Guest Blogger – Starla Clark – Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
Ever struggle with getting your cat into a carrier and out the door? As your professional Mesa pet sitters we are often asked to transport pets to vet appointments, groomers and day care.
Most anyone who is owned by a cat knows the secret telepathy that a cat possesses in regards to that scheduled appointment to the veterinarian, groomer or other time specific date. Many a cat is nowhere to be found when it comes time to load up into the car or if found, refuses to cooperate with the plan.
Cats are often not seen by a Veterinarian because the pet parents don’t know HOW to get that darn cat in their carrier. Starla has offered a few tips to help with transporting your furry friend.
Be certain to have a sturdy carrier in which to transport your pet. Plastic carriers are generally the safest, but a cardboard style carrier can also work fine for a normal weight, non-escapee variety of cat. If using cardboard, check to be sure it has been correctly assembled. You don’t want to lift kitty only to have him fall out of the bottom.
- Always confine your cat in something for the ride, even a pillowcase will work in a pinch. The most docile cat can exhibit super cat strength and escape your hold when being transported to an unfamiliar place.
- When attempting to collect your cat to put into the appropriate carrier, be sure to have the cat contained first before bringing out the carrier. Many cats are very effective hiders when they spot that carrier first.