A lot of people do not travel with their pets and therefore don’t have a pet carrier. But you occasionally still need to get to the vet. So how do you do it?
The biggest reason why you need a carrier is because of stress. Your cat will likely be stressed out at the vet’s office. The waiting room tends to be loud, filled with people and other pets, including dogs. If you cat gets to excited or scared, they could cause you harm or themselves. If you don’t have a carrier, there are other options.
- A large bag. This doesn’t seem very elegant but it does work. If you have a gym bag then you are set. Most gym bags come with ventilation and are lined with nylon, so if your cat urinates in the bag it is easy to clean. Make sure the bag has a solid bottom, otherwise it will bend and fold when you pick it up and that can cause upset for your cat.
- A harness. Some cats respond positively to harnesses. Do not just attach a leash to your cat’s collar, you need to make sure you have a proper harness otherwise your cat can hurt themselves or get away. If you have never tried a harness on your cat, do not use a trip to the vet as your first try. Make sure your cat is comfortable in a harness before going to the vet.
- Cat Bed. If your cat is really calm, or much older, you can try a cat bed. Some cats will quietly sit in a bed, and you can easily pick them up in the bed and move them.
- Temporary carrier. If you have brought your cat in the car to the vet but need something to bring him into the clinic, you can purchase a temporary cardboard carrier from Vetco. Just call in and ask if they can bring one out to you and then put your cat inside the cardboard carrier to transport them into the clinic.
Every cat is different. Some travel very well and other’s do not. Most cats, though they do not like carriers, will find it less stressful to be in some kind of carrier rather than loose in your car and in the clinic. If you are unsure how the best way to bring them to the clinic, call and speak to one of our vet assistants and they will be able to give you suggestions.