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After the disaster that was the Cabrio Cat Carrier, I got one of these instead, from The Purr Company, for about £40. I really like it. No self assembly, no awkward fiddly bits, a very secure fastening, and if you ever lose the locking bar, you could just cable-tie it shut. It’s top-opening so much easier to get a reluctant cat into, and the plastic-coated wire mesh construction allows for excellent ventilation and drainage. I got the large size, which is approx 46cm x 30cm (18in x 12in) footprint and 28cm (11in) tall.
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It’s not very difficult to get Pete into this; I think it only took me three goes. It has carry handles but I prefer to hold it close to me by the base and sides to minimise sway/wobble. The carry handles are made of narrow wire and they’d be very uncomfortable on the hands after a while. Once he’s in it, Pete settles down quite happily, curls up and looks around. It has full visibility all around which is great if the cat likes what he’s looking at, but might be a bit scary if he can see something he doesn’t like. Luckily, the vet I use is specifically a cat clinic, so no scary dogs to freak him out. It would be easy enough to drape a towel over the carrier if necessary. The holes are just big enough to poke a fingertip through (your fingertips might vary) to stroke Pete on his head reassuringly if needed, and he can see and hear me too. Pettall Dogs Cats Pet Travel Carriers - Hard Wire Frame For Small Medium - Soft Plus Hard Wire Frame Airline Approved For Large ** Check this awesome product by going to the link at the image.A hard-sided cat carrier has the advantage of being extremely sturdy and easy to clean. Specially designed water cups can be attached to the wire doors of many models,handy for travel or emergency evacuations.Pettall Dogs Cats Pet Travel Carriers - Hard Wire Frame For Small Medium - Soft Plus Hard Wire Frame Airline Approved For Large ** Check this awesome product by going to the link at the image.Pettall Dogs Cats Pet Travel Carriers - Hard Wire Frame For Small Medium - Soft Plus Hard Wire Frame Airline Approved For Large -- Want additional info? Click on the image. (This is an Amazon affiliate link)Wire traps allow our anesthetists to safely “poke” the cat through the wire with the anesthesia drugs. All cats, whether truly feral or tame, are stressed and can bite or scratch. A bite or scratch from a cat initiates a process that requires quarantine of the cat for 10 days, boarding fees during quarantine, a bite report and potentially rabies shots for the volunteer. If you’ve trapped a cat in your colony that is friendly, please leave them in the trap for our clinics. You may bring carriers along for their recovery and we’ll transfer them to these after surgery. If you are absolutely unable to bring your cat in a trap, the only acceptable container would be a normal-sized cat carrier with a single (not two or three) cat. We will make every effort to anesthetize the cat through the carrier holes or dump the cat into a net for anesthesia. If we are unable to do this without undo stress to the cat or safety to us or the cat, we will not treat/alter the cat.