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For 2 cats should I get 2 carriers, or 1 big one?

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SunnyAgain Tue 16-Jun-15 10:34:30

Any thoughts please? The wire ones seem to come in sizes large enough for 2 cats, but would it a better idea to have them each in their own carrier?

valrhona Tue 16-Jun-15 11:23:08

I'd get two. You might have a situation where one of the cats is ill and might need to be transported in peace apart from the other. Also they may not necessarily get on and being in close quarters will stress them out.

Moln Tue 16-Jun-15 11:31:58

I'd get two too.

The wire ones? Do you mean the cages? Don't think they'd be easy to carry anyway.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Tue 16-Jun-15 11:32:54


Mine hate being in the same carroer

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Tue 16-Jun-15 11:33:05


cozietoesie Tue 16-Jun-15 11:45:24

I'd get two. Not only due to what valrhona said but because people often underestimate the amount of space a cat needs when going anywhere - a roomy carrier is much more comfortable for them.

SunnyAgain Tue 16-Jun-15 12:34:23

Thank you, I do like a consensus! grin. I was planning on two separate ones then read a couple of reviews from people saying they'd got both their cats in together, and started to wonder about doing that. It makes more sense to have one per cat though.

moonbells Tue 16-Jun-15 15:44:11


We had just one when we picked up a rather scrawny rescue Mooncat and her tiny Moonkitten, and they fitted easily. Both of them got significantly bigger over time. I had to go and buy a second carrier before their next jabs were due!

SunnyAgain Tue 16-Jun-15 22:10:21

Thank you. What kind do you all have/recommend? Many have lots of good reviews but also some saying catches are flimsy, and bits have broken off.

negrilbaby Wed 17-Jun-15 15:03:45

My two hate being on their own in the carriers and are much less stressed in one large one. They are brother and sister and still very close - sleeping on top of each other most of the time.

blacktreaclecat Wed 17-Jun-15 15:07:26

We have 2. Ours are friends but still find 2 easier, partly because getting them into the carriers can be tricky and with one, you'll just get one in and the other will escape!

EnjoyTheSimpleThingsInLife Wed 17-Jun-15 16:36:04

SunnyAgain have you got a Home Bargains near you? I got a fabric one from there for £8.99.

SunnyAgain Wed 17-Jun-15 19:38:29

No, no Home Bargains near me. Folding carriers are appealing as the other kind seem quite bulky to store... along with enclosed litter trays, and other cat bits and pieces I have bought. The corners of our house are filling up! The cats we're hopefully getting are brother and sister, but ?I don't know if they'd be upset travelling separately.

cozietoesie Wed 17-Jun-15 19:57:59

Remember that cats can have accidents, Sunny, especially if they're not well and eg travelling to the vet. I would always get one with a solid bottom which was washable - I don't need leaks onto car back seats and taxi floors etc. Have you or a friend/close family member got a loft or something similar where they might be stored if space is at a premium?

SunnyAgain Wed 17-Jun-15 21:00:41

Yes, good idea, I hadn't thought of the loft! Most of it has extra deep insulation with no boards on top, but there is a boarded area I can use. Good advice about having a solid bottomed carrier, thank you.

WixingMords Wed 17-Jun-15 21:14:49

My carrier lives in the garden shed, I prefer it to my loft as it's easier to access so if you have one, it's an option!

cozietoesie Wed 17-Jun-15 21:18:03

I have a memory that Lone previously linked to the cat carrier that she had found worked best for her clients - but I can't immediately find any such link. Maybe someone else has stored it or Lone herself will see this thread.

Optimist1 Wed 17-Jun-15 21:25:12

Agree with PPs that putting two in one carrier is not a good idea. A neighbour and I own two cats and one carrier each, so in the event of one cat needing a visit to the vet we're OK, but if two needed to be taken we borrow the second basket from each other. Saves on storage space, too, although we do have keys to each other's sheds which is where we store them.

cozietoesie Wed 17-Jun-15 21:44:34

OK - I found this link hiding in a corner. I suspect it was the carrier mentioned although I'm not 100% on it.

lljkk Thu 18-Jun-15 06:57:03

They'll try to kill each other as stressed out adults. 2.
1 of my carriers came from a charity shop.

2 carriers. We went with one big one initially but it was almost impossible to get both in, thd first would escape while you got the second in. And it was very heavy with both in. We were given another by a friend. Both are the solid ones with clip on top halves, I keep the 4 sections unclipped and stacked inside one another to save space, in that respect one slightly bigger than the other is really useful.

SunnyAgain Tue 23-Jun-15 07:19:58

Thank you, I have ordered the one linked to. I'm borrowing one from a friend for collecting the cats, and decided as I have several cat owning friends very close by, it should be ok to have one carrier myself, and be able to borrow one for trips to the vets with both cats. I envisage that having to take both cats will be a planned visit, while emergency trips are much more likely to be just with one cat.

Toughasoldboots Tue 23-Jun-15 09:13:42

I have the carrier that was linked to, it's really good and has lasted seven years so far.

SunnyAgain Tue 23-Jun-15 21:46:04

That's great to know!

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