Originally Posted by Forget-Me-Not
Seriously, she was fine in the car, adorable and sweet and cute and perfect at the Vet (I was covered in sweat, cat poop and bleeding profusely) but the carrier incident will stay with me a long time. She got home from the vet and hid for two days. She was completely freaked out - maybe it reminded her of being captured and then sent to a warehouse to be neutered...which couldn't have been a good time for her.
Hmm... that sounds vaguely familiar. JoJo's second trip to the vet (first after adopting Jack) ended with me bleeding, permanent holes in the tanktop I'd been wearing, and smelling like kitty poop. I was living in a larger place at the time and had to chase her up and down a flight of stairs, chase her out from behind the couch, get jabbed by her claws all over my left shoulder and a very long bloody scratch from my left clavicle down between my b**bs and ending under my right breast. Jack had gone quietly into his carrier first and watched the whole show patiently... for a half an hour. This was all before I decided to buy hard sided carriers. I had purchased cardboard ones... bad... I hate those things... but my parents alwasy used them. Mind you, she was what I now consider an indoor feral, so human touch was foreign to her. Even now, she does give me a fight, but not nearly as much.
I do put the carriers on their end and put them in feet first. It's the ONLY way I can get them in there. Hard sided carriers with metal doors are the best carriers. i also have a pet stroller, but putting two of them (one at a time) is tough. Although as I was typing this, I just thought up a way to temporarily divide the space to detain one cat in the secure end to get whomever is second inside without any escapees. I'll have to test my theory.
JoJo gives me the worst scratches... she gave me one a couple days ago that's two inches long and took forever to scab up... My little holy terror. And now she's reasonably tame.
Plastic hard carrier, on it's end... but only after leaving it out... my two cents: buy some soft fabric (like those fleece blankets or something), but a ton of it... maybe half a yard per carrier. Then rub them with the blanket, or leave it out for them to sleep on. Then use that inside the carrier for the day or two before the trip. their scent will be inside the carriers.