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How do I Choose the Best Pet Car Seat?

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  • Written By: K. K. Lowen
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 23 September 2018
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There are many types of car seats for pets, but dog car seats are the most popular and widely used. Factors to consider when making a decision which product to purchase include the size, material, and price of the pet car seat. The process required to clean the pet car seat may be important to consider as well.

If you have more than one pet, it may be desirable to have a pet car seat that can accommodate two or more animals. You should make sure that the item is big enough and gives the pets enough room to be comfortable. Many pet car seats have weight limits, and if you choose to put more than one animal in a seat you must ensure that their combined weights do not exceed the weight capacity.

You may want to buy a pet car seat that is made from a soft material, particularly if you plan on keeping the animal in the car for long trips. A padded seat also may be preferable because they provide additional comfort, allowing the animal to sleep. The cushions or liners of some models are removable for easy cleaning, which may be helpful for minimizing pet odors. If the pet car seat does not have removable seating that you can launder, you should check the label to see what cleaning products you can use.

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Some pet car seats double as carriers, which is convenient for people who do not want to purchase a separate car seat for their pet. The carrier designs allow the user to attach it to the seat of a car with a seatbelt while still enclosing the animal. If your pet has behavioral problems or gets overly excited when riding in a car, a carrier that functions as a car seat may be the perfect option because it confines the animal and keeps it safe.

Many pet car seats have additional features that could be convenient for you. Some pet car seats have built-in storage space so that you can bring along supplies. Other pet car seats have detachable components, such as toys or a feeding dish.

Pet car seats are available in a wide range of prices, depending on the size, quality, and extra features. You could purchase a pre-owned car seat, but some pets may not react well to the lingering scent of other animals. In addition to the car seat itself, you may want to buy extra pads or liners because they could be useful on long trips or for cleaning frequently used seats.

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