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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hello!
We have a new family member who will be going to his first vet visit tommorrow. I'd like to get him a cat carrier so he will get to and from his visit safely. Is there any difference between the different style's they sell? Is there a favorite one you all could suggest? I know they sell them at PetSmart...Does anyone know if they have them at Walmart or Target?

Thanks!
Tracy
post #2 of 27
I'd go with the Walmart/Target stuff. Petsmart is too expensive for a cat carrier that wil only be used once a year. Ive even seen them as cheap as 11 bucks, and good sturdy ones.

I havent bought one but Ceci will need to have her first vet visit (with me) and i'll buy one of the Walmart models
post #3 of 27
I bought this one from Petsmart, and I really like it! Having the top open makes it a lot easier to get them in and out when they don't want to go in or come out!

I needed another since I was taking all 3 cats in at the same time, so I bought one from Meijer but I'm going to return it. I can't stand that the top doesn't open so I'll be getting another one of these. I think for the $$ it's worth it to me!
post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by SarahBeez View Post
I bought this one from Petsmart, and I really like it! Having the top open makes it a lot easier to get them in and out when they don't want to go in or come out!
I like how the top opens on that one too! On my last visit, we had to take our carrier (from Target) apart because the vet tech couldn't get Emily out through the door! Other than that, I like my carrier. They are all pretty similar in my opinion.
post #5 of 27
Yeah- I'd say there's not much difference between carriers- this one included, other than the top opens.

Last time we went to the vet I screwed up and put Maui in that one and the kittens in the one with just the one front door. Well Maui couldn't care less about going to the vet and he just saunters out, but the kittens were plastered to the back of their carrier & it was so hard to get them out!
post #6 of 27
Just be careful with that model. Make sure all the little dials are on closed.

That's the one that fell apart on me. Outside with a very skittish cat. Not a fum time getting her back inside the carrier.
post #7 of 27
I like my soft-sided one better then the hard one cause its a lot easier to sling the cat over your shoulder and carry it

I have to get a bigger hard carrier tho as the ocicat will need a medium size one - not the smaller one. When I get it, I'll pick it up at Petsmart (most likely)
post #8 of 27
I like a solid one. You can always line it with a blanket or two, but safety is my primary concern. I don't want the cat being able to get out for any reason, unless I let them out.

As for the top or side opening, I usually leave the carrier out 24 hours before anyone goes in it. They can look around, make sure they are not being chased into it, then the next day I just pick up the one to go put it in the carrier. If you have a spot of trouble, turn the carrie so that it is sitting on it's permanently closed end, open up the grate, slip in the cat and Voila!!! we are off.
post #9 of 27
we have 3 different kinds of carriers. 1 hard side plastic, 2 rubbermaid (made by graco) soft side, and 1 samsonite soft side. by far my cats prefer the samsonite one. i like it because it can be carried like a duffle, or slung over my shoulder. and it has top and front entry. the cats like that it's comfortable, and they can still see out pretty well. and i didn't pay tons of money for the samsonite one. it cost the least of all my carriers. i found it at Big Lots for $17.
post #10 of 27
I do like using my soft-sided carrier for shorter trips or bringing a heavier cat to the vet because the shoulder strap makes it much easier for me to carry them. If the cat tends to get nervous in the cat and wet or it is a longer trip I would probably just a regular plastic crate for easy clean up.

I also left several carriers out around the house with my guys when they were growing up so they didn't associate bringing out the carrier with going to the vet or any other potentially stressful event. Even now they still view the crates as just another toy, and will play and nap in them. A very easy way to help them get used to crates!
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by Yorda View Post
I also left several carriers out around the house with my guys when they were growing up so they didn't associate bringing out the carrier with going to the vet or any other potentially stressful event. Even now they still view the crates as just another toy, and will play and nap in them. A very easy way to help them get used to crates!
That's what we do as well. I leave it in the living room with the door open and put a soft towel or small blanket inside for them to lay on.

Because they are used to harnesses and leashes we actually don't usually use the carrier to go to the vet and the vet is only 5 minutes from our house.
post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 
I wanted to Thank everyone for their advice. I bought a small hard carrier at Petsmart....I had a tough time getting Pumpkin in and actually had to take it apart and place him in then quickly snap it back together. I wish I had got the one that you can open the top but didn't think he would be so difficult to get in it! Oh well, hopefully I won't need to use it for another year!!!

Thanks again!
Tracy
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
I like my soft-sided one better then the hard one cause its a lot easier to sling the cat over your shoulder and carry it
but i do have a hard plastic one, & a double-cat sized one. i rarely use any but the soft ones, but i have enough to house all cats at once should that ever be necessary.
post #14 of 27
I'm gonna check into a soft carrier... I never considered them before. Are they just like a duffle bag that maintains its shape?

It would be nice to carry one over the shoulder- it was tough lugging two carriers around, Maui is a beefcake and the kittens weigh 5#'s combined... not even full grown yet!
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by SarahBeez View Post
I'm gonna check into a soft carrier... I never considered them before. Are they just like a duffle bag that maintains its shape?

It would be nice to carry one over the shoulder- it was tough lugging two carriers around, Maui is a beefcake and the kittens weigh 5#'s combined... not even full grown yet!
here's where i got mine - it's a cat tapestry. but they sell the solid colored ones all over, like pet stores & even places like wal-mart & target. there's an inexpensive one here, if your cat is not too big for it.
post #16 of 27
I have the hard plastic ones with the front door and have little problems with my own cats, but as a vet tech, I like the soft-sided ones with the zippered top. There's a cat who comes to our hospital for weekly fluid treatments, and we were soooo happy when his owners bought a top-load carrier for him. And much easier for the owners and the cat.

Also, bigger isn't always better. A small to medium sized cat can be difficult to get out of a large carrier. But on the other extreme, I've seen a great big fatty whose fur was literally sticking out the sides of the carrier. How he turned around in there is beyond me -- it looked like you'd need a shoe horn to get him out.

I find I have less trouble loading my cats if I leave one carrier out at all times with the door off. Sometimes I toss a treat or two in it, and my younger cats will sometimes sleep in it. The oldest has been to the vet too many times recently to think it's fun little hiding place, though.
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
I like my soft-sided one better then the hard one cause its a lot easier to sling the cat over your shoulder and carry it

I have to get a bigger hard carrier tho as the ocicat will need a medium size one - not the smaller one. When I get it, I'll pick it up at Petsmart (most likely)
I love my soft sided carrier as well. It unzips on top and then also has a zipper around one end. It has supports that make it stand up and a soft fleece like lining on the bottom. My cats absolutely love it. In fact if I leave it out open, you'd find one of them laying in it.

I had a plastic carrier and found it cumbersome to carry around and the cats didn't like it as well. Maybe too much like a cage to them. I don't know. For some reason they seem to feel more secure in the soft sided. When I took Jake to spend the day at hospital the last few days, They left his carrier open in the pen because he liked it so much. Kind of a security thing.
post #18 of 27
I just caved and got myself a pretty sherpa soft sided carrier (in pink and black herringbone) today. Dynah is going to need her own carrier now that I'm keeping her, and it was only $16 more to get the pretty one. Chester has a sherpa already in green and loves it! I love the fact that they fold up, since I'm getting a 1 bedroom apartment soon. The hard carriers have their place, both in price and being able to be washed, but similarly the sherpas can go through the washer, so I figure it's just up to personal preference.
Hazah! can't wait for my carrier to come!
post #19 of 27
I love this one!!



And it completely unzips and folds up when I'm not using it.
post #20 of 27
Aww that purple carrier goes so well with Zoey's fur. (I think that is Zoey.)
post #21 of 27
Yah! That carrier is really cute!!!!
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
I love the purple one!! I've never seen one like that! Where did you get it?

Tracy
post #23 of 27
I transport my kitties to and from the vet by bike so I have a soft-sided backpack carrier. It is also good if you need to take your kitties anywhere by plane.

Monty in the carrier:


Monty and Bootsie inside:


I got it here. It was very $$$ but still much less so than a car
post #24 of 27
I have 2 hard sided carriers - only because I ordered one online and it didn't arrive in time for the cat! So I got a quick, small cheap one. Right now the smaller cheap one is on the floor in the den with a rug over it and she uses it as her little cave when she wants to be invisible. The other is left on the floor (open) in another room. The first trip to the vet with Astrid was a NIGHTMARE trying to pick her up and get her in the carrier. Although she is now letting me pick her up, I am definitely getting one that allows the top to open. I am undecided between a hard and soft - but will probably get a pretty soft one since she already has two others.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Sylorna View Post
I just caved and got myself a pretty sherpa soft sided carrier (in pink and black herringbone) today. Dynah is going to need her own carrier now that I'm keeping her, and it was only $16 more to get the pretty one. Chester has a sherpa already in green and loves it! I love the fact that they fold up, since I'm getting a 1 bedroom apartment soon. The hard carriers have their place, both in price and being able to be washed, but similarly the sherpas can go through the washer, so I figure it's just up to personal preference.
Hazah! can't wait for my carrier to come!
BOO!!! I got my carrier today, and while it's in really good condition, it doesn't fold down as the ebay seller said it would! Now I have to negoitate a return with him, and I hate doing that sort of thing. I really hope I didn't sound too mean in my email, but when someone says "yes it folds down" I expect it to fold down. I'm suggesting a return or exchange with refunds of my shipping and handling. What a pain in the behind.
post #26 of 27
I used the Sherpa carriers when we travelled via airplane with our cats, because they actually fit under the seat for the start and landing. However, when I just go to the vet, I prefer the plastic carrier that opens to the top as well as the sides. Cats go easier in and out, and it is less of a mess if one has an accident on the way. I used to have a kitty who was so scared in the car, that she always had accidents on the way to the vet. Another cat I had scratched his nose bloody on the mesh sides of the Sherpa bag, because he was nervously rubbing it against it.
post #27 of 27
I also have a sherpa carrier, and love it. It's the first carrier where my cat actually likes being in it. It's also great for airplanes since it's easy to fit under the seat. The top opener is wonderful, since Puppy will go in sideways, but he won't come out once he realizes we're at the vet. I think Puppy also likes that the sides are mesh, so he feels somewhat secluded and can still see out.

They also make them in large sizes, which is good for larger kitties! I actually couldn't find a hard carrier that would fit Puppy and still go under and airplane seat. I don't worry about it with the soft-sided one.

I also like that they zipper close. I have had a cat (Patches) unlatch the door on a hard carrier.
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