What Size Crate Does My Cat Need for Travel?

Hi PetRelocation.

I have question about the size of carrier required for my pet. Is it okay if the carrier has just enough space for her to lay down?

Thank you!



Hi Ramlah,

Thanks for your question. Having the right size crate is extremely important, as it ensures that your cat will be safe and comfortable on her long flight to Malaysia. If your cat can just barely fit in the crate lying down, it probably isn't big enough and you'll want to get a larger size. Because of the nature of pet air travel, it is always best to have extra room in the crate, as more room means more air circulation and space for your cat to stretch out.

To accurately figure out what size crate your cat will need, check out our guide to picking the right size travel crate.This will give you instructions on how to measure your cat and determine what size her airline-approved travel crate will need to be.

A general rule is to add four inches to her height and her length to determine which size crate you will need. Most cats are fine with a Series #200, but again, it's important to measure her so that you're sure you have the right crate and can avoid problems at check in (most airlines simply won't accept a pet if the crate appears too small).

Once you've figured out your crate situation, be sure to check out the pet import requirements for Malaysia and to take a look at our feature on the Kuala Lumpur Animal Quarantine Station where your cat will spend her first few days in Malaysia.

Thanks again for your question, and feel free to contact us if you'd like some help arranging your move.

Happy travels!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Ramlah
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Tabby
From: Minnesota, USA
To: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


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