and carrying a whip and a chair....

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2014, 10:59:25 AM »
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I start shutting doors to limit access to the cat as she moves to different rooms.

Yeah, this helps.

I might try putting the carrier in the bathroom, scooping her up, then quickly shutting the door as I put her in the carrier.

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2014, 11:02:54 AM »
With my bigger kitty, I have to take the lid off and put her in. 

I have to do the operation in our den since there is a bit more room to move than in our bathroom, but few hidey-holes for even my smaller kitty. 

Good luck

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2014, 11:04:13 AM »
AFTER this visit, try to make the carrier be nice.
With my 'good' cat (as opposed to the 'bad' cat), who happens to be food motivated, starting the first day she came home, I left the carrier out.  Throughout the day, I'd sneak a few treats in at the door of it.  and her favorite toy.
I gradually moved the treats farther and farther in, so she'd have to walk in to get them. 
The carrier was there ALL the time with good stuff--and was only bad 1x per year.  So to this day, I can get out the carrier, open the door and she walks in.

(I claim it's the conditioning but, maybe I sold my soul to the devil and didn't know it?)

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2014, 11:04:18 AM »
I've tried the feet first routine, with my mother's cat.  She ended up putting her back feet on each side of the door way and used her front claws to scratch the stuffing out of me.

I've had success with using a towel, ONCE.  I put a towel fresh from the dryer in the cat's spot on the couch.  Then, after she got used to it and was comfortably laying down, I'd quickly wrap her up and stuff her in the carrier.

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2014, 11:15:01 AM »
One of mine is easy; I leave the carrier in its normal horizontal position, pick her up, point her in head first and shove.  She goes right in.  And hates the vet so much, she voluntarily goes back in when she's done.

The other one?  My demon child cat?  Whoo boy.  The first time, I was wearing leather gloves because she's a biter.  And then she got out of the dang thing.  What I usually do is take the carriers out of storage about a week before the appointment and leave them out and accessible.  Then, the day of the appointment, whenever demon cat is calm and settled and it is reasonably close to the appointment, I just pick her up.  Which she hates.  The complaining begins immediately.  Her carrier, I put up on end and I drop her in butt first then slam the door.  Once I have it latched, I return the carrier to its proper position.

I'm just really happy they don't have front claws when I have to do this.  Saves my skin from being shredded.  (I didn't declaw them; they came that way when I got them from a family that couldn't keep them because their toddler son developed life threatening asthma and the specialist told them to get rid of their dog, cats and birds until he was under control.  They could keep the fish.  The Mom was heartbroken.)
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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2014, 11:36:49 AM »
The one of mine who has to go to the vet regularly (for thyroid checks) is a horror. Not too much in the brains department but a lot of street smarts + long-term memory. And this is a cat who was born in a shelter and has never been outside.

I take the carrier out about a week before the appointment and leave it on a counter. She can see it but since I am not approaching her it soon becomes no big deal. On the day of I grab her by the neck and hold her while walking quickly to the carrier and shoving her in, holding her, closing the door, and locking it. Once in, she becomes extremely passive, cringing in the back and getting under the pheromone-scented towel. Because of her memory I have to do it this way, quite sneaky.

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2014, 11:43:12 AM »
My carrier is heavy canvas and has zippers on the side.  This is a problem because she wiggles out as I'm zipping.

I'm seriously considering getting a metal carrier with a door that locks.

1 hour, 5 minutes to go........

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Re: Epic Battle - Getting Kitty into carrier
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2014, 11:44:29 AM »
Growing up, our oldest cat would have nothing whatsoever to do with a carrier, and he had all of his sharp bits and knew how to use them.

My parents exploited his love of laundry baskets. They put a small laundry basket on the floor with a nice fresh towel in it and let him get cozy. Then, they popped a second, matching basket over top and tied the two together. One side could be untied at the vet, then tied back up when he was done. It wasn't a perfectly standard carrier, but it kept him safe with a minimum of scratching to us.
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