The cat carrier allows you to safely and comfortably transport your pet on long journeys. A special bag will help your pet to endure the stress of the trip and protect him from possible injuries.
Carriers are classified according to size, material and length of trip they are intended for.
Types of carriers for cats
Pet stores offer four types of carriers:
- Carrying bags. They are made of fabric, equipped with long handles or a belt for easy carrying. Designed for short trips, also suitable for hiking.
It is highly discouraged to use the bag for multi-day travel, as the temperature inside the accessory rises and the animal will suffer heat stroke.
- Containers for cats. Made from environmentally friendly plastics with a lockable door. Used for long hauls. Such a container is easy to clean, and there is enough space inside for the cat to lie down.
- wicker baskets. The lightest option, but also the most expensive. Thick wicker walls create a sense of security for the pet, which reduces stress.
Take the basket to the car, but make sure that the cat does not jump out of the container.
- Classic metal cage. It is large enough to hold a bowl of water and pet food inside. In order for the cat not to be frightened and sleep better, it is recommended to cover the cage with a blanket.
Depending on the type of cell, the following materials are used:
- Plastic. The main component of the containers, the walls and bottom of the carrier are made of it. Washable with detergents, lightweight, does not emit harmful substances. The bottom of plastic containers is lined with a rubber mat for softness and warmth.
- Textile. The material from which the bags are made. The cut is developed taking into account the anatomical features of cats.
- tree vine. Used in the manufacture of wicker baskets. Eco-friendly and lightweight material allows fresh air to enter thanks to the weaving features. Cats like the vine as they find it a good natural hiding place.
- Metal. The bars of the lattice and the bottom of the metal cage are made from it. It does not deform upon impact, it is safe for the animal.
main feature fabric bags is a wide range of colors and cuts. You can choose the appropriate option:
- shoulder bags;
- special backpacks for cats;
- bags with handles.
Plastic containers practically do not differ from each other. They are bulky and not well suited for carrying in your hands. Ventilation openings are located on the roof or on the sides of the box.
The container can be both a carrier and a stationary pet house.
Wicker baskets different from other species: because of the rods, the animal thinks that it is in a natural shelter.
This has a positive effect on the mental state and makes travel less tiring. The basket can be used as a permanent bed for the cat.
metal cages offer more space and air access. Inside such a product, the cat has enough space to warm up and take a comfortable position.
Advantages of cat carriers
- Hands don’t get tired.
- The market offers a wide range of bags of various colors.
- Strong, reliably protect the cat in the luggage compartment.
- Easy to clean with hot water and soap.
- They do not absorb unpleasant odors.
- Made from 100% natural materials.
- Lightweight yet durable.
- Strong and reliable.
- You cannot take your pet with you on a multi-day trip.
- Easily absorb odors, cat discharge is sometimes difficult to wash off.
- There is no solid frame and protection for the pet.
- Large and heavy, fat pets cannot be carried for a long time in such boxes.
- Sometimes you can run into a fake. In such a product, plastic impurities contain substances that are toxic to animals.
Wood vine carriers:
- They do not tolerate moisture and water, lose their original qualities when it rains.
- Due to the design features, the cat will freeze or get wet during precipitation.
- Strongly absorb unpleasant odors, while the carrier cannot be washed.
- The product is not insulated from cold and heat.
- Not intended for rainy and cold weather.
- The cage is heavy and dimensional, it is difficult to carry it in your hands.
How to choose
When choosing a model, the following criteria should be taken into account:
- “Viewing Window” for the muzzle of the animal. Creates a sense of security for the pet. To prevent escape, the window is closed with a special grille.
- Bottom cover. The best option is hard rubber materials. The lining will make the journey comfortable and help the animal sleep peacefully.
- Reliability of fasteners. Be sure to check the clasps, straps or locks, as this is the weak point of all carriers.
- Structural strength. The fabric bags are fully stitched, while the plastic boxes are made of a hard material that will not scratch the inside.
- Carrying capacity. The main rule is to choose an accessory that will fit two cats, even if you are traveling alone. An extra bed will allow the pet to turn around and get comfortable for the night.
A mobile home should be chosen not only by the owner, but also by the pet. The cat may simply not like the basket, and he will refuse to climb into it. It is impossible to push the animal inside by force, as this will become a strong stress.
It is necessary to accustom to carrying gradually. Reward your cat for every correct step in the process. To make it easier for her to get comfortable, put her favorite thing in the container.
The product will be saturated with a natural smell, and the animal will not be afraid to sleep in a new place. After some time, the cat itself will climb into its new house.
- Wash fabrics regularly to prevent odors from accumulating inside. It is better to put a soft towel at the bottom of the bag to make it more comfortable for the cat to sit and sleep on the road.
Such carriers do not have a strong frame, so make sure that the pet does not press down on anything.
- The plastic containers have ventilation holes drilled on the sides or top. Do not cover the carrier unnecessarily, as this will deprive the pet of fresh air.
It is better to close the bottom of the container with a rubber lining. If cracks appear on the plastic, replace the carrier, as the cat can cut itself on chipped holes.
- Baskets made of wood vines lose their marketable appearance and are deformed in the rain. Washing these products is also not recommended, it is better to wipe with a damp cloth.
- Metal products are more unpretentious than the other three types. Store the cage in a safe, dry place. If necessary, lubricate the grille hinges, so it will not creak and frighten the cat.
Warranty service and its terms differ in different pet stores, but there are three main points for each service option:
- Replacement of damaged or defective goods upon purchase. If a marriage is found, you have the right to contact the pet store for a refund or replacement of goods.
- Replacement of individual carrying parts that are out of order. In case of breakdowns, a new grill, lock or latch will be installed in the store. All work is carried out free of charge during the warranty period.
- Announced the terms of the guarantee and the issuance of a warranty card. The warranty card proves the right of the buyer to receive the services of the technical support service of the store. Immediately after the purchase, you are required to issue this paper.
You should read the specific warranty terms before making a purchase.
Manufacturers of cat carriers
The company was founded in 2005 in England. It is a member of Taiwan Holding. The range includes hundreds of types of accessories for animals. A popular carrier from this company is a special backpack for dogs and cats.
Founded in Italy 40 years ago. Over 2,000 pet products are distributed through Ferplast. All products are created according to the latest international standards. Ferplast carriers are made with maximum comfort for cats.
The company’s manufacturing facilities are located in China. The main advantage is low price and a wide range of products. IBIYAYA products are not up to European standards in quality.
German company that manufactures products for pets. The focus is on the design of the carriers, there is a huge selection of colors, cuts and designs. The range allows you to choose a beautiful accessory in accordance with new fashion trends.
The Italian manufacturer has been operating since 1957. Produces household goods, accessories and toys for animals. Produces all types of cat carriers.
Engaged in the production of iron cages in the United States. Supplies products for animals to Russia at low prices. The main advantage of the company is high quality and the fight against fakes.
Italian company for the development of cat carriers. Priority is given to plastic containers for transporting animals on planes and trains.
Russian manufacturer of goods for pets and cats. Quality and inexpensive products.
Another company from Russia. Engaged in the production of bags and clothes for cats. Goods are distributed at very low prices. The quality of products is slightly inferior to foreign options.
Russian manufacturer of fabric bags for cats. Prefers nylon materials, has acceptable warranty conditions. All products are made in accordance with international standards.
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