How to Bring Your Cat to the Vet Without a Carrier - Taking Care of Cats

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you will need to take your cat to the

vet for regular check-ups and in the

event he gets sick if you want to spare

your cat the stress of a carrier you

have several options to do so while not

using a carrier can be more comfortable

for your cat many vets dislike having

cats in their office without a crate and

it can be a safety issue if your cat is

not properly trained ask your vet

whether they require you to use a

carrier part one secured in the cat

without a carrier one try a sports bag

you need to make sure your cat is not

disruptive in the vet's office simply

carrying your cat in your arms can pose

a problem as cats are hard to secure

when frightened if you don't want to use

a carrier or don't have one one

alternative is a sports bag sports bags

our bags designed to carry clothing and

other equipment to and from the gym or

other sporting events many sports bags

have nylon material lining the sides

filled with holes that allow for a cat

to breath easy through the bank owners

who feel carriers are uncomfortable for

cats sometimes use a sports bag made

from nylon to carry their cat in from

the vet make sure you find a sports bag

with at least some nylon or mesh size so

your cat can breath and see his

environment when being transported to

the vet's office you also want a sports

bag with a secure flat solid bottom a

bottom that is not supported will sink

in when you pick up the bag causing

discomfort for your cat many owners

equip sports bags with toys blankets and

other items their cat might find

comforting to use a harness a cat

harnesses a device owners use to walk

their cats if you want to take your cat

to the vet without a carrier you could

consider using a harness make sure you

purchase a harness specifically designed

for cats harness is designed for small

dogs might be dangerous for a cat to use

let your cat familiarize himself with

the harness before you strap him in

gently drape it over his body let him

sniff and explore it

gently guide his body to the harness and

secure the buckle some cats may resist

so you might need another person to help

restrain your cat allow him to wear the

harness for a bit under supervision with

no leash

once he seems comfortable in the harness

to the point he's no longer wriggling or

attempting to unfasten it you can secure

the leash practice walking your cat

around the house for a week or so before

taking him outside on the leash let him

adjust to the restraints and wait until

he's no longer pulling or resisting

before taking him outside with the leash

on once your cat is comfortable being

walked inside practice taking him on

short walks around the block you should

be practicing for a few months before

you attempt to take your cat to the

vet's office remember a vet's office

will have a lot of unusual stimulations

such as ringing phones strange people

and other animals you need to practice a

lot before you can say we take him to

the vets with the harness 3 try a basket

or bed if your cat is docile if your cat

is older in particularly docile you may

be able to secure him in a basket or bed

however this is only a good option if

you are sure of your cat's temperament

you do not want to risk the safety of

your cat and other people and animals

present in the waiting room by having

your cat jump out and cause a stir use

this method with caution as even the

most docile cats can get spooked in an

unfamiliar or frightening environment

such as the vet's office part to getting

your cat used to the car 1 start at a

young age if possible if you want to

take your cat to the vet without a crate

you need to get him used to being in the

car without his great if you get a cat

as a kitten it's much easier to

introduce him to the car kittens tends

to adjust to new experience as much

faster than adult cats if possible start

training your cat to travel when he's

less than a year old if your cat is

older you can still train him to travel

in the car safely it just might take a

little more

time to introduce your cat to the car

gradually slow introductions work best

as a car can be a frightening

environment for a cat introduce him to

the car and intervals bring your cat

into the car when it's not running keep

him comin give him treats and attention

as he adjusts to a new environment spend

a couple of weeks letting him explore

the car in short intervals and

familiarizing himself with this new

territory 3 practice driving before a

vet visit once your cat is used to the

car you should transition into driving

with him first try turning on the engine

and letting him get used to the noise as

it makes after he's used to the engine

practice short drives even driving the

car round the block is enough as your

cat adjust to being in the car

you can practice longer drives it's a

good idea to do a few test drives to the

vet's office to get your cat used to the

route before any appointments use

positive reinforcement in the form of

treats and praise throughout the process

for take safety precautions even the

most calm cats can cause problems in the

car if frightened alternatives to

carriers like bags or baskets can be

used to secure a cat so he does not

cause problems for you driving you can

also have a harness or strap to safely

secure him to the seat you do not want

your cat to crawl under your feet or the

brake gas pedal while you're driving as

this could easily cause an accident 5

get your cat used to public

transportation if you do not have a car

you'll need to get your cat used to

public transportation before you take

him to the vet's office

you can practice short trips on a bus

train or subway however understand the

vast majority of public transportation

options in a city require that your cat

be contained in some kind of crate or

bag you probably cannot bring your cat

on a subway for example with just a

harness or in a basket without a lid if

that's how you plan to keep your cat

secure at the vet's office you might

want to take a cab or ask a friend for

Ryde part three understanding their

risks one understand vets dislike cats

coming in without carriers veterinarians

and their staff generally dislike it

when people bring cats into their

offices without carriers understand

you'll be met with some resistance if

you make the decision to take your cat

in without a great bringing your cat in

without a carrier especially if he's not

secured in something like a sports bag

puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on

the staff workers in the waiting room

who have to take extra precautions to

make sure your pet is safe and is not

injured by dogs or other animals also be

aware the clinic cannot guarantee your

cat's safety when not in a box for

example a dog off-lead may enter the

waiting area who likes to chase cats and

bounds at your cat who may then get

injured some vets may actually require

cats to be in a carrier you might want

to call ahead and ask first before

bringing your cat in without one to know

the safety features carriers provide

carriers are recommended by

veterinarians for a reason understand a

carrier has several safety features

important for your cat carriers ensure a

safe car ride by making sure your cat

does not roam around the car causing an

accident by interfering with your


cats are likely to run away when they're


if your cat bolts out the car door he

might be difficult to find vets offices

are generally in areas were there area a

lot of cars this could prove dangerous

for your cat even if your cat is docile

you can't necessarily predict the

behavior of other animals many dogs are

not friendly with cats and your cat is

better off secure inside a carrier if

the dog gets aggressive three find ways

to make a carrier less stressful if you

are mainly opposed to using a carrier

due to worries over stress there are

measures you can take to make a carrier

less stressful for your cat do not just

take the carrier out when it's time for

a visit

leave it open and out in the living

cats are den animals and they may

actually enjoy sleeping in their

carriers from time to time take your cat

on short rides in his carrier now and

again a ride around the block and his

carrier will make going to the vet less

jarring as with a sports bag you can

make a carrier more comfortable by

putting treats toys and other items your

cat and joys and signed the crate with

him tips always call your vet ahead of

time if you plan to bring your cat in

with algae carrier you want to make sure

your vet allows this