How can I improve my cat's carrier anxiety?
August 13, 2012 11:26 AM Subscribe
My cat is normally very calm and laid back, but he gets extremely anxious in the carrier. I'm about to fly cross-country with him again, and last time is was a disaster. How to improve his carrier anxiety?
posted by gertzedek to Pets & Animals (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Once my cat is in the carrier, he meows constantly and scratches the inside of the carrier to the point of hurting himself. Nothing I've tried improves the anxiety - catnip, toys, talking to him, petting him through the holes in the carrier, trying to desensitize him to the carrier in advance, nothing I have tried has worked.
When I brought him to California last December it was a pretty bad experience - there was blood inside the carrier when we took him out (he hurt one of his claws from the scratching) and the cat was exhausted. After a few hours he was back to his regular self, but the period inside the carrier was a disaster.
I am moving to back the east coast and taking the cat back with me. I know the flight is going to suck for him, but I want it to be a better experience. What can I do to improve this situation?