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Old 18-04-2013, 13:50
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My cat needs to visit the vets but refuses to go in the cat basket

It shakes, it is stiff and literally clings on to the side. It is petrified.
I spoke to a cat owner acquaintance who said they had similar with theirs and they forced it in so hard that bones were broken

I don't really want to go to that level and I know mobile vets are an option though expensive. I kinda hope that my cat has a sixth sense and knows that if it is really ill it will know that it is right for her to get into the basket.

Someone said putting it in backwards not frontwards but that still doesn't work
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Old 18-04-2013, 13:58
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we sort of shove her in forwards and quickly shut the door using a cushion to cover the door as we do the straps up. She hates going in and does what yours does but we use the theory that if she goes in front first she is less likely to lash out.
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Old 18-04-2013, 13:58
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You need a cat box and not a basket, never force the animal into the box and once inside cover with a blanket blocking out the light. I hope you reported your acquaintance for their cruel treatment of their cats, they should have been prosecuted for breaking their animals legs.
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Old 18-04-2013, 14:22
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If your cat is as addicted to Dreamies as mine is perhaps chuck some in the carrier for it?

Luckily mine is quite happy to go in the carrier. It does help if you don't keep the carrier out of the way normally - if the cat sees it every day it will be less afraid of it.

eta - cat box worked well for our old family cat - just plonked him it it when he was dozing - next thing he knew the thing was shut and he was on his way to the vets!
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Old 18-04-2013, 14:22
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Key we used to find is don't let them see the basket and do it really fast. Gosh brings back memories of trying to catch and box our late 5, chaos it was utter chaos LOL
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Old 18-04-2013, 14:43
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Ask the vet if you can borrow a top loading carrier for the journey. You might have to leave a deposit but top loaders I have found much easier as it has a much bigger opening.

This is the kind my vet loans out

As for breaking bones to get it in one, well no. Words fail me really.
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Old 18-04-2013, 15:14
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top loading carriers are definitely easier, my cats are stupid i just turn them around and put them in my carrier backwards and they're fine, they fight like crazy tihngs if they can see the carrier!
i fought pretty hard with mine to get them in the carriers over the years, never once hurt them though,...apart from maybe their pride
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Old 18-04-2013, 15:16
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We used to get our nervous cat into the basket by using one hand to grip the skin on its neck just behind its head quite firmly.

I think I read somewhere that mother cats carry their kittens round by holding them by the neck and it makes them go a bit "limp".

It used to work anyway. We had the kind of basket that Jackie is talking about.
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Old 18-04-2013, 16:38
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Grab by scruff of neck and either shove in through the top of through the front, some cats are harder than others and some are damn right hilarious, guarantee the cats ends up annoyed and you end up in shreds a bit like the old worming tablets two people and three towels later
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Old 18-04-2013, 21:10
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Thanks for the ideas
I like the top loader but haven't seen it on general sale.
I have thought about the "back of the neck" limp trick but I illogically get really bad images of doing it wrong and ripping the skin as my cat is so fat there could be too much weight for that small bit of neck skin
Sorry I didn't mean to upset anyone about the bones breaking and it was only known after and TBH they don't seem the type so I think they are exaggerating and it was more likely bruising
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Old 18-04-2013, 21:13
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Don't just hold him by the neck, support his weight with the other hand. The back of the neck is just to trigger the kitten response to make him go limp. Toms do the same with queens when mating, as being much the same size and both well armed, he could get an injury otherwise.
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Old 18-04-2013, 21:33
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Here's what we do. We have a carrier with a front opening door and its quite a large one which I think makes it a little easier.

Carrier is prepared with blanket in and door wide open in a different room.

Pick Missy up and pop her over my shoulder like a baby so she is looking away from the box.

As I enter the room with the box in I lift her off my shoulder. Swift spin round and she's put into the carrier at speed. Door is then fastened whilst she's shouting 'I can't believe I fell for this again!'

She then then chunters and howls whole way to vets. Whole carrier comes apart at vets which is only way to get her out!

Then similar move again as we leave the vets - cue her shouting again!
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Old 19-04-2013, 12:51
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My cat hates carriers too. So I bought a Catit Cabrio carrier which opens on the top and has a front door.

A worn t-shirt or similar of mine goes in to form a cat bed. Cat is placed inside via the roof hatch. He shoots out the front door, when opened.

He's not overly happy in there, but it's a breeze to get him in.

And OP: Breaking a cat's bones to get it in a carrier!
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Old 19-04-2013, 13:34
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Here's what we do. We have a carrier with a front opening door and its quite a large one which I think makes it a little easier.

Carrier is prepared with blanket in and door wide open in a different room.

Pick Missy up and pop her over my shoulder like a baby so she is looking away from the box.

As I enter the room with the box in I lift her off my shoulder. Swift spin round and she's put into the carrier at speed. Door is then fastened whilst she's shouting 'I can't believe I fell for this again!'

She then then chunters and howls whole way to vets. Whole carrier comes apart at vets which is only way to get her out!
This is pretty much what we do (only she goes in backwards).

At the vets we slide her out by pulling the blanket that she's on.

Oddly enough, ours is more than happy to go back in the box, once the vet has finished!
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Old 19-04-2013, 19:00
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My cat needs to visit the vets but refuses to go in the cat basket

It shakes, it is stiff and literally clings on to the side. It is petrified.
I spoke to a cat owner acquaintance who said they had similar with theirs and they forced it in so hard that bones were broken

I don't really want to go to that level and I know mobile vets are an option though expensive. I kinda hope that my cat has a sixth sense and knows that if it is really ill it will know that it is right for her to get into the basket.

Someone said putting it in backwards not frontwards but that still doesn't work
My cat is the same, however last time she went in fine.
But what I tend to do is pick the cat up, and put her in backwards. Or failing that, get a friend or family member to help you, someone picks up the cat, and the other person holds there front legs together so the cat can't stretch their legs out which is stopping the cat from going in.
This might sound harse but it's worked for our cat a few times.
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Old 19-04-2013, 19:02
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Key we used to find is don't let them see the basket and do it really fast. Gosh brings back memories of trying to catch and box our late 5, chaos it was utter chaos LOL
Yeah this is good idea, we do it for our cat and it has worked a few times. However now as soon as we shut her in a room (mainly being the kitchen as she then has no where to hide) She then knows whats coming.
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Old 20-04-2013, 09:42
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We got a top loader as ours was so scared he ripped the front of one of those wicker ones.

We had to call out the vet who wanted to take the cat away for treatment warned her about the problem
she just looked at us and said don't worry I'll get him in. 15 mins later she looked at her clawed hands and said 'I see what what you mean'
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Old 22-04-2013, 01:24
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I've given up entirely with a cat carrier for one of my cats. He's too big for a standard carrier, and gets so stressed that now I just grab him, swaddle him in a towel and get husband/mum to drive us to the vets.
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Old 22-04-2013, 04:16
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My cat needs to visit the vets but refuses to go in the cat basket

It shakes, it is stiff and literally clings on to the side. It is petrified.
I spoke to a cat owner acquaintance who said they had similar with theirs and they forced it in so hard that bones were broken

I don't really want to go to that level and I know mobile vets are an option though expensive. I kinda hope that my cat has a sixth sense and knows that if it is really ill it will know that it is right for her to get into the basket.

Someone said putting it in backwards not frontwards but that still doesn't work
We had kind of the same problem so we started using our old Guinea Pig cage. Much more room. We put some food in, cover her up with a blanket and it was alright.
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Old 22-04-2013, 07:18
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I've given up entirely with a cat carrier for one of my cats. He's too big for a standard carrier, and gets so stressed that now I just grab him, swaddle him in a towel and get husband/mum to drive us to the vets.
You're very brave! Our vets won't accept cats and other animals that aren't in boxes (and dogs on leads of course) in case they escape and chaos ensues...


OP - tip the box up so the door is at the top (making sure it is stable so it doesn't tip up when you're doing the deed), don't show the box to the cat, just pick him up for a cuddle first (if he doesn't mind) and just lower him in backwards. Hopefully he'll be in before he realises!
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Old 22-04-2013, 08:15
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Pet shops sell flat-pack cardboard pet carriers. Used to have one and the top closed like the two sides of a normal cardboard box, but locked together with a carry handle.
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Old 22-04-2013, 12:54
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You're very brave! Our vets won't accept cats and other animals that aren't in boxes (and dogs on leads of course) in case they escape and chaos ensues...


OP - tip the box up so the door is at the top (making sure it is stable so it doesn't tip up when you're doing the deed), don't show the box to the cat, just pick him up for a cuddle first (if he doesn't mind) and just lower him in backwards. Hopefully he'll be in before he realises!
Lol. The vet knows what's going on. I sit in the car, hubb announces our arrival and I wait in the car until our appointment, then go in through the side door
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Old 22-04-2013, 13:04
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Lol. The vet knows what's going on. I sit in the car, hubb announces our arrival and I wait in the car until our appointment, then go in through the side door
lol, the VIP entrance
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Old 22-04-2013, 21:29
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Front-opening carrier - up-end it with one of you holding the carrier, then grab the cat (gently!) and control/drop him/her into the carrier - rear end first whilst holding them gently across the chest. Easy.

At the vets it's generally easier to dismantle the carrier to get the offending beast out. Whilst the vet is protecting himself from the whirring claws, quietly reassemble the carrier, and the cat will be only too happy to go back in under their own steam to get away from the place.
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