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How to Choose a Pet Carrier - Transporting Fluffy? Here's What You Need to Know
Still it can be tricky to know just what kind of carrier is right for your cat, dog or ferret. Most people don't know the first thing about how to choose a pet carrier and get it horribly wrong - resulting in discomfort for their pet. Make it easier to choose a pet carrier by examining your needs in the following four areas:
1. How you plan to use your carrier will help you to make the right choice. Will you be taking your pet shopping with you, out into nature or traveling on a bus or train? If you are going on a long journey your pet will most likely be inside his carrier for hours and this means you need to choose a pet carrier that has plenty of room for Frisky or Fido to stretch out in. Smaller carriers are adequate for shorter journeys where your pet will be able to get out from time to time. But you should never ever allow your pet to travel in a pet carrier that is too small for either the journey OR his/her size.
Modern pet carriers are climate controlled and have water-proofed floors, water- bottle feeders and more so there is no reason your beloved pet should be uncomfortable in any way. Choose the best carrier you can afford that contains all the features you know you'll need. When you choose a pet carrier you will need to make sure that your pet has everything it needs to keep it happy.
2. Your lifestyle is also an important consideration when you choose a pet carrier. Once you know it has all the functional components you want you can choose an interesting design or materials that match your personal style and elegance. But what does Rover have to say? Let's move on to choosing the right carrier size for your pet.
3. How big your pet is, is very important when you choose a pet carrier. Size is more important than weight when making your choice. Your dog or cat's 'size' is his height when standing plus his length. To make sure the carrier is big enough allow your dog to stand up and turn around once inside. Your dog or cat is pretty flexible so you may not need the exact length for him or her to be able to turn around with ease.
4. Now what about your pet's personality? I am sure all animals would agree that they prefer not to be bundled inside a pet carrier. Dogs, cats and even ferrets love to be with their owners at all times and some animals avoid their carriers like the plague - who can blame them? The best way to introduce your pet to a pet carrier is to start when he or she is young.
When you choose a pet carrier ensure that your pet is not frightened by it. This way your pet will learn to tolerate his carrier and even associate it with fun times. If your pet hates grooming and you only use the carrier for this purpose it may take some coaxing! It is important to make sure your pet is not uncomfortable when you choose a pet carrier for your adventures or excursions.
Many pet lovers find that once they choose a pet carrier that their pet is comfortable in and happy with they can go most places with their pets instead of leaving them at home. The trick is to choose a roomy carrier and get your pet used to it while it's still young. If your pet has been traumatized such as animals that come from a rescue shelter you may need to exercise extra care when introducing him to his carrier.
When you choose a pet carrier always make sure that your pet is not going to be unduly stressed by being placed in it. Only take your pet out and about once he is familiar with being inside his carrier. A happy pet means a happy owner and vice-versa so make your pet's journeys as pleasant as possible.