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Traveling With a Kitten On a Plane? Heres how

Can You Take Your Kitten on a Plane?

Most pet owners don't like the idea of leaving their pets behind when they travel. Traveling with your kitten on a commercial flight can sometimes feel or seem like a straightforward idea, however, it's unfortunately far from it. 

The logistics involved can literally be a nightmare. Not only may you face several documentation requirements accompanied by a host of other things, you may have to part with some additional costs. And all these things depend on the airline you've chosen to travel with.

With sufficient preparation and research, both you and your young feline companion can fly safely as well as comfortably.

The rules and regulations are usually similar to the ones that dog owners have to abide by, but as with dogs, it's highly advised you consult your vet and airline prior to your scheduled travel date.

Choose what is most comfortable and safe for your kitten when making air travel decisions, especially if it's an international flight.

The reality is that your cat will almost always rather be left at home rather than travel with you by air if they had to choose, just like dogs and many other pet animals, but, if you feel like you must travel with your kitten, then we have a few tips for a low stress and safe trip. So, traveling with a kitten on a plane? Heres how.

Are There Age Restrictions For Kittens On a Plane?

Usually, most, if not all, airlines have their own individual pet policies when it comes to people flying with their pets. These pet policies are normally rules, regulations and requirements that pet owners must meet and abide by if they want their pet animals to be allowed to fly with them.

Most of these airlines have different age restrictions so it really depends on what airline you're considering. However, many of them will rarely allow newborn kittens to fly with them. A kitten that has just been born might give the airline some complications their not willing to handle. It's best you check with the airline you've chosen on what their age restrictions are when it comes to cats and kittens.

Can You Take Your Kitten in the Cabin?

If the cat carrier you have can easily and comfortably fit right under the seat just in front of yours, then typically your kitten can be allowed to travel with you in the cabin. 

That generally means pets weighing in at about twenty pounds and not more. Most, or rather all, kittens are normally well under that weight which means that kittens can definitely be allowed to travel with you in the cabin.

Under-seat space dimensions vary from airplane to airplane. Each of them has their own individual space dimensions. This will often limit the total number of pets allowed to fly on that particular airplane.

This is another reason why you should always check and consult your airline first before making any concrete travel decisions. Most airlines rarely allow their customers to buy an extra seat for their pets.

Traveling with your kitten this way is usually way less expensive than putting it in the plane's belly. This is because your kitten will essentially act as carry-on luggage.

What About the Cargo Hold Area?

Another option available to you is letting your kitten fly as cargo. This entails placing them in a temperature-controlled, pressurised cargo compartment.

Your kitten is allowed to travel this way either as unaccompanied shipping cargo or as checked luggage alongside yourself in the same aircraft.

However, you may have to meet some shipping timeline requirements if you're considering letting your kitten travel as unaccompanied cargo, so you must ensure you check and consult with the particular airline you've chosen to fly with for further details.

Some animal rights groups, such as the Humane Society located in the United States, are of the opinion that you should only fly with your kitten or cat in the cabin and the unaccompanied cargo option should be avoided whenever it can. Besides, some airlines won't even allow you to transport your kitten as unaccompanied cargo.

Should You Visit the Vet Before Travel?

It is essential to take your kitten to the vet before you travel. Traveling, especially by air, is usually really difficult for cats, let alone kittens.

You'll want to make sure that your kitten is healthy enough to endure traveling by air. Your vet will examine your kitten and make sure that all its vaccinations are up to date.

If your kitten so happens to be suffering from a particular illness, ask your vet how you can properly manage or treat it, if possible, prior to your scheduled flight.

Most airlines will require that your kitten has a valid health certificate, certifying that it has all the required vaccines and that your kitten is fit and healthy enough to travel by air.

Only your vet can complete and provide you with this health certificate. Some, if not all, airlines usually have certain time restrictions when it comes to health certificate completion.

Most of them typically require you to complete it within around ten days prior to your flight, however, it's always best to confirm the specific time restrictions with the airline you've chosen to use.

Also, if your kitten happens to be on any particular medication for whatever reason, you'll need to consult your vet on how you can medicate your kitten during the day of travel.

Should You Consider Sedating Your Kitten During the Flight?

Cat owners sometimes wrongly assume that sedating their cat, or in this case kitten, will make its air travel experience less stressful.

However, sedating your kitten when flying is not only dangerous but, it can prove to be very detrimental to the safety of your young feline.

Sedatives can negatively affect your kitten's regular breathing as well as several other bodily responses. Also, pets, kittens included, react differently to certain medications when traveling by air. 

In fact, very many airlines will not allow you to fly with a sedated pet because over sedation during air travels can cause the death of your pet animal.

The best way to effectively ease the anxiety you expect your kitten to have is by properly crate-training it. Make sure you let your kitten get accustomed to its crate before flying with it.

The more comfortable it is when inside its cat carrier, the less anxious its likely to be during the flight. It will also probably be less aggressive when at the airport.

Another great trick you can use to make your kitten less anxious is placing a blanket or T-shirt you own that smells like you so that you can remind it of home.

The Car Ride With Your Kitten to the Airport

Your kitten should always remain in its cat carrier, even on the car ride to the airport. Like we mentioned earlier, most cats generally don't like traveling, and it really doesn't matter whether it's by air or by road. 

So, for your safety as well as theirs, ensure you keep it in its cat crate at all times. In fact, it should be in its carrier until you reach your final destination. 

It is also very important you restrain the cat carrier from bouncing around in your car so as to avoid potentially injuring your kitten. You can do this by wrapping your car seat belt around the kitten carrier's front side.

You should also ensure that the front seats are left for humans. Your kitten should be restricted to your car's back seat.

This is done to avoid injury to your kitten when airbags are deployed in the event of an accident. The pressure from airbag deployment can injure your kitten even though it may be in its carrier.

And, hopefully, by now this goes without saying but never ever allow your cat to roam free in the car while your driving. Again we say, ensure they are in their carriers at all times. We just can't stress this enough.

Studying The Rules of Your Destination Country

International flights with your kitten will usually require a lot more planning and can be way more complex than regional flights usually are. It's definitely a good idea to study the rules of your destination country before making any final travel arrangements.

Some airlines will not allow you to fly with your kitten, or any pet animal in general, on international flights. 

If the airline you're considering does allow you to travel with your kitten internationally, they'll most likely want a completed international health certificate first before they can allow your kitten on the plane. 

Furthermore, you will also have to have complied with your destination country's requirements. Some countries don't allow certain types of pet animals so you'll need to know whether your kitten lies in that category.

What Is The Best Cat Carrier For My Cat on Our Travels?

There's a lot you need to consider when choosing the right carrier bag or crate for your kitten. For starters, the carrier you select needs to be one that has well-secured latches that can't be pried open by your kitten while inside.

Metal fasteners are usually much stronger than the plastic ones. Strong fasteners are even more important if your kitten happens to be traveling in the cargo hold area of the plane.

The kitten travel carrier you select must also be one that offers sufficient ventilation. This is something very important that most cat owners tend to overlook when buying a carrier. 

The only way you can ensure your kitten has adequate airflow is if the cat carrier ventilation is of a high standard.

It goes without saying but hard sided kitten carriers manufactured using plastic won't only effectively sustain your pet's chewing and scratching, they are usually very durable as well.

They are also much easier to clean and maintain that those other soft-sided kitten carriers made from fabric available on the market.

Another thing is that some airlines will require you to have a hard-sided carrier if you want to travel with your kitten, especially if it's going to be in the cargo hold area of the plane.

However, hard-sided kitten carriers may not be as comfortable as the soft-sided counterparts.

What Type of Food and Drink Should You Carry For Your Kitten?

A cat is usually a creature of habit. They won't like it when they have to deviate from their regular feeding routine. However, the general rule is that you feed your cat about four hours before the flight and nothing more until you reach your final destination.

But, you can carry its favourite snacks and canned foods in case of any emergencies, especially if it's a kitten your traveling with. As the flight time approaches avoid food but don't restrict it from drinking water.

If your traveling with your kitten by air, it could take several hours or even in some case one or two days before your kitten gets a bite to eat after the flight.

If you feed it a few hours prior to your flight, you'll allow your cat or kitten some time to partially digest its food thus reducing the risk of it vomiting and experiencing nausea en route.

Your kitten will probably not be used to flying just yet so it'll probably get airsick if you feed it to close to or during the flight. Use your car to try teaching it how to deal with motion sickness days or even weeks, if possible, before the flight.

If you really feel like you have to feed your kitten during the flight, then we recommend you carry its favourite cat treats to calm its nerves. However, it really all depends on you, how you feel and how you want to maintain and take care of your kitten. 

If you're on one of those long flights, feeding it its favourite canned food or whatever food it usually enjoys the most when at home is okay. But water is something it should have access to all the time. Clean, fresh water will do it just fine, no need to get too fancy with that.

If your kitten is on any medication or you've opted, or the vet has suggested, you sedate it during flight, make sure you follow, to the letter, all the food-relevant directives you've been provided with and exclude any other irrelevant advice.

In fact, your vet's recommendations are the only things you should abide by. After you've reached your final destination, ensure your kitten has access to a clean litter-box as well as fresh food and water.

Should You Trim Your Kittens Nails?

You should always trim your cat or kitten's nails before traveling no matter the type of travel it'll be, be it air, road or sea. 

Allowing your kitten to travel with long nails is giving it the opportunity to scratch up the carrier's interior during the flight. 

And if your kitten is to get really anxious it could cause a whole of damage to its kitten carrier.

If it's going to be traveling in the cargo hold area it could potentially get its nails stuck in the bars of the kitten carrier which could ultimately lead to serious injury. 

If you don't think you have the ability to trim its nails by yourself, you can have your vet do it.

The general rule is that the nails of a cat should be trimmed at least once every ten days or at most after every two weeks. Kittens are no exception.

So time the trimming of its nails perfectly so that they stay short up until your scheduled trip. If the journey is going to be one of those very long flights, fly with some nail clippers so you can trim them during the flight.

Going Through the Airport Security

When going through the security screening at the airport, you best believe that your kitten's carrier will have to be checked using x-ray machines

Your kitten itself will probably have to be carried by you as you go through the metal detectors. You might want to consider checking out the TSA Pre-check.

It gives you access to lines that are moving faster as well as the added benefit of not having to remove your light jackets and shoes.

Again, don't forget that the pet policies' details and requirements vary from airline to airline.

It's always best to check and consult with your airline directly when planning your trip so as to make sure that both you and your kitten arrive at your final destination safely without too many complications.

You can try practicing the airport screening procedure at home with your kitten so as to have a smooth transition into the plane when you get to the actual airport.

Your kitten will most likely be required to leave its cat carrier, as we mentioned earlier so that it can be checked and inspected.

While at home learn how to secure your kitten with its harness or leash and let it feel comfortable and accustomed to wearing it so that it doesn't give you any problems while at the airport. 

This is very essential because even if your kitten is the mellowest of them all, it'll probably get a little startled by all the airport activity. Ensuring it's properly accustomed to its harness or leash will help make things a little better.

How to Comfort Your Kitten While on the Plane

Keeping your kitten calm during flight isn't too difficult if you know what you're doing. Whether it will be traveling in the plane's belly in the cargo hold area or whether it is going to be with you in the plane's cabin, you should practice some non-verbal and verbal communication techniques so as to keep it calm before as well as during the flight, if possible.

One example is, staring into its eyes while it's in the carrier and slowly blinking your eyes until it responds by blinking back. This a very popular and common trick of how to calm your kitten or cat down during air travel. 

Cats and kittens alike usually take this form of communication as a positive sign that everything will be alright. In addition to that, you can have conversations and reassuring talks before and/or during the flight.

Don't worry about looking a little bit crazy, remember, it's all because of the love you have for your young feline companion.

Should You Pack Food For The Kitten to Travel With?

A cat, or kitten in this particular situation, should generally not be fed during flights. This is because the food might cause your kitten to be more nauseous than it already may be.

Eating during the flight might also cause your cat to vomit as well as other little accidents while it's inside its kitten carrier.

However, there is always that possibility of flights getting delayed for hours and hours on end and that flight could be potentially yours, so if you feel like you must bring along food with you on the plane, just in case, then carry its favourite canned dry foods.

Giving your kitten a few bites of cat food to avoid keeping it from getting very hungry might not be such a bad idea. If your kitten is traveling by way of the cargo hold area and the flight is going to be very long one, then attach its bag of dry food to its carrier alongside a few short feeding instructions.

Keep Your Regular Routine

On the travel day try as much as you can to keep a calm and regular routine, as hard as that may be sometimes.

A cat almost always never responds well to drastic changes. It usually affects its whole mentality in a negative way. T

he sudden changes will most likely affect your cat's whole mood increasing its stress levels and anxiety and eventually causing it to completely act out, for example, relieving itself outside of the litter box.

For kittens, all this becomes ten times worse because it still doesn't know very many things. Keep your preparations calm and if possible try and maintain its regular feeding schedule so it uses the litter box as it normally would.

This ensures that once you place it in its carrier, it won't want to defecate again until you guys have reached your final destinations. Keeping things as normal and as calm as you can will help it empty its bowels and bladder before you place it in the kitten carrier.

Convince Your Kitten to Spend Time in its Carrier

Your kitten will probably need at least one whole month to properly be prepared to travel by air. During this time, a lot of what you should be doing is inviting your kitten to get accustomed to spending time inside its kitten carrier.

Entice it by making the carrier look inviting by placing some of its favourite comforts inside the carrier. This could include some of the toys it likes to play with the most or its comfortable beddings.

In the locations where your kitten likes to frequent, at all times, always leave the kitten carrier open. The place it will most likely be frequenting at this stage is its bed and maybe its scratching post.

This allows it the opportunity to explore the carrier at its leisure as well as without having the fear that you'll close the door behind it once it gets inside. Even feeding it while it's inside will sometimes help give your kitten a positive association with the carrier.

After your kitten has gotten a bit accustomed to being inside the carrier, and this is obviously after you've given it sufficient exploration time, you can start practicing closing the door behind it.

In the beginning, start by closing it for just a few seconds. Immediately after opening it give it a treat. Repeat this over and over again each time slowly increasing the duration it takes you to open and give it the treat.

Label Your Kitten Carrier

It's very important to make labels for your kitten's carrier, especially if it's going to be traveling by way of the cargo hold area.

The labels you place on the carrier should contain all your contact information as well as the contact information you'll be using at your final destination.

For instance, if you're going to be using hotel accommodation, on the label record the name of the hotel, their phone number and address.

Place the labels on the outside as well as the inside of the kitten carrier. Do this so that there are spares in the event the outside labels come off or get lost during the course of the journey.

Additionally, in the scenario whereby your kitten happens to be traveling by way of the cargo hold area, make some large sized 'Live Animal' labels for its safety and place them strategically on the outside.

Do this a few days before the travel day so that you can avoid having a hectic day and interfering with the calmness of the kitten.

Opening the Carrier During Flight

You can open the kitten carrier during some flights, however, this all generally depends on the pet policies the airline you happen to be using has.

Although, normally most cat owners are advised not to open their carriers until they've reached their final destinations. What you're usually meant to do is as soon as you've arrived your final destination, open the kitten carrier and examine your kitten to find out whether everything is okay.

If something doesn't feel right with it, find a way to take him to the nearest vet as soon as possible. Ensure you get the vet you've gone to see to write down the exam results, including the time and date.

This you will use as evidence in case you choose to file complaints against the airlines on how they potentially mistreated your kitten, especially in the situation it happened to travel by cargo hold.

Check Which Type of Carrier is Permitted in the Cabin

For starters, always try to find a way whereby you're traveling together with your kitten in the cabin. It's usually much safer than letting it travel in the plane's belly as cargo.

Most airlines will allow either soft-sided kitten carriers or their hard-sided counterparts. In this particular scenario, the soft-sided carriers come out on top by being the better option because they're usually much easier to slide under the seat in front of you, which is normally the requirement in most airlines.

The downside is that only some particular brands are normally permitted by certain airlines. You'll have to check with your airline if the one you're considering will be allowed by them.

Prepare Your Kitten for Loud Sounds

Both the airport as well as the plane itself can sometimes be extremely noisy. In fact, most often than not, they both always are. If and when your kitten gets comfortable with the car rides, take it to the airport and while it's inside its kitten carrier, sit with it outside for a while.

The commotion and loud noises may be petrifying at first, however, a few more trips like these will get it used to the loud sounds and noises. You can go further and try taking it if you can, all the way inside the airport until right next to the flight check-in regions. 

After every successful trip, reward your kitten for its good behaviour by giving it some treats. All this will help get your kitten get used to what can be a potentially horrifying experience for it.

Conclusion

Traveling with your kitten on an airplane doesn't have to be as cumbersome and as difficult as some may make you think it is, especially if you're well prepared and you know exactly what you're doing.

And that's basically why we're here. To offer you as much information on such matters to make traveling with your pet easy for you. Hopefully, after reading this, you won't have to leave your kitten at home next time you're traveling by air. And remember, if you liked what we had to say, sharing is caring.

Can i Use a Box Instead of a Cat Carrier?

So, Can I use a box instead of a cat carrier?

In the case where you don’t want to spend money on a decent carrier (Click here for the 5 best carriers for cats that hate carriers), there is always an option to produce a homemade cat carrier and this article teaches you how to make one.

However, s much as you want to transport your cat to see the vet or take it on a trip, it is important to understand that your pet’s comfort and safety is paramount.

Using a box is never a great idea as there is little or no ventilation and this poses a threat to your feline’s life. However, several features must be considered in the case that you really want to use a homemade cat carrier.

To begin with, her comfort, warmth and coziness is of utmost consideration. The carrier is expected not be too large, just big enough for the cat’s balance to avoid any agitation and violent outburst from your feline. 

Though homemade card boards are used as cat carriers by some pet owners, it should be noted that these boxes are specially made with ventilated features and graced with other cozy materials and to keep the cat comforted.

What is a homemade cat carrier?

These are cat carriers that are produced from scratch especially with homemade materials. Some pet owners may use pillows and baskets to transport their cats, but this is never really a safe method. Other homemade cat carriers are cardboard carriers, which are made from cardboard.

This homemade carrier however is not always as solid as you may expect it to be as it may wear out after several scratches (Click here to see why cats scratch around their food area) from a cat as well as from rainfall or even by urine (click here to see if you can clean cat urine with bleach) from the cat.

The soft-sided carriers made from nylon is much more cozy for your cat, especially when if your cat is not too large. Your cat may be tempted to tear the nylon and this could be a potential headache for the you, as well as any fellow travellers.

Hard-sided carriers made from plastics  are sturdy and durable. However, there may be difficulty during transportation of pets especially in the case of air transport as it may pose a problem to fit it under the seat of the airplane.

How do you make a homemade cat carrier?

For most cat owners who are on a limited budget or don’t just feel like investing on a cat’s carrier, there are several tips that can enable you provide a comfortable carrier for your pet.

With this in mind, you’ve got to employ a little hard work and creativity, to provide your cat its most deserved comfort. Usually it is advisable to use cardboard, taking into consideration the size of the cat and ensuring that there will be ample space for your pet, just enough to keep the pet comforted.

Firstly, ensure that the structure is ventilated on the inside, made cozy especially with toys and warmed up with blankets (Click here to see if cats like to be under your blankets) or other thick linen. It’s no secret that cats are fascinated by a comfortable and homelike environment. In addition, ensure that the outer portion of the carrier is secured in order to prevent your cat from going out unnoticed.

Do vets approve of cats without cat carriers?

In areas where vets and their staff do house calls, they can approve cats without carriers. This is quite convenient for the cat owners as it saves time and it is safe especially as they don’t have to take the cat out of the house. These house calls however are not done in all areas of the cities. In addition, there are several reasons why vets approve cats with carriers.

Cat carriers are beneficial for the cat’s safety for a handful of reasons. Pet owners can transport their cats in a car very conveniently, without any fear as there isn’t the possibility of the cat jumping out of the window or being a bother to other passengers especially in the case of public transport.

Using a cat carrier also saves the owner from unnecessary panic attacks when driving, as cats can get scared on the road and you can never tell what untold accidents they may provoke especially if your attention is divided between your pet and the wheel.

Why do some cat owners refuse to get a carrier?

Some cat owners consider investing in cat carriers as a waste of resources. This however is a wrong notion especially as it jeopardizes the cat’s security as well as the safety of its immediate environment. Cats usually don’t like carriers probably because of their confining nature.

It is quite challenging to get a cat to enter its carrier. This discouraging factor is perhaps the main reason why most cat owners would spare themselves the expenditure of purchasing a carrier. Nonetheless, the more comfortable and homelike the carrier is, the more fascinated the cat will be and will not be scared whenever it is confronted with one.

Taking pets out of the home during every errand could be such a huge responsibility; hence, cat owners will rather prefer that their pets stay behind while they sort out their daily routines. This may lead to reluctance in the purchase of cat carriers.

For cat owners who receive house calls from vets, there is usually no need to purchase a cat carrier as vets usually approve only cats with carriers during vaccination sessions.

Transitioning Your Cat

When it comes to the transportation of a cat, safety of your feline is top priority and so in the case where a cat carrier is farfetched, there are other mediums that can serve as temporary substitutes like baskets, harnesses or sports bags. Make it a duty to introduce your cat to travelling in a car. This may be quite challenging at first but get the cat to become familiar with car rides and endeavour to begin with slow rides to avoid aggression from your pet.

What size carrier for 12 pound cat?

what size carrier for 12 pound cat

So, what size carrier for a 12 pound cat? Usually, the rule of thumb in this situation is, simply taking a look at your cat should tell you what cat carrier is the right size for your cat. The average weight of most adult cats range from nine to twelve pounds. 

So if your cat weighs twelve pounds, that would mean it's most likely an adult cat. When determining the appropriate size carrier for such cats, what you'll be required to do is, take your cat and measure its length from the root of its tail all the way to the tip of its nose. 

Then, take what you've got and multiply that result by 1.5 times. The answer that is produced is the approximate cat carrier size you should aim at acquiring.

However, there're a few other things you'll need to consider. For starters, if you're planning on traveling internationally with your cat, you'll have to check whether your cat carrier of choice is airline approved and whether it meets the pet policy guidelines of the particular airline you've chosen to use. 

Most airlines have very strict rules and guidelines when it comes to this. For a long journey by road, aim for a cat carrier that will offer your cat enough room to move around in. They must be able to exist comfortably and freely while inside the cat carrier.

Choosing the Right Size Carrier for Your Cat

Like we mentioned earlier, in the beginning of this article, the general rule when it comes to picking a cat carrier that is the right size for your cat is, the size of the cat carrier is usually determined by how big your cat is. And determining the size of your cat can be done by simply taking a good look at it.

A cat carrier is the right size when your cat can comfortably turn around as well as stand-up without having to crouch. This is ideal for those short trips, such as a visit to your vet's office.

However, if your intention is to travel a long distance with your cat, then you'll have to consider a few other things when choosing the right size cat carrier. 

The first thing you'll have to do is to ensure that there's enough space to accommodate a water bowl, food bowl and litter tray. These days most cat carriers have those items pre-packaged already.

So, it'll be great for you as well as your cat if you can get one of those carriers that has those items already pre-packaged in it. But. if that happens to be way out of your price range, you can get one that has enough room for all those things and your cat as well.

Is Bigger Always Better?

By the way, don't always think that the larger the cat carrier the better it is. Hopefully the above discussion hasn't given you the impression that the bigger the size of the cat carrier the better it will perform. If that's the school of thought you've chosen to take, unfortunately, you're wrong!

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to cat crates. Here, let's explain that a little bit. Cats generally don't like traveling. So,if you get a very big one, your cat , when/if it gets scared, might decide to hide in the corner of the said cat carrier.

An appropriate sized carrier will give your cat the sense of security. And if you're wondering what an appropriate sized cat carrier is, in this scenario, then it's one that allows your cat's back to feel the cat carrier's wall at all times.

It shouldn't have so much room where it gives the cat the option of restricting itself to one corner of the carrier. Such carriers could prove to do more harm than good.

What is Regarded as Too Small?

Okay, if you've been using cat carriers on your cat since it was a kitten, it doesn't mean that you should use the same cat carrier all the way up until your cat's adult life.

A cat carrier that you used to use on your kitten may be considered too small for an adult cat. Once it has grown into a full adult, it will obviously need a little more room and space if you want the cat to be comfortable while inside the cat carrier.

Stuffing your cat into a small cat carrier, or the one you used to use when your cat was a kitten, will make your cat more anxious than it already is because traveling is already something most cats aren't very fond of. If you carefully follow the guidelines set out above, you'll get to know what size of carrier is perfect for your cat.

What if You Have Two or More Cats?

If you have more than one cat and you're thinking of buying one big cat carrier to accommodate all of them, then you might have to think again.

The best idea would be to get separate cat carriers for each of your individual feline companions. For starters, there will probably be those times your only traveling with one of your cats, for instance the occasional visits to the vet doctor.

Forcing one cat to occupy a large cat carrier will be quite awkward for the cat. Additionally, in the event the traveling becomes to stressful for the cats, if you had forced them to travel in one big cat carrier together, they may start showing some aggression towards one another, even thought they may happen to know each other pretty well.

This may not be of any fault of their own but may be caused due to the additional anxiety.

Conclusion

All in all, traveling with your cat doesn't have to be such a difficult thing to do. How easy of an experience it will be for both you and your cat largely depends on the kind of cat carrier your thinking of getting. 

Hopefully, this article has shed some light on how to make your way around choosing the right size carrier for the particular cat you have. Oh, and sharing is caring, if you've learned something new today, let others get enlightened as well. Hit that share button.

Is Travelling with a cat on Westjet even possible?

Not many of us would like to leave our pets at home when we travel. This is especially so if the journey is going to take some days or months. 

The other option may be to leave them off at the pet care service. However, those of us who are really close to our pets wouldn’t be too sure how they’re going to fare without us.

Perhaps the truth is that we do not know how we are going to fare without them.

For instance, I wouldn’t leave my cat with a pet care giver because the poor thing would be missed. Here’s a video showing how to travel with your cat:


But we all know where the challenge may be:

Can I travel with my cat on Westjet?

Westjet is my favorite airline and I couldn’t help asking myself that question when the issue of travelling with the cat arose.

I had to do some research to know the possibility of having my cat along with me when I’m aboard the flight. It’s not as if I don’t see people with pets in flights but in these things it’s better not to base your decisions on presumptions.

A look at the Westjet website confirms that pets are indeed permitted but not necessarily all kinds of pets. Luckily, cats are among the pets that you could actually board the flight with.

The airline actually is keen on making sure that pets travel in comfort and safety. According to the information, passengers are permitted to travel with one pet each.

That means you wouldn’t have to make an alternative arrangement to keep other cats in the hold if you have more than one.

Is it expensive to take your cat?

Since cats are usually small sized animals, taking it along with you on the flight would not be too expensive. Flying with your cat demands preparation, in terms preparing the animal as well as the cost you have to bear taking it along.

We all do this because there’s no way around it, so appropriate budget should be made for the cat. Different airlines have their charges when a pet is brought in the cabin. Usually, this should be cheaper than having it in the hold.

After all, you’re the one keeping an eye on it in the cabin. Be that as it may, with your cat given clearance to join you, you have to pay about $60, at the tine of writing, each way on Westjet. This amount gets higher if your cat is in the hold.

The airline’s policy says that there are times when pets are not allowed in the hold. These are mainly during times of extreme temperatures. The company wouldn’t want to be sued by you for allowing your cat freeze in the hold.

So they do not take pets in the cargo hold from December 15 through January 6. You’ll do well in planning to have your cat in the cabin in case the airline isn’t accepting it in the hold at such times.

Always call the customer service to be doubly sure before the day you’re making your journey. If it is approved and you’re keeping your cat in the cargo hold, at the time of writing, Westjet will charge a pet fee approx $75-$88.50 each way, at the time of writing.

What are the entrance requirements?

It is important that you do the necessary research to ascertain that the country you’re flying to accept pets such as your cat. There are some countries that would not permit it, so you must not even consider taking your feline there.

For instance, Jamaica, Barbados, Hawaii and Ireland have prohibited carrying cats and dogs through to these countries, so not even a connecting flight would permit your cat through if you are passing through any of these countries. The most important requirement is ensuring that your cat has all required vaccinations.

If you are travelling to the EU, there are rules that demand that your cat be identified with an electronic chip, as well as an EU passport certified by a vet that your cat is vaccinated. Some countries have more stringent rules than the above.

This is why you have to find out what demands are applicable in the country you’re travelling to. You wouldn’t want to arrive at your destination only to realize that your cat would be detained in an animal detention facility.

These links should be helpful in doing that:

Can you bring your cat into the cabin?

Airlines such as Westjet would take in your cat in the cabin. However, the key to having your cat in the flight sitting under your seat is notifying the airline that you are boarding with it.

Online reservation is not allowed so you have to put a call across to customer care to ensure that adequate provision has been made to accommodate your cat.

Westjet has a policy that limits the number of pets permitted in different types of aircrafts. For instance, the airline 4 pets per fight in the cabins Boeing 767-300, Boeing 737-600, and WestJet Encore Bombardier.

The probable reason is that it many passengers may find it inconveniencing to have many animal pets in the cabin. These still are animals and may not behave themselves all through the flight.

Another thing you should realize is that you have to use a carrier with which to put your cat. This must be leak proof. Ensure also that the animal has enough room in it to stand and that there is an opening through which it can bring out its head. A zippered bag is appropriate for this.

Final Words on Traveling With Your Cat on Westjet

As a recap, bear in mind that your cat weight must be within the allowable cabin luggage limit. Another thing is that the airline may reject your cat if it looks ill.

This is why you must make sure that adequate care is taken to keep the cat healthy and fit. Remember that a sick looking cat will never be permitted into another country with you even with certificate of vaccination.

Do not start cuddling your pet while in flight. Be sure that you place it under the seat. Most airlines will frown at that considering that even though you love your pet, other passengers may not.

This video will show how simply we can travel with our cats:


Well, that is it about travelling with your cat. Let me know what you think in the comment section. You can also share this if you like it.

What is a Westjet Approved Cat Carrier?

Westjet approved cat carrier


So, what is a Westjet Approved Cat Carrier?

This is basically a cat carrier that the airline has approved. If your cat meets the requirements listed under the pet policy Westjet Airlines provide to its customers for pet travel, then your next step would be to acquire a cat carrier that has been airline approved. 

Some of the pet crate requirements are that it should have enough room for your pet to comfortably lie down, turn around and stand. It should also be made of either rigid plastics, metal, fiberglass, weld metal mesh or plywood.

The floor of an airline approved pet crate must be leakproof and solid. Also, the handles and handling place bars should be located at the cat crate's long side. 

The crate door needs to have a spring loaded and secure all round lock system with their pins having a minimum of a 1.6 cm extension. These doors must be made of wielded or cast metal, or heavy plasticstrong enough to completely secure the cat.

The crate door must also be paw and nose proof so as to ensure your pet doesn't get injured in any way.

What is the The Maximum Weight For Pets?

WestJet Airlines only accepts pets as checked baggage or in cabin on most of their international flights. The pets permitted for in cabin travel under the WestJet pet policy are birds, cats, dogs, hedgehogs, guinea pigs and rabbits.

So, those of you that are cat owners can smile because, so far, your pet fits the bill. However, if your pet, together with its pet carrier, exceed the maximum weight of one hundred pounds or forty five kilograms, then it will not be allowed to fly with this particular airline.

So the maximum weight of your cat, minus the the weight of carrier considering the average weight of a pet carrier goes for around five kilograms or ten pounds, should be around forty kilograms or ninety pounds for it to be permitted on board of this airline.

Should You Register Your Cat Before Travel?

If you're a pet owner, then it's safe to say that you probably spend a large amount of time ensuring your pet is safe and healthy, isn't that right? You feed it nutritious food, you give it daily walks and you seek the assistance of a vet when you notice something is "off".

However, one vital thing that most pet owners forget to do is registering their pets, especially before travel. Registering your pet is just another way of ensuring your pet is as well protected as it can be. Herein below are a few reasons why you should consider officially registering your pet:

  1. It's the Law: In most states, some pet owners are actually legally required to register their pets. You may be required to show your pet's registration if you want them to get on certain flights. Usually, the relevant authorities will award your pet a tag that will act as its license once you and your pet have met the registration requirements.

  2. It Proves Your Pet Has Been Vaccinated: Proper licensing cannot happen if whatever pet you have hasn't been fully vaccinated. A full vaccination is normally one of the most important requirements for most pet registration procedures. Knowing that your pet is fully registered makes it much easier for the staff at airline boarding facilities to be assured that your cat, dog or whatever pet it may be is fully healthy. This will, in turn, save you a lot of valuable time.

  3. If Lost, Your Pet Has a Better Chance of Returning Home: Your pet's registration, in some communities, can sometimes translate into a free trip back home if local animal-control authorities find it. If it hasn't been duly registered, if lost then found, that might mean an overnight stay at a local animal shelter and these usually don't come cheap.

  4. Your Cat Will Be In Safe Hands at the Shelter:A pet that has been registered, if lost, stay longer at the shelter. Unlike unregistered pets, they are less likely to be euthanised. Even though the shelter may find it hard to get in touch with you, if your pet is registered, then they'll most likely be patient and keep it safe for as long as they possibly can.

Things To Do To Prepare Your Cat For Travel

  1. Take Your Cat To the Vet: Traveling by air can sometimes be very difficult for your cat. You'll need to make sure your cat is healthy enough to endure the flight. The vet will give your cat a full examination as well as ensuring that all your cat's vaccinations are up to date. If your cat happens to be suffering from any medical conditions or illness, ask your vet how you can treat or manage these prior your flight.

    Some destinations will require health certifications if you want to travel with your cat. Your vet, after certifying that your cat has gotten all the required vaccines and is healthy enough to travel by air, will award your cat with a completed health certificate. This is actually why it's very important you ensure you visit your vet before traveling by air with your feline companion.

  2. Purchase a Cat Carrier That is Airline ApprovedThis, by now, obviously goes without saying, but, if you haven't traveled with your cat by plane before, then there's a high chance that this is something that's lacking in your cat inventory. You'll need to get in touch with the airline of your choice and find out the pet crate requirements for cargo and in-cabin travel.

  3. Accustom Your Cat to the Pet Carrier: Try and make your cat get used to the pet carrier by letting him spend some time inside the carrier from time to time. This you'll need to start at least three weeks before the travel date.

Conclusion

If done and prepared for well in advance, air travel with your cat, or even air travel with your kitten, doesn't have to be as difficult as most people usually think it is. It all comes down to doing what you need to do to make sure everything goes smoothly for you as well as your cat. So, if you've read and understood this article, then you should be alright. At the very least, hopefully, you now know all the basics.

Best Cat Enclosures for Caravans

Growing up I remember some great camping trips, one of the biggest moments was setting up the tent in a hurry before night fall. Fast forward to today and I have a family to consider. But what do you do if you are traveling with your cat in your caravan? How do you keep them under control?

You travel with your kitty, and its starting to get restless riding around. You want it to get some time outside, but since cats are little escape artists, you want to be sure your cat will be in the same place you left it.

There are a few different ways to accomplish this, but the way a cat will probably appreciate is by having an enclosure system that you can set up on beautiful days for your cat to play and get fresh air.

We’ve compiled a list of some excellent enclosures and we’ve answered your questions about how to choose below. Let’s take a look.

Quick Comparison of Cat Enclosures


How to choose a cat enclosure

There are a few different things to consider for your cat enclosure. You may want to consider any of the following features.

Temporary or permanent?

Enclosures made of fine mesh are great for travel, but you’ll need to set them up each time. If you pick up to travel a lot, and you’re available to supervise your cat’s outdoor time, then a temporary cat dome might be the best option.

If you stay in one place for extended periods of time and want to be able to set the enclosure up and leave it out for a while, there are metal structures similar to kennels that you can pop into place and leave outside.

Protection

What’s the environment like? If your cat is exposed to harsher elements, you might want something with a dedicated rain fly or sunshade so that your cat can be outside without being miserable.

You also want to consider predators. If you are in a remote space and plan to leave your cat outside unsupervised, there’s a good chance you’ll need a stronger enclosure than the typical mesh one. Enclosures that are metal offer some measure of protection from predators, especially if you have kittens, but you will need to have some moderate supervision.

Set-up

Sturdier enclosures, or ones that offer multiple levels, are not as easy to set up, but they do provide some degree of durability and permanence. They allow your cat to climb and offer better protection than mesh enclosures.

The downside is that you might need two people to set up the enclosure, or it might take you longer than a few seconds to get things situated. If you must set up the enclosure and take it down again every day, this could get old.

A mesh enclosure is ready in seconds. You pop it out and place it where you want your cat to play. The downside is that it isn’t as durable and you need to offer a lot more supervision of your cat’s playing.

If you don’t need to set it up and take it down every day, then you might enjoy something that can be assembled and left outside for a period of time. Your cat can climb higher and be kept safer.

Why use a cat enclosure?

It’s essential to give your cat some time to spend outside. Indoor cats that receive access to outdoors are less likely to be bored and destructive inside your house or camper. They need to be able to fulfill their evolutionary needs by spending some time outside.

Juggling your cat’s mental and physical well-being. This video explains both:

With dangers the outdoors poses isn’t easy. First of all, your cat can climb out of any barrier that you might put around it, so the enclosure must be fully enclosed to retain your cat.

Second, outdoor cats are highly likely to die in a traffic accident. In fact, this is the leading cause of outdoor cat death.

Third, other issues involve your cat’s immune system. Kittens are susceptible to diseases and parasites they pick up freely roaming outside. Serious transmittable diseases and parasites include toxoplasmosis, feline leukemia, and feline immunodeficiency virus. All of these shorten your cat’s lifespan or are quickly fatal if left untreated.

Cats can also be detrimental to local wildlife. Cats are hunters at heart, and the risks to local bird and small animal populations are severe. Although nothing can be done about feral and wild cats, by enclosing your pet cat, you allow the bird and small wildlife population a short respite from hunting.

Fourth, cats that can play outdoors show fewer signs of physical issues such as unnecessary weight gain. They remain more flexible and can stimulate their senses more frequently. They also have a chance to wear down claws more naturally which causes less scratching indoors.

Our best choice cat enclosures

Let’s take a look at the list of our favorite cat enclosures. Many of them are easy to set up, and all offer necessary protection from elements but allow cats plenty of room to play.

01. Kittywalk Systems Cat Teepee

Kittywalk Systems Cat Teepee is a multifunctional cat enclosure designed to accommodate multiple cats. It’s made of steel framing with nylon net designed to keep cats in when the area isn’t secure. It’s also possible to use without netting in protected areas.

There are a few platforms for cats to sleep up high, satisfying their urge to move upwards away from danger when vulnerable. The bottom part is open to the ground so they can get some time with the earth while they play.

The entire piece can be put together in just about 20 minutes, and it’s easy to take down for transportation. Although the levels aren’t just pop-out-and-go, it does offer your cats space to jump and climb that single level enclosures don’t.

It is compatible with other Kittywalk products and has two standard doors to connect to other things. It comes with its own storage bag for easy transport.

Pros:

  • Designed for multiple cats
  • Plenty of space for cats to jump from one level to the other.
  • Easy and quick to assemble

Cons:

  • The top layer is only big enough for a small cat or kitten
  • Cannot be left outdoors permanently
  • Doesn’t come with an optional floor piece for areas with less than ideal ground space.

02. ABO Gear Kitty Compound Cat Play House

ABO Gear’s playhouse is a tent style enclosure that requires no tools to assemble. It just pops out of place so you can set it on the ground and go. It comes with two stakes to keep it from being moved around.

It comes with a tunnel piece to add extra interest to the enclosure. You can use the tent piece without the tunnel if you don’t have space or you can use the tunnel alone. You can also connect it to other products from ABO to create a habitat.

Both pieces have their own storage bag, and directions are sewn directly inside the enclosure, so you don’t lose them. It also has zippered doors at both ends, and the end of the tunnel piece can also be closed off so your cats can run down but not out of the tunnel.

Getting the zippers together to attach other pieces can be a bit of a challenge since you have to fit male and female zippers together. It’s also a learning curve to place the enclosure back in the storage bag, so make sure you note how it looked before popping it out.

Pros:

  • Takes seconds to set up
  • Large enclosure at 120 x 17 x 17 inches
  • Compatible with tunnel and other ABO offerings

Cons:

  • Zippers can be difficult to match
  • Getting the cat back out can be challenging if they don’t come willingly.

Best Choice Products Habitat For Indoor Cats 

Best Choice is another tent style enclosure that snaps into place in seconds. This enclosure is slightly smaller than the ABO at 75 x 75 x 42 inches. It’s made of durable mesh that resists moderate amounts of claw contact.

It doesn’t attach to tunnels or other types of enclosures. Instead, it’s a standalone shelter that allows cats to get outside while still being fully enclosed. It has a full zipper door to make getting cats in and out of the tent easy. Although the quality isn’t as good as some other tent enclosures, it makes a great back up option or travel option.

This tent is a more straightforward version of some of the more elaborate cat enclosures and is best for someone who needs a temporary outdoor play space or is sure that they won’t want to attach other products such as a tunnel. If you are traveling a lot, this folds down and slides into a carry case and weighs just over two pounds.

Pros:

  • The simple design allows for set-up and take-down in seconds
  • A single door makes things easier to get in and out of
  • Great for temporary play spaces or travel

Cons:

  • No ability to expand to a habitat style enclosure
  • Lesser quality than other tent style enclosures

Pawhut 88" Metal Outdoor Small Animal Enclosure 

Pawhut’s enclosure is a sturdy metal kennel style enclosure with plenty of space for your cats to run around. It has a fully enclosed roof, plus top and side entrances for placing your cats inside and feeding them. It measures 87.75” long by 40” wide by 40.5’ high.

It’s more permanent than mesh style enclosures and can withstand some weather while outside. If you need something you can leave out for more extended periods of time, the metal frame is an excellent way to do that.

It doesn’t require much assembly. Snap the pieces together to bring up the frame. Taking things down isn’t hard but might take more time than the tent style enclosures. It’s a large and better-protected space.

The metal frame is galvanized and weather protected. It has a polyethylene cover, so you don’t worry about rust when it rains. You might need some help getting things to snap together the first time and to take things down, but after that, you should be good to go.

Pros:

  • Durable, weather resistant galvanized metal with polyethylene covering.
  • Spacious
  • Can be left outdoors

Cons:

  • Heavy and there’s no carry case or bag
  • Might require two people to set up and take down

RORAIMA outdoor use Instant Portable Cat Tent or Habitat

Roraima is another tent style habitat that’s easy to fold out and comes with a convenient travel bag for storage. It measures 75" long by 60” wide by 36” high and has 30 square feet of space.

It’s intended to use for multiple cats outdoors or on a large porch area. It has breathable mesh enclosures to ensure that there’s plenty of ventilation while your cat plays outside. The mesh is strong enough to withstand light clawing. It’s open at the bottom so your cat can come in contact with the ground.

It has a rain fly to keep light rain away and provide some shade while your cat plays. You can choose to attach it or not. It has two zipper doors to make getting in and out easy. You can stake it to the ground to prevent it from moving around too much. There’s no tunnel available yet.

The design of this tent is to allow maximum playspace while still being simple to set up and take down. It can’t be left outside, and you will need to stake it securely to prevent your cat from escaping from the bottom. The company plans to release other habitat offerings but doesn't have anything yet. It’s a simple design for temporary play space.

Pros:

  • 30 square feet of space
  • Attachable rain fly for shade or light rain protection.

Cons:

  • No other attachable habitat pieces though it might be compatible with other company’s products.

Our Best Choice Cat Enclosure

Our favorite cat enclosure is the ABO tent habitat. It offers a quick set up so you can move it around and store it easily, and it’s compatible with an extensive line of other ABO cat habitat products. It comes with a fun run that’s fully enclosed to give your cat an interesting, stimulating environment.

Although it doesn’t offer full protection from predators, it does prevent your cat from causing predatory harm to the local wildlife. It’s large and has plenty of room for your cat to play, lounge, and have access to outdoor stimulation.

What kind of cat enclosure do you need and what are your cat’s personalities like? Let us know in the comments below.

How to Take Your Cats Camping in Your Own Tent

When you are considering going camping with your cat, specifically using your own tent. You need to consider a number of things before you set of on your travels. To help you I have created a mini guide to help you on your camping journey.

Is Your Cat Built for The Great Outdoors?

One of the key things is establishing if your cat is built for camping. By that I mean, is your cat an inquisitive, natural explorer?

Does your cat like venturing out to new surroundings? Or is she getting distressed when you suggest an excursion out of the house?

If it is the later, camping is definitely not for you cat. In reality, you have an indoor cat that you will only upset by taking her outdoors.

Another key indicator is how she responds to being held on a leash? Do you have to battle to get her into the leash? If yes, again, this is not the correct activity for her.

Is the campsite Cat Friendly?

Similar to a recent point I made, in my article about taking your cat across country in your car, when heading to a camp site, you need to make sure that the camp accommodation is actually cat friendly.

In some cases, you may find that you are actually charged extra to take your cat onto the site, and the accommodation is not cat friendly at all.

You may also come across reserved nature areas that do not allowed dogs and cats at all, meaning that will not work for you.

Before you commit to a place, find out if there is a place where you can keep your cat dry in the event that you have bad weather, such as rain. If you cannot find this, then I would advise you not to go there.

Camping Carriers for Cats

For cats that are not happy with having a lead or harness, a carrier is an absolute must. There are a number of different types on the market.

When camping, I would strongly advise you to not go for the plastic style carriers. Instead, go for a soft sided version. This type of carrier will allow your cat carrier to be folded down when you do not need it, to save your self precious space.

Also, I think you will find that these soft-sided cat carriers are very comfortable for your cat.

Litter Boxes

Even if your cat does not usually use a litter tray when you are at home, you need to get one when you camping. The reason is, it is not always possible for your cat to just go out on the camp site and leave her mess there. This will annoy other campers and is not best practice.

You may find that you will have to consider cleaning up the mess, after your cat has finished, using one of the plastic carriers used by dog owners. It is just the correct etiquette for a public camp site.

To make your life easier I highly recommend that you use a cat litter box, it will keep the camp area clean and tidy.

There are a number of different cat litter boxes on the market, including automatic litter boxes, that have self-cleaning features so that your cat’s mess is managed automatically.

Dangerous Plants That Can Make Your Cat Sick

While you are camping there are a number of things to keep your eye on, to keep your cat safe. One of the first things is potentially dangerous plants and mushrooms. They may seem pretty and safe, but there are certain variations that can negatively affect your cat. According to “My Pet”, the following plants are ones to avoid:

  • Lillies
  • Tiger Lilies
  • Easter Lillies
  • Tulips
  • Calia Lilies

Predators for Your Cat to Avoid While Camping

While you are camping there are a number of predators that can harass or even attack your cat. The most dangerous are family dogs, that other campers may have with them and bears.

Some things to consider to avoid these dangers is keeping your cat on a leash to give you that piece of mind while you are camping.

You can purchase bear spray to repel them. This is really a last stage measure that hopefully you will never need to use, however, it is worth having in case you need it.

Another thing to consider, with regards to bears, try and keep your food stored away safely. Ideally in certified food storage containers. The problem is bears get attracted to smells of food and even other common supplies like toothpaste and soap. Therefore, you need to keep these stored away to prevent them detecting them.

Checking on the Weather

Before you set out on your journey always check on the weather. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people leave this down to chance and assume it will be fine.

If you detect that there may be extreme weather conditions, such as snow or blistering heat, then it is best to reschedule your trip.

If the weather is quite hot, and your cat does not have hair, hairless type, then you will need to apply sun protection to keep your cat safe.

Keeping Your Cat Hydrated

When you are on hike with your cat, whilst camping, it is important to make sure she is hydrated. While this may sound obvious, the problem is most people assume that they can literally get their cat to guzzle up the free water from streams, lakes and rivers.

If this is your plan, you will need to think again. Doing this, your cat is a candidate to pick up giardiasis, or another related water inflicted disease.

If you want to avoid this, the best way is to pack your own water. Not just for you, but for your fluffy loved one.

Cat Nutrition

Along with keeping your cat hydrated, you need to make sure that you have a good food supply. This is even more important when you are involved in activities such as long walks.

Ideally you will have some snacks to hand to keep your cat going during your camping walks. Also bear in mind that you will want to have more food than usual because you will be exerting more energy on the walk. 

Navigating your Cat

One if the worst things that can happen is getting lost whilst you are out and about camping. The natural choice these days is an electrical device, such as your phone running Google maps or some other navigational system.

Believe it or not, I suggest you don’t. When you are out camping in the elements, technology can and will let you down. Imagine that there is a high chance that you will not have a data connection where you are.

For that reason, I suggest using a compass to navigate a physical map. This way, you will not be at the mercy of a data connection or lack of power source.

In Conclusion

There are many consideration when taking your cat camping, hopefully this information has helped make your life easier before you go on your next journey.

Best Airline Approved Carriers for Cats

These days, people are traveling more often by air with their pets. As a result, there are many choices for comfortable and affordable airline approved carriers for cats out there. Cats are notoriously skittish and some would argue nearly impossible to travel with but with these sturdy, comfortable and affordable carriers, your cat is guaranteed to arrive at your final destination safely, comfortably and in style.

Quick Comparison of Airline Approved Cat Carriers

Choosing the appropriate airline approved carrier for your cat

There are so many choices available now for airline approved pet carriers. It can be hard to find the carrier that is best for your cat. You must consider whether or not you want a soft or hard-sided carrier, the length of the flight, if you want a carrier that rolls are one that can be carried on your shoulder and how many compartments or needed to store things like food, waste bags, treats and medications. The very first thing that you MUST do though is to start by ensuring that the product is indeed airline approved.

Whether shopping online or making an in person purchase the most important thing to look for on the product are the words “airline approved”. These are be listed somewhere on the packaging or in the online description of the product

There are several things to consider when choosing the appropriate carrier for your cat.

Note that not all airlines have the same requirements it is important to check with your specific airline before purchasing a carrier.

Size of your Cat

Size matters when choosing the appropriate carrier. You want a carrier that is not too small and not too large for your cat. You don’t want them scrunched up in the bag neither do you want them to slip around in the carrier during transport. The product description will usually say something like “holds up to 30 pounds” and sometimes they even have size choices available: small, medium, large.

Safety

The safety and security of your cat is by far the most important feature that you should consider when purchasing an airline approved in-cabin carrier for your cat. Zippers, security clips, and tethers all provide safety and security for your cat once they are in the bag. If you sing a hard side carrier, then consider the door latches and ventilation features of each carrier.

Comfort

The goal is to ensure that your cat will fit comfortably in the carrier with enough room to turn around or even stretch their legs a bit while they are under the seat while in-cabin. You should look for a bag that is designed for in-cabin use. Is the carrier feather-light or bulky and heavy to carrier? Are the straps adjustable and comfortable on your shoulder? If using, a rolling back; does the bag roll smoothly between terminals? Is the fabric sturdy enough for cat who might try to scratch out of the bag? Does the carrier have tension rods to that would give a soft sided carrier shape? Are the floors sturdy enough to hold your pet in place? Is the padding enough to ensure that your cat’s comfort? These are some of the important features that you should consider before making your purchase.

Hard or Soft Carrier

Soft-sided pet carriers are going to be made of fabric. As previously mentioned, you should ensure that the fabric is made of sturdy enough material so that it your cat will not be able to scratch their way out (if that is an issue). Soft sided pet carriers are also usually (but not always) machine washable. Hard sided carriers usually referred to as travel kennels, are more durable with steel doors that latch securely. Most people use these types of carriers when their pet is going to be traveling in the cargo space of the plane as opposed to in-cabin.

Ease of Access

Another thing to consider when choosing an airline approved pet carrier for your cat is the ease of being able to place your cat inside the carrier and to remove them from it. Some carriers, specifically the hard-side carriers have tops and front dual access for extra convenience. This type of dual access can be very important for cats, who tend to be a bit more skittish when being handled. Many of the soft-side carriers usually only have one way access. You should consider which are convenient for both you and your cat. You certainly don’t want to be fighting to get your cat back in that bag during potty breaks or layovers.

Pockets and Storage Compartments

After you’ve considered the other features of your airline approved pet carrier, you may also want to take into consideration pockets and storage compartments. Are their pockets for waste bags or compartment for treats or any medications that your pet might need during travel? Pockets and storage compartments can make life a whole lot easier when traveling with your cat.

Ease of Storage/Maintaining and Cleaning the Carrier

One last thing that you should consider when choosing a carrier is the ease of storing the carrier when not in use. Hard carriers (kennels), have a tendency to be bulky and possibly more difficult to store, especially when you are working with a small space like say a hotel room or an apartment. Some soft sided carriers are able to fold flat for storing. Also some products have detachable handles for use of storage.

Maintaining and cleaning the bag between trips should also be considered. Hard-sided carriers of course are going to be easier to clean you can just wipe most of them down with a sponge and warm water. However, if you choose a fabric bag then it is important to consider whether or not they are machine washable.


Here is Our Top 5 Airline Approved Cat Carriers:

01. Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Pet Carrier

Sleepypod is a leader in pet carrier brands. Their sleek and stylish designs make them a go to favorite for pet parents who want to travel with their furry four-legged friends in comfort and style.

Pros:

  • Super comfortable for pets
  • Sleek design and ergonomic for both pets and their owners
  • Available in many colors and designs

Cons:

  • Price can be a prohibitive factor for some. Sleepypod products are not cheap!

02. SturdiBag

The Sturdibag carriers are a favorite of Pet Professionals Worldwide. They are sturdy and lightweight with adjustable shoulder straps and leather hand grips to make them comfortable to carry.

Pros:

  • Made with durable polyester materials
  • Feather Light Weight
  • Retractable privacy flaps on all mesh windows and security clips and tethers to keep your pet safe during transport

Cons:

  • The arching support rods can be a hassle to place in the bag during assembly
  • Not easily stored due to the arching support rods

03. PetEgo Airline Rolling Jet Set Pet Carrier On Wheels

The PetEgo Airline Rolling Jet Set Carrier is perfect for the frequent flyer who’d rather not have to carry straps on their shoulders when transporting their pet.

Pros:

  • Remarkably smooth ride
  • Comfortable and handles that detach for easy storage
  • Front end loading for easy placing your cat into the carrier

Cons:

  • Doesn’t seem to be available in larger sizes

04. Pet Kennel Direct 27" Airline Approved Plastic Dog / Cat Pet Kennel Carrier or Air

The Pet Kennel Direct Airline Approved Cat Carrier comes with a Chrome Door and Free Cup Foldable Travel Crate.

This one is a hard-sided kennel approved for airline travel. This one can not only be used for airline travel but also for visits to the vet and car travel.

Pros:

  • Easy assembly can be used indoor and outdoor
  • Great for international flights
  • Heavy duty and long lasting

Cons:

  • Only comes with one food/water dish

05. Doskocil 2 Door Top Load Kennel 4 pk

The Doskocil 2 Door Top Load Kennel 4 pk  product provides both front and top loading access which is ideal for cats who are skittish.

Pros:

  • Steel doors that latch securely
  • Double access for extra convenience

Cons:

  • Hard-sided carriers can sometimes be hard to store when not in use

Our best choice Airline Approved Carrier

Of the five products reviewed, the one bag that delivers in: size, safety, comfort, ease of access, pockets and storage compartments and ease of storage is the SturdiBag Flexible Carrier.

This bag comes in various sizes and prices and is the best choice for comfortable and safe travel for your pet. Unlike the Sleepypod carriers or the hard-sided carriers reviewed, this product not only provides comfort for the pet but for the pet owner as well with its ergonomic and adjustable straps and its ease of storage.

The durable but flexible material fits under aircraft seats with no problems. The top open feature is perfect for cats who are easily stressed or it can be completely closed to give your cat some rest and privacy. The inside of the bag is cozy but also durable and well designed.

The only drawback to these bags are that the rods that give the bag shape can be difficult to place in the bag during the assembly.

This carrier is the one that is most often chosen by Pet Professionals worldwide. If you want to get your pet to your final destination in comfort and security then the SturdiBag Carriers are the way to go.

Best Cat Traveling Backpacks with a Window Bubble

A cat traveling backpack with a window bubble might just be the "Purr-fect" solution for owners who travel with their cats. Below, we'll take a look at why this type of cat carrier is becoming so popular and review some of the best cat carrying backpacks on the market today!

Quick Comparison of Traveling Backpacks


What are the advantages of choosing a backpack style carrier with a window?

There are many impressive backpack style cat carriers out there, such as wheel around cat carriers. You may be asking yourself why choosing one with a window is so important.

  • A bubble window will not only allow your cat a chance to see what's going on around them but can help reduce some of the stress of traveling in general. Cat's are curious, and as petcarrierverdict.com states, a bubble window will help the entire traveling process be more enjoyable for your cat.
  • You'll also be able to easily check in on your kitty without having to open up the cat carrier and risk escape.

    Taking the proper safety precautions is very important. You definitely don't want to be running around attempting to capture an escaped feline when you're trying to enjoy your vacation.
  • Backpack style carriers are a great way to free up your hands and give you a wider range of motion while traveling.
  • Backpack style cat carriers with a window bubble are becoming increasingly more popular among cat owners, as this article clearly shows. Traveling with your cat is no longer an abstract concept. If having your hands free is important to you, a backpack style or wearable cat carrier may just be a great option to consider. It turns out that traveling with your cat can be pretty fun if you have the proper equipment!
  • Many cat carriers are large or bulky and thus not allowed by most commercial airlines. Cat backpacks are a great solution as they are usually lightweight and compact. Additionally, the bubble window will make it clear to other passengers, airline employees, and airport staff that you have an animal with you; this can help to make your trip easier. To find out what requirements most airlines have for cat carriers, check out this in-depth article from usatoday.com.

What should you look for in a cat traveling backpack with a window bubble?

There are a few attributes that you may want to keep an eye out for when shopping for this type of cat carrier.

Long-term Comfort When Worn

Long-term backpack that's comfortable for you to wear. While it may be tempting to hurriedly choose an inexpensive but uncomfortable carrier, keep in mind that you could end up trekking through the airport for many hours at a time; you don't want to find yourself becoming increasingly more uncomfortable as time goes on. Many carriers today are designed specifically with cat and owner comfort in mind.

Quality Materials and Good Design

Find a cat backpack that's designed with quality materials.

This will ensure that you are getting your money's worth and that you can use your backpack for years as opposed to months. If you are planning to travel frequently with your cat, a high-quality carrier is an absolute must.

Element Resistance and Airflow Safety

Ensure that the backpack you choose has the proper amount of ventilation and is water resistant. This is especially important when traveling with cats, whether that be traveling on a plane with your cat or even traveling with your cat in an RV. Cats are highly susceptible to emotional upset and carrying them improperly may be detrimental to their overall health. This article from felinexpress.com explains why having a water-resistant, well-ventilated carrier, is critical to the overall well-being of your kitty during travel.

Easy Accessibility

It's also important that you will be able to easily access your cat when traveling. Cat backpacks with bubble windows make it easy to check on your kitty without opening the carrier. Many backpacks of this style have easy access compartments so you can reach in and comfort your cat without completely opening the carrier. This helps keep your cat relaxed, comfortable, and at ease whether you're on a plane, in a vehicle, or walking around and seeing the sights.

Proper Carrier Size

Keep in mind that not every cat will fit comfortably in every carrier. When choosing a cat backpack with a bubble window, it's a good idea to know what dimensions you'll need before you begin shopping. Larger cats will require more space, while a kitten may find themselves afraid if they are in a carrier that's too large. You will want a carrier that c is large enough for your cat to lay down in and easily turn around. For help choosing the proper size of cat carrier, check out these tips from petmd.com.

The Top 5 Cat Carrying Travel Backpacks With Windows

1. U-pet's Innovative Line of Patented Bubble Pet Carriers

The innovative line of bubble window carriers designed by the U-pet company has many impressive backpack carrier options for cat owners on the move! You can choose from carriers that range from small to large size and come in a multitude of different configurations.

Pros

  • Carriers come in many different sizes and styles ranging from a shoulder bag design to one that looks like a jet-pack style of astronaut backpack.
  • U-pet has a variety of design features that are unique when compared to other carriers. All of their backpack carriers feature their patented bubble window design.
  • Their carriers are designed using high-end materials that are meant to last.
  • All carriers feature built-in security leashes, mesh panels, washable pads with cushioning, ventilation holes, and easily accessible side panels.

Cons

  • Some carriers are not large enough to fit cats over 12 lbs. Though they say that cats up to 20 lbs can fit, it's important that you check carrier dimensions with this product before confirming a purchase.
  • Carrier styles come in limited availability. Though they range in colors and styles, some colors and designs are constantly "out of stock." This can be frustrating.
  • None of their carriers are designed to accommodate cats larger than 20 lbs, period.

2. Pettom Airline Approved Hiking Travel Cat Carrier Backpacks

There are many reasons that the Pettom Cat Carrier durable and futuristic carrier may be a good choice for you when transporting your feline friend. It has a semi-sphere window to give your kitty a great view as you hit the road!

Pros

  • This carrier is very durable and totally waterproof. It has a plastic exterior to help keep your cat safe and dry.
  • This well-insulated carrier also helps to provide some noise cancelation. This can be helpful as cats have very sensitive ears.
  • Pettom Carrier Backpacks are approved for use with pretty much all major airlines. They feature the correct dimensions and sizes and are styled to be easy to take on a flight.
  • This carrier has removable pads for your cat's comfort and easy cleaning. This will help make traveling more hassle-free.
  • Carriers come in a few different colors and style configurations. You can choose the one that fits your unique style preferences best.

Cons

  • This carrier is not designed for large cats. Small or medium cats will fit, but even medium cats should not be expected to remain comfortable for more than a couple of hours.
  • The Pettom Cat Carrier does not have very many access ports. You can open it from the top, but you can't reach in and comfort your cat without unzipping the entire bag.

3. Texsens Traveler Bubble Backpack Carrier Switchable With Mesh Panel for Cats

The Texsens Traveler Bubble Backpack Carrier is an attractive backpack carrier option that comes in many styles and colors.

Pros

  • This backpack style carrier features a semi-sphere window that adds the unique feature of a switchable mesh panel. You can choose to have a breathable mesh window or a secure semi-sphere bubble for your pet to view the world through.
  • This eco-friendly bag is easy to carry and wear. It's comfortable and durable and would be great for a myriad of travel situations.
  • Compatible with most airline carry-on requirements, you can take your cat with you anywhere you need to go.
  • The bubble sphere allows your cat to get a great view of the outside world while you travel.

Cons

  • Cleaning might be an issue as the pads are difficult to remove, and don't come out at all in some cat backpack models.
  • Availability of certain styles may be limited in some areas.
  • The removable bubble may pose an escape risk to cats that are scared of highly energetic.
  • The stiff design may not be ideal for owners looking for a pliable canvas backpack.

4. Petforu Space Capsule PU Leather Cat Travel Bag

The Petforu Space Capsule PU Leather Cat Travel Bag is leather and is great for owners looking for a durable carrying backpack that will have plenty of space for their cat or kitten.

Pros

  • It's easy to introduce and remove your cat or kitten from this backpack style carrier.
  • The backpack can be worn either in front of on your back. This is handy for owners who want to keep an eye on their cat from the front.
  • A large futuristic bubble window makes a great view easy to access for your kitty.

Cons

  • Not suitable for cats larger than 16 lbs.
  • Pads are not easy to remove if cleaning is needed. You'll most likely have to clean this bag by hand.

5. Texsens Canvas Transparent and Breathable Bubble Pet Backpack for Adventure or Traveling

The Texans Canvas Transparent and Breathable Bubble Pet Backpack cat backpack truly caters to the adventurer in you! It features a unique bubble design that allows your cat to get a full surround view of what's going on when you're out and about!

Pros

  • Canvas and mesh material is breathable, durable, and easy to clean. The high-end materials make this bag a great option for cat owners who want something that will last a long time.
  • A comfortable design makes wearing this bag a breeze in many different travel or adventure situations. Wide straps evenly distribute weight and soft materials help reduce chafing and discomfort.
  • The unique top-bobble window means that your cat can get a view of what's going on all around them.

Cons

  • Measurements on this bag must be exact. It's important to make sure your cat will fit well before purchasing it.
  • This backpack only allows cats that weigh up to 7 lbs. It won't work for large cats.
  • Zippered top hatch can make loading your cat in somewhat difficult. This is especially true if you're trying to acclimate your cat to the carrier before travel.
  • No insulation from outside noise.

Our Best Choice Traveling Backpack with a Window Bubble

All in all, your best option is one of the many available U-pet carriers. They have the widest variety of styles and configurations, colors, and materials. Designed with comfort and convenience in mind, the U-pet backpack style cat carriers with bubble windows are a fantastic option for any cat owner on-the-move. Durable construction and secure patented bubble windows make traveling with your cat that much easier! 

Best Wheel Around Travel Pet Carrier For Cats

If you’re shopping for a wheel-around carrier for your cat, you might not know where to begin. With so many options, how can you tell if you’re getting the best one for your furry friend?

This guide will compare our favorites and help you choose the best option for your needs.

Quick Comparison of Wheel Around Travel Pet Carriers



How to Choose a Wheel-Around Carrier and the Advantages of Them

Having a safe, comfortable carrier for your pet – whether you’re going to the veterinarian’s office or traveling across the country with your cat on a plane – can bring peace of mind.

Many carriers are made for travel and can even be placed under your seat. Sonia Gil of Sonia’s Travels tells you what your carrier must have to meet airline regulations, so you’re not left on the ground. But there’s so much to consider, this video may help:


The good news is there are tons of resources to help you find a carrier that meets the requirements of travel (by vehicle, RV or plane). If your pet will be flying, remember to first call your airline to ensure you follow their guidelines.

Some airlines allow pets in-cabin if the total weight of the pet and carrier don’t exceed twenty pounds. Also, there’s a limit on how many pets can be on one flight, so book ahead of time and remember that you’ll be paying approximately $200 roundtrip.

Generally, airlines require (in-cabin) carriers to fit under the seat, be made of breathable material (like mesh), and have a leak-proof bottom in case of accidents. And don’t forget your pet’s health certificate and immunization records!

Additionally, airlines may require the carrier to be marked with a live animal sticker, your contact information, and contact information for someone not traveling with you (think emergency contact).

Once you know the airline’s regulations, there’s one more thing to do before shopping for a carrier: measure your pet.

According to PetTravel, airlines will require that your pet be able to stand up and turn around comfortably in the carrier. If you stuff your pet into the carrier, you risk being turned away at the gate.

“You will need to measure your pet from tip of nose to base of tail and from the top of the head to the ground when your pet is standing erect,” they said. Your pet should have a two-inch clearance for domestic flights and four inches for international.

The Criteria To Use When Choosing a Carrier

Thewirecutter.com helps narrow down your choices by recommending you look for a carrier that meets the following five criteria.

1.) Ease of use when loading and unloading your pet.

2.) Insulation and ventilation.

3.) Pet’s comfort level.

4.) Durability of carrier.

5.) Good for airline travel (if applicable).

Controversy Surrounding Carriers and Airline Travel

The veterinarians at CatHealth warn against unapproved cat carriers. They have seen owners transport cats in homemade carriers, made from cardboard boxes, laundry baskets, and even pillowcases. With items like these, cats can escape or become injured.

In some cases, however, the problem may not be the carrier but the Emotional Support Animals who are allowed on flights for free if the passenger has a letter from a mental health professional.

An investigative journalist for NBC Chicago discovered that almost anyone can bring multiple animals of any species (except snakes) on-board. And some flight attendants are concerned with the growing number of Emotional Support Animals on flights.

“It really is getting to the point where it’s become uncomfortable for other passengers,” says Laura Glading, National President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

“We’ve had over fifty documented cases… dozens of instances where planes have returned to the gate; passengers have unruly pets; dogs maybe snapping at other passengers, or barking at other dogs and causing disruption,” she added.

In 2011, it was reported that Emotional Support Animals accounted for 88% of the complaints regarding animals on planes. Flight Attendants would like to see the fee for animals reduced and more people using the regular process when flying with pets.

Attributes That Differentiate Carriers and the Best Way to Use Them

What sets cat carriers apart from each other are their features, though what you choose is a matter of personal preference. Here is a list of general features to consider:

  • Mesh material
  • Zippered door - Just be sure to zip and unzip it a few times to ensure it won’t get stuck when it’s time to let your cat out of the bag.
  • Wheels for ease of transport – It’s even better if they’re removable so your carrier will fit under the airplane seat.
  • Collapsibility for easy storage

Keep in mind that wheel-around carriers aren’t just for airports. They could make a trip to the vet less stressful on you and kitty.

Price Range

Wheel-around carriers can be pricey, but they’re worth the investment. A good quality carrier that can last for years is worth the $100+ price tag.

Here are five great carriers:

WPS Airline Approved Removable Wheeled Pet Carrier for Small Pets


We’ve talked about carriers that claim to be airline approved, but don’t meet the cut. But the WPS carrier was designed with air-travel in mind. It’s a compact, customized cat carrier that is made to fit in the space below most airline seats.

It’s composed of metal and durable materials for maximum strength and durability and the wheels make it convenient for travelers to walk through airports. It features a no-slip, adjustable shoulder strap for easy pulling and pushing, too.

Pros:

  • Comes with a sixty-day money back guarantee.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Collapses almost flat and wheels are removable.
  • Comes with a plush padded mat for pets to lay on that’s removable and machine-washable.
  • Comes with a luggage tag holder so your information can be seen easily.

Cons:

  • May tip if pet moves too much.
  • Carrying straps aren’t adjustable.

Petsfit Pet Carrier with Removable Wheels


This Petsfit carrier is easy to use and convertible, so it’s a great option for taking your pet around town or transporting a litter when it’s time for a check-up.

The carrier has removable wheels to become a regular carrier and a weight capacity of twenty-eight pounds, so it’s good for some dog breeds, as well as cats. When you’re done using it, the Petsfit carrier lays flat for storage.

Pros:

  • It’s well-made and light-weight.
  • The carrier is sturdy and has an attractive exterior.
  • Roomy enough for multiple kittens or puppies.

Cons:

  • The bottom may sag under the weight of larger pets.
  • Difficult to roll on carpeted surfaces.
  • Has a top entrance, so it may not be suitable for airline travel.

Snoozer Roll Around 4-in-1 Pet Carrier (Medium)

The Snoozer Wheel Around Travel Pet Carrier is a comfortable, compact, and easy way to carry pets in a car or airplane. It’s made from sturdy nylon and has a soft-sided structure for comfort.

In addition, the Snoozer converts into a backpack, a car seat, and a pet bed. Some other features are the side pocket for pet accessories and the interior strap that connects to your pet’s collar to prevent them from jumping out and escaping.

Pros:

  • Has a multi-stage telescopic handle for easy maneuvering.
  • Wheels don’t spin all the way around, so you always have control of the carrier
  • It’s crash-tested and safe at up to thirty miles per hour in a collision.
  • Has three ventilation windows.
  • Available in multiple colors and sizes.

Cons:

  • Weight capacity of fifteen pounds, so it may not be suitable for larger pets.
  • Straps may be uncomfortable when used in backpack mode.

Ibiyaya’s Multi-Function Carrier

Ibiyaya’s carrier is a 5-in-1 multi-functional carrier that can be used as a pet carrier, backpack, car seat, stroller, and a rolling carrier. (The 4-in-1 version doesn’t have the stroller feature).

It’s durable and good for everyday use; it’s passed the Environmental Stress-Cracking Resistance Test and quality testing. Made according to the same standards as a baby stroller, it’s sturdy, wear-resistant, and can be folded with one hand.

In addition, the Ibiyaya has a large opening, machine-washable padding, and a roll-up flap for privacy.

Pros:

  • It has smooth, locking zippers to prevent escape.
  • Has a large side pocket to carry pet food and water.
  • Has rear-safety breaks.
  • Made of entirely eco-friendly material.
  • Can switch between functions in minutes.

Cons:

  • Not designed for airline use.
  • Instruction manual for assembly not clear, so you may have difficulty putting it together.

Tutto Large Pet Stroller

The Tutto carrier is medically-endorsed and a light-weight way to transport your pet. The bag is easily manoeuvrable, discreet (with a roll-down privacy flap), and accommodates pets up to twenty-five pounds.

It has three entrances and a fiber-glass construction that provides the ultimate protection for your pet during ground transportation. Also, it is fleece-lined and comes with washable padding.

Pros:

  • Folds flat for easy storage.
  • Award-winning design is stackable.
  • Smooth rolling.

Cons:

  • Snaps tend to be faulty.
  • Does not work for multiple pets.

Our Best Choice Carrier With Wheels

The top cat carrier, when weighing the pros and cons of the above, is the Snoozer 4-in-1 Pet Carrier The fact that it is crash-test rated is just a bonus.

The reason it is our leading choice is it is compact and easily convertible for whatever your needs may be.

Unlike a few of the other contenders, it can be used on planes and the pets will be comfortable. It might not have all the bells and whistles, but it’s a strong choice in wheel-around carriers that’s affordable and pet owners will love.

The Snoozer meets almost all the requirements a good carrier should, like durability and ventilation (with three windows). It might not be made of eco-friendly material and have rear safety brakes like the Ibiyaya, but it’s a solid choice that will last.

So, if safety and comfort is your main concern and it’s important to have peace of mind while getting the most for your money, this could be the perfect option for you and your pet.

How to transport a cat without a carrier

Many cats hate cat carriers. Therefore, many cats resist being put in cat carriers. which is why some cat owners even consider putting their cat in a box (bad idea), or look for natural cat sedatives for travel. They either hide or they fight their owner or both. Many cat owners end up canceling a veterinary appointment, plane ride or even traveling in an RV because of Fluffy’s aversion to the carrier. So, are there alternatives?

Cats do need some form of restraint when not at home.

An unrestrained cat in a car can be a danger to itself and its owner. A cat’s agility and small size mean it can easily climb into places where it does not belong like under the pedals or in front of the dashboard. If the cat panics, it could bite, scratch, or otherwise distract its owner. An unsecured cat can also bolt from the car or its owner’s arms and consequently get lost.

Makeshift carriers like pillowcases or cardboard boxes generally do not work because the cat can usually claw their way out. Furthermore, many veterinarians require pet owners to have some way of controlling their pets. Veterinarians are well aware that their patients are stressed – and an upset dog may take out its frustrations on a loose cat. Thus, vets typically require cats to be brought in carriers for their own safety. The prudent owner should, therefore, check their vet’s rules before deciding on an alternative to the traditional cat carrier.

Can you use a basket or cat bed?

A favorite cat bed or basket can provide the cat with both comfort and reassuringly familiar smells. On the other hand, it has no restraints, so there is no way to keep the cat from jumping out or running off if something startles it.

A cat bed is thus a realistic option only for an older cat with a very calm and placid disposition.

How do you pick a cat harness?

One good alternative to the cat carrier is a harness and leash. The harness needs to be snug enough so that the cat can’t simply wriggle out of it, but it shouldn’t be so tight it causes discomfort. The owner should be able to slip one or two fingers between the harness and the cat’s body. The harness should be made of a durable and lightweight material. Nylon is great for cats that spend a lot of time outside because it can withstand both sun and rain. Cotton harnesses, which aren’t as tough, can work for cats that spend most of their time indoors.

Cat harnesses come in three styles: H-harness, V-harness, and figure-eight. The last is the best option for owners who like to walk their cats since it can move with the cat. The other two harnesses are comfortable and easy for the owner to put on and take off the cat.

The figure-eight harness is the oldest type; it has two circles that loop around the cat’s torso and neck. The H-harness looks similar, but it has an extra strip that runs along the cat’s back connecting the two circles. The V-harness looks like a vest. Harnesses of any type are safer for cats than are collars, which can choke them.

How do you leash train a cat?

It often takes weeks or months to leash train a cat, for it requires getting the cat acclimated to the harness, leash, and great outdoors. The first step is getting the cat accustomed to the harness. Let her smell it and otherwise examine it. Then put it on her. Some experts recommend leaving the harness loose at first, pointing out that the clicking noise made by the fastener might startle her.

Watch the cat after fastening the harness. If she’s not wriggling or trying to undo it, she is ready for the leash. Walk her around indoors with the leash until she has stopped fighting the restraints. Then it’s time to take her for walks outside. Again, it’s necessary to start small, for there are many strange sights, sounds and smells outdoors that the cat will have to get used to. Start with short walks that are under five minutes long, and gradually lengthen the walks as the cat gets used to being walked outside.

In the video below, Dr. Adrienne Mulligan strongly advises that an owner with a harnessed and leashed cat bring along a friend to hold onto the leash during car rides. The leash, after all, won’t control Fluffy by itself. She can still get under the pedals unless somebody is holding the leash and keeping her from going where shouldn’t.

Can you carry a cat in a backpack?

Believe it or not, yes! There are actually backpacks designed to carry cats. People use them when they want to take their cats along on hikes. A leash-trained cat may be happy to hike along with her owner for a bit, but when she gets tired, they can put her in the backpack.

There are several different makes of backpacks for cats. They need to have a secure and sturdy bottom to support the cat and make her feel safe. They should also be well ventilated and allow the cat to see out. The prudent owner also needs to consider Fluffy’s size; a backpack designed to accommodate a 10-pound Siamese probably won’t work for a 20-pound Maine Coon.

Sports bags are another possibility.

Sports bags used to carry gym clothes and other gear often have the advantage of being large enough to accommodate big cats. Many of them are made of nylon, which is quite durable.

A sports bag being used to carry a cat should have a flat and solid bottom to comfortably support the cat. It should have mesh or holes in the sides to allow the cat to breathe easily and see her surroundings. Many cat owners will put toys or a favorite blanket in the sports bag to make it more attractive to the cat.

What is Cat-in-the-Bag?

Cat-in-the-Bag is another alternative to the traditional carrier. It’s a roomy bag with a zipper that also has an adjustable collar that fits snugly around the cat’s neck. After slipping the collar over the cat’s head, the owner pulls the bag over the cat’s body and zips it closed. The bag is made of a durable and tightly-woven cotton. It is loose and thus allows the cat freedom of movement; since the cat is basically wearing the bag, it moves with her. The cat can thus stand, sit, and even lie down while in the bag.

Cat-in-the-Bag comes in three sizes: small, large, and extra-large. The small bag is for cats that are under 10 pounds, the large is for cats between 10 and 20 pounds, and the extra-large is for cats over 20 pounds.

The company that makes Cat-in-the-Bag also sells liners designed to protect the bag in case of accidents. Cat-in-the-Bag also comes with a cloth handle for easy carrying. The handle also enables the owner to safely secure the cat by threading the seatbelt through it.



9 Dangerous Plants your Cat must avoid while camping

It’s awful to think any form of greenery can harm your cat, but there are quite a few plants that can seriously hurt your furry friend. These are very different to helpful natural cat sedatives. In the guide below, we’ll be going over the top nine most dangerous plants that you and your cat should avoid at all times when camping.

1. Lilies

Although they may smell great, lilies can be dangerous to your cat. Lilies are members of the Lilium family and considered toxic to your cat, even in small doses. In fact, other types of lily plants, such as Asian, Easter, Casa Blanca, and Tiger can all cause kidney failure in cats but are not toxic to dogs.

2. Yew

Leaves and bark of the yew tree can be seriously dangerous to your cat. Although this evergreen is commonly used in cancer treatments, it can be dangerous for animals to consume. Cats can experience lack of coordination, breathing problems, central nervous system problems, cardiac failure, gastrointestinal irritation, and even death if exposed to yew.

3. Ivy

Ivy is a dangerous plant for both dogs and cats. Ivy’s such as branching ivy, needlepoint ivy, and English ivy, among others, can cause your pet to vomit and have diarrhea, abdominal pain, and hypersalivation. So, if you see your pet trying to approach an ivy plan, it’s best to try to get them out of the area as quickly as possible.

4. Chrysanthemum

Even though chrysanthemum has a bad smell, your pets may still be attracted to the plant. If exposed or consumed, it won’t necessarily cause death to your pet, but it will leave them in discomfort. In most cases, pets have been noted to suffer from loss of coordination, depression, vomiting, hypersalivation, and dermatitis after eating the plant.

5. Sago Palm

Sago palm plants grow in temperate regions and are commonly used in landscaping. Although your cat may love the taste of them, they’re incredibly poisonous to pets, especially their seeds. Some side effects of consuming the plant include bruising, liver damage, liver failure, vomiting, melena, extreme thirst, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, and even death.

6. Morning Glory

Morning Glory can cause hallucinations in your pets. Although this may seem normal for your cat, especially on catnip, it’s much less pleasant once your dog starts tripping. Consumption of morning glory by your pets can lead to tremors, upset stomach, anorexia, hallucinations, and agitation.

7. Castor Bean

Castor bean plant is commonly used in landscaping and is popularly found in public areas and parks. If you let your cat out of the house, make sure you don’t live in an area where there’s a lot of this plant growing. If your cat does consume castor bean, it can experience drooling, diarrhoea, extreme thirst, weakness, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. In some cases, severe poisoning from the plant can lead to seizures, tremors, dehydration, coma, and death.

8. Tomato Plant

Although tomatoes may taste great to you, they’re less healthy for your cat or dog. Now, it’s not necessarily lethal for your pet to consume, but it will give them discomfort. Other symptoms of your pet consuming tomato plant include upset stomach, diarrhea, drowsiness, depression, dilated pupils, slower heart rate, behavioral change, confusion, and weakness.

9. Poinsettia

Poinsettia is toxic to your pets, especially your cats. If consumed, your cat can experience mild vomiting and irritation to its stomach and mouth. Although it’s not as fatal as some pet owners may claim, it’s best to steer clear of this plant.

Symptoms to Look Out For

In most cases, plants are irritants to your pets, which will usually lead to inflammation, such as red or itchy skin. However, if a plant is toxic to a certain organ in your pet, the symptoms usually relate to that organ, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing: airways are affected
  • Vomiting: intestines and stomach are affected
  • Diarrhoea: colon and intestines are affected
  • Irregular heartbeat: heart is affected
  • Excessive urinating or drinking: kidneys are affected

Here is a YouTube video that clearly explains all the symptoms of plant poisoning in cats:

If Your Pet Needs Immediate Care

If you notice your cat trying to eat a plant that may or may not be poisonous, it’s best to take your pet straight to the veterinarian. First, however, make sure you remove any plant from their mouth, hair, and skin. If you think it’s necessary, you should also bathe your cat in warm water and non-irritating soap. One of the most important things to do before reaching your veterinarian is to identify the plant for proper treatment. If you are unsure what kind of plant it is, bring it with you. Although your veterinarian probably isn’t a plant expert, they can do everything they can to identify the plant that’s affecting your cat.

Diagnosis

Your pet can get the best diagnosis once the plant that’s affected them is identified. To do so, your veterinarian will most likely give your cat a physical exam and other tests to determine an effective treatment method. These tests are also helpful to determine whether the plant will target other organs in your pet as well.

Treatment

After the veterinarian gets your cat to vomit up the plant, they will also give your pet activated charcoal to absorb any other toxins in the gut. In some cases, your veterinarian will also administer sucralfate, which will help protect your pet’s stomach.

 Camping may seem safe enough to bring your pets along, even your cat, for instance. However, there are dozens of dangerous plants out there that can harm or even kill your pet. And remember, your cat has a tendency to follow you (click here to see why cats follow you around like crazy).

It’s important to know what plants you may before coming into contact with on your camping trip before leaving and take necessary precautions from needing to get your pet’s stomach pumped. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you can learn a little more about the potential plants can do to harm your pet, along with the symptoms you should be on the lookout for. Remember, if you notice anything out of the ordinary with your pet, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact your local veterinarian.