If you own a cat, you should also own a cat carrier or “cat box”. Sure, the average kitty will often flee at first sight of a cat carrier, as they value their independence and often dislike being made to stay in a box and visit somewhere, they may not want to go. But it really is an essential item that will prove invaluable in a variety of situations. Scenarios like emergencies, vet appointments, moving to a new house or travelling will all require a secure and safe mode of transportation for your cat and cat carriers are specially designed to provide this! Here’s some more information that will help you to invest in the right carrier the first time around!
Choosing a Cat Carrier
There are countless makes, models and designs available on the market when it comes to cat carriers - and to many people, multiple options will look practically the same. While cardboard carriers are ideal for situations where you might find someone’s cat in need of assistance or moving, they’re not ideal for those who have their own pet cat and will need to use a carrier every now and again. Cardboard carriers may do the job in one-off scenarios, but they can easily get wet or may not support the weight of your cat effectively. So, how should you go about choosing the right cat carrier for you and your kitty’s needs? Consider the following factors:
- Ventilation - first and foremost, your carrier needs to provide sufficient ventilation for your cat. Make sure that your chosen carrier has openings on at least two of the sides to ensure your cat can breathe easily.
- The Opening - cat carriers come with several different types of openings. Some have a top opening that allows you to lower your cat in from the top. This is often the easiest way to get your cat into the carrier. Some have side openings, which your cat may refuse to enter. The best options tend to be those that have a side opening (which you can use to train your cat to like the carrier) as well as a top opening (so you can get your cat inside if they’re not cooperating).
- Size - next, you need to make sure that your carrier is big enough for your cat. Sizes range from a small cat carrier to a large cat carrier. Your chosen carrier should be large enough for your cat to lie down and change their position regularly. However, it should be snug enough that they can’t roam around inside.
Setting Up Your Cat Carrier
Once you have chosen your cat carrier, you want to make it as comfortable as possible for your cat. Line your carrier with a soft, synthetic material that will keep your kitty comfortable, but will also absorb any water spills or messes that your cat may make on the journey. You should also make sure that there is a small bowl of water in the cat carrier in case your cat gets thirsty.
Hopefully, some of this information will help you to safely transport your cat from A to B! Browse our range of cat carriers to get your journey started!