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What Is The Best Cat Carrier That You Can Buy For Your Furry Friend?

One of the first purchases for your cat has to be a cat carrier, you really cannot take kitty anywhere without one, so whether you are bringing a new cat home or visiting the vet or even visiting friends and family, you will need some form of transportation for your cat. Carriers come in all manner of sizes, shapes and styles which we have detailed below. Take a look at some of our favourites.

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Best All Round Cat Carrier

If you are looking for a bit of fluffy luxury for your kitty, this could be the carrier for you. The fluffy lining is sure to be a hit. For cats who love popping their heads out to be close to you, this offers them the opportunity to do that in a lovely soft environment. The shoulder straps fit comfortably on your shoulder at a length which allows you contact with your kitty, ideal for cats who do not like to be enclosed. What is clever about this carrier is that it opens to give your kitty a bed to sleep in too, just unzip and pop the sides down. Ideal if you are away from home and staying out overnight. The good sized carrier will be suitable for most domestic cats.

Pros

  • Soft flexible carrier making it comfortable to carry around
  • Handy dual purpose
  • Soft furry or padded interior giving kitty ultimate comfort

Cons

  • May not suit excitable cats due to head hole
  • May not suit very young cats
  • Restricts full body movement

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Most Breathable Cat Carrier

A great all round carrier which comes in two sizes, large enough for the largest cat and small enough for tiny cats. Choose your size according to the room that your cat would like to have. The larger carrier will even support two small cats. The carrier comes with a comfortable handle or optional shoulder strap. It is transparent, remember to remove the protective film when you receive your carrier though. It is fully ventilated, so there is no need to be concerned about kitty not having enough air. It is a robust, sturdy carrier offering excellent protection for your cat when you are transporting from one location to another.

Pros

  • Hard shell offers protection
  • Full all round vision for your cat
  • More than one size available

Cons

  • Rigid shell may not be comfortable to carry for long distances
  • Could be prone to some scratching

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Most Comfortable Cat Carrier

A practical, sturdy holdall designed to allow for safe and comfortable transportation of your cat. The holdall will be suitable for most cats as it has a generous dimensions of 43x28x28cm. The mat provides a super comfy surface on which your cat can lie, encouraging compliance! The holdall has zipped fastenings and several of the compartments allow your cat access. It is fully ventilated with several mesh inserts to provide maximum ventilation. The straps are sturdy and comfortable for you to use either as a handheld version or you can use the detachable shoulder strap if you prefer, or work between the two according to your own preferences. It comes in a choice of two colors.

Pros

  • Opens on 3 sides, ideal for training your cat to use a carrier
  • Comfortable to carry longer distances
  • Offers your cat a degree of privacy while offering full ventilation

Cons

  • Comes only in one size and so may not suit every cat
  • Softer body does not offer complete protection

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Lightest Cat Carrier

This lovely cat carrier comes with a choice of interiors. You can choose from the padded version or the fleece lined version. It also comes in a choice of fabulous designs, a design for every taste! Whether you choose the padded version or the fleece lined version, it won’t matter as either will be cosy and comfortable and sure to impress even the fussiest of cats. The handy base mat is detachable and allows you to create a perfect space for your cat if you are visiting friends and family. The head hole allows your cat freedom to look around and make contact with you, which can be reassuring for nervous cats. The shoulder straps are set at a comfortable height but if you prefer, there is an option which comes with an adjustable strap. A very versatile carrier which comes in two sizes. It has a secure zip top to ensure that your cat will be firmly held in place. Check the size options and make sure that you pick the one which would best suit your cat.

Pros

  • Very soft and comfortable for your cat
  • Choice of colors and interiors
  • Easy to transport

Cons

  • The head hole will not suit all cats
  • Flexible structure will not offer full protection

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Best Kitty Carrier for Keeping Stylish

For a cat carrier that is a bit of fun look no further! The eye catching cheerful design is interesting and fun for all of the family. It is designed so that your cat can look around and enjoy the delights of the outside world as you take it on your travels. You can choose from the clear version for maximum visibility or the logo encapsulated version which allows for a bit more privacy for your cat. It allows for secure carriage of your cat due to the zippable nature of the carrier. It comes with a grip handle and there is also an optional shoulder strap allowing you to switch between the two for your own comfort. The carrier is fully ventilated via mesh inserts allowing kitty to keep cool. Whatever you are transporting from one location to another, going for a walk or visiting the vet, this carrier offers an ideal solution.

Pros

  • Eye catching designs
  • Good vision for your cat
  • Easy to clean
  • Good robust protection

Cons

  • Designs may interfere with your cats all round vision
  • The shell is not flexible and may not be comfortable to carry for long distances

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Best Cat Carrier for Travelling

A versatile and practical holdall style carrier for your cat. Sturdy and secure, your cat will be perfectly safe. It has soft sides allowing for flexible storage when not in use. It comes in a range of bright, eye catching colors to suit everyone. This holdall is great for cats who prefer not to be on display and value their privacy, although they can still see through the mesh inserts! It comes in a choice of sizes to suit even the largest of cats. The carrier can be hand held or worn over the shoulder according to comfort and ease. The mesh inserts provide kitty with plenty of ventilation. There are a number of handy storage options, side pockets for your water or other items, rings on which you can hook keys etc and straps through which you could put some items for kitty.

Pros

  • Holdall design which is practical and well ventilated
  • There is a good choice of sizes
  • It comes in bright colors

Cons

  • Does not provide robust support, it is a flexible carrier

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Most Fashionable Cat Carrier

For those looking for style, the Designer Kitty Carrier has it in spades! There is a choice of colors to match all outfits and moods. The carrier can also act as a bag to store your bits and pieces as there are generous pockets to the front, maybe for water, your mobile phone, purse and so on. The carrier comes with mesh side inserts which provide plenty of ventilation and through which your kitty can see. It is ideal for cats who may become over excitable when on the go, the forward vision may help keep them calm. It comes with a handle and an optional shoulder strap and it is available in two sizes. It folds easily for convenient storage.

Pros

  • Helpful to an anxious cat due to forward only vision
  • Easy to store when not in use
  • Designer look
  • Plenty of pockets

Cons

  • Some cats may prefer all round vision

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Tips for Using a Cat Carrier

All cats are different, some are calm and prefer to sit around and watch the world go by, rarely if ever moving from the home. Others are much more curious and want to see everything that is going on and are desperate to move around outside. Some are small, some are large and then there is everything in between. So, when it comes to moving them around, there has to be a choice of different methods and different cats will prefer different things. Essentially, you can choose from a hard shell or a softer shell carrier and both have their advantages and their disadvantages. If you choose to go for the soft shell option, then you can choose from a carrier which allows your cat to have their head free.

If your cat is a nervous type, they may benefit from being closer to you and being able to feel the shape of your body and even being able to make contact in which the soft shelled version would be best. If your cat however is over excitable, a compromise may have to be reached, it would not be appropriate for an over excitable cat to use a soft shelled carrier with a head hole as you may find him / her difficult to contain. You can imagine the difficulties that could pose if you were out and about. The rigid shells offer more protection and certainly alleviate the problems for the excitable cat as the cat is totally contained. They can however be harder on you as they are not as comfortable to carry around and if you were planning a day out where you are walking around a lot, you may find it quite tiresome, so while you have to consider your cat and their comfort, you also have to consider your own too. You may very well need to have the option of a shoulder strap as hand carrying, especially with heavier cats can be difficult, all of our carriers allow for an over the shoulder option.

Not every cat is going to immediately embrace the idea of jumping into a carrier and it may be that you can work with gentle encouragement over a period of a few weeks before having to use the carrier for real. Here are some tips that you could use to offer encouragement to your cat.

  • Leave the carrier lying around in one of their favourite spots so that your cat is used to seeing it and it becomes a familiar part of the home, do not just bring it out when you are ready to use it
  • Pop their favourite blanket inside and / or some of their favourite treats
  • Let them wander in and out freely and do not use any force
  • When they are comfortable wandering in and out, close over the door, just for a short period at first, gradually increasing the time
  • When they are happy to sit with the door closed, carry the bag / box around your home for a couple of minutes then set back down again, your cat should become very used to the process and begin to trust that all will be well in their new favourite hiding place.

If your cat does not settle after a few weeks of the gentle encouragement, try to understand why and what he / she doesn’t like, as we have said, different cats will be comfortable with different carriers. Try to use this method before it becomes essential to use the carrier, there will be a time when a visit to a vet will be necessary, that may be distressing enough without having to force your cat into a carrier. With patience and practice, cats grow to love their carriers, start to practice when they are as young as possible. As your cat grows, you may need a bigger carrier. When that happens, take time to familiarise them with the change and do not assume that because they have enjoyed the first carrier that they will automatically take to the next carrier, you may have to go through the same process of familiarisation.

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