What is the best type of cat carrier to buy?
Knowing what cat carrier to buy can be difficult, especially as there are numerous, different types on the market. While cardboard cat carriers are available, they can get wet easily and most are not strong enough to safely transport your cat. Instead, opt for a sturdy plastic or metal wire model. Whatever you choose, the ideal cat carrier should be strong, lightweight, secure and easy to clean.
Other things to consider when buying a carrier include:
• Size – the carrier needs to be large enough for your cat to lay down comfortably and adjust their position but snug enough to ensure they don’t fall about inside
• Opening – cat carriers with a top opening are usually easier to use as you can lower in your cat from above. However, front-loading carriers that have the option to remove the entire top section are generally easier to use to train your cat to like the cat carrier
• Ventilation – choose a carrier that has openings on at least two sides. This will prevent your cat from overheating or suffocating inside the carrier
Top tips for transporting your cat
Wherever you are travelling to with your cat, here are our top tips for ensuring a safe and happy journey.
• Always make sure your cat has a carrier to itself. No matter how loving your cats are towards each other, it isn’t advisable to let them share
• Keep any cat flaps, windows and doors closed before your journey. If your cat does get nervous, the last thing you want is for them to escape!
• Unless you’ve been told otherwise by your vet, try to limit food for a few hours before the journey to avoid vomiting and toileting en route
• If you’re travelling by car, ensure the carrier is safely stowed. Keep the carrier upright and secure it carefully using the seatbelt – this can avoid your cat from getting car sick too
• Ensure your car heating or air con isn’t directly aimed at your cat to keep them comfortable
• Drive safely and smoothly, with as little noise as possible
• Remember not to leave your cat unattended in the car – especially in hot weather
How to clean your cat carrier
Cleaning your cat carrier is important to avoid infection, especially if your cat has vomited or toileted on the journey. While cats like a clean space to enjoy, they aren’t keen on strong cleaning scents.
Instead, use mild non-toxic soap and water to clean the carrier with a scrubbing brush. Then, rinse it with water and leave it outside to dry. Cleaning the carrier will give it a neutral scent and may even avoid it smelling like a vet surgery – making your cat more inclined to use it!