Cat owners sooner or later face the problem of transporting the animal. Whether it is to the dacha, an exhibition or to a veterinary clinic, you will need to carry it. It is highly undesirable to transport a cat in a regular shopping bag. A cat in such a bag will be uncomfortable, uncomfortable; she will experience stress more acutely than in a special and convenient carry for her.
A cat carrier should be spacious, especially when used over long distances. The food bowl and drinker should fit freely there. The bottom of any carrier must be rigid. This will make the cat feel much more confident.
The cat carrier must "breathe". This means that it must have windows for the passage of air flows. These viewing windows also serve as an observation point for the animal, because cats are very curious. A good carrier should have quality locks, strong straps and fasteners. The weak zipper on the carrier will be easily opened by a smart cat, and the flimsy straps can injure the animal if the carrier is torn off the owner's shoulder.
Materials for cat carriers must be of high quality, without foreign smell. Most often, there are three types of cat carriers - cloth, plastic and wicker. Cloth carriers are light in weight, small in size. They fold easily for storage and are convenient for owners. In a cloth carrier, the cat will be comfortable and convenient to go to the doctor or to the exhibition. Also, in such models, you can take a short walk in the park with your pet. Cloth carriers are not intended for long walks, in which the cat will not be able to actively move and will get tired. In addition, such models will get wet in the rain or if the cat has a "embarrassment".
Plastic carriers are convenient for long distance travel. They are spacious, large in size, with mesh sides through which the cat can see what is happening around. In such carriers, you can install a food bowl, drinker or even a tray. Plastic models are easy to clean and disinfect if necessary. But they are quite heavy for walking. Plastic carriers do not have shoulder straps like fabric ones, so they are extremely inconvenient to carry. When buying a plastic cat carrier, choose models with metal doors. They are more reliable than plastic ones.
Recently, braided models have appeared in pet stores. Such wicker carriers are environmentally friendly, made of natural materials. They are with a rigid frame, like plastic ones, and are freely ventilated. By weight, the braids are light, but you can choose any by the size. But such natural carriers strongly absorb extraneous odors, and it is often undesirable to wash them. The material of the wicker carriers deteriorates from moisture, mold appears on it, the wood turns black. Also, a wicker carrier will not save your pet from wind, snow and rain.