Whenever a pet parent needs to move around with their pet, it raises the big question of how to transport them. Which cat carrier is best?
Your pet’s comfort and safety need to come first in these situations, and most certainly above style. Therefore you will need to choose a type of carrier that suits their specific needs.
An unfortunate number of pets are injured in transit because they travel in the wrong conditions.
Choosing the right carrier for your cat
Before choosing your cat carrier, you will need to take into account various factors. Firstly, the carrier must be suitable for any mode of transport you decide to take, as well as the distance you intend to travel.
If you decide to travel abroad, you can follow the same principles for rail and air travel. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) provides guidelines that you must stick to and can help you in your choice of carrier.
Make sure that the carrier is the right shape and size for your pet so they can feel comfortable while travelling.Photo credit: IATA
Cat carriers for the train
Train travel can potentially be quite distressing for a cat; it is likely you will need to move around a bit, either walking through aisles, changing carriages, and/or going to and from different platforms. Let alone the noise generated by the train itself.
The most popular answer to feline train transport is to opt for a carrier with wheels. Many models give the cat owner the freedom to carry their pet via the handle or base. Most are also water resistant enough to shelter the cat from rain and have easy-to-operate doors. Your cat will probably be able to see out of the sides too.
Another option to consider is pet strollers and buggies. These are like pushchairs for cats, and allow the owner to walk about more freely.
Cat carriers for the plane
Feline air travel comes with many more rules than railway journeys. These rules can change depending on the airline, so make sure you read their terms and conditions before you buy your carrier.
Some airlines will allow passengers’ cats to travel alongside them in a carrier, while others will ask you to have your pet travel in a special part of the cargo hold that is heated and pressurised. Specifications for carriers become quite rigid so you will want to read up on this before you fly. You will also want a carrier that allows your cat to stand up and even stretch during the trip.
While the requirements of cat carriers are very specific to air travel, this is not the only thing to take into consideration when flying with your cat. There are a number of risks associated with air travel so careful research and preparation is vital to ensure their wellbeing and safety. And you not being rejected to fly at the airport!
Cat carriers for the car
As far as feline road travel is concerned, pet owners have a number of different options.
Both soft and hard carriers seem to be popular, but whichever you choose you need to learn how to properly attach it to the seat. This way, your cat will stay protected in the event of an accident. Some critics have begun to advise against hard carriers as they could pose risks to your cat’s safety in a crash, however talking to your vet will help guide you in the right direction.
What is your preferred way of travelling with your cat?