Carriers for cats: tips for buying and getting your cat used to it
A carrier is part of the essential equipment of every cat, either for travelling or for a trip to the vet. Find out what you have to look out for when buying one and how you can get your cat used to the carrier.
Why you need a cat carrier
Sometimes, to the chagrin of the feline, a car trip with your cat can't be avoided. It is of course important to pay attention to safety and to prevent the animal from moving freely in the vehicle, which could in the worst case even lead to an accident.
A suitable carrier is the right solution for this purpose. The cat can be put in it during the journey, so that both you and your four-legged friend can safely reach your destination.
Different types of cat carriers
If you are planning to buy a carrier for your cat, you will quickly realise that there is a large choice of different models. In addition to plastic transport boxes, there are also models in the form of travel bags, for example. The advatantage of these is that they can be folded up and stored away easily to save space when they are not in use.
Even though this is convenient, a transport box made of hard plastic is more stable and also easier to clean. Considering the high probability that your cat will relieve itself in the carrier due to stress, a sturdy model made of plastic is usually the better choice.
These are equipped with a grid either on the front or on the top, which the cat can use as an entry. Some models also have both options.
What you should consider when buying a cat carrier
Regardless of the model, the most important feature when buying a carrier is that it offers your cat enough space. Especially if your four-legged friend is still growing, it makes sense to buy a slightly larger carrier so that you don't have to replace it after a few months.
To ensure safe transport in the car, you should also check whether the box has loop to fasten the seat belt.
How to get your cat used to the carrier
Cats are usually not very enthusiastic when their owner takes them in the car. Many of them will try to do a runner at the sheer sight of the carrier and defend themselves with all their might against attempts to put them in it. One of the reasons for this is that most car journeys end up at the vet and of course no cat would be there voluntarily.
In order to get your four-legged friend used to the carrier and to make it easier to use in an emergency, it makes sense not to store it in the farthest corner of the storage room, but to leave it open in the house.
Make the box cosy with a blanket or pillow. An interesting cat toy as well as putting the occasional cat treat inside can also help ensure that your cat finds the carrier exciting and will inspect it regularly. Often it does not take long before the four-legged friend sees the hated carrier as something completely normal and from time to time maybe even retreats into it to sleep.
Our tip against transport stress
Even if driving with a cat that is used to its carrier is much easier, it is still associated with considerable stress for the four-legged friend.
To help your cat to cope with the stress of transport more easily, a food supplement such as Shiimun Calm can be useful. Shiimun Calm is a natural dietary supplement for cats with carefully selected ingredients, such as green tea and shiitake, which can help your cat to relax in its carrier while driving.