Carriers, Condos, and Cat-packs

Updated: Mar 10

First and foremost you will need to get your kitty comfortable with their new carrier no matter which kind you pick. Never rush this, one thing I've learned is you can never rush a cat! I don't think there is a right or wrong way, just make sure you introduce your new carrier to your kitty in an environment where they feel safe and let them take their time.


Now what to buy? Brands, types, back facing, forward facing, where do you even start!?

There are so many options when it comes to picking the right pack for your cat it can be hard to begin, but there's nothing more to it then to just pick one, see what works about it and what doesn't and go from there. Unfortunately there is no catch all, no one right answer. Every cat is different therefore every pack needs to be different. The best I can do is tell you my experiences with what we have used and hope that helps. Soooooo lets get started!


  1. The Travel Cat- Back facing

Pros

  • zips securely closed

  • hands free

  • out of the way

  • side pockets

  • can clip harness to pack

  • kitty can hide if scared


Cons

  • kitty can't see in front of you

  • you can't see kitty

  • not very comfortable on your back

  • hard for kitty to balance on if out of bag


Thoughts:


Rune did not enjoy facing backwards in this bag. He hates not being able to see where we are going, he's too nosy to be left in the dark. We tried having him balance on the top with it zipped closed so he could see over my shoulder however the "lid" tilts down at an angle and he kept slipping off. The "lid" also has no tie backs so there is no way to secure it open so he could stand on his hind legs but still be inside. Furthermore for long hikes the bottom of the bag digs into your back, making it quite uncomfortable. The pockets are nice though.

2.) The Travel Cat- Forward Facing


Pros

  • kitty can see

  • you can see them

  • hands free

  • zips securely closed

  • kitty can hide if scared


Cons

  • in the way

  • uncomfortable


Thoughts:


Rune actually liked this. He could see, he was comfortable and secure and didn't have to worry about sliding off. For me though, not so much. He was very in the way, I am very clumsy and need to see my feet in order to not fall. It was also just not very comfortable in the long term.



3.) The "baby" sling


Pros

  • enclosed (kitty can hide if scared)

  • hands free

  • comfortable (for both of us)

Cons

  • does not securely zip closed

  • in the way

  • he out grew it quickly

  • no air flow

  • no pockets

Thoughts:


For a quick fix this wasn't bad. He actually liked being completely enclosed, besides his head, and that he could be in front of me. On the flip side of that, there isn't really any air flow and he would quickly become overheated. I again had a hard time having a bag that sits in front rather than behind with not tripping over my feet. Ultimately he outgrew it and we decided not to invest in a bigger option due to the cons of the product.


4.) Standard backpacking pack


Pros

  • Comfortable (for both of us)

  • pockets galore

  • kitty can see

  • enclosed (kitty can hide)

  • hands free

  • not in the way

Cons

  • does not zip securely closed

  • no air flow


Thoughts:


This was a life savor! In a spur of the moment decision I shoved a pillow in the bottom of my backpacking pack and put Rune on top. It worked like a charm! He sits up high enough so that he can see over my shoulder, its enclosed enough that if he gets scared he can burrow down, tons of pockets (self explanatory), and it is so comfortable on my back. The only down side is that there isn't much air flow for him so he does get hot. It doesn't zip closed either, however that's not a deal breaker for us because when Rune gets scared he wants to be enclosed and close to me, he's not a runner.


I hope my experiences with different bags can shed some light on what might be the best option for your adventure kitty! I've learned its mostly about making sure your cat feels comfortable and secure it whatever bag you choose, otherwise they won't enjoy your outing and won't want to leave the house again!






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