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Old 01-25-2019, 12:11 AM   #1
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I've bonded with the neighborhood stray cat, Cleo. She's particularly friendly towards me and will follow me around, rubbing up against me all purring, even outside of regular feeding times. My mom is worried about rabies or other diseases, so I always wash my hands after touching her or petting her. But Cleo does let me pet her and once stepped up in my lap while I was sitting on the porch. My mom said if I take her to the vet, I can pet her as much as I'd like, and I get to say that Cleo has been adopted and that I am her owner. But I don't know how to get Cleo into the cat carrier without being scratched or bit. Cats generally hate being shoved into a box. Even my cat will fight me and scratch me up when I try to get her into the cat carrier. And Cleo is still getting used to me and being touched; we've only been bonding since a week before Christmas.

Does anyone have advice on how to get Cleo into the cat carrier without bringing harm to myself or the cat? I know there's a trick to grab the cat by the scruff and it's supposed to immobilize the cat long enough to get her into the carrier, but I've never done that before and I'm not sure if I can do it, although that does seem the easiest way to go considering Cleo is tiny and lightweight compared to the bowling ball of a cat my Evy is.

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You could try to grab her by the scruff of the neck but you may risk being scratched and scaring her off. In taking Cleo to the vet the best way to pick her up and protect the both of you is to use a thick towel and place it over her and wrap her up in that towel. Hold her firmly as needed. Maybe have another person open the door and close it. Be confident. Good Luck.
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I don't have any advice unfortunately, LiteraryLark, but I think it's wonderful that you're doing this! I hope you'll be able to adopt Cleo. Wish you good luck! Let us know how it goes. Sending many hugs to you
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You could try to grab her by the scruff of the neck but you may risk being scratched and scaring her off. In taking Cleo to the vet the best way to pick her up and protect the both of you is to use a thick towel and place it over her and wrap her up in that towel. Hold her firmly as needed. Maybe have another person open the door and close it. Be confident. Good Luck.
Yes, I've heard of the towel method. Hopefully, my mom or dad should be able to help shut the door.
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Yes, I've heard of the towel method. Hopefully, my mom or dad should be able to help shut the door.

Sorry I didn't mention this before but but put her in the carrier with the towel. You may need it at the vets and it will be good for her in the cage too. Hope everything go well.
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I donít have the money to take her yet.
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I got a baby raccoon into a cat carrier using the towel method. I don't know if this will work for you but I also stood the cat carrier on end with the door facing up. This let me put the raccoon in easier and he had a harder time trying to lunge for the door before I could close it.
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Definitely donít scruff her. Yes momma cats do this but they are babies when itís done, and only in emergency. You can do a lot of damage scruffing an adult cat.

The towel method is best, and just be gentle. She is likely to be scared, so going slowly and gently will help her feel less frightened.
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Lark, if the carrier comes apart easily you can take the top off, set her in it still wrapped in the towel and pop the top back on.
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