Buying a cat carrier with a litter box vs buying them separately

If you want to spend your trip with maximum comfort, then you should buy the carrier equipped with a litter box.

It is quite cool to buy everything all at once and don’t think about the additional purchases.

However, in this case, you’ll face the problem of choosing a sturdy carrier.

You should take into account that such carriers are not easy to transport due to their construction. Still, if you don’t need this product for carrying your cat, it won’t cause problems.  Cat car carriers with a litter box can become a safe and comfortable travel house for your pet.

If you are ready to spend a little bit more time and money, then you can buy these products separately. You’ll be able to carry the kennel easily. Besides you can combine different products when choosing the carrier that doesn’t include a litter box. For instance, you like the Sherpa Pet Carrier and a litter mat with a honeycomb structure (like in the Coopeter Cat Outhouse). You are free to combine products and form your perfect match.

Choose the product that answers to your priority needs, and your trip will be carefree and full of great memories!

How to secure a cat carrier in a car 

Step 1 – Make the carrier as convenient as possible.

Even if the bottom bed is made of velvet or other soft materials, you need to prepare it for a long ride.

TIP: if long-distance traveling is your #1 priority – check our guide with top carriers for long-distance travels.

First, make a layer of newspapers and put it on the bottom. Then put a towel above. The surface will become soft enough for your cat. Moreover, newspapers and a towel will help to soak up any “accidents” your cat may produce during the trip.

Step 2 – Place the carrier in the back seat.

Surround the carrier with a couple of additional boxes or valises to stabilize the kennel. It is especially important if you have a soft-sided carrier which is not very sturdy.

Add your cat’s favorite toys to make your cat feel less stressed. You may, in addition, use a seatbelt to place the carrier more securely.

Step 3 – Drive safe.

Remember that no matter how securely you fixed the carrier, your cat may still feel a lot of stress.

So try not to make sudden stops or starts. Avoid potholes on the road. Turn the radio on and keep the volume on the low level. And don’t forget to talk to your cat while driving. It will help your fluffy friend to relax.

FAQ’s

Will my cat use a litter box inside the car cat carrier?

Some cats (let’s call them “homebodies”) prefer only their original domestic litter box and refuse everything else. In such a case, I recommend you to make a couple of test rides for your pet. It will get used to the travel litter box. Moreover, it is hard for many cats to use a litter box in a moving vehicle. It is preferable to use it when you make stops. You’ll also need a litter scoop and some plastic bags. Still, calm grown-up cats can use the litter box inside the car cat carrier in a moving car. So make sure it is fixed properly.

Why does my cat poop in her carrier in the car?

Your cat poops in the carrier because it gets stressed. Try to make the ride as comfortable as it can be (read the previous part) and practice short distance rides with your cat. If it doesn’t help, buy a cat diaper, and your cat won’t end up covered with poop.

Can a cat be outside their carrier when in a car?

Yes, it can. It is absolutely legal for your cat to stay outside the carrier in a moving car. A cat can ride in a car freely if it’s not a threat to a driver. Moreover, your pet can ride in the front seat if there is no airbag in the vehicle.

How to place a cat carrier in the backseat of a car?

First of all, make sure the cat car carrier with a litter box is stabilized properly by a seatbelt or some additional boxes. Try to keep as many things around as you can. That’s how you will prevent the carrier from falling. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t pile up things near the mesh windows. The kennel must be ventilated as well.

Which litter is the best for portable litter boxes during traveling?

The best litter should be dust-free and lightweight. CatSpot and Yesterday’s News match these criterions perfectly.

In a word

Buying a cat car carrier with a litter box is the best thing you can do before travelling with your fluffy friend. It opens a lot of opportunities during your ride.

With the cat carrier, you don’t have to worry about your cat’s behavior during the trip. Your back seat will remain clean, and you will enjoy the views when driving instead of looking constantly in the rearview mirror. You won’t have to find a cat sitter, because your pet will be with you all the way!

A cat carrier with a litter box is one of the most common methods to make your cat get used to your car. Some cats may need a couple of rides. However, some stressed cats may need more time (from 10 to 20 rides).

Take into account the visibility, ventilation and space inside a carrier before buying it.

Choose the right cat carrier according to your cat’s size and temper, and you’ll soon wonder why you have never travelled with your fluffy buddy before.

Using the carrier requires a lot of effort, but it will pay back with a huge munch of emotions from your first ride together. 

Keep all the factors in mind, and you’ll be able to choose the best carrier for your cat!

Jimmie O’Chutt is CEO of CatPet.Club magazine. He saved his cat’s life (who has KCD). Jimmie is a cat enthusiast who is pretty good at product research. He shares his own experience and advice here on CatPet.Club

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