Does your kitty enjoy riding around? Chances are, the answer to that question is probably a no. While some cats don’t mind going for drives, most of our feline patients absolutely despise car rides! However, sooner or later, your furry pal will need to be transported. When she does, she should always be in a carrier. A veterinarian offers some suggestions on choosing a carrier below.
Usually, when it comes to animal cages or carriers, bigger is better. That’s not the case here, however. You don’t want to go too big with a kitty carrier. Cats can tumble around in large carriers. Plus, they feel safer in small spaces. On the other paw, if the carrier is too small, your furry friend may feel trapped and frightened. In general, the carrier should be about 1.5 times Fluffy’s size. Your cat should be able to sit up, turn around, groom herself, and sleep in various positions, without tripping over her dishes.
Hard and soft carriers each have their own pros and cons. Nylon carriers are lightweight, attractive, and pretty easy to store. However, they sag, and they won’t really protect Fluffy from being jostled or bumped. They also don’t provide any real protection in case of an accident. Plastic ones aren’t as nice looking, but are durable and easy to clean. As to putting your pet into the carrier? You may find a carrier that opens from the top a bit easier to manage.
You can also get cardboard box carriers. These really are only viable as one-time use carriers. Shelters often provide these for people to bring their kitties home in. These will work in case of an emergency. However, they won’t last long, fall apart if they get wet, and are easy to get out of.
It’s very important to help your feline pal form a positive impression of her carrier. Start by adding some comfy bedding and toys to the carrier. Next, offer Fluffy treats, praise, and catnip in it. You may want to leave it out between uses. If your feline buddy only sees the carrier before she goes for a dreaded car ride, she may bolt for cover as soon as she sees it!
Please contact us, your vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!