Cat carriers are made of light weight materials used for carrying the cat when going out of the house. These carriers are usually enclosed to provide safety and privacy to the cat when traveling. Most of the veterinarians require the cat to be transported in a carrier, especially when going for an annual check up.
Some cat lovers always want their cats to be with them even when going out of the house. It is a must to place the cat in a cat carrier especially when traveling in the car. If unrestrained, the cats can cause danger inside the car not only to itself, but also to the driver and the other road users or pedestrians.
Listed below are the 3 basic types of cat carriers with their distinctions:
Cardboard Cat Carrier – This type of cat carrier is a box that is made of cardboard. It has holes in it so that the cat could breath freely. However, these carriers are not very strong and can be damaged when it gets wet. This cat carrier should not be used in carrying heavy cats because it may not withstand the cat’s weight. It can also be weakened and destroyed when the cat defecates or urinates in it. It is usually recommended for short trips only.
Hard Cat Carrier – This type is the most durable of all types. It is usually made of strong plastic and comes in different colors and styles. This can be used for almost all types of cats. It is made with some features that allow the owner to get the cat in and out of it easily, like the two-door carrier. An advantage is that it could be washed very easily when soiled. However, hard cat carriers usually cannot be folded and takes up more space than the soft carrier.
Soft Cat Carrier – This cat carrier is made of flexible but strong materials. It is more recommended when traveling long distances because it cannot be destroyed easily when it gets wet, unlike the cardboard carrier. It also cannot be destroyed easily from tearing or clawing, which makes it more advantageous than cardboard carriers. Soft carriers could be collapsed and stored neatly when not in use.
In choosing a carrier that is perfect for you and your cat’s use, always consider some of the following factors: First is that the materials should be durable and strong. It is more practical and saves money.
Another is that it should be easy to clean. Hard cat carriers are the easiest to clean. Soft cat carriers could also be washed but may take longer time to dry. The carrier should also be large enough for the cat to stand, turn around, lie down or stretch out comfortably.
Food and/or water storage should be considered in purchasing cat carriers, especially in long travels. Furthermore, the carrier should be well ventilated to avoid suffocation.