Cat Carrier Comparison
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Cat Carrier Buying Guide
There are a few points that we want to cover when it comes to choosing the right cat carrier. Most of the points pertain to the size of the carrier since this is the most important element of your cat carrier. However, for added benefit, we will cover additional important points.
The Right Size Carrier
Many people think that purchasing a big carrier is better but when it comes to cats, this isn’t necessarily the proper choice. Cats usually love tight, enclosed places; that’s why they can often be found hiding in small, empty boxes. Choosing a carrier that is too large can make your cat feel insecure and scared.
They typically like to have their backs against something when they are sitting and observing their surroundings which also helps them feel more secure. This secure feeling carries over to cat carriers as well. The reason cats feel secure with their backs against the wall is that it reassures them that nothing can get them from behind.
Being in a carrier where he or she can feel one side of the carrier against them will help calm them down during the trip. Another reason to avoid a carrier which is too large is that when you are carrying it, there is nothing that will stop the cat from sliding around inside the carrier which can also be extremely upsetting. It can also be difficult to carry a cat carrier that is too big and bulky without hurting your back.
It is important not to go too far in either direction which includes purchasing a cat carrier that is too small. Stuffing a cat into a carrier that leaves them crouched and feeling cramped will add to a cat’s anxiety while traveling.
So, what is the right size? As a rule of thumb, shoot for finding a cat carrier that is roughly 1 ½ times bigger than your cat, and that is all. This will provide the cat plenty of room to stand up and turn around. If you are starting with a kitten you should purchase a carrier that will work for their adult size and not only their kitten size. While they are little, line the cat carrier with thick towels so the kitten doesn’t get sloshed around inside a carrier that they haven’t grown into yet.
Other Factors to Consider
Make sure that you only consider cat carriers that are easy to keep clean. The hard-sided carriers are the easiest to clean; just hose them down and dry them off. Soft-sided carriers are much more difficult to keep clean. There are a few different methods to cleaning a soft-sided carrier but the most common is taking a warm, soapy rag and wiping off the sides and insides and then thoroughly drying the carrier.
Should Two Cats go in One Carrier?
It is better to put each cat in their own carrier if traveling with more than one. It helps eliminate fights between the cats due to the stress of traveling. Your cat will appreciate having their own space and there will be less of a chance of two stressed out cats fighting with each other due to the stress of being in a carrier without the ability to get out.
Even if you are just going to the veterinarian’s office, put each cat in their own carrier to avoid any problem.
Cats don’t make the best travelers but you can minimize the problems and their fear by purchasing a cat carrier that is the perfect size and style for their personality and the type of travel you will be doing.
If you are simply driving to your destination, you don’t have to worry about the carrier being airline friendly, but if you are taking the train or plane, it is important that you know all the regulations and guidelines so you purchase a cat carrier that will fit within them.
With all the different sizes and types of cat carriers on the market it can be a little challenging to know which ones are good quality cat carriers and which should be avoided. The information in this buyer’s guide is designed to help you sort through all the different choices and decide on one that will work the best for your cat and your travel needs.
Once you know what to look for, deciding on the right carrier becomes much easier. You can eliminate larger carriers that don’t fit your needs and use your personal preferences to make the final choice, being confident that the one you choose will be just perfect for you and your pet.
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