Here are some tips to the make the trip easier for you and your cat: ◾Choose a cat carrier with a top that easily opens or lifts off. ◾Add a towel or blanket to prevent slippage and help your cat feel cozy. ◾Spray the towel — not your cat — with Feliway, a feline facial pheromone that calms cats and helps them feel secure. ◾Keep the carrier out in the open in a safe place so your cat can adjust to going in and out. Throw treats inside from time to time to give your cat a treat for going in. ◾Feed your cat inside the carrier. ◾When your cat looks comfortable, start taking him or her on a tour of the house. When that feels good, start with short trips in the car. ◾Make the trip as rewarding as possible. Offer treats and calming language. Keep the loud music and sharp turns to a minimum, especially during the first few trips. ◾When you make your trip to our hospital bring along a favorite toy and/or a blanket with familiar smells. ◾Most important: keep your cool! Cats can sense our emotions, if you’re calm, it will help them feel better, too.