The Bengals possess an adventurous and dog-like personality. Unlike other domestic cats, the Bengals exhibit tremendous enthusiasm and excitement when it comes to traveling!
To ensure that your Bengal travels safely, it is essential to make use of a carrier. If the hyperactive and curious Bengal is left unrestrained in a vehicle, it can be dangerous for both of you.
Therefore, a carrier is a must-have for every cat owner. It does not only ensure the safety of your cat but helps in making your journey relaxing and enjoyable.
Let’s have an overview of 7 best carriers for Bengals.
Our top 7 choices for Bengal cat carriers
|Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel||Yes||No|
|The PetLuv “Premium” Pet Carrier||No||Yes|
|PetPeppy Premium Expandable Carrier||No||Yes|
|Pettall Pet Carrier|
|Black Soft sided Pet Carrier|
By Amazon Basics
|Foldable Travel Cat Carrier|
By SportPet Designs
|Paws & Pals Pet Carrier|
with Fleece Bed
By Paws & Pals
1. Two-Door Top Load Pet Kennel By Amazon Basics
- Material: Durable plastic with a steel-wire front door.
- Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 13 Inches ( L × W × H )
- Product Weight: 67 Pounds
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 15 Pounds
- Includes Screws to further secure the kennel from top and bottom.
- The kennel features two doors allowing easy loading of your cat, preventing stress from developing upon your little mate.
- It comes with screws which can be used to secure the top and bottom of the kennel further.
- The handle on the top allows for easy, one-handed carrying.
- Having a length of 23 inches, the carrier is spacious.
- It has a solid plastic structure which causes storage issues.
- Traveling in the carrier for long durations might make the journey difficult for your cat.
2. The PetLuv “Premium” Pet Carrier By PetLuv
- Dimensions: 24 × 16 × 16 Inches (L×W×H)
- Product Weight: 7 Pounds
- Maximum Weight Capacity: Up to 45 Pounds
- Includes: Double Padded Rest Pillow and Shoulder Strap
- It features a padded liner and a plush pillow to keep your cat comfortable during the journey.
- Despite having a sturdy steel frame, it is fully collapsible for storage purposes.
- It can carry up to 45 Pounds or two cats at a time.
- The carrier features three mesh windows permitting optimum ventilation with maximum sightseeing, keeping the pet calm and relaxed.
- The adjustable shoulder straps and padded handle greatly facilitate the owner.
- This carrier is not approved by any airline.
- It may be uncomfortably large for a small cat.
3. Premium Expandable Pet Carrier By Pet Peppy
- Material: Nylon and mesh material
- Dimensions: 18 × 11 × 1.5 Inches (L × W × H )
- Product Weight: 09 Pounds
- Maximum Weight Capacity: Up to 14 Pounds
- Includes: Pet bowl, Bottom fleece base, and Shoulder strap
- The three-dimensional structure of the carrier is supported by a wire frame which keeps it from sagging upon expansion.
- An additional layer of protection in the carrier keeps your pet safe and sound in case of a jerk.
- The innovative foldable design of the Premium Pet Carrier makes the storage easy and convenient.
- The carrier can even accommodate two cats or more, making it an excellent double cat carrier. But that can only work provided that their weight does not exceed the maximum weight capacity.
- The mesh on this carrier is slightly weaker in comparison to other carriers.
- The carrier is water resistant to some extent. However, it is not entirely waterproof.
4. Pettall Pet Carrier By Pettall
- Material: Mesh and Synthetic Leather
- Dimensions: 5 × 11 × 10.5 Inches (L × W × H)
- Product Weight: 15 Pounds
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 13 lbs. (5.9 kg)
- Includes: Shoulder strap
- To keep your feline friend hydrated throughout the journey, Pettall has included a small strap inside the carrier for keeping the water bowl in its position.
- Two entries of the carrier, particularly the opening at the top, make the access trouble-free.
- The Pettall Pet Carrier can be folded and stored easily.
- It comes with non-slip, fully adjustable shoulder straps.
- Being a soft-sided carrier, the Pettall Pet Carrier is not suitable for cargo travel. It may fail to protect against rough weather conditions.
- It is not machine-washable.
5. Black Soft-Sided Pet Carrier By Amazon Basics
- Material: Mesh, Fleece, Sherpa lining and other soft fabrics with metal zippers
- Dimensions: 5 x 9.4 x 9.8 Inches (L × W × H)
- Product Weight: 35 Pounds
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 16 lbs. (7.3 kg)
- Includes Base insert, Fleece pet bed, and Adjustable shoulder strap
- The cozy fleece pet bed is removable and machine-washable.
- It has mesh ventilation on all four sides, which allows plenty of air flow.
- Inside the carrier, a buckle is provided to attach to pet’s collar or harness if desired. This keeps your cat from running loose, once the carrier is unzipped.
- Although the dimensions of Black Soft-Sided Pet Carrier conform to the under-seat dimensions of most airlines, the carrier is not approved by any airline yet.
- There have been concerns regarding the largest size available. It may not be spacious enough for a big cat.
6. Foldable Travel Cat Carrier By SportPet Designs
- Material: Hard Plastic
- Dimensions: 2 × 18.5 × 14.2 Inches (L × W × H)
- Product Weight: 34 Pounds
- Maximum Weight Capacity: 25 lbs.
- Includes comfortable Bed ( 18” L × 13.75” W) and an extra comfy bed
- Unlike the traditional hard-sided carriers, SportPet’s carrier folds down for storage. It retains its structural strength even after being folded.
- It comes with a fleece bed to keep your cat comfy during travel, which is machine washable and dryable.
- It is easy to clean and maintain.
- It is not an airline approved carrier. Thus, it is not suitable for air travel.
- It does not come with a shoulder strap.
- SportPet Design’s carrier comes in one size only.
7. Pet Carrier with Fleece Bed By Paws & Pals
- Material: Mesh and Nylon material
- Dimensions: 19 × 10 × 13 Inches (L× W × H )
- Product Weight: 76 Pounds
- Maximum Weight Capacity: Up to 15 Pounds
- Includes removable fleece travel bed, lost and found tag, padded shoulder strap, and storage compartments
- The ventilated security screens are easy to clean and 100% washable.
- It comes with a bone shaped lost and found ID tag.
- This carrier is airline approved.
- The carrier has a mesh side pocket & an additional storage compartment secured with Velcro. It can be used to store essentials like medicines, leash, water bowl, or even treats and toys to fight your kitty’s boredom in a long-distance trip.
- It’s mesh windows may not withstand scratching.
- It may not be sturdy enough for more massive cats.
Types of Cat Carriers for Bengals
Generally, there are four varieties of cat carriers. These include:
- Cardboard carrier
- Soft-Sided carrier
- Hard- Sided carrier
- Home-made or DIY carrier
DIY Cat Carrier for your Bengal
Buying multiple pet carriers only to end up searching for more, wastes both; money and time.
This is probably the reason why you might want to make your cat carrier.
Also, if you choose to take on this DIY project, you will be able to customize the carrier according to your needs and the preferences of your pet cat.
Following is a list of super easy and cool DIY pet carriers along with their respective fabrication process.
Choosing a carrier for your Bengal cat
Selecting a pet carrier can be a little tricky in consideration of the vast variety present at pet stores. To help you select a perfect pet carrier, here we have summed up a few essential key points.
When purchasing a carrier, one should take care of the following :
- Loading method
A majority of Bengal owners choose hard sided plastic carriers than others. It is because plastic can bear the excessive scratching of stressed Bengals when traveling.
Also, they find plastic carriers much easier to maintain and use.
However, if your Bengal has a relatively calm nature and is accustomed to traveling, then it is best to opt for soft-sided carriers. These are much more comfortable and easier to store.
Pet carriers can cause overheating in your cat during long journeys, which can lead to dehydration and pressing issues. Hence, before you choose a carrier, ensure that it has an efficient ventilation system.
Introducing a carrier to your Bengal
Introduce the carrier before you travel with your cat in order to prevent any chaotic situation.
Although Bengal cats are great travelers, you wouldn’t want to stress them out with a new environment on the day of traveling. Check out more on this topic here.
The reaction you may receive on the carrier varies from cat to cat. While some cats will easily accept the change, some will hiss, scratch or even pounce on the carrier.
Hence, acclimatization is a vital step in getting your cat into a carrier.
It is advisable to introduce the carrier while your cat is still a kitten as they are more adaptable than adults.
Start by placing the carrier where your cat frequently visits so that it does not go unnoticed.
Leaving the carrier outside will also help it blend into the atmosphere and will eliminate that surprise reaction when you first try taking your cat on a journey.
To create a comfortable environment for your cat inside the carrier, you can cover the flooring with a towel, or you can use cat pheromones.
Remember to keep the carrier door open, and once your cat starts sitting in the carrier, practice closing the door.
Do not immediately close the door instead close it slowly after some time.
At first, close the door for a few seconds or minutes then gradually increase the time. This way, your cat will feel relaxed and comfortable when the traveling day arrives.
Another way is to start feeding your cat near the carrier and overtime, decreasing the distance between them. Soon the cat will feel comfortable enough to eat inside the carrier.
Getting Your Cat Into a Pet Carrier
Now, this is the technical part which requires some patience and focus.
If you have a top loading carrier, then position it on the end so that the door faces the ceiling. It is much easier this way.
Then gently pick your cat up and lower it into the carrier. Lower your cat’s hind side first, so that it does not feel forced or trapped.
Then close the door, secure the latch, and reposition the carrier. You may have to repeat the process several times if your cat struggles to get out.
Make sure that the carrier flooring has a layer of newspaper and blanket. It is a preventative measure in case your cat urinates.
This layer soaks the wetness and avoids a mess.
Do cats prefer large carrier or small carriers? The preference of cats in carriers greatly depends on their own size.
Usually, they like a carrier which is slightly bigger than their own size. It should be spacious enough to allow them to move freely inside the carrier
Cats can get easily get annoyed if they have to crouch or sit in the same position for a long time. Hence, the use of small carriers may cause hatred to develop in your cat, towards pet carriers.
If you take your cat on long journeys frequently then the carrier should have space for a water and food bowl as well as adequate space for the cat to play with its toys.
How do I calm my cat to travel? If approached in the right manner, calming down your cat can be a pretty easy task.
Some cats experience anxiety and stress while traveling. Due to this, visiting the vet or a ride around the town becomes quite hectic for the owner as well as for the cat.
First, pat and show some affection to attain some stability in the cat. Then, try tossing a few cat treats or toys inside the carrier.
Naturally, the cat might follow the treats inside and may feel comfortable.
However, if your cat demonstrates a completely negative response to the carrier then you can use the calming sprays. These sprays contain chemicals that produce odor which stimulates a soothing and relaxing feeling in your cat.
When should I stop feeding my cat before traveling? An animal fed just before traveling, suffers from nauseating feelings and is likely to vomit.
Hence, it is important to know about suggested feeding timings. Especially if your cat is traveling for the first time.
When traveling by air, you should feed your cat 4 to 6 hours before the flight. If the flight duration is longer than 24 hours then it is advisable to carry along a pack of dry cat food.
A few cat biscuits won’t do any harm but feeding in bulk during flight can upset your cat’s stomach.
When traveling by road, stop feeding your cat 2 to 3 hour before the ride. Try not to offer food if your trip is 6 to 8 hours long.
You can provide water periodically during and before trips. It is recommended not to give water to your cat an hour before traveling through air.