Training Exercise - Teaching your cat to like his carrier
Many cats unfortunately associate their carriers with only unpleasant things. Instead lets break it down and make it much more rewarding for your cat.
To begin - leave the cat carrier out, with the door off or tied open (so it doesn't accidently bang).
Spray the box with feliway (feline facial pheromone), add some cat nip, and pop a few of your cats favorite treats in the box.
You can even take the top off the carrier and just work with the base to begin with.
Gradually increase criteria. Reinforcing for choosing to stay in the box. With time close the door, reward, open the door etc.
This is a video I made when teaching Isaac and Temple to like their crate.
Before moving the box or taking your cat in to the car, cattery or veterinarian - cover the box with a towel -this can greatly reduce stress.
When carrying the box, avoid using the handle. Instead, bend with your knees, and pick up the box so that it is held close to your abdomen with hands on each side. This will make for a much more stable ride and will help your cat relax.
This link shows the difference between a good carry and a poor carry.
It is also important to keep up the crate training. Ensuring many more good experiences associated with the crate/carrier than negative ones. A quick video with Schrodinger's continuing crate games is shown here.
The crates I like the most are sturdy, with both a top opening and front door, and should be able to come apart in to a base and top, so that you can break the training process down in to manageable and bite sized pieces.