It might be fair to say that nearly all domestic cats hate the carrier. This is because (a) it is associated with unpleasant experiences e.g. going to the veterinarian and (b) it is an unfamiliar, very confined space.
I’d like to hear from regular visitors on this one if possible. What do you do to ease the dislike that cats have for cat carriers?
It seems to me that one sensible way to achieve this is to leave the carrier out rather than hidden away to allow your cat to become familiar with it. And place it in a nice warm area. Make the interior comfortable. Place a favourite toy and/or some catnip inside it.
In all, make a disliked object one that your cat is familiar with and liked or at least accepted.
When the time comes to use it, he may be less resistant to being placed in it. However, there is always the intractable problem of it being associated with an unpleasant experience, which is difficult to overcome.
It is probably sensible to do all the things to get your cat to like a carrier before it is used in an activity which your cat will dislike. Once the connection between the carrier and an unpleasant experience has been made it is difficult to break.
P.S. My cat dislikes the cat carrier. I open the carrier and place it in a room. I then collect my cat and ‘ambush’ him by placing him in the carrier before he has time to realise what is going on.
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