Using top and front opening cat carriers is one of the better ways to travel with your cat.

If you have ever tried to stuff your cat in the front opening ones only, then you know how difficult this can be with a panicked cat refusing to be stuffed into this small space!

When I take my cat to the veterinarian I have to use one of these cat carriers, and have found having the option of a top opener to be a great addition.  Usually once I get my cat in the front opening and into the car and then to the veterinarian, then I can’t get her to come out for her checkup without reaching in to get her, and you can imagine how well that goes!Top and Front Opening Cat CarriersCredit: amazon

Having a top door makes it easier to get them out.  Using a cat carrier is a much safer way to transport your cat rather than letting him walk all over the car or wrapped in a towel with bribed family members holding him or being dragged out on a leash.  Your cat may not think so, but it is much safer for all involved!

Petmate Two Door Top Load 24-Inch Pet Kennel, Metallic Pearl Ash Blue and Coffee Ground Bottom

One great way to get your cat used to a cat carrier is to purchase one before you need it and leave it sitting with both doors open in the main area of your house where your cat hangs out.

Put a few toys in there, and some treats  and their curiosity will get the better of them, as they will go in the front door and out the top door to play!

I have since done this with my cat, and other than the car ride, she is much better with a carrier then she used to be and my arms are clear and no longer bear the scars of a panicked cat with nails!

I have also found it best to put an old soft towel in the bottom of the carrier to stop them from sliding around so much while being transported.

But if you are in the market for one, then consider top and front opening cat carriers, they are also great for small dogs.  They are just more user friendly when it comes to transporting your pets!

My cat now loves the carrier, and it is always around for her to play in.  She still does not like the car ride and lets me know with a howl, but I don’t have to worry about other animals at the veterinarian office, and she stays snuggled and safe in the carrier while we are waiting for our turn.

You can get top and front opening cat carriers at larger pet supply stores, but you can also get them online at sites such as Amazon for a good price.  It is worth comparing, and shopping online is a great way to do that.

So, if you dread having to take your cat for his or her checkup each year because of the panicked state they get into, or trying to get them in one end of those one door carriers, then consider one with a top opening door as well and it will be a much better experience for both of you!

Top Opening Cat Carrier

Plastic Small Animal Carrier with Top Opening Color: Pink
Amazon Price: $38.99 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 25, 2013)