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I get exhausted trying to get my cats into the pet carrier when it is time to go to the vet or getting a picture taken with Santa, etc. It would be easier if I had a larger carrier, but they are expensive. I paid $40.00 for a small one. Finally I found a solution.
I purchased a plastic 18 gallon tote that has a locking lid. You can find them almost anywhere, Lowe's, Walmart, and Kmart. You can find them one sale for around $4.00. I drilled holes in the top and around the bottom part of the container.
I put towels in the bottom for comfort and the pet stays calm since they don't really see what is going on. It also gives me more peace of mind if the pet has an accident, it will not mess up the car.
By Karentaulbee from Dayton, OH
My husband and I just came up with this idea ourselves while trying to think of a way NOT to send $40 on a new crate for our huge cat (our crate for 2 previous cats is too small for our new big guy)... But we said IF we did this it'd have to have latch handles and TONs of good size holes... To actually mimick the ventilation of a traditional, hard sided, plastic cat carrier. I thought it was a great idea so googled it to see if it's been done/found this.. I think with more (and larger/using the saw bit attachment thing (sry - not my area of know-how) to make (many)holes the size... Of a half dollar... And with the latching fold over lid... It'd work great for a trip to the vet and back... Idk abt a cross country trip... But in a climate controlled car...maybe. ... Well, for a local vet I think it's a good idea
Source: Zephy's idea!
By Brenda from Tupelo, MS
Cute kitty, love the name. Hey she knew what she liked. Good idea and tip for others with cats and kittens.
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My cat stresses severely when placed into a cat carrier for a vet visit. Now she stresses hardly at all when I made my own cheap effective carrier. Two round laundry baskets, place the cat in the bottom, place the other one on to form a dome and tie yarn through the baskets on a few sides to secure. Also with the rounded shape a seat belt fits on perfectly. No more fighting a spread eagled cat to get it into a square box!
When we had cats, my vet recommended to use a pillow case as a cat carrier. It allowed the cat to breathe, the cat could not see what was happening, and it was very easy to hold the cat. We could hold them as we normally did without any problems. To alleviate stress, it is better that the cats cannot see. The cats never became stressed whenever they had to travel. We did this for all our cats but one since he would get car sick. Just be sure it is a new pillow case without any holes or tears. I would wind the lace a few times and tie tightly using a non-slip cotton shoe lace to tie the pillow case. (09/30/2005)