As much as our pets like to roam free at home or on a leash, it’s not always ideal. For the times we can’t keep an eye on our furry friends, or when we’re traveling with them in tow, having the right crate, kennel or carrier can make the experience more enjoyable for both of you.
Choosing the right cat or dog carrier depends on a few factors, including your pet’s size and how you intend to use it. Read these tips for finding the best solution for your pet, as well as how acclimate them to the new space.
Pets can be very sensitive to changes in their environment, so it’s important to choose a pet carrier that makes them feel safe and comfortable. Makeshift containers like a basket, box or pillowcase may injure or traumatize your pet and should be avoided. When looking for a dog crate, dog kennel or pet carrier, consider the following:
Once you have selected a crate, kennel or carrier for your cat or dog, slowly introduce them to their new sanctuary. Especially if you plan to use the carrier for transportation, it’s important to get them acclimated as soon as possible so they aren’t distressed or unwilling to go inside.
Here are some easy ways to make their first encounters with a crate, kennel or carrier a less-stressful experience: