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Old 08-16-2017, 09:54 PM   #1
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Herding cats!

I would rather try to herd a bunch of cats than try to load ours into a cat carrier. There has to be an easier way than trying to stuff one in the door head first! How do you folks do it??
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:58 PM   #2
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[QUOTE=plain ol Bil;3756364]I would rather try to herd a bunch of cats than try to load ours into a cat carrier. There has to be an easier way than trying to stuff one in the door head first! How do you folks do it??[/QUOTE:

Set the carrier on its end and load the cat rear feet first.
Trim their claws first!
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One of our cats used to run and hide when time to get him into his crate. Fixed that by putting a Bluetooth Tile locator on his collar. Once you got hold of him (use a towel to protect you and the cat), lower him into the crate set on end. Over time, he has become resigned to the process and does not hide or fight being crated. He's still not happy, but much less of an ordeal. Good luck.
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Standing the carrier up and lowering them inside while holding the legs in both hands is a safe and non- stressful way to load a friendly cat in a carrier.

Scared cats may be more safely handled by wrapping in a towel and placing in the open half of a carrier before replacing the lid.
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I stand the cage up but first I put on my welder gloves. The two foot long sleeves protect me from the piss off cat, less blood that way.
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We talk about this all the time, out of the 8 only two of the girls are tough. I always swear that I am leaving them behind. I've reduced that by 50% because I grab one first thing and toss her in the carrier. Then I only have one to stress about.

My boys and the other gal are a piece of cake, they don't love it but they know the fight is useless so they relent.

As a rescuer....holding on to the back legs and putting them in head first works best for most, (but I always wear gloves with a rescue cat). I grab both back feet with one hand and guide the head into the carrier, always a hard side carrier sitting on end.
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NEVER stuff them in head first.

We put them in butt first.
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Stand the carrier on end....and use the Steven Curry method. Over 15 feet = 3 points.
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I just carry my seven out to the rig. I do have to grab one of them early on or he alerts the others and two will hide. I have two that will go to the door and want to go out to the MH.
I try to get all of them in the bedroom and shut the door so I only have to look in there. The only time I use a cat carrier is if I take one to the vet. I also set it upright and put them in butt first.
These four are Japanese Bobtails. The one in the foreground is the one I take first. He's a first generation from a feral cat direct from Japan and is still not real tame!
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I gave up putting my cats in carriers as they either puked or crapped in them within a few minutes. I now put litter tray in the back of my SUV and let them roam. To be fair though the trips are only 7 miles to the vets.

Have not tried them in the rv yet, my wife is happier leaving them at home with a cat sitter calling each day.
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I would rather try to herd a bunch of cats than try to load ours into a cat carrier. There has to be an easier way than trying to stuff one in the door head first! How do you folks do it??


Our vet gave us these really neat pheromone wipes, individually wrapped (like a wet nap).
Put the carrier on the floor, wipe the inside of the carrier, in less than 5 minutes, kitty is in.
Calm, cool & collected.
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We used the butt-first-with-upended carrier method until we bought a carrier with a top-load door. Now we just drop him in (gently, of course). He seems to get less agitated with the larger opening.
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Get a carrier that loads from the top and also the front. Easier to drop them in from the top. I also keep the carrier open and she will enter it sometimes to sleep. Makes it easier if they don't fear it.
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