Kitty On the Go

Find a carrier your cat will love.

By Erika Sorocco

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A good, sturdy cat carrier is not an option in cat ownership; it is a necessity. Having the ability to transport your cat at a moment's notice for an emergency veterinary visit or for evacuation purposes in the face of a natural disaster could be the difference between life or death for kitty. So, it's important that you have one in your possession that will make on-the-go moments a breeze for you and your cat.

"A carrier that is acceptable to the cat is an important way to reduce the natural stress of having to go to a new environment, whether it is to go to the vet, to travel or to have to be evacuated from the house in an emergency situation," says Renee Rucinsky, DVM, owner of Mid Atlantic Cat Hospital in Cordova, Md. "If the cat is already used to her carrier, it can be a safe haven instead of another source of stress."

Though choosing a carrier that will appropriately accommodate your cat's needs might seem like an overwhelming task given the large number of products - from hard-shell and soft-shell to double-doors and collapsible - on the market; pin-pointing the one that is perfect for you and your kitty counterpart doesn't have to be a challenge.

Here you will find a selection of products designed to keep your cat cozy, safe, and happy while on the move, all of which are available at a variety of online pet supply websites, general mass merchandisers or your local pet supply store.

**Get the August 2012 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**


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