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19. CAT CARRIERS

Carriers come in different forms, with many different brands.

Most of the time nothing goes wrong when a cat is being transported, but things really can & have turned bad, so it is wise to take a few precautions.

What to look out for

• Make sure that the clasps & fastenings are a good quality, are intact, secure & solid!

Cats have broken out of carriers in Panic & disappeared - or they could come to harm if they suddenly burst free by a busy road for example. It is surprising what a cat can break free from when in desperation! We may not realise just how stressful they are finding the experience in their carrier.

• If you are going through a busy environment it may be an idea to cover carriers with a towel, especially the doorway.

• It is always a wise precaution to hold the door firmly closed with a thumb or an object, catches may not withstand the full bodyweight of a desperate charging leap!

• If your carrier is not obviously a carrier it may be wise to attach notices to it. If you are walking through a busy area, people may push past in a hurry or bump into your luggage without a thought. On the off chance someone handles your luggage it could avoid careless handling.

 

Cats should never be left un-attended in carriers

 

When using a wicker carrier be sure that the structure is completely intact and that any leather straps are strong & secure. Worn leather can snap

When using a wicker carrier be sure that the structure is completely intact and that any leather straps are strong & secure. Worn leather can snap

Hard plastic carriers that separate into two halves. Be sure that all the clasps are strong & absolutely secure before using one of these!

Hard plastic carriers that separate into two halves. Be sure that all the clasps are strong & absolutely secure before using one of these!

There are Sherpa bags, these are strong but they have a zipper door operation & people may not realise they contain animals. Attach signs to the material

There are Sherpa bags, these are strong but they have a zipper door operation & people may not realise they contain animals. Attach signs to the material

They may not look comfortable, but basket carriers are probably the most secure. Make them more comfortable with towels and cover them with something.

They may not look comfortable, but basket carriers are probably the most secure. Make them more comfortable with towels and cover them with something.

When re-located leave cats with their carriers, they may cling to them for a little security

When re-located leave cats with their carriers, they may cling to them for a little security

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