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Which Pet Carrier is Right for Your Cat?

When traveling with your cat, comfort and safety are important things to consider before choosing a cat carrier. Whether you are traveling long distances, or just making a trip to the veterinarian, you will need a carrier to transport your cat. Below are the most common types of cat carriers to choose from.

If you are traveling by air, please always check your airline's specific pet carrier requirements, as they can vary.

Airline Carriers for Your Cat
Carry-on Carriers

If you choose to travel with your cat by plane, the following carry-on size carriers are airline approved. Please note: It is always best to call your airline at least two weeks in advance of travel to make sure you will be permitted to travel with your cat on the plane. Some airlines charge extra fees for traveling with your cat and some have a limit on how many pets can fly in the cabin at the same time. The rules vary from airline to airline.

Cargo Carriers

Hard shell carriers are designed to help protect your cat from the elements and from a potentially bumpy ride when traveling by airplane, bus, or other form of commercial transportation. Because these carriers are made from a plastic molding, they provide a safer place for your cat to rest during travel. Consider placing a soft pad or pillow inside the carrier so your cat is more comfortable.

Everyday Carriers for Your Cat
Soft Carriers

Soft carrier designs are made of fabric, allowing the carrier to stretch when needed. These are great for short travel plans by car, such as a visit to the veterinarian. Note: The Dog Car Seat and Travel Carrier can also be used for cats.

Hard Carriers

For added protection when taking your cat on a short trip to the veterinarian, or to visit family and friends, you might want to use a hard shell cover carrier.

Designer Carriers are Another Option for Your Cat

You may want to travel more fashionably with your cat. A designer carrier is made specifically for pet owners who want to travel in style with their pet. These carriers offer the convenience of operating as a pet carrier and a purse at the same time. Many of them contain pockets that can be used for small items, such as personal belongings or pet supplies.

Molly's Tip

Leave the carrier in your cat's environment so he or she can access it at their leisure. Doing so helps the carrier accumulate their smell, making it more comfortable for your cat to travel in.

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