When you picked out your current cat carrier, what caught your eye? Was it the color or material? Is it a carrier that your friend, family member, or vet recommended? When we asked our doctors what they looked for in cat carriers, they gave us a list of recommendations.
Our doctor’s first recommendation is to purchase a carrier that is hard plastic. The top half of the carrier needs to be able to come off easily so that the doctors have easy access to scared kitties that refuse to come out to see them. The doctors can take the top off and examine your cat right in the carrier where they feel safest. Make sure that the handles on the carrier are sturdy, especially if your kitty has a little extra fluff to them. Even though we want a plastic carrier, make sure the door to the carrier is metal. A plastic door can get damaged or broken extremely easily.
Do you know how big your cat carrier should be? We want your cat to be as comfortable as possible when they are here to see us. That starts with the carrier. Our doctors recommend that the length of the carrier should be a cat and a half. So, measure your cat from the base of the tail to the tip of the nose and add half of your cat to that. That should be the minimum length of your carrier. The width should be the length of the cat and the carrier should be tall enough for your cat to stand comfortably. The more comfortable your cat is, the easier it will be for our doctors to examine them.
Another recommendation is to leave your cat carrier out all the time. We know it isn’t pretty sitting in your living room, but the more comfortable your cat becomes with the carrier itself, the less stressful it is for the cat to be put in the carrier for trips to the vet. Make sure you put blankets or towels in the carrier for a soft place to sit. If your pet has an accident in the carrier, the towels and blankets also help to soak up the urine.