Picking a Carrier for Your Cat

While most dogs wear a collar that we can snap a lead on and head out the door, things are a little different with cats.  Cats can learn how to walk on a leash, but it wouldn’t be the best or safest way to take them on a trip. For most kitties, a pet carrier is their safest means of transportation.

There are a wide range of carriers available, in a wide range of colors, sizes and costs. If you’re looking to purchase a new carrier for your feline friend, here are some things you should look for.

  • Size:  How big is your cat? A good carrier should be large enough for your cat to fit into and turn around, but not so large as to make it unmanageable to carry.
  • Materials: There are two main types of carriers-plastic and fabric. Both have plusses and minuses. Plastic carriers maintain their shape and can be stacked on one another if you have more than one cat to transport. They provide more safety for your cat since they are harder as well. Fabric or soft carriers are usually easier to carry, since they tend to be lighter, and also easier to store when not in use.
  • Ease of Use: Something that is often overlooked when shopping for a carrier,  is how easy will it be to get your cat in and out of the carrier? A carrier can be nice and large, with plenty of room inside for your cat, but if it has one tiny door on the front, it will be a lot less convenient.  Many new carriers have doors on the front and the top. Most soft carriers have a door on one or both ends and zippers on the top or sides. Also, how easy will the carrier be to clean? Accidents happen, and a carrier without lots of nooks and crannies inside, will be much easier to clean.

Next time, we’ll discuss how to accustom your cat to his/her new carrier. See you then!

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