Pet strollers have become increasingly popular over the past few years as more people like to take their cats with them when they go out for walks or a trip to the park. It’s a great way for indoor cats to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine and to see a bit more of the world outside their home environment.
Why Purchase a Cat Stroller?
There are many reasons why you may be looking at purchasing a cat stroller for your beloved feline friend:
- Your cat may be recovering from an operation or an injury and this is a great way for it to get outside for some fresh air and sunshine.
- Your older cat may be suffering from arthritis and finds it difficult to go outside on its own or to walk around.
- You may live in an apartment without a suitable outdoor space where your cat can explore.
- You may have an indoor cat because you live on a busy street and worry about your cat getting run over if you let it outside. Taking your cat out for a walk also provides extra stimulation, sights and sounds to what it would experience in its home environment.
- Your vet is walking distance from your home and it’s easier to take your cat for its annual vaccination in a stroller rather than a trip in the car. While some cats don’t mind riding in the car, in fact some actually enjoy it. others can get extremely stressed and anxious.
So How Do You Choose The Perfect Stroller For Your Cat?
Cats, just like humans, all have their own personality and likes and dislikes so you need to keep that in mind when choosing the perfect stroller for your cat.
Here are some important things you should consider:
Weigh your cat first and then compare it to the manufacturer’s weight limit to ensure that the chosen stroller will comfortably carry your cat. This is especially important if your cat is on the heavier side.
Size of the Stroller Cabin
The cabin size should be large enough so that your cat can sit and lay down comfortably without being cramped. Some cats prefer a tighter, more snug space to help them feel more secure whereas others like a little more space to move around.
Most cat strollers come with a mesh enclosure to allow your cat to safely view the outside world without the worry of it getting out. Some strollers however, have the added benefit of being able to remove the mesh to allow your cat a little more freedom and can also be used in the home to get your cat accustomed to being in the stroller.If you choose a stroller with a removable mesh, make sure that it has some kind of leash anchoring point so that you can be assured that your cat can’t jump out if it gets startled suddenly.Some strollers also have a tented space where your cat can hide from the outside world if he or she is a little shy or doesn’t feel like being sociable.
A lot of strollers come with storage trays for you to carry all your necessary items that you want to take with you on the walk and means that you don’t have to take a bag as well. Make sure the tray is large enough to carry all your belongings as well as some fresh water and treats for your cat.
A lot of strollers also have cup holders which are perfect for your water bottle or for holding that cup of latte that you know you’re going to pick up on the way to the park.
If you’re likely to get caught in a rain shower, make sure that the stroller has a rain cover. Your cat may really enjoy being outside but most don’t like getting caught in the rain.
If you live in an upstairs apartment, you want to ensure that the stroller is light enough to easily carry up the stairs if you need to. A lightweight stroller is also great if you’re going to be hiking over some uneven terrain because it will be much easier to maneuver.
Now that you’ve worked out what your particular cat’s requirements are according to this list, choosing the perfect stroller for your cat will be super easy.