The basic equipment for cats includes a transport box. No matter whether you get your cat from the shelter, from the breeder or from private – the animal must be transported safely to your home. You will also need the transport box more often for visits to the vet. So it makes sense to buy a transport box before the cat moves in with you. That’s why we have put together nine tips about the cat transport box for you in the following.
Choose the right size
The Cat Transport Box should be large enough so that the cat can stand upright, turn around, sit and lie comfortably. However, it should not be too big, because then it can happen that the cat slips unintentionally through the inside of the Carry Cot during transport. This should be avoided in order not to stress the cat additionally.
Make it easier for you to sit the cat down
Very few cats go voluntarily into their cat transport box or like to be put into it. And even taking them out at the vet is a real challenge for many cat owners. It is easier if the transport box can be opened at the top. Because the upper opening makes it easier to put the cat into its box than to push it through the opening from the front. Ideally, the transport box should have two openings – one at the top and one at the front.
Think about safety
Locked up cats can develop undreamt-of abilities and become true escape artists. When choosing the transport box, make sure that the latch closes securely and cannot be opened by the cat. The box should also be robust – after all, it must be able to withstand cat claws and teeth. Carrying handles and strap should be stable. The material of the transport box should be selected in such a way that the cat cannot get caught with its claws or injure itself in any other way.
Pay attention to the ventilation
A transport box usually means nothing good for the cat. Often the unloved veterinarian awaits them at the end of the trip. Cats therefore usually react stressed when the transport box appears on the screen. Stress can cause them to pant. They use more oxygen than when they breathe calmly. It is therefore very important that the transport box is sufficiently ventilated.
Remember to clean it
A mishap may occur during transport. So make sure that the transport box can be cleaned easily and thoroughly. Plastic transport boxes are easy to clean.
Get your cat used to the transport box
Often it is a struggle to put the cat into its transport box. Cats usually associate the box with a visit to the vet and understandably have little desire to go on excursions. It becomes easier if the cat connects the box with something beautiful. Place the box open in the cat’s living area before it is used for the first time. The aim is for her to accept the transport box as a safe den. A blanket, favourite toys and treats can help to make the box more interesting.
Replace the transport box
If the cat does not want to be transported in the transport box, it will be difficult for the cat owner. Quickly the cat has fled to the last corner under the bed or defends itself with claws and teeth. If the cat has already had bad experiences with its transport box, it is worth starting over and replacing the transport box. Because often it is easier if the box is not negatively preloaded and you can get the cat used to the new model with some patience.
Make your cat comfortable
Only very few cats like to lie in empty transport boxes. Therefore it is recommended to make the cat comfortable inside the box. Materials that are non-slip are well suited, for example a stable blanket or a non-slip mat. A cuddly cushion with catnip can also make the cat feel more comfortable.
Do not simply place the transport box on the car seat
Just as with dogs, cats must also be secured as a load in a car. If an accident occurs and the cat is not secured, it can quickly become dangerous. ADAC crash tests with an unsecured dog dummy have shown that in the event of an impact at 50 kilometres per hour, the dummy flies through the interior of the car with thirty times its body weight. To prevent your cat from becoming a projectile and endangering itself and the vehicle occupants, you should never simply place the transport box with your cat on the back seat of the car or in the front seat. ADAC crash tests have shown that the safest place for the Cat Transport Box is in the footwell behind the front seats. Buckled on the rear seat bench, the plastic material of the test box used proved to be too weak in a 50 km/h impact. The lattice door and lid broke under the load of the 4 kilogram light artificial test cat.
At a glance: The ideal transport box for your cat
- The transport box has two openings – one at the top and one at the front.
- The transport box is robust and can withstand cat claws and teeth.
- The carrying handles and strap are sturdy.
- The door can be securely locked.
- The transport box is easy to clean.
- The transport box is sufficiently ventilated.
- The transport box has the lowest possible dead weight.
- The cat cannot get caught with its claws or injure itself in any other way.