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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Siobhan O'Reilly, Mar 26, 2021.


  1. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    I just purchased x2 of the Metalcote cat carriers, but I'm panicking I've chosen too small a size!
    My boys are about 4.3kgs each and I went for the 45.7cm x 30.5cm x 30.5cm

    This will be used for trips to the vet etc.
    Have I made a big mistake and should I call them in the morning?

    Thank you!
     
  2. huckybuck

    huckybuck Cat Chat Friend

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    They sound a little on the small side but it’s hard for me to tell properly as I have big cats lol!! Hopefully someone with similar sizes could advise.

    My only other concern with these would be to make sure you have a cover for the top and 3 sides as the cat can feel quite exposed and vulnerable otherwise. A sheet or similar will work fine just make sure you leave enough ventilation space.
     
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    spotty cats PetForums VIP

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    Not a design I'd ever choose, sounds a bit small but you'd be best to measure the cats as weight isn't the best guide.
     
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  4. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    Oh really? The reason I got them was because they were recommended so highly on here.
    Thank you for your response!
     
  5. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    Thank you so much for your reply.
    It sounds like they may be a little small.
    And good tip about getting a cover, thank you!
     
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  6. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    I have a similar type to the metalcote cat carrier and find it ideal especially if you have a reluctant traveller .I do agree with @huckybuck though , they may be a bit smaller than " ideal" but it is hard to tell without seeing both cat and and carrier .
     
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  7. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    Thank you for your response, glad to hear that you like yours!
    I've emailed the company to see what they say. It was silly of me to think you guys would be able to tell me, without seeing my boys and the carrier
     
  8. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    Some people prefer fabric, in my view these are long lasting, sturdy, secure & easy to make covers for. Sounds like you aren't going to be doing long journeys with them, they will probably be fine.
     
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    popcornsmum Popcorn relaxing!

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    I borrowed one of these on 2 occasions and found them to be really good. Popcorn is not a particularly big cat so fitted in just fine and I had to put a bath towel drenched in Pet Remedy over it as shes just slightly stressy! Lol
     
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    Bertie'sMum Obedient Cat Slave

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    That's the same size as mine (had it for more years than I care to remember and wouldn't use any other kind !) and it's been used for all my for my last 4 cats. My current furbaby is small - only 3.30kg BUT it has been successfully used for previous cats one of whom weighed in at 8+kg. I made a cover for mine from an old fleece blanket, but you can buy fitted covers online.

    The same size is also used by the Cats Protection rehoming centre where I volunteer and they are used by cats of all sizes quite comfortably.
     
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  11. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    Just checked, this is the standard size and for short journeys is fine except for very big cats, which 4.3kg isn't. I have a couple of larger ones, for longer journeys or several kittens, but they are heavier of course.
     
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    Lunarags Dedicated cat slave

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    I have a cat about 4.5kg who goes in this size carrier just fine
     
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  13. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    That's a great tip!
    I'll grab some Pet Remedy for their first trip. Thank you
     
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  14. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    Oh, thank you so much. You've made me feel so much better.
    I did quite a lot of research on type of carrier, but forgot about size...silly me.

    So glad to hear that the size works for you.
     
  15. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    Yay! Thank you
     
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  16. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    Thank you for checking for me! I really appreciate it.
    My boys like to be curled up also, so I think smaller is probably better, to help them feel safe.
    My vet uses this type and they prefer it, so I think I've made the right choice.
    I just had some midnight panic
     
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    I have three pet caddies this size and they have been fine even for my larger cats. I always cover the carrier with a blanket when it is in the car anyway. The big advantage to any carrier is if the top opens completely. When I have taken several cats to shows at a distance, they have still been fine. I do have larger sizes but they are more difficult to carry especially with a heavy cat.

    I used to have the wire ones and they are fine for adults but I stopped using them when a kitten got his head caught between the bars. This would not be a problem with a 4.3kg cat!
     
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  18. Siobhan O'Reilly

    Siobhan O'Reilly PetForums Junior

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    Perfect, thank you so much for your response!
    I am definitely getting covers for both carriers.
    I really wanted a top opening one because one of my boys gets really stressed when travelling.
    I've always put them in a large carrier together, but I think as they are now fully grown, two smaller ones makes more sense.

    It's so tricky, isn't it!
    We just want the best for the little monkeys
     
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  19. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    I have a pet caddy as well, at least you can get replacement plastic parts, but I think the wire carriers are more secure - it would be a disaster if a hinge broke when you are carrying it. Do carry it with the hinge towards you, years ago I saw someone accidentally know the latches against their legs and the cat escaped. Thankfully we got her back very quickly.

    The kitten must have been pretty small to get her head caught!
     
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  20. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    You can buy covers online, or you can make them - the rectangular shape make that easy - or I just drape with a fleece blanket. People bring the most bizarre carriers to cat shows, the worst was like a wicker beehive at the Supreme, I had to scruff the cat to get it back in it's pen. Absolute nightmare.
     
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