Expert guidance on safe and comfortable cat travel!
Cat carriers are the safest way to transport your cat to the vets.
They offer protection, security and minimise the risk of escape. For a lot of cats, travelling is an odd experience and may not be met too enthusiastically. For their comfort it’s important to reduce their stress wherever possible.
To ensure that you have a safe carrier that will help your cat feel secure, we have set up a carrier re-cycling scheme. We would like to ask all clients to donate unwanted carriers to the practice. Carriers that meet ISFM standards will be cleaned, stored and made available to people who would benefit from one.
We would kindly ask that anyone who takes a safe carrier leaves a donation of £5, which will be passed onto Caring4Cats. You get a bargain, your cat is safe, together we’re recycling and raising money for charity.
So, what makes an appropriate carrier? It should be;
- Be made of a robust material
- Have a removable lid
- No broken clips
- No cable ties/ bits of string required to support closure
And how can you help your cat feel more settled?
- Never grab, pull or shake your cat out of a carrier –instead, remove the lid and lift your cat out
- Leave the carrier out at home so your cat gets used to seeing it – that way it’s not as alarming when the carrier suddenly appears!
- Once back at home your cat might want to stay in the carrier for a while which is fine, leave the door open and let them come out in their own time.
- If you have a wire carrier, a blanket to cover the carrier may help your cat feel less exposed.
- Pop a blanket or piece of bedding in the carrier for them to sit on.