Does My Kitty Need A Pet Carrier?
There are ways of getting around this, but sooner or later you will probably find that you need to purchase a pet carrier so you may as well put it on your initial kitty expenditure list. That way, when you go to pick up your kitten, you’ll know that you can transport it comfortably home without the kitten being hurt or causing an accident by jumping off your lap or out of your arms and distracting the person driving you home you could even drive yourself if your kitty’s locked up safe and sound in a carrier!
There are many different pet carriers on the market. Choose one that fits your preference but which has enough room for a fully grown cat to be able to stand up and turn around. Also, choose a pet carrier that allows air to circulate on all four sides, and if possible has a place to add a water dish. You may not immediately have a need for the water dish but if you purchase a pet carrier that has this feature, you’ll be ready should a need arise during your cat’s lifetime.
If you are buying two kittens, rather than just one, then one pet carrier between them is usually enough. As kittens, they’ll be happiest traveling together, and as adult cats, you’ll rarely be taking them anywhere at the same time. When taking your kitty(s) home for the first time, put a layer of newspaper on the bottom of the pet carrier to absorb any accidents and place a blanket or towel that they are familiar with on top of this so that they feel a little secure because they know the smell of the fabric. You should also use this set-up any other time you use the carrier throughout your cat’s life.
There’s a knack to getting your adult cat into a pet carrier that comes with practice (and patience) but kittens will usually just allow themselves to be placed inside without too much resistance.
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