Cat Carriers and Crates
We all need a carrier or crate to take our cats to the vet. I’ve known people who just carry them in and this is not a good idea. You may have done this a thousand times with no problem, but the day will come when something goes wrong and your cat will fly out of your arms. Something scares them and off they go. So they are much safer in a carrier. I also drape a large towel across the entire carrier and it makes them feel safer and keeps them warm.
To be honest, most carriers are basically the same. The main thing to look for is sturdy construction and one that isn’t going to come apart. Make sure the locking devices are strong and that it isn’t too flimsy. This is one place you might need to spend a little more to get a good, safe one. The ones that have a top loader are handy in some ways, but not so much in others. I couldn’t wait to get one, thinking it would be easier to put them in the top. Well, not so much! They can really block your progress by pushing their legs against the opening. It is handy if you have to “dump” a cat out of the carrier. This sounds cruel, but honestly isn’t. By “dumping” I just mean gently turning the carrier over and getting them to come out by gently shaking. With some cats, this is necessary.
Whichever one you choose, I have personally found the easiest way to get them in (unless you’re lucky enough to have a cat who loves his crate) is to prop the carrier against the wall (this is for front opening crates) and open the door. Get a hold of your cat and quickly put him in the carrier, back legs first. Gently lower them in to the other end and close the door fast. Then you can very slowly lower the carrier to it’s proper position. One last word of caution: please never use the cardboard ones. The bottoms of those are notorious for coming open and dumping your cat out!
There are ones made of material now that remind me of a small carry on bag. I have to admit I have never used one and I’ll tell you why. They seem too confining to me and cats hate feeling trapped. I also just don’t trust material for strength against nails like I do hard plastic. They also wouldn’t give a firm support on the bottom like the plastic ones, making me feel the cat wouldn’t feel as stable. However, having said all that, I have added a couple here because I may be way off. I may even try one someday and I’m sure there are some cats that just love them. Whichever cat carrier you get, safety is the first priority in my opinion. You don’t want to lose your precious cargo.
All of the carriers below are made of heavy duty plastic and have various features that make them unique, from rubber grip handles, slots to attach a car seat belt to for safer travel, storage spaces, and other features. Click on picture to find out what unique features each one has so you can decide which one is best for you and your kitty.
Here are some of the carriers made from material as opposed to plastic. Click on picture to check them out!
I’ve also added one cage to the group because these are great if you have to bring home a sick kitty and keep it confined, or away from your other cats. I like this one because it is attractive, has three doors with pin lock latches, and casters that stay stable, but can also make it easy to move the unit. Click on the picture to get more details!