When I first went out and got myself my lovely kitten, Myrtle I had gotten myself a lovely material style pink cat carrier cos I knew I was getting myself a little girl. It came from Pets At Home and lasted us all of 5 minutes and only survived me bringing her home in it in the first place and a couple of visits to the vets to get her injections and then micro chipping before the whole thing looked terribly shabby and grubby and started to collapse and she never would settle down in it and used to meow the whole time she was in it and try to fight her way out. I hated the thing, she hated the thing..... so it was up the top of my shopping list that when I could I'd get her a new carrier.
However I really badly needed one recently. I have been moving out of my flat in Weston Super Mare to come back and live in Coventry and my baby is clingy so when I have had to bomb back up the motor way to sort out my business in Weston Super Mare I have had to take her with me which means for poor Myrtle long stays in a carrier so it was important I got one she liked with plenty of room in it so she didn't feel so trapped in it.
I decided to go for a more stable type of carrier like this made of plastic hoping she would feel more secure with something that wasn't made of material that wouldn't move above and so on and give her a feeling of security. It was actually my Stepdad who told me about these pet carriers, suitable for dogs or cats retailing at £13.99 each from Argos which I thought was fantastic cos the ones that I had looked at like this and were roughly the same size were almost £30.00 each when I looked at them in Pets At Home so I happily went over to Argos and purchased this for Myrty and was really happy it looked so nice, seemed good quality and wasn't going to financially bankrupt me!
It came simply in see through plastic with instructions that were very simple to follow. The base is grey and oblong in shape with rounded off edges, the top section clasps on via 4 matching to the base large grey clips and the top part is white in colour with long white horizontal stripes which allow air into the carrier and to the top of that and matching to the base is a grey carrying handle. There is a holey style door that clasps on when making the unit up and undoes via two moving plastic parts and moves both inwards and outwards and securely does up and to the top of the carrier there are two holes so you can attach a material carrying strap to though this isn't provided with one a leaflet does come within the packaging to which you can order the strap from which costs an extra £7.99 if my memory serves me correctly but isn't something that I want or need.
The whole thing is simple enough to put together and only took my stepdad a matter of minutes to do so. When made up it measures H38, W40, D60cm which is great cos my girl isn't the tiniest and is still growing and she has lots and lots of room and I even put in a standard sized cushion which was covered with a small blanket in it with her and for her comfort.
I like the fact that it is very easy to keep clean, that once I have popped her in I can use the clasps on the door easy enough and that she is secure in there and the fact that it seems really well ventilated. What I don't like though is the fact that you really do have to make sure that you have put on the clasps to hold the whole thing on together well enough cos twice I thought I did and it fell apart and into two parts and Myrtle fell out and I was lucky this was only in my flat and she thankfully wasn't hurt.
It is easy to take apart though for storage, again into two parts so it doesn't take up too much room and like I say cleaning it is simple and I do it with a damp cloth.
The most important thing though is what does Myrtle think of it? She seems to love it I kid you not! She settles down to sleep in it and it obviously makes her feel safe whilst she is in it and not a murmur comes out of her mouth, which it really did from her previous pet carrier. She can see whats going on and is safe enough inside I just wish the clasps were more secure on the side of the unit when I've put them on because I do worry if it fell apart say in a street I could lose her and I would prefer it if came with a carrying strap but hey I need to just be extra vigilant with this one....but my Myrtle is worth it and so is her comfort!
A life saver for us just wish it was a bit safer!
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Bought from Argos for our Cat Maddie who when we got the carrier and took Maddie to the vets actually turned out Maddie was a Max!. We originally paid around £15 nearly 3 years ago and now costs £16.99 and has 4.5 stars from 245 ratings. Max enjoys getting in the carrier but for his comfort i always place a old towel in with him as otherwise it can get uncomfortable and cold depending on when we take him out.
The carrier comes apart in the middle making it easier to store or transport when not in use. The carrier has 4 clips 2 on each side which secure the top to the bottom and the door 4 turn style latches to open and close the door.
The picture is the Medium pet carrier but of course other sizes are available. The top of the box features a carry handle and 2 clips for using a carrying strap. (Not included).
The bars on the front of the carrier are big enough for you to get your fingers in to comfort your cat or the cat to get a paw through depending on the size of the cat.
The colour of this carrier is cream and grey despite on Argos it says white and grey.
Just turn 2 of the latches on the door on any one side while the other side acts as a hinge.
Being made out of hard plastic it cleans very easy with soap and water or kitchen sanitiser.
It is made out of hard plastic and is quite strong and ours is still going except i learned they don't bounce very well as i dropped it (Max was not in it) and smashed the front corner but with a little tape it's fine and still secure enough to continue using.
This carrier is suitable for small dogs as well as cats and i would only have one improvement that it came with wheels so when i'm out cycling i can bring Max along.
I bought this pet carrier about 18 months ago when I went to pick up my cat, who was then a kitten. I wanted something that was big enough for him to grow into, so while I could have gone for the smaller size from Argos I thought the medium size would be the more sensible option.
This sells for £16.99, the small size sells for £12.99. Though it is classed as medium sized it is really quite spacious, and would probably fit two smallish cats or a small dog. My cat is quite long and fits in comfortably, even if he doesn't like it. The carrier is two tone - white and grey and separates into two parts so one side can nest in the other for easier storage. Argos does say it folds flat for easy storage, but it most certainly does not.
Argos also says that it is a fabric pet carrier, again it isn't - it's plastic. This is better than fabric as it's much easier to clean. If you cat is anything like mine s/he will have accidents in the carrier due to the stress of visiting the vet. This is the only reason we use the carrier, and my cat knows it too! We have to bribe him into the carrier with treats, and he meows very loudly the whole way to the vet's surgery.
The instructions that come with the carrier aren't always clear, and it might take some trial and error to figure out how to clip one side to the other, but persevere and you'll get there. The handle and door do seem flimsy, and are both plastic. However in the 4 or so times that we've used it it's been fine, despite my cat's best efforts to escape. I still continue to worry about it though and it would have been nice if it was a little sturdier, even just for my peace of mind.
Overall it's pretty good value for money, and has always done a good job for us. I am concerned that it may not last the test of time though.
=== The product ===
This is a plastic pet carrier that is designed for use by a cat or a small to medium sized dog.
=== How to put this together ===
This pet carrier comes in two piece, the top & the bottom. They are stored one inside the other for space saving and easy storage. I have noticed that it says on the Argos website that this folds flat for storage but it definitely does not & it is definitely the catalogue number that I purchased.
=== Is it suitable for an animal? ===
Definitely. My cat is quite long for her age (1 next month) and she was able to sit in this and turn around with no problems at all. It is deep enough for me to put a blanket in the bottom and a little dish with a few drops of water in for the journey to the vets. There are lots of holes at the sides so Izzy can see out while she is being transported, which usually just prompts her to meow a lot as she does not like going outside. There is a door that is simple enough to open and close and Izzy can get out of this the second I open it a fraction! The door is barred but it's plastic which means that Izzy can scratch this if she wants to and only damage it a little but most importantly because this is made of plastic she won't hurt herself if she is having a paddy in the box as she did recently on the way to the vets.
=== Where can I buy this from & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from Argos stores, reserved online for in store collection or ordered online for home delivery (delivery charges may apply). This costs just £16.99 which is ideal for something that is going to hopefully be suitable for the whole duration of my cats life as she grows up and gets bigger!
=== Overall opinion ===
This is a great cat box. The size is reasonable and Izzy has more than enough space when she is on a short trip to or from the vets. It is simple to put together and there are four strong clips that hold the top and the bottom together. The door is simple to open & close, either way, and there are little clips in the top and bottom which turn around to hold the door in place well. The handle on the top can be flipped down in to the lid for easy storage and I feel like this is strong and sturdy when I am carrying my cat around in this.
This takes just a few seconds to set up and I feel like my cat is protected when she is in this box. Izzy is not able to escape and the clips hold the box together well enough for me to feel confident walking down to the vets or even taking her somewhere in the car if need be.
When we got our kitten a few years ago, I knew that we were going to need a pet carrier. Hopefully the trips to the vet would be few and far between but I didn't want to find myself stuck for something to transport him to and from.
Back in the day, I wasn't as good at shopping around and I went straight to Argos and shelled out the money which in today's terms will set you back £16.99 for their medium sized pet carrier.
I chose this size over the smaller version as despite starting out with a kitten; I knew that eventually my petite fluffy kitten would turn into a large furry monster.
The pet carrier comes in a two tonal colour scheme, with an easy open metal grate door. The carrier will come completely in half, or it can stay clipped together and the pet can be placed in and taken out via the hinged door.
To look at the carrier is plain, but you can clearly see there is plenty of ventilation on all side of the carrier for the animal to see, breath and be heard through.
Anyone with cats will know that when you need to take them to the vets they are not the easiest of animals to place inside their carrier. This is especially the case when they sense something is going on.
I find that the easiest way to place our cat inside the carrier is to place it up on its side and then holding the cat, place him inside bottom first. This way he cannot jump out as easily as if the carrier is on its side, and also I don't feel cruel as though I am almost forcing him through the door horizontally.
Once the cat is inside the carrier, you can imagine it will be heavy if you have a large cat or small dog. For this reason it's important that you made sure the carrier was clipped together properly before you started. The clips on the side of the carrier are placed at even distances and are thick and sturdy in appearance. You will know if you have clipped them on properly or not in my experience as they just don't seem to sit right if they're not clipped in correctly.
The same can be said for the wire door. This can be removed completely, or will act on a hinge basis. The hinges are basically made up of plastic slot clips that the edges fit into. These are easily misplaced into and can pop out quite easily in my experience. The hinges are operated by little plastic twistable clips on each corner of the front of the carrier.
It's an easy design and one that works well as long as you know how to operate quickly.
The top of the carrier hosts a plastic handle that sits snugly against the top of the carrier when not in use. I have found this to be sturdy enough to give support when carrying the carrier, but it's not a very comfortable device if you have to carry for a distance.
If you can imagine an animal inside the carrier, and they may not be the happiest. My cat has never sat in the centre of the carrier distributing his weight evenly for me. He always prefers one end whether that's near the door or against the back. Due to this the carrier is always top heavy in one direction, and with the handle placed in the centre of the top, then you have to juggle the way you hold the carrier quite a lot.
When you're not using the pet carrier, we did notice after a while of owning it, that it can be taken in half and then it stores easier as each piece fits into the other. If you are short on storage then this is a great idea to be able to use it.
Being plastic, the carrier won't provide any comfort for your pet on their journeys. Also if they get scared and urinate inside you will end up with a mess in your car as there is nothing to soak it up. We have placed an old piece of carpet inside ours which solves both issues of comfort and mess.
The carrier itself measures at 39cm high, 60cm wide and 40cm deep. This carries with it an empty weight of 1.38kg.
Overall, this was a good buy as we are still using it for occasional vet visits years later. It's been easy to clean down being plastic, and every piece has stayed sturdy and strong with use.
When i decided to get two small kittens i took a trip to the pet shop in our village and picked up a cardboard cat carrier which was basically like the self assembly boxes you get to carry wine home from the supermarket. A couple of quick folds, and volia, your very own extortionately priced cardboard box with ventilation holes to transport your pet.
While this option was very suitable for the journey home, i very quickly realised that something more suitable needed to be bought. Firstly, the British weather is not going to let you use a cardboard box for long, secondly, scared cats might urinate in the box and make it disintegrate, and thirdly, a kitten is nowhere near as bolshy as an adult tom cat who does not want to get in the box as they are pretty sure it means a trip to either the nasty vet who sticks things up their bottom or pokes them with scratchy things, or the lady at the cattery who feeds them nice treats but makes them live in a small space for the week that Mummy and Daddy are away where they can see the outside through the mesh of the fence, but not get out for real.
After seeing the horrendous price of cat carriers in the pet shop, i decided to look for the cheapest option, which happened to be this offering from Argos. One box may have been enough when they were kittens, but we purchased 2 boxes. This was a good job as one of my cats weighed 9kg, so there would not have been space left for his brother if we tried to squeeze them into 1.
A plastic box is much better than cardboard for many reasons:
-If the weather is not great, or the cat does have an accident then the box will not disintegrate.
-Plastic can be cleaned very easily with a wet soapy cloth leaving the box fresh between uses.
-When travelling with your cat in the car, it is possible to get a seatbelt securely around this box so that it can be fixed into position. In a normal journey you would not expect the box to move, but if the cat suddenly started moving around unusually or you had an accident then it could move suddenly and be a projectile missile in the car. While this would not protect your cat in the same way a dog harness does, it would stop the cat hurtling into the back of a front seat passenger and injuring them. Your cat box should not be carried in the front of the car if you have a passenger air bag switched on for the same reason as you would not put a baby car seat in. If the air bag went off then the cat would get squashed and severely injured.
This was a pretty good option for us. As well as being one of the cheaper boxes i found, it also has a completely detachable door and the actual box splits into 2 sections. There are 4 clips around the box, which can be undone to lift the top off. This also makes it a lot easier to store the box in a smaller space as you can turn the lid upside down and sit it in the base.
The box has a convenient carry handle on the top to help you move it around, and it also has a shoulder strap if you choose to use it which is attached to the front and back of the lid of the box.
The box has ventilation gaps all around the outsides so the cat has some privacy but can see out of the box. The box is big enough for a cat to enter through the front and then turn around inside the box.
Anyone who owns a cat will know that it is pretty tricky to catch your cat and get it into the box to get it to an appointment. My cats upon seeing the box would decide to not come back into the house, or to shoot off into a hidey hole. Having a box that is easy to use is essential if you want to outwit your cat by yourself. Otherwise, it can take a couple of adults a while to catch one cat. (I am not exaggerating in any way. My ginger tom cat usually crawls commando style into my rocking arm chair, and we have to partially dismantle the chair, at which point you have to be careful as he tries to climb up you as you try to catch him.)
We would leave the door open for a little while before they were going to use it to try and tempt them in. We would then usually have to physically make them walk into the front of the box with a hand held at the back of the neck to prevent them turning around and the other firmly shoving their behind.
At the vets, you then have the opposite problem, where the cat will do anything in its power to not come out, even if you tilt the box to an angle. This is where the fact it splits into two sections is really useful. The top comes off, and the cat can still lie on its blanket while the vet does necessary checks, and then the lid goes on again.
Overall, i would say this box is more suited to larger animals. If you have a smaller animal that you need a transport box for like a rabbit or guinea pig, then i don't think this is suitable as it would provide too much space and be less comfortable for the animal.
If you have an animal that needs transporting, then i feel a box is pretty essential. The receptionist at my vets did say that a cat could be transported in a sports type holdall in an emergency, but i feel that would be very traumatic for the animal, and also it would not stop the cat getting squashed or provide adequate ventilation. There are much more expensive boxes than this one on the market, particularly in local pet shops, but this one is more than adequate for my mogs needs.
I am going to award it 4 dooyoo stars. I am deducting one as they are not particularly comfy either for the cat or for the human carrying it, especially when your mog weighs 9kg. Added discomfort occurs when you are carrying one cat box in each hand, and the other cat weighs 4 kilos.
It doesn't make it entirely foolproof getting the cat into and out of the box, but the ability to open the door either way, and remove completely, or split the box in two does help the ordeal end a bit quicker.
We originally bought this pet carrier for my elderly nan so we could take her cat to the vets for check ups, etc but in the end I think we have used it more for our poorly guinea pig who would sit in it quite happily and still have room to walk about a bit.
The carrier itself feels sturdy, the plastic is not at all brittle and I would not worry about it cracking or anything if dropped. It actually comes apart and the two different coloured bits kind of stack together for storage meaning it takes up a little less room. The two bits (bottom and top) are joined together by two clips on each side, this is the only thing that worries me about the carrier; the fact that if for some reason the clips are undone you would only have hold of the top of the carrier while the pet inside and the base of the carrier fall away. I suppose this shouldn't reallly happen though so maybe it's just me being a worrier!
The pet is enclosed in the carrier by placing the plastic grid on the front of the carrier and slotting it into the four indented holes. It is then secured by turning little plastic levers which stop the grid from coming loose. This can be a bit of a fiddly process.
Good points are that the grid on the front is useful if you want to attatch a water bottle to the carrier for your pet. It is also easy to clean as it all comes apart and is made of plastic. For the price (£16.99) it is worth it and we have used it countless times.
I bought 3 of these from Argos to use as nesting boxes for the chickens and to transport our many animals to the vets!! The carrier is made of strong plastic with a carry handle to the top and has a door that you can open either side or take off completely.
Once our cat is inside the carrier he still has plenty of room to move around and should he have any accidents on the way to the vets you can take the carrier apart by unclipping the sides and removing the top half (cream bit) from the bottom (grey bit). We have also taken our rabbit and guinea pig to the vets in these carriers, and once home it is easy enough to remove the sawdust and droppings!. As mentioned above we also use the carrier as a nesting box for our chickens, we have taken the door off completely so that the chicken can not get stuck inside! The chickens also tend to sleep in them at night and they are quite happy for 3 of them to be in there at the same time, however, 1 chickens bum does tend to stick out of the end!!
When using the carrier for one of our cats we do find it a problem getting him in there, as he will hold on to the sides with his claws and it takes a bit of pushing and shoving to get him in there. He is a frequent visitor to the vets so this would probably be the case with any carrier as once inside he knows where he is going. The other cat will go in without any problems and if the carrier is left open is even happy enough to get in it for a sleep!
Taking the rabbit and guinea pig in this carrier is a different matter!! It is not easy to get the guinea pig out once he's in there and always end up having to take the carrier apart to get him out, as he will hide at the back of the carrier. The rabbit is not so bad but again it's just easier to take the carrier apart rather than struggle with putting your arms in and trying to catch it so for these animals we now use a carrier that opens at the top.
Easy to clean, take apart, store and the door comes off completely.
Not easy to get smaller animals out.
Overall this is a good sturdy well priced carrier great for transporting your cat and as a nesting box, however, if using this for rabbits and other small animals this probably isn't the easiest one to choose.
Our cat used to hate travelling in her pet carrier - we have had other nicer ones during the time we had her and she has done her level best to destroy them.
We finally decided it was pointless to spend lots of money on cat baskets since we gave up on the issue and she took to riding on her Mum's knee on long car journeys visiting our sons about 200 miles away. She felt far more comfortable and was no bother.
We continued to use this cheap pet carrier from Argos for trips to the vets only so it has seen little use. Ours is a different colour to that shown, but still two tone.
We find the fastening mechanism on the top to be a bit awkward but otherwise OK, but our real issue seems to be an issue with many pet carriers and that is the fiddly way in which you have to secure the door. It never seems to cooperate and you have to line up each little sticky out bit with each gap and then twist the catches. One of the catches broke off after just a few uses and this made it more difficult to properly secure a cat that didn't want to be in there.
The little paws used to come through the door and do their best to scratch you. She also accidentally discovered that she could loosen the door if she rattled it with her claws. It was quite comical to see!
The pet carrier itself is made of polypropylene like others we have seen. It claims to be suitable for cats and small to medium sized dogs. Our dog was too big for it, but I would say that it would only be sufficient for a small rather than a medium sized dog and for a short distance only. It measures 60cms long x 40cms wide at the widest point. It's also about 40cms high which isn't very high for a medium sized dog.
There is sufficient air that gets into the carrier via the grille on the side. We used to put a small blanket in the bottom of ours to make it more comfortable for her to ride in.
In summary, the weak point of this is the door, as stated, but it is good value for money if you have a well-behaved and compliant moggie.
Two weeks ago we made the decision to have her put down. She had deteriorated in the final month and had in our view lost her quality of life. She was about 18 having wandered into our lives quite literally as a young cat. Ironically, the trip to the vet to do the deed was the last time we used her pet carrier and the only time we can recall when she didn't make a fuss when I put her in. Now she won't have to travel in it ever again.
As a grown man I was holding back the tears as I dug a hole for her in the garden - she is now beneath the ground and covered under a blanket of snow and ice. We're going to plant a commemorative tree for her in the spring. Bless her.
I bought this cat carrier from argos a few years ago now, for when I needed to take my cat to the vets. It cost me £14.99 which was a reasonable price, and it has lasted 2 years so far, although its not used that much. I got a medium size one as I have a small cat, but I wanted her to have a bit of space to move around. She has plenty of space in this carrier, it is very spacious.
It is made of plastic, but it feels very sturdy and secure. It has clips on the side to secure the top. The top half actually comes off, as well as the door piece, making it easy to get your cat out of it at the vets. The clips are easy to fasten and very secure. The door opens both ways and also comes off completely.
This pet carrier does the job perfectly, it transports my cat to the vet securely! The only thing I don't like is that its quite closed in, and looks uncomfortable inside it. I always put a blanket in it for our cat to sit on, so she's a bit more comfy. My cat hates being put in this carrier, as soon as she sees it she knows what's going to happen and runs and hides!
The plastic makes it easy to clean out too, you can just wipe it down. On thing I don't like about it though, is that it doesn't fold away or anything, it is quite big to store away. But it isn't too much of a problem, I would just like it if it folded flat to be stored easier.
I would definitely purchase another of these though, the size is perfect for my cat, it feels sturdy and safe, and it gets my cat to the vet securely and safely!
I don't usually have to move my pets around that much, I don't need to transport them very often, and usually only need a pet carry box when I'm taking them to the vets. I used to borrow a case for these occasions off my neighbour, but after she moved, I realised I'd have to buy my own.
I didn't want to spend a fortune on a pet carry box I wouldn't be using very often, so I looked to Argos to provide me with a cheap, budget pet carry case/box. There I found theArgos Medium Plastic Pet Carrier, which was £14.99 and was the cheapest one I found - some I looked at went up to £40, and I didn't want to spend that much!
I bought the medium sized box instead of the small because I wanted my cats to have extra room, and because if I was ever at a push, and because the vets is just a few minutes walk down the road, I could fit 2 of the smaller cats in one for the 2 minutes it'd take me to walk to the vets for booster jabs etc.
The main body of the box comes in 2 halves which you have to clip together to form a box shape. The clips are quite stiff and made of strong plastic, so once attached I found that they held the 2 halves in place very well.
The door fits onto the front of the cage by going into rotating clips - you have to align the slots in order for the door to become open, twist the rotating bit and the door is once again locked. The plastic coated thick wire door feels strong, but I would like it if the door locking mechanism was a bit stronger - it's fine for me for a quick vet trip, but for longer car journeys for example, a nosey cat or medium sized dog could in theory be able to meddle with the door to a point it might open. I haven't had this problem though on my short journeys.
The handle clips on to the top of the box for carrying purposes. As I said, I walk to the vets, so although the carrier is light when empty, a cat or small dog in this does put a strain on the handle - if you had a particularly heavy medium sized dog, you might struggle to carry this.
Although this carrier is great for me and my cats, in that it's cheap and does the job for my short journeys, I think that for medium sized dogs this would be a bit too small for them. I'd go for the larger size if you are using an Argos carrier for a dog, just to be safe.
The Argos Medium Plastic Pet Carrier is probably one of the cheapest pet carry boxes around at £14.99. It is available from Argos, and claims it is suitable for cats and small to medium sized dogs.
The carrier comes in various pieces which need to be put together. It can then be disassembled for storage. Assembly is straightforward - the box is split into two parts horizontally, which are clipped together with four sturdy clips, two on each side. The door goes on with rotating clips to open and close it, and the handle clips onto the top of the box. There are also hooks for using a shoulder strap with. The box has slits down each side, and the door is a thick plastic mesh, so your pet can see out but not too much, and it is harder for people to see in.
My cat Snoopy has now had two of these. The first was bought in 2006 and lasted until 2009, by which time he had broken two of the door clips by clawing at the door. It did see him through three van journeys between Aberdeen and London however, along with the usual vet and cattery trips, so I would say I got my money's worth from it.
When the first box died, I was a bit strapped for cash so I ended up buying another one. I've now had this for a year. During this time Snoopy has had quite a few vet trips, including two stays, and an unplanned holiday, so it's had a good amount of usage.
Size-wise, the carrier is more than adequate. Snoopy is a large cat, so I decided on this rather than the smaller option to give him plenty of room. He can stand and sit almost fully upright, and move around with ease. However, I'm not sure about the claim that it is suitable for small to medium sized dogs. I'm not a dog person, and I may be wrong about this, but I would define a small dog as something like a Westie, and a medium one as a Beagle perhaps. A Westie could go in the carrier, but may struggle to turn round. A friend of mine had a Beagle though, and I can't see how that dog could possibly fit in this carry box.
I don't find the carrier very easy to carry. It is quite large for me to walk with, and I find I walk with a tilt while carrying it so I don't keep bouncing poor Snoopy off my legs. This isn't helped by the fact that the handle does not feel entirely secure. It feels strained and flimsy, and like it might pop out of it's holdings. I've checked it, and I'm fairly sure it won't, but it makes me a bit nervous. Snoopy is heavy for a cat, around 6kg (but he's in proportion - he's just a huge cat!), which increases the strain on the handle, but I can't imagine how it would feel with a dog in it, which would likely be larger and heavier. Fortunately the vet is only two minutes walk away from home, and if I go anywhere further I take a taxi, which means I only have to worry about soothing Snoopy, not whether I'm going to drop him.
This brings me to the security of the box. Snoopy seems to have an idea of how the box opens, and sometimes rattles the door while inside. However, he has only managed to open the door once, and that was after one of the clips broke on the fist box, and fortunately at home. The door feels a bit flimsy, and the clips don't click into place like on other carry boxes, but the side clips seem very sturdy.
In terms of durability, the box has weathered very well. It still looks nearly new, aside from a few claw marks on the door. I can't get away from the flimsy, insecure feel of the handle, and the door to an extent, which makes me think the box may not have long term durability, even if you ignore the fact that Snoopy broke the first one (which definitely meant it didn't last!).
The box is made entirely from hard plastic. I always put an old towel inside for Snoopy to have a bit of comfort, although he usually squashes it up. He does like having it to hide under if the vets waiting room has any big scary dogs though (for big and scary, read cute, fluffy and lying peacefully on the floor - the one time he was barked at, poor Snoopy turned to jelly). Snoopy must think the box is comfortable though, as he sometimes just wanders in for a nap. I keep the carrier sitting in the living room due to a lack of storage, but also because Snoopy can be a bit boisterous sometimes, and on occasion I put him in the box for a time out. He immediately curls up and starts snoring. Either it's comfortable or he's not fussy.
Overall, this is a perfectly good carrier for the money. It may not last forever, but think of it as a car (it is transport for pets after all): a bottom of the range car wouldn't last forever either. After Snoopy's recent unplanned holiday (too long a story to tell!) and the amount of moving about I had to do with him, I am determined to invest in a better carrier as the handle of this one makes me nervous, but this carrier is ideal if you are on a budget and don't need to physically carry your pet about too much.