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
Great idea. Pet carriers are quite pricey. I have pet items on my list when I yard sale. Thanks for sharing.
Even though I have a large pet carrier, it's very difficult to get the cat in. I usually turn in up on the end and drop the cat in from the top.
I've also had problems with the vet trying to get the cat out of the carrier. They've had to disassemble the carrier by taking the top off to get to the cat.
This will solve both problems.
I don't understand the problems you people are having getting your cats into the carriers. Mine loves his carrier and sleeps in it quite often. When it comes time for a trip to the vet or where-ever, I simply toss one of his toys in there. Or sometimes I'll use a laser light to entice him to go in. He loves to chase the laser light and will pounce right in there after it. Once he's in I give him a small special treat for a reward. I leave his carrier open in the living room at all times so he's comfortable going in there at his will, and has no problem going in when I want him to. Also my vet has never had a problem getting him out of it either for the same reasons.
Another way to get your cats (or for others, dogs) into the crates easier (no matter what kind of crate) is to leave it available to them at all times. Keep a favorite blanket of theirs, and also toss in a treat every once in a while. Not rawhides, but treats that they will want to go in after.
Do the treat thing once or twice a day. If you only do it when you are trying to get them into the crate to go somewhere, they will catch onto that trick real quick and not go in no matter what treats you toss in there.
But if you let them get used to going into it on their own, they won't be so afraid to go in when you want them to. I've done this with every cat and dog I've ever had. Never failed yet!
Thank-you, Karen, for the marvellous idea.
Totes like this one also make great storage for dry kibble. It keeps the food clean, dry, and free from pests. I cut the name/type of food from the bag and tape it to the lid.
I'm sorry, but I just don't think this is a good idea. Even with the air holes, a bin like that would quickly become very hot and uncomfortable. Animals can quickly become overheated and suffer a heat stroke. I would be afraid for my pet's safety.
I hope that you will think this over very carefully before you put a helpless cat or dog in a plastic bin.
This is NOT a good idea. These bins get VERY hot! And the snap down lids are not locked! Your poor pet is either going to die from heat stroke, or push open the lid and escape!
I have to agree with those who don't like this idea. The holes are much too small to provide adequate ventilation. Store bought carriers have much better airflow so you should make much larger holes. ThriftyFun shouldn't endorse this as a good idea.
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