You're awfully optimistic about Max and the carrier, aren't you?
Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of getting animals (well, cats, really, since our dogs have no experience with them) used to carriers. We should have done that with Sophie, but we never did.
Um... I'm planning to act confident, anyway, since it won't help anything for Max to sense my trepidation. I don't think we'll be carrying him here, there, and everywhere, but the vet is downtown, so Max gets to take a trip on the T tomorrow.
You should definitely make that face at the camera.
Teehee! It's going to be awesome!
Shoshana, that was fast! Go USPS!
-totally getting Max into the carrier and smoothly to and from his first vet appointment tomorrow. Yes.
*falls down laughing*
If you figure out how to do that, let me know.
And here I was going to turn to you Dobrowolskis for tips.
well you can put treats in it that may trick him the 1st time
of course at one point ringo was so big we had to construct the carrier around him
if theres 2 of you to grab him and you ware gloves you might not bleed to death
Yeah, it worked a little better once I got the small dog carrier for him, but he was still 30 pounds of unhappy cat.
Yeah, treats are in the plans. So is a lot of "Who's a good cat? Whoooo's a good cat?"
You've got a definite advantage in that he is not Ringo-sized and hopefully does not already have a reason to fear the carrier. But the thing is that even once you've gotten them in, it still ain't anywhere approaching smooth because you're still miserable because they're miserable and pitiful and crying.
Sigh... he soiled himself when he was being moved here, so my hopes are not high. But... he's actually a pretty easygoing cat, so maybe that'll help?
It should definitely help in terms of getting him in. Bootsie is a scaredy-cat, but he likes me, so he sorta lets me shove him in. Then the howling starts and doesn't stop til we actually get to vet at which point he is too terrified to howl. I recommend putting a towel or a toy or something familiar/comfy in there. I don't know how much it actually helps, but I figure it can't be making things worse. Towel also helps for accidents.
And once he's at the vet and out on the table, I usually stand as close as possible so they can try to climb me or hide their face or whatever, and then at least if the surroundings are different, I'm the same.
I've also sung to them while waiting for the vet or nurse or whoever, but I think that helps me more than it helps them.
I don't know what kind of carrier you have, but we had the type where you can take the top off, and when it was too hard to shove the cats in through the carrier door, we'd take the top off, have someone hold the cat in, and then put the top back on.
takeing the top off was how we had to do it to fit ringo in
also monkee had the oppisite bathroom problum when nicoley broght him from pa to rodgers forge
the 1st times the easiest cuz they dont know what the carrier means yet after that they hide as soon as you get it out
good things in june
seeing if my new spf 90 sunscreen is enough to keep me from bursting in to flames
fresh fruit and makeing pies with it
whereing cute skirts
Yeah, there are a lot of cherries in this apartment right now, and they are GOOD.
i have been craving cherries but the last 3 times i looked for them at the store they were not there yet hopefuly i can get some at superfresh tomorrow
2011-01-17 08:11 pm (UTC)