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Cat Carriers for Safety and Comfort

Updated on November 6, 2012

How To Select A Cat Carrier for Safety and Comfort

There are many different types of cat carriers. They come in different sizes, shapes, materials, and accessories. Some are soft, other hard. Some are collapsible, some not.

Here, I'll cover the different types of carriers that I've used over the past 30 years and also share with you the latest in carriers.

Every cat owner should have a carrier. A cat or kitten should not be carried in your car without a carrier. They should be in it at all times. It is their safety net should you have to make a fast stop or you are in an accident. Loose cats can cause accidents so please do not take the chance.

Cats should ALWAYS be in a carrier while riding in a vehicle.

Hard vs. Soft Carriers

What's the difference?

I prefer hard carriers because I have multiple cats and if I have 1 cat in a carrier, one of the others sits on top. Most of the soft carriers crush down so the cat in the carrier is actually sat on.

The other reason I like hard carriers is that I can stack them when not in use. Or, if in an emergency (see How To Fireproof Your Cats for more info) and I need to grab everyone -- I have 14 cats to evacuate in an emergency -- I can put stack them in the staging area or in the car.

Soft carriers work for people with one 1 or 2 cats and they want to be able to fold them up to take up less space. They also only weigh 2 pounds, so they work well to carrier in your motor home, if you have one.

This is not a cat carrier

This is not a cat carrier
This is not a cat carrier

Aran 3 Double Door, Hard Pet Carrier - 25 x 17 x 17 inches

Aran 3 Double-Door Pet Carrier
Aran 3 Double-Door Pet Carrier

This is a great product allowing you to open either end to extract your cat. Also has easy to open slide locks on the side for cleaning or to get Bootsy out. Sometimes a cat gets scared at the vet's office and hides at one end of the carrier. Now, you can get her out easily.

 

Vari Kennel Ultra - Medium Size - 28 x 20.5 x 21.5

Ultra Vari Kennel 28" 25-30LB
Ultra Vari Kennel 28" 25-30LB

A nice hard carrier with 1 door, plenty of ventilation, and wing nuts if you need to remove the lid for cleaning or to get your cat out.

 

Intermediate Kennel Cab Pet Carrier - 24 x 16.7 x 14.5 inches

Petmate Kennel Cab Intm Moss Bank Coffee Grnds S
Petmate Kennel Cab Intm Moss Bank Coffee Grnds S

This carrier is approved for airline use and includes handy storage compartments on top. Will hold animals up to 20 pounds.

 

Bergan Comfort Carrier Soft-Sided Pet Carrier, Large, Black - 19 x 10 x 13 inches

Bergan, Comfort Carrier, Large, Black
Bergan, Comfort Carrier, Large, Black

If you need a soft carrier -- say you are traveling and need to keep the weight down. This weighs only 2.5 pounds. It has a shoulder strap, great ventilation and several convenient pockets. Can up pets up to 22 lbs.

 

Large Kennel Cab Pet Carrier - 26 x 18.5 x 16.5 inches

Petmate Ultra Vari Kennel Fashion Pet Carrier, 26-Inch, For Pets 20-25 Pounds, Deer/Brown
Petmate Ultra Vari Kennel Fashion Pet Carrier, 26-Inch, For Pets 20-25 Pounds, Deer/Brown

A nice hard carrier that is approved for airline use. It has a couple of compartments and can hold animals up to 25 lbs.

 

Don't even think about using a cardboard box!

Don't even think about using a cardboard box!
Don't even think about using a cardboard box!

Cat-Woman (that's me) Strolling a Kitty

Cat-Woman (that's me) Strolling a Kitty
Cat-Woman (that's me) Strolling a Kitty

Bags make lousy carriers.

Bags make lousy carriers.
Bags make lousy carriers.

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @julieannbrady: Hi Julie, Never had one get out because in the carrier on the stroller is a loop to hook on a leash, which I use with a harness on the cat. They can't get far even if they try. lol They are a great item for cat safety yet gets them out of the house, and you get exercise too! ;-)

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Ah, such cute photos of cats in containers! That stroller -- has a cat ever gotten out of one whilst outside jogging or walking? I wouldn't mind trying Boots the cat in one of those. She might enjoy it!

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      ivchoto 6 years ago

      Great article! You can find mor tips on: http://thepetstrollers.com

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Helpful advice, great lens :-)

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Great tips for cat owners. I love the photos.

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      Janet1 8 years ago

      I remember when you took the picture of Kira in the bag. I can't believe she's 15 years old.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      LOL Loved the photos. My younger cat looks just like the one on the soft-side cooler. He'd do that, too.