There is hardly a cat that goes straight into a transport box and can be locked in there straight away. This is usually only possible if you have accustomed your kitty to the box beforehand. To do this, you need to use a few tricks. Oh yes, bribery is allowed!
The right transport box for cats
Before you get your cat used to the transport box, you must first make sure that you have the correct transport box. This should meet a few basic requirements. Ideal is a box made of easy-to-clean plastic, which has several large openings, for example a large front flap and a removable middle section, so that the entire lid can be removed, so to speak. The latter is especially useful for veterinarians if cats are entrenched in the box and are difficult to get out. Make sure that there are no sharp edges on the box - especially dirty welds inside increase the risk of injury immensely.
Wicker transport boxes are less suitable
Wicker transport baskets for cats look great, but are rather unsuitable for practical use. On the one hand, a wicker transport basket is extremely difficult to clean once your kitty has done its business in it and, on the other hand, a cat can get caught in the wood with its claws, for example if it does not want to come out at the vet. In the worst case, it can injure itself. A tip on the topic: Place a changing mat for babies on the bottom of the transport box. Cats often urinate in their box out of stress - the pad makes cleaning easier.
Get the cat used to the transport box
Your cat must not connect the carrycot to anything bad. If your salon lion knows the box only in connection with an unpleasant visit to the vet, she will certainly not be thrilled if it is locked up there. Therefore, you should make sure that your cat sees the box as something good. Make the box constantly accessible, for example by positioning it next to or even on the scratching post.
At best, your Miez uses the box as a cozy retreat in everyday life. You can do this by stowing a cozy blanket inside, for example. The box also makes cat toys or catnip attractive for your kitty. You can also put treats in it so your cat will love the box. In any case, the goal must be that every now and then she goes into the cozy "cave" by herself and feels comfortable in it.
Choose a transport box for your cat
Even if your cat would rather prefer to do without it: Now and then she has to go into the acidic ...
Rehearse the emergency
In the next step, your cat has to get used to staying in a closed transport box. If your kitty is in it, just close the door for a minute or two. Then open the box again, praise your kitty and give her a treat for cats. No velvet paw likes being locked up. But if she notices that nothing bad will happen if you go inside and the door closes, the real thing - a trip to the vet for example - will be less stressful for both animals and people.