For a majority of cats, the mere sight of their carrier can trigger stress. Luckily, your cat can learn to associate their carrier with positive experiences.  Begin by leaving the carrier out where it is accessible to your cat. Leave the door open or if possible, take the top off so it mimics a box (which all cats love!).  Place a blanket, toys, treats, or cat nip inside to help encourage your cat to explore the carrier.  There are products available, such as Feliway (sold at our office), that can help reduce the amount of stress involved in transporting your cat to the vet.  The carrier itself can also make a difference. For instance, some cats are resistant to top loading or soft carriers.  In order to keep your cat healthy, annual examinations are strongly recommended.

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