The most important thing about your cat carrier is that your cat likes it! It is what is used to transport your cat to and from the veterinary hospital. If your cat does not like it, they will be unhappy at the hospital and/or any place you decide to take them.
The best carrier is large enough for your cat to comfortably stand up in, turn around and lie down in. It can be a soft or hard shell and it should have several entrances/exits for your cat to come and go. This gives them the option to come and go at their leisure.
The carrier should be left out at all times (not just for those crazy car rides to the hospital). Initially, if it is possible based on the carrier type, take the cover off. Put special items in it such as blankets, toys, treats, catnip and food. You can spray the inside of the carrier with a relaxing pheromone spray to allow your cat to accept it more readily, (Feliway TM). If your cat loves their carrier, they will be a much happier and relaxed traveller and patient.
Written by Dr. Robert Doucette