A few weeks ago, I decided to get a new cat transport bag for Brucy. When I first got Brucy, I bought a basic, plastic cat carrier – you know, one of those uncomfortable, heavy but really robust bags?
But the lack of a shoulder strap made it really difficult to transport Brucy. She also managed to open the carrier by getting her paw through the entrance hole..
So one of the first things you should do when picking a carrier bag is to ask yourself what you will be using it for. If you need a bag to just take your cat sometimes to the vet and on short trips – look for a light bag with a shoulder strap. There are some very fashionable options available out there in pet shops, for all price ranges.
Make sure you pick a bag that is the right size for your cat – normally there is a weight guide on each bag type, but remember that your cat should have enough place to turn in the cage but not too much, as they don’t feel secure when there is too much place.
You should be more careful when picking a carrier if you travel a lot with your cat. Look for a more robust carrier with a removable, machine-washable, inner padding (so your cat is comfortable during long travels and the padding can be taken out to be washed in case of a toilet accident).
If you plan to transport your cat by plane, you must take into account plane cabin requirements (some airlines have bag size restrictions) and look for a bag with a short lead, as you are required to take your cat out when passing the security.
Things to take into account when picking a cat carrier:
– Weight: find a right balance between a heavy, robust bag and a softer, lighter bag – it all depends on how often and where you plan to use it
– Comfort: the bag should be comfortable for both your cat and yourself. Make sure there is a nice soft padding (or add a small blanket), no strange smells, a shoulder strap and a handle to help you carry it.
– Security: avoid bags with a plastic “switch” lock, those can be easily opened! Look for bags with a zipper and from a strong material.
– Price: a good bag costs around $80-$100; don’t try saving money on the safety of your kitten!
Following all those tips I picked the bag above for Brucy! Lovely balance between fashionable design, security and lightness! Brucy loves it!! What cat bag do you have?