Cat Carriers & Crates

Pet crates and pet carriers, for cats or dogs, come in a wide array of sizes and materials. It is important to select the carrier that will work in a variety of situations. Select something with hard sides and wheels for heavier pets that may be rough on the carrier or something soft-sided with a shoulder strap for a docile pet.

What is the correct size carrier for a pet?

The key is to select a cat carrier that is not too big or too small. If the carrier is too large, your cat may tumble around as you transport it. This is uncomfortable and unsafe. If the carrier is too small, your cat may feel trapped, which only adds to any existing anxiety it has about being enclosed in the first place. Select a carrier that is about 1.5 times larger than your cat will be as an adult. While still a kitten, you can use a soft towel to take up the extra space in the cat carrier.

Do airlines accept pet crates or carriers in the cabin?

There are some airlines that allow small pets in the cabin of the plane. The cat or dog must be in a carry-on kennel or approved pet carrier that fits under a passenger seat. Ideally, you'll want a cat carrier that locks to prevent your pet from accidentally escaping in the airport or on the plane.

How do you get a pet into a cat carrier?

Most dogs naturally love to climb into a crate or kennel. For cats, it can be tricky. If you have the time, introduce the pet carrier to your cat in familiar surroundings. Set it on the floor with the door propped open and line the bottom with a soft blanket or towel belonging to your pet. Toss in a few toys or bits of dry food, and your cat's natural curiosity should be enough to get it climbing in and out on its own in a few days. If you need him in the carrier quickly, follow these steps:

  • Place a towel in the cat carrier and position the carrier on its back end so the open door is facing the ceiling.
  • With one hand supporting his bottom, lift your cat up under his front legs.
  • Talk to your cat to distract him while you lower him rear-end first into pet carrier.
  • Once his head is safely below the door, quickly close the door and secure the latch.
  • Slowly return the carrier to its correct position and let your cat get used to this new development.
What other pets be put into a cat carrier?

Most small animals can be temporarily housed or transported in a pet crate or pet carrier as long as they don't fit through the air holes or the bars in the doorway.

  • Small dogs
  • Rabbits, guinea pigs, and ferrets
  • Larger rodents, such as rats or hamsters
  • Reptiles
  • Birds