Some cats don’t want to be picked up
Nervous cats find being picked up quite stressful. It’s more important to let these cats demonstrate affection on their terms rather than imposing it on them. They may prefer to be stroked and groomed – this is also an effective way of bonding with your new cat.
Cats generally feel more secure when they have all four feet on the ground, especially if they are particularly nervous or independent.
How to get your cat into a carrier
Getting your cat in the carrier can be quite a difficult task and one that most owners dread. It is often best to purchase a large front loading carrier, hold the cat securely and place the cat in backwards. For particularly difficult cats it may be worth investing in a top loading carry basket, that way the cat can be picked up and placed in the carrier.
Try leaving the carrier open in the home for a few days before transporting your cat. Entice your cat into the carrier using tasty treats so they get a positive association with it.
Handling your cat at the vets
When you arrive at the vets, keep the carrier off the floor and cover it with a large towel to make your cat feel calmer. Handle your cat calmly and patiently during the appointment, treats are also a helpful way of reducing their anxiety on the consultation table.
Most vets and nurses are used to handling distressed cats. If you’re in any doubt, ask your vet for advice when you arrive for your appointment.