The choice of transport is one of the most important variables to try to achieve, as this is the space in which you will travel during the journey. In stores specializing in pets you can find endless models, of different sizes, colors, materials and textures, but it is convenient that you do not get carried away by improvisation, and take into account the following aspects when choosing the one you are going to buy.
1. The size of your cat and the duration of the journey
If your cat is a puppy or is a small breed, and the path you are going to make together is not too long, you can opt for a semi rigid bag, with solid and stable edges. This type of carrier usually has a zipper. Pay special attention to this aspect. The zipper should be metallic, double, easy to slide, and keep well fixed when closed.
Now, if you consider a long-haul trip and your cat is medium or large, it is recommended that you choose a rigid carrier, with grilles and a secure closure system. Try to avoid those that have a removable cover that fits under pressure, or close at the front. In the first case, the nerves can betray you and make it difficult for you to close, causing unnecessary stress to your cat and you. In the second, the difficulty of introducing the animal inside the carrier is greater, since the front opening leaves little room for action.
2. Ensure the comfort of your cat
Regardless of the option chosen, the carrier must allow your cat to get up, move without difficulty, and stretch if desired. Ventilation is another relevant factor. Your cat must be able to breathe properly to feel calm and safe.
Regarding the material of the carrier, lean over the non-porous, so you will prevent the urine from leaking in the event that your cat is neglected. Be careful also with those that have plastic protrusions, excessively narrow grilles that do not facilitate ventilation, or other accessories in which your cat can get hooked and feel uncomfortable or trapped.
Place a mat or soaker on the surface of the carrier, so that your cat feels comfortable, clean and does not slip. You can purchase these items at any establishment specializing in pets.
3. Regulations and safety parameters depending on the type of transport
The last conditioner that you must take into account is the means of transport in which you are going to travel. If you do it by car, we recommend a rigid carrier with grilles and secure closure, which should be fitted behind the front seat, or on top of the rear seat anchored with the seat belt.
In the case that you travel by plane, boat, coach or train, it is convenient that you contact the respective company in advance. Keep in mind that, although there are general safety parameters, each type of transport and company has its own regulations regarding the travel conditions of pets, in terms of transport size, ventilation percentage, and identification requirements.
Remember that cats tend to associate the use of the carrier with uncomfortable situations, such as visiting the veterinarian. To minimize this aspect, days before the journey, try to get your cat familiar with the carrier on which it will travel. Place it somewhere quiet in your home, keep it open and let it inspect it, entering and leaving as many times as you want. You can incentivize it with a prize (snack), or introduce some of its toys inside.
Finally, also think about the advantages that the choice of carrier can cause you. Try to be easy to clean, and contain a strong handle or strap that allows you to transport your feline companion easily, without damaging your shoulders or back.
Keys to succeed with the choice of your carrier
If you have a cat, you'll know that there is a huge variety of models available when choosing a carrier, which makes it more complicated to choose between one and the other.
The The main difference between them is that there are rigid and soft models, being key the use that you are going to give to the carrier when choosing between them. And the same happens when choosing the form, since there are conventional carriers, but also others that are shaped like a bag, backpack, laptops, etc.
In fact, we could say that the use you are going to give will be the most important point when buying your carrier. If for example you are going to make a long trip in which your cat will spend many hours inside the carrier, it is essential that it be large enough so that it can stretch without problems, while if instead you need a carrier for short trips, you a smaller one will suffice. Mind you, always make sure it is safe enough.
You will also have to take into account in addition to the use you are going to give, the size of your cat, this point is the same or even more important than the previous one. It does not matter if you are going to use it simply to take it to the vet or to take a walk, since if your cat is especially large, a small carrier will not serve you.
Think that The most important thing is always the comfort and safety of your cat, Therefore it is essential that you choose one in which you know that it will go perfectly and will not suffer any problems.
In addition to ensuring the comfort of the cat, the carrier should meet certain safety parameters
Among all the adorable feline customs and pranksSurely you have observed how your cat loves to sit on your backpack, lie on the computer case and spend hours looking at the infinite while in his "meditation" covers these bags with soft hairs. Even if you have gone on a trip and prepared the suitcase in front of him, it is likely that at some point he jumped inside. Why then is it so hard to convince him to enter his carrier? Perhaps it is a question of improper associations (to the veterinarian, for example) or, simply, of a bad choice of the transport bag. Discover the essential premises for choose cat carrier rightly, a basic aspect for the next vacation.
How to choose the cat carrier
1. The size of the animal and the dimensions of the carrier: Before going out to buy it, measure and weigh your cat to have a reference. The cat should be able to get up inside, scratch, turn around, etc., in short, feel comfortable in the cabin.
2. The class, rigid or semi-rigid: For small cats a semi-rigid bag that allows them to move and lie down as they wish (it is very flexible) will be very comfortable. It should have rigid flanges that stabilize it, of course. This choice will not be the best if your friend likes to scratch. Discard it also in the event that your pussy is large, it will be very difficult to carry it on your shoulder and you could even injure yourself. Some hard, in fact, even include wheels.
3. The journey duration: for long journeys it would be advisable to opt for a rigid, solid carrier that guarantees the stability of the animal at all times. In the case of shorts, we can be more flexible.
4. The shape: There are basket-type, very comfortable if your hairy has its reluctance to penetrate it, since its upper opening gives us the possibility of introducing it comfortably from above (if it does not twist too much). They weigh less than the traditional ones and the grilles on the lid guarantee ventilation. They are also more comfortable to carry and close than the typical rigid carriers that, on multiple occasions, end up being disassembled with our pet inside (which, then and of course, flees in terror).
5. The closure: in the case of semi-rigid carriers the zippers usually work very well. Notice that they are metallic, double, that they slide perfectly and that they remain fixed on the site. Otherwise, a few sudden movements of your cat will be enough to escape, a tremendously dangerous issue if we are driving. On the rigid ones, discard the removable covers that must be snapped in, you will be nervous enough to try to fit.
6. The opening: although the most common is to see carriers with removable front covers (in the case of rigid ones, especially) these are very uncomfortable to get the cat into the cabin or to close it without leaving.
7. Cleaning: the easier it is to clean, the better to preserve the hygiene and health of the animal.
8. Outer pockets: more frequent in soft carriers, they are not essential but they are very comfortable when it comes to taking prizes in case they get nervous, pheromone sprays, diapers or soapers, the vaccination card and other accessories.
9. Handles and straps: that allow you to take it comfortably, that do not leave marks on your hands, that distribute the weight of the carrier well, etc.
10. Material: regardless of whether you opt for a rigid or semi-rigid one, opt for non-porous materials, which do not allow the urine to leak (in the event that the animal has a mishap) or for those who have a protective patina.
11. Mounting: Try to make them easy to assemble and disassemble. The "soft" can be folded if all their zippers are opened while the rigid ones are disengaged into several units (roof, bucket and front grille cover). The former occupy less space.
12. Security and regulations: which, obviously, will depend on the route, the means of transport, etc. For example, according to the International Air Transport Assotiation (IATA) the carrier must have enough space for the animal to move, be strong and resistant, leak-proof, with ventilation on 16% of its surface, have a container for food and water and be marked with a label that clearly reads "live animal".
In more general terms, avoid the protrusions in the plastic, the grooves in which they can get caught, the grids too narrow that prevent them from breathing or in which their claws are trapped.
Apart from these recommendations, it is important that you accustom your pet to the carrier from an early age and that you avoid associations with the veterinarian, vaccines and other “traumatic” experiences. Leave it in a corner of the house to which you have access, place prizes, toys and clothes with your smell inside and let it conceive as one of its spaces. When you change your place and put it at the door, he will end up entering himself, as he will consider it his property.
Águeda A. Llorca Bravo
Journalist and photographer
How to choose the cat carrier is a tip for Cats, and talks about General Issues.
How to choose carrier for your cat
There are many types of carriers, but the main difference is between rigid and soft. Then you can choose between different types of materials and shapes: it can be like a bag, a backpack, reinforced plastic, cloth, rubber, etc.
When buying a carrier for your cat you should think about what kind of use are you going to give it. If you would like to take a trip with your little furry friend, you must have a perfect cabin so you can stretch without problem, sleep comfortably and feel safe and secure. And do not forget that it is approved so that you can travel both in your car and in another type of transport.
But if for example, the carrier will use it for transfersshort As if to take a single, walk, take it with you to a friend's house or to go to the vet maybe so buying a large bag would be more than enough especially if your cat is small.
He thinks that the bags are very flexible, and the cat can move and lie down without problem. If you cat is big, you better park the idea of the bag, and opt for a carrier with a wide door and a very spacious interior. So your hairy can move and lie down as you want.
If for example your cat enjoys much stretching and also, nail your nails on any surface, a great idea will be to buy a rigid and resistant carrier where you can scratch and above all, do not run any danger, harming yourself.
Anyway, before buying your carrier, measure and weigh your cat. Your cat must fit perfectly inside, be comfortable, move at ease and stretch. You will always find a cabin that adapts to the measurements of your pussy.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you want to make long journeys and you need to take the plane, be very careful with the airline regulations. These are the rules that your carrier must meet according toIATA(International Air Transport Association):
- The carrier must have enough space for the animal to move, stand up, feel and be comfortable.
- It must be strong and resistant, in addition to being leak-proof with a good closure.
- It must be well ventilated, at least 16% of the surface.
- You must have a container for food and water that can be refilled from the outside.
- It must be well identified, with a green label that says: Live Animal.
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There are carriers of different models and materials: bag-shaped, equipped with wheels, wicker, padded. But how to choose from such a variety?
The essential thing is to consider these key aspects:
The carrier must be easy to wash to eliminate unknown odors or other animals that can cause the cat to refuse to enter. In addition, when a cat is scared, it releases alarm pheromones and, if this occurs inside the carrier, these substances act as an olfactory message that it is dangerous to enter the carrier. An easy to clean material is also advisable to better preserve the hygiene and health of the cat. Among the different carriers available in the market, those made of plastic or with a plastic coating, allow an easier and deeper cleaning. While wicker and cardboard are the most difficult to keep clean.
Rigid carriers are preferable to soft ones because they better protect the cat and guarantee its stability more. However, opting for a carrier with rigid walls does not mean that we cannot take care of the comfort of the cat by putting padded material at its base.
It is recommended that the upper part can be disassembled, since it can favor the process of habituation of the cat to the carrier and, in the veterinary clinic, offers the possibility of exploring the cat without forcing it to leave its safe space. Being able to remove the cover of the carrier is especially important for cats that are afraid of the veterinarian or for those who have mobility or pain problems.
Ideally, it should have at least one large opening at the top, especially if the roof cannot be removed and removed. In cats that have trouble entering a carrier, placing the cat from above is easier and less stressful than introducing it from a side opening.
You have to opt for robust but lightweight carriers. Keep in mind that once the cat is inside, its weight can reach several kilos and handle a heavy carrier with smoothness and precision can be difficult. If to solve the problem of weight you opt for a system of wheels that help you transport it better, remember that the noise of the wheels on irregular surfaces could scare the cat.
Better solid and in the form of a tray because it will provide a stable surface for the cat and you can easily clean it.
The carrier must prevent the cat's escape. A sturdy material with leak-proof closures is key to ensuring your safety. If the carrier is not new, it is also very important that it is not damaged and remains in good condition.
On average, a cat weighs between 3.5 and 4.5 kilos but some can reach 10 kilos. So before buying a carrier look at the size of your cat. For the transport measure to be adequate, the cat should fit well, be able to turn around, stand up and lie down comfortably. This means that the carrier should be approximately one and a half times the size of the cat. However, remember that it is not good to exaggerate either in one way or the other. A very small carrier may be uncomfortable for the cat but in a very large one it could move too much. In fact, if you have to buy a carrier when the cat is still small, take as a reference the size it will be once an adult and in the meantime put a padded base on the base of the carrier so that the cat is more protected and does not move too much during transportation