Recently, I wrote an article that included several ways on how to “NOT” transport a cat…well, they were ideas best to not use–especially for long trips–since one of the mentions included letting a cat have the run of the vehicle.

So, how do you get from here to there with a cat in tow?

A cat carrier is an excellent mode of transportation for a cat while in a car…on the way to the vet, long trips, etc. Ideally, though, not just any carrier.

Here are some things you might consider and/or look for when deciding upon a carrier for your cat:

1. Comfort
Stand up, sit down; turn around. Kitty needs to be comfortable in the carrier, especially if you are taking her on any extended trips. So, can she stand up, sit down; turn around with enough head-room and leg room?

When you ride for any length of time, you like to have plenty of room to move around in; so, so does kitty!

2. Safety
While cardboard carriers might cost less and cloth carriers will easily fold up and look smashing on the shelf, or tuck away easily when not in use, their sturdiness for any length of time might not be so cost-effective in the long-run.

Kitty could easily chew a hole in the cardboard, and the cloth carrier could swallow up a restless kitty, much like one of those hide-a-way beds.

A plastic carrier, then, would be the ideal selection—based, of course, on your wants and desires and kitty’s measurements.

3. Length, width, and height
After you’ve selected the type of carrier you’ll purchase, measure your kitty so he and the carrier “will fit.”

How long is your cat? Without including the tip of his tail, measure kitty from the back of his neck to where his tail begins.

To know how tall your kitty is, measure kitty from her shoulders to the floor.

Since carriers usually specify a weight restriction, you’ll want to know how much kitty weighs. The vet can weigh her for you, or you can weigh yourself then pick up kitty and then you stand on the bathroom scale holding kitty.

4. Ventilation
While each of the carriers I’ve mentioned has its own merits, it’s important that the carrier you choose have plenty of ventilation holes for your cat. Can she see out and see you?

5. Material and Construction
Although a “cardboard” carrier might be a first choice perhaps because of cost and ease-of-use, consider what could happen to that carrier on a long trip. Or, over an extended period of use and time.
Bored kitty or angry kitty = more (ventilation) holes or chewed up, torn apart carrier.

Enabling kitty to make a mad escape from his confines.
(Worse case scenario, of course!)

While the “cloth carrier” could be a fine selection, it may also pose a problem to clean and to keep clean, especially if kitty has an unexpected accident on the way to anywhere. And once an odor gets into cloth, it’s difficult to get rid of.

The plastic carrier is sturdy, (mostly) easily cleaned and has good ventilation.

In conclusion, regardless of the carrier-type you choose, make sure there is plenty of “grow room” in the carrier. “Kitty” kitties in a carrier are much smaller than “full-grown housecats” kitties.

And while the carrier fit kitty when you first got her, after living with you for five or six months, she’s probably grown enough that she may no longer fit your first selection for a carrier.

With that said, catch up here with some of our posts like, “You’ve Got A Cat; Now What?”

Yours in safe kitty travels,