Choosing the right pet carrier for your dog or cat can be a bit of a challenge. In this article, we have tried to simplify selection of a carrier based on key aspects.
There are a wide variety of pet carriers available in different sizes and colors. The selection of a pet carrier depends on certain common features while ensuring they are within your budget. Some of the features to look out for include:
The first thing to determine is how do you plan to use it? Will it be used for travel by road or do you intend to use it for overseas travel? If you have planned the latter you will need to a carrier with a hard side for airline travel. Generally, they are built from high-grade plastic and are easy to dismantle.
The flip side is they are heavier in weight. If you plan to use it for domestic travel you could opt for smaller purse style carriers, which are available in a variety of colors and styles. They are soft sided, lighter in weight and most are foldable. It preferably should come with a detachable bottom to make cleaning easy.
To ensure you choose the right size dog carrier you need to measure the length of the puppy or cat, sitting on their hind legs with the forelimbs completely extended. To ensure that the pet is comfortable and a few extra inches. If your example your puppy is around 9 inches, select a carrier that is approximately 11-12 inches for extra comfort. When selecting a dog carrier for your pet it must be secure and comfortable, while convenient to carry.
Weight & size:
You need to careful in getting the weight and size spot on. The weight is of significance as smaller purse style carriers are okay for small pets between 1-5 lbs. They are suitable for puppies and small dogs and also convenient for the pet owner to carry around.
Transporting them is also a relatively easy task. However, if your pet is about 10 lbs in weight, you need to remember that you will not only have to bear the weight of the pet but also that of the carrier in which they are placed. It can add up to another 4-5 lbs.
Finally whatever the type of carrier big or small, there are other considerations. The most important thing to bear in mind is that the carrier is meant to be a means of transportation as a for safety and not for the animal to play in. That means the animals must be comfortable at all times but also restrained in a secure manner.
That also entails that the pet must not be left within the confines of the carrier for extremely long intervals. All animals need to stretch themselves and run around and having them in a restricted space for a long while, if strongly discouraged. We need to consider their well-being and comfort at all times. Remember we ourselves would not enjoy being confined in a limited space for a long while!