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Cat Carriers Guide

The ins and outs of cat carriers.

A cat carrier is usually used to transport your cat in the car or while traveling. Yours may also enjoy using it as a den-like place to retreat to at your home. Consider keeping a cozy blanket and a favorite toy in your cat’s carrier in a quiet corner to teach them that it’s a non-threatening place. By helping them feel comfortable around the carrier, it may be easier to get them into it when you need to take them out and about. It’s a good idea to always have a carrier handy in the event you ever need to leave your home on short notice, such as during inclement weather or a fire.

Know your options.

Plastic carrier. The sturdy, enclosed sides may feel more secure to cats because they let in less light.

Soft-sided carrier Easy to travel with and easy to store, these are especially good choices for (smaller) kittens.

Crate A collapsible wire enclosure that keeps your cat contained (something you may want to consider if you have a two-story home) but is usually larger to give your cat more space and may not be easy to travel with.

What carrier size is right for your cat’s needs?

Room to move. Usually a carrier should be one and a half times the size of your cat to give them enough room to stand up and turn around.

Dining on the go. If your cat will be in the carrier for more than a quick trip, be sure it is large enough to accommodate food and water bowls.

Going the distance. In the event you’re traveling long distances, such as a cross-country move, you should consider a crate that can hold a litter box and a bed.

Quick tips

Plan ahead. If you have a new kitten, choose a carrier that will fit their estimated adult size. You can always line the carrier with a thick towel to prevent your little one from sliding around while in transit.

One carrier per cat. In most cases, it’s more secure to have separate carriers for each of your cats. If traveling long distances, they may prefer to spend some time together in one large crate.