Cat Carrier

Many pet owners do not need a cat carrier most of the time, but you find that you do need one from time to time.

For instance, cat owner will require a carrier when:

  • Routine checkup and vaccination at the vet
  • Occasional travel outdoor. For example, bringing you kitty to a nearby park
  • In case of an emergency for unexpected medical situations
  • Occurrence of natural disaster, such as fire or earthquake that require you to evacuate your home

A sturdy cat carrier is an essential piece of equipment for the cat owner. You’ll need it to take Kitty to the vet, when you travel, and when you move. Cats should never be allowed to roam free in a car; they tend to like to curl up on the dashboard or under your feet, making for dan­gerous driving conditions.

3 basic types of carriers are available on the market, these includes cardboard, soft or hard carrier. Your best bet is a carrier constructed of high-impact plastic. Plastic carriers feature a hinged door and are very easy to clean, unlike the other types. The small openings along the sides allow for air circulation while providing enough shelter and privacy that your cat will feel secure while you move him. Place a washable blanket, towel, or carrier pad in the bottom of the carrier for your cat’s comfort. Cat feels more secure in smaller area so bigger carrier does not mean better in this case.

You will need to get your cat to be used to the carrier so that having to go in it won’t be a traumatic experience, especially important in an emergency when time is of the essence. But accept that even the best-trained cat will be reluctant to enter the new carrier at first.. One way to introduce your kitty to a new carrier is to leave it in the middle of the room, or other place where it’s easy for her to get into. Try throwing a couple of healthy treats inside. Your goal is to get your cat to explore the carrier and become familiar and comfortable with it. Ideally, your cat’s experience with her cat carrier will be a pleasant one. Some cats become so accustomed to their little enclosure that they sleep in it or use it during their playtime.

For young kittens you are likely to have to do this yourself. First, set the carrier on one end in another room, with the opening facing up. Pick up the kitten by the scruff of his neck with one hand and support his bottom and hind legs with the other. Quickly but gently lower him into the carrier and close and latch the door, being careful not to close it on a paw, tail or ear.

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