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Cat Carrier Buyer's Guide


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
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our cat's travel safety relies on a quality pet carrier. Whether for quick jaunts to the veterinarian or expeditions around the world, your pet carrier needs to offer comfort, safety, and security. This helps reduce stress levels and protect your cat while she's on unfamiliar grounds.

Many cat carrier styles are available. Choose one based on the following criteria:

Size
Large enough for your cat to turn freely, stand, and lay down inside, with ample space for food and/or water dishes. For longer trips, it should also accommodate a small litter box.

Construction
Sturdy with doors that securely latch or zipper is best. A water-resistant bottom with an absorbent pad inside helps contain any accidents and cushion your pet's ride, so a removable fleece liner for extra comfort is a plus.

Ventilation
The most important feature of any carrier, designed for any distance of travel. Choose a carrier with at least three sides of ventilation.

Features
Zippered pockets, leash clips, and carry straps make for convenient travel.

If you are traveling by airplane, consult your airline for their specific size, ventilation, strength, sanitation, and design requirements.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS
Original Deluxe Sherpa Soft-Sided Carrier
The stylish Original Deluxe Sherpa Soft-Sided Carrier
features thick quilted nylon construction for comfort, durability, and security to keep your kitty safe while on the road.
Compass Kennels
Airline-compliant Compass Kennels offer 360-degree ventilation and visibility enhance your pet's travel experience.
Dura-Ruff® Folding Pet Den
The Dura-Ruff® Folding Pet Den is the ultimate in lightweight portability!
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