Choosing a Cat Carrier

White cat in pink carrierWhen you choose a carrier for your cat, we advise you select one that is durable, safe, easy-to-clean, and designed for your cat’s needs.

Here is information to consider when you are looking for the perfect carrier for your cat:

Impact Protection

  • Look for a one that is sturdy and made of an impact-resistant material, like plastic or fiberglass.
  • Ensure the carrier can be positioned safely in your vehicle on a level backseat and secured with a seat-belt around the front of it.

Entry and Exit to the Carrier

  • Look for one that has both a top and front opening, so you can easily place your cat in, and remove them from the carrier.
  • Carriers that come apart and allow the top half to be removed are helpful.  Your cat to remain in the bottom while your veterinarian examines them. Many cats feel more secure and experience less anxiety when they remain in their carrier during the exam.
  • Make sure your cat can easily walk in and out of it, so she can come and go as she pleases.


  • Look for a carrier that is easy-to-clean and has a leak-proof bottom.
  • Also, make sure you can easily place a comfy (and absorbent) towel or other material at the bottom.

Visual Shield/ Privacy & Ventilation

  • Cats like privacy, so look for a carrier that offers some kind of visual shield. This makes it less likely for your cat to experience motion-induced anxiety or stomach distress. (You can also place a towel over it to help reduce your cat’s stress when you go to unfamiliar places. Just make sure you can still carry it with one hand on top and the other underneath.)
  • Make sure the carrier has at least two sides with holes or mesh for ventilation.

Visually Attractive

  • Ensure the it is attractive so you are comfortable leaving it out in your home.
  • When you leave the carrier out in your home, your cat becomes comfortable with it and sees it as part of her space or territory.

 Becoming Comfortable with the Carrier

Many cats dislike going to the veterinarian. It starts with the sometimes difficult process of getting your cat into the carrier. Use our tips to help your cat become familiar with their carrier and have a positive experience:

  • Leave it in a location or room where your cat spends a lot of time.
  • Place familiar soft bedding inside the carrier that includes your scent to help your cat feel more secure.
  • Place treats, catnip, or toys into the carrier to encourage your cat to enter the carrier voluntarily.

For more information about getting your cat into the carrier, download the Getting Your Cat to the Veterinarian brochure.