Look for a carrier with proper ventilation, made of sturdy plastic, with a front door and, ideally, with a top that the cat can be lifted out of. Place the open carrier in an undisturbed area where your cat likes to spend time. Long term, the goal is for your cat to become accustomed to the carrier as a safe place and not just the box that takes them on scary car rides and vet visits. Place a piece of clothing with your scent in the carrier. Include soft bedding, their favorite treats, or familiar toys. If your cat is a nervous cat, consider a calming collar or feliway prior to transport.


To reduce motion sickness, avoid feeding your cat a few hours before the trip. After you’ve placed your cat in the carrier, place a towel over the carrier. This should help calm your cat. In the car, drive smoothly, reduce the noise (music, honking, etc.). Instead, talk to your cat, as your voice can be reassuring. A cat’s sense of hearing is 4 times sharper than ours.


While in the hospital waiting room, keep the towel on the carrier and sit far away from any dogs. When possible, ask to be placed directly into our cat only exam room. Avoid placing the carrier on the ground, instead place the carrier on a chair or table. Once in the exam room, open the carrier to let your cat come out, on their terms, to roam freely and explore. We know veterinary visits can be stressful. At Healthy Pets we strive to minimize the stress on our patients and make every visit as enjoyable as possible to both you and your pet.