We see lots of kitties each year and one thing that concerns us greatly is the way cats are transported. Yes, we are talking about carry cages, pet carriers and the like! There are many reasons why you should have a secure carry cage to transport your kitty, but the NUMBER 1 reason is to keep them safe and secure.
We at Cooinda Cat Resort have seen cats arrive without cages, in pillow slips, in cardboard boxes, in dodgy cages and in carriers that should never have been sold for the purpose of transporting animals.
We know that you may only ever transport your cat once or twice a year
1. Once to the Vet for Vaccinations &
2. Then to the cattery for holidays.
The problem with this is that it only takes one scare for your kitty to take off leaving you distressed & your kitty missing!
When necessary, cats can exhibit amazing strength and so when purchasing a carry cage you may want to ask yourself the following questions;
What type of cat do I have?
Is your cat friendly or timid? A timid cat requires a fully covered carrier so they feel protected, where as a friendly cat is better suited to an open style carrier - so they can see all that is going on!
How often do you use the carry cage and will it ever need to be used on an airline?
As a matter of fact whether you use it once or a million times it still should be a quality carrier - sturdy in manufacture and not useless should one clip go missing.
If you think you may ever have the need to transport your kitty by plane, then you will require an airplane approved carrier - we can advise you on this - just ask!
The construction of the cage - CRITICAL
If its cheap then more often than not it wont be much good - we know because we have seen them all. However expensive doesn't mean its any good either.
What to Check For:
Metal Front Door - which locks into molded plastic - not plastic lugs
A Simple Door Catch - anything with too many parts will be impossible to repair
Plastic Cages - check the plastic is a high grade, solid plastic - cheaper plastics won't hold more than a couple of kg's securely
Joining Mechanisms - if the cage has connectors these should be metal or heavy grade plastic - and if you lose one you should be able to get another or use a secure method to fix the cage eg. cable ties.
And Always Keep the Receipt - if it breaks, you should take it back!