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Pet Strollers: Your opinion?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I found a pet stroller on the cheap - about $30 before shipping.

I'm tempted to get it b/c I feel guilty that Smidge never goes out...and leash "training" *cough* isn't going well. But, it seems the stroller might not be so good - because the cat is still "contained" greatly, like she's in her carrier. On a leash she could at least explore a bit more.

i do like how the stroller keeps them safe though.
And I dont need one for taking her to the vet or anything.

If you have one, please let me know the success or non-success of it.

Thanks.
post #2 of 23
I don't see a cat simply sitting in a stroller while it is in motion. If your cat is an indoor only cat, he'll be fine. Don't feel bad about it. Personally I think the whole idea sounds silly.
post #3 of 23
I thought about getting one so that I could take Dexter & Sadie for long walks with me. I decided not to, because they would be trapped & helpless if a large dog decided to attack them.
post #4 of 23
I wanna see a picture of one... if you have one PM me with it.
post #5 of 23
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...1&N=2002&Nty=1
This catalog has several strollers for sale...just do a "stroller" search in the cat area.
I bought a scale to weigh Dexter & Sadie from this catalog. It is a really nice one. Now I don't need to take them to their vet to be weighed.
Lei
post #6 of 23
I want one for my dog ... thinking my cat wouldnt be happy...
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by xocats
[url]Now I don't need to take them to their vet to be weighed.
Lei
I don't take Lucas to the vet to have him weighed... I step on my scale, weigh myself, then pick him up and weigh myself again, the difference is his weight...
post #8 of 23
This is a little off topic for this thread but I'll briefly explain the reason that I bought a scale. The way you are weighing your kitty is fine. I became aware of how difficult it is to help a cat lose weight when I had a fat cat. He died of HCM at 16. It broke my heart. When Dex & Sadie were 2 years old, I decided that I needed a simple, accurate, real time way to know their weight. Dexter tends to be slightly overweight ( 14 3/4 lbs) & Sadie 9 3/4 lbs) a little underweight. Their scale is one of the best investments that I have made for their care. At the very least, it helps me remain aware of how important their diet is to their health.
Lei

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Originally Posted by CCSR79
I don't take Lucas to the vet to have him weighed... I step on my scale, weigh myself, then pick him up and weigh myself again, the difference is his weight...
post #9 of 23
As for the strollers, no knocks to those who have them..I just simply would feel absolutely ridiculous and I wouldn't get down the street for fear of dying of laughter.
(not to mention, the people stopping and staring and pointing

I think my boys would think I had totally lost it....
post #10 of 23

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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
As for the strollers, no knocks to those who have them..I just simply would feel absolutely ridiculous and I wouldn't get down the street for fear of dying of laughter.
(not to mention, the people stopping and staring and pointing

I think my boys would think I had totally lost it....
post #11 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
As for the strollers, no knocks to those who have them..I just simply would feel absolutely ridiculous and I wouldn't get down the street for fear of dying of laughter.
(not to mention, the people stopping and staring and pointing

I think my boys would think I had totally lost it....
That's not been my experience at all. I made a pet stroller from a baby buggy. The cats absolutely love their "walkies". And the folks we meet when we go out think it's the neatest thing. Everybody stops to meet the kitties and waves when they drive past. Your embarrassment is totally unfounded.



CDubbie - get that pet stroller. You won't regret it. It's a good price. You'll have a wonderful time and your cat will too, riding around watching birdies and bunnies and squirrels and getting sunshine and fresh air. And you know the people you meet will be people that like cats.
post #12 of 23
Tim...I love your stroller. The expressions on you kitties faces are priceless.
Question...a lot of people walk their dogs near where I live. Many of the dogs are large & not very disciplined.
I considered buying a stroller but did not, because I was concerned that a dog might attack Dexter & Sadie.
If attacked they would be trapped in the stroller & not able to flee.
What are your feelings about that?
Lei
post #13 of 23
Lei - I wouldn't take cats in a stroller anywhere dogs are uncontrolled. You could be injured fending them off, not to mention the cats can't escape. I haven't had any problems, but then we have a leash law that is strictly enforced and there are no dogs running free in my neigborhood. Thanks for you comments!!
post #14 of 23
[quote=coaster]That's not been my experience at all. I made a pet stroller from a baby buggy. The cats absolutely love their "walkies". And the folks we meet when we go out think it's the neatest thing. Everybody stops to meet the kitties and waves when they drive past. Your embarrassment is totally unfounded.


QUOTE]

As I said, no knocks to anyone who has them ..
...My sense of humour is fairly (ok, largely) well rounded and I wouldn't be able to get down the street as I would be laughing so hard at me driving kitties around in anything so cutesy..Trust me, this wouldn't fly in my very ahem...urban environment...

Your two do look precious in the buggy so don't take offence
I don't think mine would be so calm...They would be wrestling with each other or deafening me with their meows or clamouring to get out first which would again send me into fits...
post #15 of 23
I have the Happy Trails pet stroller. I didn't purchase mine so much for outside walks, but for jaunts to the mall when I do go, or in the colder weather, for some walks to through the craft fairs and things. In Florida, the heat is just too intense for the long hair breeds in my opinion.

But I think the Happy Trails is just darling! It even has a place for cup holders and a place to hold things undercarriage. I got mine from ebay for about $105.00 with shipping.

I think it is ingenious that you turned a baby stroller into one!! Here is the happy trails one. It holds 45 lbs of cat, so both mine will fit...LOL.



Rose
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
for those the mention possible injury for the cats in the stroller - I would not be leaving them alone with it in the middle of the courtyard or whatnot. Only with me would be she.

I live in an enclosed grassy courtyard with tall trees, bird baths, squirrels, flowers, etc. I wouldnt have to go "in public" - so I'm safe from embarrassment - whew!
(not that I care what ppl think of me generally)

does that stroller foldup for easy storage?
post #17 of 23
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...light=stroller

This is a thread I remembered reading about one of the TCS folks who bought a pet stroller. She loved it.
post #18 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by CDubbie
for those the mention possible injury for the cats in the stroller - I would not be leaving them alone with it in the middle of the courtyard or whatnot. Only with me would be she.

I live in an enclosed grassy courtyard with tall trees, bird baths, squirrels, flowers, etc. I wouldnt have to go "in public" - so I'm safe from embarrassment - whew!
(not that I care what ppl think of me generally)

does that stroller foldup for easy storage?
Yes, the happy trails folds up like a regular kids stroller, and weighs 17 lbs I believe. You throw it in your trunk just like a normal stroller.

Rose
post #19 of 23
Honestly, I think it is a cute idea, but I would feel pretty silly walking a kitty in a stroller, I just wonder how all cats would take to it, but hey, if it is something you really want to do, Go for it. just keep in mind the first time your kitty may be really nervous if the kitty hasn't spent much time outdoors.
post #20 of 23
Before reading all the replies, my first thought was that a pet stroller was kinda ridiculous, but after reading, I realize that it can be a good thing, as long as the cat feels like its not too confined and there is plenty of space for them. My biggest worry would be the cats trying to jump out of it.
Would that ever happen?
post #21 of 23
I LOVE your stroller!! I have a neighbour whose dashound has back probs (quite common in that breed) and she walks him and his brother in the stroller. It's so cute!!!
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by mrandmrsbrummet
My biggest worry would be the cats trying to jump out of it. Would that ever happen?
The cats are confined in the stroller by a net.
post #23 of 23
I guess it depends on the person and on the cat. I think that I too would feel a bit ridiculous pushing my cat around in a stroller. Perhaps, it's the social stigma attached to the use of a stroller...I dunno.

When I left my cat to be babysitted at my parents' house for a week, he managed to escape outside at one point. My cat hasn't been an outside cat since he was rescued as a kitten. As soon as he got outside, he sniffed around, looked around, and then made a beeline for the door. I guess he prefers looking through a window to actually being outside in the heat & humidity. :P
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