If you have a cat, you need a carrier. You may only use it occasionally for visits to the vet or groomer, or you may need it frequently if you travel often with your cat. There are many varieties of carriers, and it’s worth considering your cat’s needs and how you’ll use it before you decide which one to purchase.
The first consideration should be your cat’s size and temperament. A carrier should be big enough for your cat to stretch out in and turn around—both longer and taller than your cat. Check the carrier’s weight capacity if you have an especially large cat (or plan on transporting more than one cat in the same carrier). If your cat doesn’t like getting into (or out of) a carrier, it’s helpful to choose one with a top opening, since it is frequently easier to lower a cat into the carrier.
There are two basic types of carrier, hard-sided and soft-sided. Soft-sided carriers tend to be lighter, with fabric sides and mesh openings for ventilation. They are harder to keep clean if your cat has an accident, and a really determined cat can claw its way through the mesh. Hard-sided carriers, with plastic sides and metal grills for ventilation, are easy to clean and more or less claw-proof, but can be cumbersome to carry. There are also wheeled carriers if you can’t manage the weight or need to walk longer distances with it.
If you will be traveling by public transportation (especially by air), you should always check the agency’s regulations concerning size, construction and weight of the carrier and cat beforehand. But whether you’re driving 10 minutes to the vet or 300 miles to Grandma’s house, remember to secure the carrier with a seat belt through the handle and drive safely!
Next week we’ll give you a few tips on making trips less stressful for your cat.
One cat that will need a good carrier is Tom, last week’s cat of the week. Tom just found his “fur-ever” home and will become a snowbird, splitting his time between Cape Cod and Florida.
This week our cat of the week is kittens. Kitten season is well underway, and we are starting to get some sweet and lively kittens available for adoption. We presently have a variety of adorable kittens, ranging from all-black to black-and-white to tabby/tiger striped to tortoiseshell and tuxedo. Some of the kittens have short hair and some have medium hair. Basically, we will have all varieties of colors, dispositions and temperaments.
Our kittens are cared for in foster homes by volunteers who spend time socializing them and getting them used to interacting with people. Each week the kittens are brought to the shelter for adoption hours. Kittens are usually ready to be adopted into “fur-ever” homes after they reach 12 to 14 weeks of age, have been neutered or spayed, microchipped, and had their first visit to the veterinarian.
While kittens are cute and adorable, please remember that they do require a fair amount of work, time and responsibility. Also, when adopting kittens, you are entering into a long-term commitment of approximately 15 to 20 years. Kittens are usually adopted in pairs to provide them with an instant companion and aid in their socialization. For you, this means double the fun, with two playful bundles of fur engaging in all sorts of shenanigans.
Additionally, we have a number of adult cats available for adoption. They range in age from 1 to 14 years. New kids on the block are Rose, a cute 1-year-old gray tabby female who just finished raising her four kittens; June, a pretty little black female who is super friendly and active; Raffi, a handsome 5-year-old gray tabby/tiger male who is still adjusting to being at the shelter; Mittens, a striking 10-year-old tuxedo female who is presently still a bit grouchy; and Rudy, a handsome, 14-year-young orange tabby male who is an absolute love.
Hunter, our handsome, laid-back, orange-and-white tabby, is still residing in suite 1. This sweet 8-year-old is certainly ready to find his “fur-ever” home. Also with us are Trixie and Sam, our 10-year-young bonded brother and sister pair. Trixie is a very pretty little tortoiseshell and Sam is a big, handsome orange-and-white tabby. Both are shy kitties, but very sweet and loving when they warm up a bit. Last, but not least, is our black beauty Raven. This 1½-year-old is an independent, spicy young lady who badly wants affection, and is learning to accept it.
The PFC shelter is located at 44 Beagle Lane, Teaticket. Our mailing address is PO Box 422, West Falmouth, MA 02574.
The shelter is open for adoptions and visitors Wednesdays from 4 to 6 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM. If you need to get in touch with us when we are closed, call our hotline at 508-540-5654. Press #0 if you have cat-related issues, questions, are interested in volunteering or for additional information about People for Cats. Press #2 if you need financial assistance for veterinary care or spay/neuter assistance. Press #3 if you have a cat or kitten to surrender and be sure to leave your name, telephone number and a brief description of the cat. All calls are returned as quickly as possible.
Check us out at www.peopleforcats.org, look for our available cats on Petfinder and like us on our Facebook page.
All for the love of cats…