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Q: Cat Carrier, which do you reccomend?

June 2, 2009 | By Norrie | 11 answers | Expired: 1956 days ago

Cat Carrier, which do you reccomend?

I need to buy a cat carrier, we always used one of those cardboard ones but then I used some one elses to take their cat in for vet visits and saw what I'd been missing.
What type do you use, would you by that type again?
Where did you buy yours and about what price range was it?

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Tabitha T.
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Jun 15, 2009

I use a plastic carrier with the door on the front and on top. It is the easiest with a cat especially if they don't like to go into carriers in the first place like mine do. With the top able to open you can just place them in their really quick and close the door. No fighting with them or anything. Mine was made by petmate and I got it from Petco. It was about $35 or $45 I think. With the weather issure if it is raining or snowing I will put two blankets in their with the cage a blanket over the top. It actually makes it easier to carry with the blanket over the handle on the top of the cage. Because those handles aren't exactly the most comfortable.

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Julie
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Jun 03, 2009

I have a soft sided carrier for my siamese (for some reason he doesn't like the hard kind) and for my other cat i have the standard hard shell carrier .

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Prevost1580
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Jun 03, 2009

Jillian,

I have a pink carrier,too! but my ragdoll squee is too big(16 pounds ) for it.lol~ I can put two meezers ( Siamese ) in the pink carrier.

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Ourstaff
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Jun 03, 2009

I have medium sized Vari-Kennels for all 3 of my cats. I got them in the dog sections of my local pet supply store. They are airline approved and very strong. They are a little more expensive but in an emergency the cats can stay in them for an extended time. I got the first 2 in 1988 and they are still in such good condition that it is hard to tell them from the one I got in 2005

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JerZgirl
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Jun 03, 2009

I like the plastic Vari-Kennels or Pet Porters. They run about 20 dollars and are really sutrdy.

A double door model (top and front) comes in handy though it is more money.

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Jillian
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Jun 03, 2009

i bought mine at the grocery store for about $20...and its pink!

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Kavykeeper
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Jun 03, 2009

I know guinea pigs are a lot smaller than cats, but I prefer a carrier that opens at the top. I've used those that have a front opening, but they are really hard to clean and if your pet is reluctant to come out, it's a struggle. I use the plastic ones that look like a suitcase with air slots on all sides. I have one with a metal bars on the top which is better when it's hot out and a second one with a solid plastic top. I've seen front loading ones that also open at the top. Those are larger and are probably your best bet.

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Sheryl J.
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Jun 03, 2009

I got one for my cat right from the shelter I adopted her from. It's great, they are usually donated to the shelter at no cost so they re-cycle them at very low cost and the money they do charge goes right back to the shelter.....Win-win, you get the carrier you need and are making a donation to your shelter!!

Bonus, if your cat is a kitten you can start with a smaller one, then when you need to upgrade you can re-donate the smaller one and get your bigger one and so on...

I did go with the hard plastic carriers, they hold up very well, are well ventalated and I can bring my indoor cat outside with me as well as taking her to the vet.

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Prevost1580
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Jun 03, 2009


I prefer plastic or metal carriers, not the cloth or fabric because I just do not feel that they protect the cat or dog,enough.

I agree with the other posters here,the double door carriers are the best ones because the vets or YOU can get them in or out, two different ways.

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Wendy L.
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Jun 03, 2009

The double-door types (that have a door on the top or a door on the bottom) are indeed the best! If you get a plastic carrier that has "snaps" to put it together on the sides instead of screws then you could have nearly the same thing (just a slight more of a hassle if your cat won't come through the front) for much less the price. We use these for the bunnies (who often don't like to come through the front door either) and its definitely nice to have that option. You can sometimes find them at Wal-mart, Big Lots, or even the Dollar General, but Petsmart or Petco has a much larger selection. I have gotten a decent one for $15 (a great deal) but seen them on average be $20-$30.

I don't recommend the cloth fabric types - they aren't very sturdy (especially if your cat likes to move around a lot) and their nails can come through the fabric if they get very fiesty. It's also more difficult to clean if they pee or poo in the carrier.

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