Can you help us get our cat in the carrier? We tried to get her to the groomers b/c she has matts (she's a long-haired beauty), but after 3 hours my wife and I were beat. We have tried many things to get her in the carrier:
* clicker training. we got her to go near the carrier, but not inside. that was a small success.
* made it an inviting place. we let her roam in for treats and toys. she goes in but keeps her legs out. when she hears us coming she skittters out the top. (trust me, she won't go in the cage with the top window closed.)

fortunately (maybe she feels badly about her behavior??) she let my wife cut a couple of matts out. she actually climbed on her lap! a first (and last) time after 2 years.
we have tried Rescue Remedy (a Vet assisstant suggested it) to calm her down, but we couldn't tell if it worked or not. any suggestions? she's the skitteriest cat alive.

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Can you help us get our cat in the carrier? We tried to get her to the groomers b/c she ... after 3 hours my wife and I were beat. We have tried many things to get her in the carrier:

Speed! Sometimes the only option is a sneak attack. Position the carrier in a place your cat sleeps. While she's sleeping, walk in and close the door to thar room. Scoop her up (a towel may be helpful) and put her in the carrier as fast as you can, before she wakes up entirely. Close door. It helps if you have a top loader with a large opening, and the carrier is bigger than you actually need. I have a Nylabone one that can fit a very large cat. Front and top opening.
If she's a really skittish cat, grooming is going to be hard as well though. RR works well for some animals, not as well for others. You may need to up the ante on that one, in order to get those mats out. After they're out, getting her used to more gentle grooming, everyday, is better than only addressing the problem once the mats are in place.
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I've never met a cat who would willingly enter a carrier! Force is required!
First, if you have a carrier whose top can be removed, this may help. But it will require at least 2 people to keep her from scooting out the openings while you reassemble the carrier.
I stand my carriers on end and lower the cat into it hind end first.

Sometimes wrapping kitty in a towel (including covering the head) and inserting kitty into the carrier very quickly works.

Some cats will allow you to shove them in head first with a minimum of resistance. I haven't had one of these in years.
P.S. be sure you are up on your tetanus shots and be sure to clip kitty's claws before you do any of this!
Can you help us get our cat in the carrier? We tried to get her to the groomers b/c she ... after 3 hours my wife and I were beat. We have tried many things to get her in the carrier:

Get a pillow case. Put it in the bathroom.
Close all portions of the cat carrier except one (top or side, but it should easily face up) to put kitty in. Leave carrier in another room, close to bathroom.
Go get kitty. Hopefully, she hasn't seen any of this. Bring to bathroom and close door.
Plop kitty into pillow case. Close top with hand. Bring kitty to carrier. Plop kitty into carrier, pillow case opening down, then quickly remove pillowcase and close door.
A bit mean, but efficient and less likely to result in bloodshed than just trying to shove her in.
Oh, they make kitty "muzzles" that cover the mouth and eyes so the cat stays calm if she is one of those that completely freaks in the carrier and might hurt herself.
Also, they make cloth carriers that are more like purses than carriers. Your cat may prefer one of these, as it wouldn't have the same associations as the hard top.

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Can you help us get our cat in the carrier? We tried to get her to the groomers b/c she ... it) to calm her down, but we couldn't tell if it worked or not. any suggestions? she'sthe skitteriest cat alive.

wow you sure having problems there :-(
My cats love being groomed, one of them is very long haired too, I do them daily the brush and comb is left by my chair, all my cats sleep in their carriers, as well as everywhere else, sometimes I shut the doors for half an hour and move them to a different room, so they don't mind going in them one bit. I can take them in the car with no problems, I have done this since they were kittens.
Have you tried spraying catnip in the carrier? or spraying it on who ever grooms her.. try grooming her everyday but avoid the matts to start with so she feels its a pleasure rather than pain! do this for a week or so then hopefully you bit by bit will be able to get to the matts. If she is groomed daily she should not get matted hopefully.. never put the comb away ;-) if its left where you sit you will just get into the habit of using it :-)
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Can you help us get our cat in the carrier? We tried to get her to the groomers b/c she ... the floor vent so it would be a warm cozy place. She used it as a bed for many years.

This has not worked with TuTu she wouldn't go near that carrier. So, recently I bought a new, larger carrier and have it opened by the TV set. Last night I was surprised to see her playing in the carrier.

It's worth a try! MLB
Can you help us get our cat in the carrier? We tried to get her to the groomers b/c she ... to calm her down, but we couldn't tell if it worked or not. any suggestions? she's the skitteriest cat alive.

The only real solution to may turn out to be a long term one. The idea being to make the carrier one of those places your cat wants to go.

To achieve this leave the carrier door open, put a nice comfy blanket that your cat has used before inside it the place the carrier in a little out of the way corner in your home. You may find eventually your cat starting to explore this new little place quite a bit.

If that doesn't work, try placing a small bowl of her food in the back of the carrier to add some interest.
The whole idea here is to get them used to the carrier as being a safe place for them. I have 2 carriers here, one large and one small. The large one is big enough for 2 cats... the small one is barely big enough for one cat.
But, my 17 pound cat goes into the small carrier by herself and somehow manages to get turned around. She seems to enjoy it. I've left the carrier out for her to play in since she was a kitten.

Where I do have trouble, is getting her out of it at the vet. I can open the door and hang the carrier upside down... she is stuck like glue inside. I've found the best approach is to open the door and entice her out with my hands... no not pull or force... just reach for her as though I was going to pet or pick her up. If that ever doesn't work, there is the option of taking the whole top half off the carrier.

Getting her back in for the trip home isn't a problem at all, she will scoot right in since she views the carrier as a safe place and perhaps knows we will be heading back home at that point.
BTW, in case anyone is wondering my cat is definitely not obese or in the least overweight at 17 lbs. :-)

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Can you help us get our cat in the carrier? ... b/c she has matts (she's a long-haired beauty), but after

3 hours
my wife and I were beat. We have tried many things to get her inthe carrier:

Get a pillow case. Put it in the bathroom. Close all portions of the cat carrier except one (top or ... with hand. Bring kitty to carrier. Plop kitty into carrier, pillow case opening down, thenquickly remove pillowcase and close door.

Great idea!
Can you help us get our cat in the carrier? We tried to get her tothe groomers b/c she has matts (she's a long-haired beauty), but after 3hours my wife and I were beat.

I never let my cat see the carrier until the moment I put her in it, because if she sees it, she will run and hide and I will have to chase her down, and this upsets her. I get it all ready to go out on the porch (I keep it in a storage area off the porch) with her little blanket and favorite toy. I bring it into the house when she is in another room. I turn it on its end with the door open.

Then I wait until she is relaxed, just hanging out somewhere, and I pet her and love on her, gently pick her up, talk to her, then quick as lightening load her into the carrier butt first. If I am not quick enough I have to hold her little front feet together and back feet together or her legs suddenly grow to be about two feet long and sticky, and she gets purchase on the sides of the carrier and that's the end of that. :-) Granted, this is a 7-pound cat. With larger cats it might not work at all.
I like the idea of having the carrier be a part of their every day life. I just hadn't thought of it.
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