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Published: Feb 27, 2012

If you are planning to move, take a trip or just bring your cat to the animal hospital, you should consider getting your feline friend ready for the experience ahead of time. If you don't already have one, purchase a cat carrier. VCA Animal Hospitals reports that some cats may prefer one that offers more visibility, while others may feel safer in a carrier in which they can't see much of their surroundings.

Since carriers are typically only used when a cat is taken to the vet, the animal may grow apprehensive or anxious at the sight of a carrier. The ASPCA recommends slowly working with the feline to get them used to the carrier. The first step is to get the cat used to the carrier's presence. This can be as simple as placing it in a room where your pet spends a lot of time. Once he is used to the carrier, you can try laying out a few treats outside the opening of the crate and putting a few more inside to encourage him to step in.

According to VCA, putting familiar objects, such as a favorite toy or something the cat naps on can help ease their fear of the carrier. This will help make it smell more familiar, as can synthetic pheromones. Whether you are bringing a sick cat to the vet or moving to a new home, ensuring your pet is comfortable along the way will make the trip easier on them.