The cat cage is part of the essential equipment for your cat. Whether it comes from a shelter, from a breeder, or from an individual, it must be able to be transported safely from one place to another. The cat cage or carrying bag is often used to go to the veterinarian. So remember to get one before the cat moves into your home. To help you out, we’ve put together 9 tips that will help you choose a suitable cat carrier.
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- Choose the right size cate cage, or carry bag.
- Think about your cat’s safety
- Pay attention to ventilation.
- Think about cleaning the transport cage
- Get your cat used to the transport cage.
- Replace the transport cage
- Make the carrier comfortable for your cat.
- Do not place the transport cage as it is on the car seat.
Choose the right size cate cage, or carry bag.
The crate or cage should be big enough for the cat to stand up, turn around, sit and lie down. But it shouldn’t be too big either otherwise, the cat could slip during the trip, which could stress it even more.
Make it easy for you to sit the cat.
Few cats willingly enter their cat cage. So even a trip to the vet becomes a real challenge for many cat owners. Things will be easier if the crate can be opened from the top, and it will be easier to put the cat in its carrier this way. Ideally, the transport crate has two openings on the top and one in the front.
Think about your cat’s safety
Cats in cages can develop unsuspected abilities and become real escape artists. When choosing your cat cage, or carrier, ensure it closes well, and the cat cannot open it. In addition, the cage must be solid, and it must be able to withstand scratches or bites. Carrying handles and straps should be stable. The material of the transport box must be chosen so that the cat is not likely to get its claws caught in any part of the cat cage or injure itself in any other way.
Pay attention to ventilation.
For a cat, a carrier usually means nothing good. He knows that a visit to the veterinarian often awaits him at the end of the trip. The cat is constantly stressed when he sees the transport cage appear, and this stress can manifest as panting. He then needs more oxygen than if he were breathing calmly. Therefore, it is all the more important that the crate is sufficiently ventilated.
Think about cleaning the transport cage
During the journey, the cat may have an accident. So make sure the crate, cage, or carry bag is easy to clean. The most accessible containers to wash are the plastic ones.
Get your cat used to the transport cage.
Getting the cat into its transport crate is often a struggle. Cats often associate the cage with a trip to the vet, so, understandably, they don’t enjoy excursions very much. This moment will be more accessible if your cat associates the crate with something positive. Leave the carrier open in the cat’s usual living space before using it for the first time. The goal is for the transport box to become a hiding place where the cat feels safe.
Replace the transport cage
When the cat does not want to enter its transport box, the situation is complicated for the master. Quickly, the cat fled under the bed or stuck out its claws and teeth. If the cat has already had bad experiences with the transport cage, it may be worth starting from scratch and changing the crate. It is often easier to quietly accustom your cat to a new cage with which he does not yet associate negative ideas.
Make the carrier comfortable for your cat.
Few cats enjoy lying in an empty carrier. Therefore, it is recommended to make the interior more comfortable for the cat. The most suitable materials will not slip, such as a blanket or a non-slip mattress. A pillow filled with Catnip can also make your cat feel better.
Do not place the transport cage as it is on the car seat.
Both cats and dogs must be seated securely in the car. If you have an accident and the chat is not installed securely, it can be hazardous. ADAC crash tests with an unrestrained dog dummy showed that in the event of an impact at 50 km/h, the dog flies through the car with force thirty times its weight. To prevent your cat from becoming a projectile and putting its life and that of the vehicle’s occupants in danger, never simply place the transport crate with your cat on a seat, either rear or front, of the car. ADAC crash tests have shown that the safest place for cat carriers is in the footwell behind the front seats. The plastic material of the cage used for the test proved to be too weak to withstand an impact of 50 km/h. The door and lid broke under the weight of the 4 kg cat dummy.
In short: The ideal transport crate for your cat
- The transport case has two openings: one at the top and one at the front.
- The transport box is solid and resists the claws and teeth of the cat.
- The handles and the strap are stable.
- The door can be closed well and is not likely to open
- The transport box is easy to clean.
- The transport box is sufficiently ventilated.
- The transport box should be as light as possible.
- There is no risk of the cat getting its claws stuck in any part of the crate or hurting itself in any other way.