As pets age, many senior pets prefer to spend more time with their pet parents. For some, there may be medications that need to be administered at certain times, and for others, there may be illnesses that make it more difficult for your pet to endure long walks. A pet carrier is a great option to help tote your furry friend around and keep a close eye on your senior pet.
Cats and small dogs are considered seniors at age 7, and as pets age, they become more dependent on us to care for them. If you are considering a sling pet carrier, there are several features you should look for.
A sling carrier that is designed specifically for pets is a better option than a handbag you may use for your personal belongings. Pet carrier slings offer features designed specifically for toting a pet inside the bag. For instance, a sling carrier can be worn so that your hands are free to do other things like chores, riding a bike, grocery shopping, etc. There are often multiple compartments to carry your cat or dog’s gear and accessories she might need for a day on the town.
Another great feature to look for is breathable material that won’t cause your pet to get too hot while inside the carrier. Be sure any carrier you select has a clasp to attach your pet’s harness (never just their collar) to the bag so if they are tempted to jump out, the clasp will keep them harnessed to the bag.
Most carriers have weight limits or are appropriate for either a cat or a dog, so check with the manufacturer to ensure the carrier you choose is appropriate for your pet.
How do you know if a pet carrier is right for your pet?
Here are some specific things to factor when considering a pet carrier:
Does your pet enjoy being with you wherever you go?
Some situations wouldn’t allow for a leashed pet to accompany you, like restaurants or malls. Even some parks are not pet friendly when it comes to leashed pets. But if your pet is contained within a carrier, then more places might allow your pet into their establishment. A pet carrier can help you enjoy certain locations without worrying about whether your leashed pet is allowed.
Is your pet older?
Senior pets (small dogs and cats over age 7) can tire easily which can make long walks too tiring for them. If they are too tired, they may need to be carried part of the way. A pet carrier can allow you to carry your pet easily and contained.
Does your pet have an illness like arthritis, joint pain, or hip dysplasia?
Certain illnesses might make walking any sort of distance painful for your pet and would make enduring a long walk very difficult for your pet. A carrier can make traveling more comfortable for your pet.
Does your pet have an injury or are they recovering from surgery?
Surgery or an injury can take a lot out of your pet. Some surgeries or injuries can make walking painful, difficult or even impossible, especially if your pet has a splint or cast on his leg. A pet carrier can make traveling easier for your pet.
Are you concerned with leaving your pet alone at home?
Some pets may have seizures or require frequent pet meds to be administered at certain times of the day, making staying at home alone while you are away a complicated situation. A pet carrier can make it easier for you to monitor and care for your pet while you are out.
Does your pet get along with people or other pets?
Some pets can become aggressive around people or other animals. Some just jump on people or have annoying habits or aggressive tendencies that might make traveling into crowded areas challenging. A pet carrier can help control your pet in crowded areas.
Does your pet get stressed in crowds?
Some pets are socially anxious, and crowds may cause them to bark or shake in fear. A carrier offers a level of containment, confinement and security for an anxious pet. A pet carrier can help your pet relax.
Is it too hot, cold or wet outside?
Most animals don’t do well in extreme weather conditions, especially if it is too hot, too cold or wet outside. A pet carrier can protect your pet from the elements.
Which pet carrier to choose?
So you’ve decided to invest in a pet carrier to transport your pet. Which pet carrier is right for you? There are a wide variety of pet carriers to choose from but selecting a carrier that is right for you and your pet depends on the type of outings you plan on using the carrier for. Here are some things to factor when considering which carrier is right for you.
How large is your pet (or will your pet get)?
When purchasing a pet carrier, size matters. You want to be sure you select a style that will accommodate your pet at full maturity. If you aren’t sure how big your pet will get, consult with your vet for an estimated size and weight.
What is your pet’s temperament?
Some pets are jumpers or chasers and can become easily distracted by anything around them. The last thing you would want is for your pet to escape from the carrier to chase something or someone. A carrier with clasp that attaches to their harness will ensure that pets who like to jump or chase stay contained within the compartment.
How do you plan to use the carrier?
Will you be using the carrier to go to the mall or a restaurant? The type of activity should determine which carrier would best suit your needs. If you need or prefer to have your hands free while carrying your pet, then a hands free pet sling carrier is a good option. If you are looking for something more stylish, then a sling may be more appropriate for you and your pet.
If you’d like to enjoy more outings with your cat or dog, then a pet carrier may be something to consider.
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