Your little kitten only needs her cat carrier when she has to go somewhere – perhaps to the vet or cattery. All the same, it’s a good idea to keep it out permanently, so your kitten comes to recognise it as a normal part of her world. Try putting something inside the carrier that smells of her – like a blanket or toy – and let her explore it in her own time.
Selecting the right carrier
The main questions to consider before you buy a carrier are:
• How easy is it to clean?
• How easy it is to get your kitten in or out?
• How safe will your kitten feel in the carrier?
Types of carrier
• Cardboard – only suitable for emergencies or very short journeys
• Wicker – traditional style which lets your kitten see out, but not always easy to keep clean
• Plastic – lightweight and easy to clean
How to put your kitten in the carrier
• Choose the room where you will do this, and close any doors and windows
• Line the carrier with newspapers or an old towel, and put inside something that’s familiar to your kitten, like a toy or blanket
• Pick your kitten up in a purposeful way, supporting her hind legs as you guide her into the carrier
• Keep a firm grip on your kitten until you’ve secured the door of the carrier
• Talk soothingly to your kitten to help calm her down