Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Please help a friend of mine by answering this question. She is a pet products designer, and before embarking on a line of carriers designed just for cats, wants to know if there really is a market.
Would you use a specialty carrier? Would you use a carrier made of fabrics? Do you ever consider taking your cat with you to the mall in a small carrier(as some folks do with tinier dogs)?
What features would you want to see to make you consider using something other than a vari-kennel, pet taxi?
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer this, it will really help my friend.
You know what I'd like to see? A cat carrier designed for cats that are 22 or more pounds. Right now I'm using an old dog carrier that my MIL gave me and it's the best thing I've found for Twig to be in and I'm comfortable putting him in, but it's old, past it's prime and I can't find anything else to replace it with. Plus it's terrible to get him in or out of, since it only has the front door, not one on top.
I am not sure I'd use a carrier made out of fabric, just because all of my cats are over 10 pounds (with the exception of Neffie who is 7 pounds) and the strength of fabric just makes me nervous, I'd have to have something more durable, like hard plastic. But it could be a nice color, with a nice fabric liner in the inside. It's also got to have two doors on it, one on the top so I can get my kitty inside with minimum stress(and scratching) and one on the side so they can just stroll out when we get home. They should be one piece of plastic, not two bolted together, they should be roomy enough for a 22+ pound cat (on down the weight scale) to stand up if they want to and turn around, things like that, but still be compact enough to be able to lift by one person. It should have a handle, or strap so it's easily carried, and the zippers should have a hook to attach them to so the cat can't maneuver it opened.
I don't know, it's very hard for me to shop for carriers. Right now I have four but I don't like two of the four. I only keep them because Brad's mom gave me one and Neffie fits in the other. I need to get two different ones. Actually three, I never put my cats in the same carrier since Twig attacked Isis( I think, maybe Rocket) at the vets one day because he was mad at what they did to him and took it out on the other cat in the carrier. Not pretty, let me tell you. Two confined cats, fighting is really scary and I wasn't a happy camper to say the least.