The purpose of cat crates and kennels is to keep cats safe and secure during travel to see the vet down the road, or on long road trips cross-country. Cat owners have a variety of options available to them, depending on the particular needs of the cat. What should you look for when choosing a cat crate or kennel?
The Right Size
Cat owners should ensure that they purchase the size cat crate or kennel for their cat. Keep in mind that the cat crate or kennel should be no more than one and a half times the size of your cat. Before you settle for the first cat crate or kennel you see in the local pet shop, consider your cat’s size, including the cat’s height and length. The cat needs plenty of room to lie down flat while napping and he also needs room to stand and turn around without having to stoop down.
Hard Cat Carriers
Airline-approved cat kennels are made of durable materials such as polypropylene and are ideal for transporting your cat securely while on board a flight. These come with plenty of air holes for ventilation and a secure lock at the front to prevent your cat from letting itself out mid-flight. Hard carriers such as these also double up as a good indoor home for your cat and can be used as an alternative cat bed. Cats feel secure in hard cat carriers. Add foam pads or slide your cat’s bed inside for a cosy feel to the hard cat carrier.
Soft Cat Carriers
Soft carriers are not as durable as hard cat carriers and will not last as long, but they are made from softer materials that are flexible, making them a good choice when transporting smaller cats. These cat carriers come with handles and little windows so that cats can see outside. Soft cat carriers should still follow the same rules as hard cat carriers. Check to ensure that your cat can comfortably stand, move around and lie down. Cats should never be squeezed into tiny cat carriers that obstruct their movements.
Cardboard Cat Carriers
Cardboard carriers are the least durable of all, but they are ideal for transporting smaller cats short distances such as to the veterinarian. Cardboard cat carriers are very lightweight and can be carried with ease, unlike soft cat carriers and hard cat carriers that are heavier to lift.
When choosing a cat crate or kennel make sure you make the comfort of your cat your top priority. Choose the right size that will allow your cat room to move around. Hard cat carriers are airline-approved, which means your cat can travel in comfort on board a plane. They can also be converted into a cat bed. Soft cat carriers are not as durable as hard cat carriers and are made with more flexible materials, but they still offer your cat a measure of comfort. Cardboard carriers are useful for smaller cats that are being transported a short distance.
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