When choosing a mode of transportation, look for safety, comfort, affordability, and durability. The same standards apply when choosing transportation for your cat.
Choosing the right one Transport bag for your cat is a worthwhile investment as a good carrier will provide your cat with an extra level of security and can help make travel less stressful for you and your cat. Transporting a cat without a carrier can be dangerous for both you and your cat.
An easy-going, nervous cat can climb anywhere in the car, including under your pedals, in front of your dashboard, or on your steering wheel. If the cat gets scared, it could scratch, bite, or affect your ability to drive. A cat not secured in a carrier can bolt out of the car or out of your arms and become lost or injured before you can react.
But what makes a good cat carrier?
If you go to the pet store or search online, there are a variety of tote bags (soft sides, hard plastic, colorful, big, small, fabric, cardboard and more). How do you decide?
Let's look at it from the cat's perspective. Cats like comfortable, cozy, dark, enclosed spaces, which is why they hide in paper bags, boxes, baskets, and the like. It makes them feel safe. When they are stressed or anxious, they like to make themselves “invisible”. Choosing a carrier that offers all of this will help your cat feel safe and secure when traveling.
Cats should be able to stand, sit and turn around in their carrier. In general, a carrier should be one and a half times the size of your cat. If the carrier is too big, it can be uncomfortable to balance and carry the carrier without your cat shifting from side to side. No cat likes to travel like it does on a ride at an amusement park.
If you have a Carry for your kitty When shopping, choose a regular-size carrier that you feel will be suitable when it reaches adult size. Lining the bottom of the stretcher with a thick towel will protect the kitten from slipping and sliding during transport.
If you're traveling further than just a short drive into your city, make sure the van can accommodate food and water bowls. If you are traveling very long distances, you can choose a larger crate (for traveling with dogs) that can accommodate a litter box and bed.
Carrier pooling is not ideal
In most cases, having separate carriers that fit each of your cats is better than having them travel together in one large carrier. It can be embarrassing and inconvenient when a single cat is traveling in an extra large carrier.
Stuffing two cats into a smaller carrier is difficult, inconvenient and very stressful. Even cats that are normally very sociable can show aggression towards each other during the trip if they are stressed.
Sometimes there is a peaceful trip to the vet clinic, but on the return trip from a vet visit, a stressed cat may show aggression towards the other in the carrier. A cat that is the victim of an aggressive event in the carrier will have a much harder time getting into the carrier next time.
Types and material of transport bags
This is a temporary transport. Most cardboard boxes are the same size and do not allow the cat to turn around comfortably. Some cats will chew through the cardboard. In addition, it is not easy to clean if the cat soils it during the journey. It is more difficult to secure the opening, so there is a risk that the cat will slide or pull itself out of the carrier in a parking lot or other dangerous places.
These are usually made of strong but flexible materials. They are not as bulky as hard plastic carriers. Some aren't as sturdy or supportive as hard plastic supports. Many soft carriers have more than one opening. They may also be more difficult to clean if your cat becomes nauseous from the trip. Even cats that like to scratch can tear or wear out the stretcher. Some cats can push themselves out of the carrier where you zip it up.
Rolling luggage carrier
These are usually a bit more spacious for the cat. They also allow the cats to see their surroundings. A rolling carrier is easier for families who have trouble carrying things as they can wheel the cat to where they need to go. They tend to be difficult to clean when dirty. Some cats are afraid of the loud and bumpy movement of being wheeled down the sidewalk.
Hard plastic carrier
An appropriately sized pet carrier gives the cat more room to roll over and stretch, while providing a sense of security. Most allow the top to be removed. They are easy to clean when dirty. They are also more durable than the carriers mentioned above.
features: Pet carriers have a variety of features that cats can benefit from.
Single vs. multiple doors
A single door only allows your cat one point of entry. If you have an anxious cat or refuse to go into the carrier, there are several ways to guide your cat into the carrier, making it easier for the family. Some families find it easier to place the cat through the top of the carrier with minimal stress than trying to lure their cat through the front door. This also allows the veterinarian a variety of ways to access the cat without having to remove the cat from the carrier.
A quick and easy way to lock/unlock the top of the carrier for easy removal of the top of the carrier. The sound of the carrier closing can be loud and frightening for a cat in the carrier.
Quick and easy way to lock/unlock a strap top for detachment. Some pens are easy to lose and difficult to replace.
Plastic slide locks
Can quickly and easily lock and unlock strap top. These are not very loud when unlocking or locking. Can be confusing to people unfamiliar with them.
Fast and easy. Not recommended for cats that can push through the opening.
These buttons allow you to lock and unlock the carrier together. They are relatively fast and quiet. You must have the carrier properly aligned in order to lock it.
If you want something more luxurious, then some manufacturers offer, including Best Pets, elegant leather transport bags that look particularly chic and are suitable for every occasion and are also absolutely safe. With a soft padding and several air windows, these are particularly suitable for quiet and relaxed trips with your four-legged friends.
What do you decide now?
The carrier should be user friendly and something that will not stress you out. It should be easy to care for, cuddly and comfortable for the cat. And it should be vet friendly.
For many cats, the only route they will take is through the vet's office. Making the carrier a safe haven away from home will reduce your cat's stress during their visit.
A towel on the bottom of the carrier provides familiar scents for your cat while giving them something cozy to rest on and prevent them from sliding around in the carrier. You can also calm cats by filling the carrier with litter about 30 minutes before placing the cat in it.
A properly sized carrier with a towel or bedding in the bottom will prevent your cat from shifting around in the carrier, which will help with motion sickness. If the cat becomes ill, urinates or defecates, an easy-to-clean carrier allows the assessment team to clean out the carrier so the cat doesn't have to drive home in the remains of faeces or vomit. The towel or bedding can soak up any urine so the cat doesn't get soiled with it.
the Pet crate should be well ventilated but can be covered with a light blanket or towel to create a dark and sheltered space where your cat can feel safe. There should be multiple entrances or doors to allow the cat a chance to explore or look around from the safety of the wearer. This also allows for a less stressful way to lure your cat in or out of the carrier.
Cats prefer to lean their backs against something, that creates security. Therefore, you will see them going to the sink or into the corner or stepping on the scale during the visit. There is security in knowing they won't be ambushed from behind. If the top of the carrier can be removed, the veterinarian can examine the cat in the carrier for part of the physical exam. Towels can be placed over the carrier during the exam to provide a dark, cozy, and safe place for the cat to hide its head. This can make a huge difference in the cat's overall veterinary experience.