It’s a common scenario. Your kitty has an appointment in twenty minutes at your pet clinic. It takes ten minutes to drive there. Plenty of time to get him into his carrier, you think to yourself.

You check his favorite hiding places. But he’s not there.

You check your watch. You have seven more minutes until you need to leave. Still enough time to find him.

Club Cat | Key features veterinarians recommend in a cat carrierYou start calling your kitty’s name, each time louder and higher pitched. Five more minutes pass.

Finally, you find him in a new hiding place. Clever kitty, you think as you collect him in your arms kissing his already limp body.

Getting kitty in his cat carrier

It takes you another five minutes to maneuver him into his carrier. The carrier collapses on you. Kitty wiggles his way out a few times and you barely grab him before he escapes.

By the time he’s safely inside, you are officially late. Not to mention sweating. You make the “call of shame” letting the pet clinic know why you’re late begging them not to cancel the appointment.

A kitty’s ability to outsmart us with new hiding places is something we have little control over.  But owning the right cat carrier is something you can control.

Choosing the right cat carrier is crucial for the safety and comfort of your feline companion. But with so many options available, how do you know which carrier is best?

A cat carrier that ensures your cat’s well-being

  • Size and Space: Veterinarians emphasize the importance of selecting a carrier that provides enough room for your cat to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Cats can become stressed when confined in a small space, so opt for a carrier that offers ample room for your cat’s size and breed.
  • Comfortable Interior: A soft and comfortable interior lining can help reduce your cat’s stress and make travel more enjoyable. Look for carriers with padded floors or removable fleece inserts to provide a cozy spot for your cat to rest. Consider adding familiar bedding or toys to the carrier to help your cat feel more at ease during transport.
  • Ventilation: A well-ventilated carrier is crucial for ensuring your cat stays cool and comfortable during transportation. Veterinarians recommend choosing a carrier with plenty of ventilation holes or mesh panels to provide adequate airflow. Proper ventilation also helps reduce your cat’s anxiety and prevents overheating, especially during warmer months.

A cat carrier built for ease of transport and useClub Cat | Key features veterinarians recommend in a cat carrier

  • Sturdy Construction: A durable and sturdy carrier is essential for your cat’s safety during travel. Look for carriers made from high-quality materials such as hard plastic, durable fabric, or sturdy metal.
  • Security Features: Ensure that the carrier you choose includes secure locking mechanisms or fasteners to prevent accidental escapes. Look for carriers with sturdy doors and reliable latches that won’t easily come undone during transit. Some carriers also come with additional security features such as seatbelt loops or straps to secure the carrier in place during car rides.
  • Easy Accessibility: Veterinarians advise selecting a carrier that allows for easy access, both for loading your cat in and out and for veterinary examinations. Carriers with top-loading options or multiple doors provide added convenience, allowing you to gently place your cat inside without causing stress or resistance. Additionally, carriers with removable tops or doors make it easier for veterinarians to conduct exams or administer treatments without removing your cat entirely from the carrier.

Unique cat carrier concepts

Club Cat | Key features veterinarians recommend in a cat carrierAt Club Cat, we’ve literally seen it all. Cat strollers, TNR carriers, and everything in between. Cats who enjoy an excursion may enjoy cat backpacks. As long as they are used correctly, this is a trendy alternative according to Dr. Megan Petroff (DVM). And Dr. Lauren Demos (DVM) recommends beds that convert to carriers such as the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed.

When it comes to selecting a cat carrier, veterinarians recommend prioritizing safety, comfort, and ease of use. However, every cat is unique. Take the time to carefully evaluate your options by looking at the latest product reviews available to consumers such as The Spruce Pets. After all, you should invest in a carrier that meets your cat’s needs and provides peace of mind for both you and your furry friend.