It's time for Doogie's annual vet visit, which means wrestling him into his cat carrier. This used to be an ordeal. But not anymore.
Doogie freaks when he hears the carrier being taken out of the closet. Freaks, as in, hides under the bed for a very long time. I've developed a system for tricking him into his carrier.
First, I get the carrier out hours before his appointment. This allows him to hide for a while, then forget all about the danger. I have to allow Calvin to go into the carrier because he's my cat who thinks carriers are awesome.
After Calvin has had his fun, I set the empty carrier up on its end like so:
Right before we have to leave for Doogie's appointment, I lure him into the bathroom (where he's completely forgotten the carrier is now residing) under the guise of drinking out of the sink, which is one of his favorite activities. Once he's in the bathroom with the door closed, I grab him and lower him back-feet first into his carrier. Shut the door quickly, set the carrier properly on its bottom, then pick it up to head to the vet's office. Easy peasy! (If you'd like to see just how much of an improvement this solution is to the old way, go here.)
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