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C2007-02

Dear Christopher Cat

We enjoyed your column that recommended spraying Feliway into the cat carriers to relax the cats before a journey.

Our problem is that we can’t get our cats, Jessie and James, into their carriers in the first place. The moment we bring out the carriers, the cats run away. What can we do?

Christopher Responds

The cats in my family are accustomed to our carriers, because the carriers are part of our home environment.

My carrier sits in a corner of the bedroom, door open, with a thick towel cushioning the bottom. I nap there, and when a strange dog visits our home, I can dash into my carrier for safety.

If cat carriers don’t quite enhance your home decor, set them in an open closet that’s accessible to Jessie and James.

If you must keep the carriers in storage, bring them out several days before you need them. Open the doors, and place catnip or treats inside to entice the cats to venture in.

On travel day, spray the carriers with Feliway and toss in a few cat treats — and Jessie and James should enter cheerfully.

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