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We all know that your cat is the most peaceful and well behaved cat ever, but try carying her to the vet or traveling for a few hours with her in your arms. Chances are she’ll get frightened because of something and go berserk. And that’s the last thing you’d want. Especially in a crowded public place. So yeah, cat carriers are important. But with so many types and models, choosing the right one could be hard. So let’s find out how to choose a cat carrier.
Cat carriers come in many shapes and sizes, with all kinds of elements, useful or not. Choosing the one that fits your type of cat and the activities you’ll use it for isn’t an easy task, are there are so many elements and gimmicks that will make your head go spinning. But we’ll try to provide you with a set of important elements to look for in a cat carrier.
How to Choose a Cat Carrier
When you decide to go for a cat carrier, you should take the following things into consideration. First of all, it should be comfortable for the cat, as he or she will be the occasional inhabitant of that tiny space. On the other hand, the carrier should be comfortable enough for you too, and by that we think about cleaning, which we all know is an important process. If the carrier is too complex, that will give you a hard time cleaning it. Then, things like size, security and entrances come into play. Some carriers have more than one entrance, which makes them easier to handle, especially those with top openings.
This type is simple, built as a wire cage, but won’t be comfortable at all for your feline friend. It will probably feel like a trap, so your cat might get anxious and scared while inside. It’s probably among the cheapest you’ll find on the market.
Wicker Basket Carriers
This type of carriers are straw-woven and will look nice but they won’t provide much security or safety to your cat. And you can bet that washing them will be a daunting task.
While they are very light, cheap and even airline approved, this type of carriers isn’t tough enough to resist to most of the situations that could happen. In addition to that, they will be uncomfortable for cats as well, since without a firm bottom and sides, everything will cave in on your cat, which might make him or her uncomfortable, especially if the trip is a long one. Another important downside is that it’s hard to wash.
Some people will go for cardboard carriers, but as much as cats like cardboard boxes, they present some disadvantages. They’re easy to rip apart, especially if they get wet. At the same time, they’re not secure enough for most trips you’ll need.
Plastic carriers are so far the best option available. They’re sturdy enough, provide security for both your furry friend and the people around, durable and very easy to clean. Most of them are airline approved and if you want some more comfort for your cat, you can add in a little blanket or towel, which can be changed very fast when dirty. They might be more expensive than other carriers, but they’re cost effective, since they will outlast most of the other options and sometimes even your cat.