Just like humans, the safety of a home is a key determinant of how happy a cat would be to stay there. This is especially true, with regards to cat backpacks and carriers.
There are different cat backpacks and carriers on the market- and you should make your choice based on what you’d like to use it for: hiking, RVing, taking your cat out on a harmless stroll, or any other needs.
This is important, because if you use a backpack that was built for hiking purposes to take your cat out on a stroll, it could make your pet feel suffocated, restless and generally- unsafe. Again, think about your cat. Does she have heightened curiosity? Then it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that she loves being placed in a backpack that allows her to feed her eyes on the beautiful environment outdoors. This shows that the safety of a cat in a backpack or carrier is relative to its personality. Summarily, cats love their territory to remain dark and cozy: but at varying degrees. Know your cat!
You should consider the following before you get a backpack for your cat:
1. Durability and Security of the backpack:
For a cat to feel safe in a backpack, it must be able to hide properly inside or lay down securely. The backpack must also be strong enough for repeated use, so you don’t have to keep replacing it. Generally, cat backpacks are made up of nylon and cloth type material to make it breathable for the cat, so check out these materials to make sure they are strong enough.
2. Proper Ventilation:
Ready to get a backpack for your cat? One key feature that must be on your must-have list, is enough space to facilitate proper ventilation. The backpacks should be big enough for your cat, with air holes to give it enough space to breathe well. This is a pro tip, because it gives your cat the aura of being indoors and safe! For this reason, consider getting a bubble backpack.
3. A harness and leash attached to the inner loop:
This is necessary because if the cat decides to jump out suddenly, the leash inside will hold it and prevent the cat from getting injured or lost. You don’t want to spend all the time on your trip looking for your cat, or tending to its injuries.
4. A top entry opening:
This is the safest place a backpack opening can be. This is to avoid the cat escaping from the side while you’re out. Also, the backpack should be made familiar with the cat, choose one that hits close to home, you could even make it comfy with a rug, and add treats!
The cat backpack must be comfortable with the cat enjoying being inside it to feel safe[OA6] . Comfortability and safety are two feelings that go hand in hand, you can’t feel safe where you’re not comfortable and vice versa.
The above are things you should do when getting your cat’s backpack, to ensure its safety. It doesn’t just end there, after you have gotten the backpack, treat it with the utmost care!
If your house is furnished to taste, you are likely to feel safe in it – well, except you have a stash of a million dollars somewhere in the house, and you’re scared someone is after you (just kidding). When the right material, size, and several other factors are considered before getting the backpack, its safety will be ensured, and it will feel just like a home.
In general, cat backpacks and carriers are safe to be in and used, there are just different feelings and comfortability to them depending on the attitude and lifestyle of the cat. You can do your research and get the best backpack for your cat depending on the purpose of the outing and the personality of your cat.