Choose the right cat carrier

For those of us who have feline companions, making sure our cats are safe and comfortable is very important. This is especially true when traveling. Cat owners know just how difficult traveling with a pet can be. Not only do you have to worry about the cat being safe and comfortable, but you also do not want her to get nervous as it can cause some health issues.

As much as your feline companion may hate it, however, it becomes necessary to take her out of the house once in a while, whether for a trip to the vet for her annual check-up or travel across the country. To keep your cat safe and secure, you need a carrier you can trust.

To help you choose the best carrier for your pet’s needs, here are two main features to consider.

Size matters

In the right carrier, your cat will be able to stand without crouching, turn around, sit, and lie down. Make sure it is not too big; elsewise your cat will slide around in the carrier, and she may feel insecure and stressed. Generally, a cat carrier should be one and a half times the size of your feline companion. And if you plan traveling for long distances, make sure the carrier can accommodate feeding bowls.

Choose the type

Cardboard carriers are not recommended as a permanent carrier. However, if you are going a short distance (to the vet’s office), this inexpensive carrier is all what you need.

Hard-sided carriers are usually made of plastic; that is why they are sturdy and durable. They are perfect for traveling by car and very easy to clean.

Soft-sided carriers are made of fabric. They are lightweight and not so bulky as hard-sided pieces. This type of carrier is the best option if you are traveling by air.

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