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Choosing the Purrfect Cat Carrier

August 1, 2020

Does your feline pal enjoy riding around? Chances are, the answer to that question is probably a firm no. Most of our feline patients absolutely despise car rides! However, sooner or later, Fluffy will need to be transported somewhere. When she does, she should always be in a carrier. But what do you look for when picking a cat carrier? A veterinarian offers some suggestions below.


Usually, when it comes to animal housing or cages, bigger is always better. That isn’t the case here, however. You actually don’t want to go too big with Fluffy’s travel carrier. Cats can tumble around too much in large carriers. Plus, they just feel safer in small spaces. Of course, if the carrier is too small, your furry friend may feel trapped, and get frightened. As a rule of thumb, the carrier should be about 1.5 times your pet’s size. Your kitty should be able to sit up, turn around, and sleep in various positions, without tripping over her dishes.


Hard and soft kitty carriers both have their own specific pros and cons. Nylon ones are lightweight, attractive, and easy to store. However, they will sag, and won’t really protect Fluffy from being jostled around. They also won’t provide any real protection in case of an accident. The plastic ones aren’t as pretty, but they are both durable and easy to clean. You may find a carrier that opens from the top a little bit easier to manage.


You can also find cardboard box kitty carriers. These should really be considered one-time use carriers. Animal shelters often provide these for people to bring their new pets home in. They will work in an emergency. However, they won’t last long, fall apart if they get wet, and are pretty easy for cats to get out of.


Helping your furball form a positive impression of her carrier will definitely make things easier for you. Add some comfy bedding and some toys to the carrier, and offer your cat treats, praise, and catnip in it. You may want to leave it out between uses. If your feline friend only sees the carrier before she goes for a dreaded car ride, she may bolt for cover as soon as she spots it!

Please contact us, your vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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