Never can resist. WAsh cloth, napkin or piece of paper.
“I must be true to my nature”
Ha! The cat does not win EVERY time! So cute!
Wish mine were so easy to catch for a trip. Usually have to wait till the calico comes for a cuddle and then lift her into the basket. Even then, she’ll pee all over out of fear.
I had such a hard time, I resorted to standing the cage upright and grabbing the kitty, hold his back legs and gently drop him in from the top…by this time I was exhausted….
Gets them every time!
Another win for the human!
I put our cat in the tub, close the tub doors, go get the carrier, bring it into the bathroom and put her in the carrier (with the bathroom door closed, of course). Eezy Peezy. She never sees the carrier until it is ‘too late’.
I’ve never used a carrier for Silver (the House Varmint) – only a harness & leash. He’s legendary at his vet’s office for his chill demeanor – he quietly sits on the counter when we sign in, curls up in my lap while we’re in the waiting room (unfazed by anything – he even ignored a very loud & upset full-grown goose in a carrier placed right next to our chair!), and submits to the exam indignities with a grumpy tolerance…
Of course, when he sees the harness come out, he’s not particularly happy, but goes along with the program… I think part of it is that he’s recognized cause & effect the past few years, since his arthritis started (he’s 15) – he knows that not long after he gets his shot, he will start feeling better.
LOL. Thing is, I just brought in the jail. One cat needs it’s shots. Am going thru the same thing.
The Miffed Maine Coon has never connected the appearance of the Cat Jail with a trip to the V.E.T. It comes out, he happily gets inside and settles down for a nap on his own personal sized quilt. You’d think after 9 years he would realize it’s always a trap. His brother, The Giant Ginger Gentleman must be stuffed into his carrier, along with great cries for help and gnashing of teeth.
It gets worse when our cat Shellie understand ever word when I call our vet for a cat “Dissapointment”. Shellie will find a new hiding place, making it difficult to harvest her in time for the appointment!
I’ve learned to keep the cat carrier available under a chair, with the door open and a towel inside. It actually sometimes gets used as a bed.
Then when it’s time to collect the cat to go, there are fewer cues to the cat, and less fear of the carrier. Now, the car ride, on the other hand . . .
I leave a carrier out with a towel in it at all times. It becomes normal and the cats use it as a safe place. The only problem is getting the wrong cat out so the right cat can get in.
With my two (well, “my” with quotation marks), it’s always an adventure. Fido (<<) is usually fairly complacent, but MUST have his treat when we get home. O’Malley, on the other hand, will put up the battle of the century every time. The caterwauling on the drive to the vet is relentless. Of course, when it comes time to come home, she is more than happy to leap into the carrier. She’s not into treats, but I will get a good portion of “I’m still mad at you” tail-swishes for the rest of the day.
Good jail tales – thanks everyone!
My cat used to go in a harness and leash. We would put those on him and then he would not put up a fight when we put him in a carry on bag of my husband’s. He never liked the cage and it frightened him but the carry on bag was just a bag with a zipper and we zipped him in and took him to the vet. Once there we could open the bag and he would step out and explore the office.
We keep a couple of carriers around the house, open with cat beds in them, at all times. My cats rarely fear the ‘cat jail’. On cat prefers it to all other locations for afternoon naps.
That is a Big oooooofffffffff. Cat hide what you love to play with. For my Cat it is a fluffy toy mouse
It’s always the ‘clean washcloth’ bait…
Nice to see Robert the Plant again
What’s needed is a Cat Carrier with half a dozen Laser Pointers inside.
It’s harder to say who’s the bigger fool: cats, when they fall for these tricks, or humans, when they make it patently obvious the carrier is nothing but a trap with unpleasant consequences.