This is the most unusual giveaway post we’ve ever done. Bear with me. People use pet carriers to transport pets but I’ve learned they can be so much more. You can read about my first horrific experience flying with two cats at Petfinder.com with travel tips I wish I’d known then. Part of the problem was not having the correct sized carrier. I wish I’d had a Sleepypod Air, the adjustable, airline approved and the Rolls Royce of pet carriers in terms of design and comfort. Live and learn.
One lucky Cat Wisdom 101 reader will win a Sleepypod Air valued at $150.00!
Traveling with pets whether by plane, train or automobiles is stressful. Having the best carrier for your situation and your pet is key. We had an excellent vet visit recently with Merlin and his luxurious Igloo-shaped Sleepypod. You can see the photo evidence here
The wonderful folks at Sleepypod sent me Sleepypod Air carrier a few months ago but I hadn’t any occasion to use it. I liked that it stored flat for storage but hoped there wasn’t any medical reason to use it anytime soon. We’ve had a brutally cold winter and I’ve kept the other Sleepypod with the dome off and the heating pad on 24/7 as a luxurious and toasty kitty bed for Odin.
Our vet usually makes house calls but then we had a vet emergency with Gris Gris just after Christmas. He’d suffered a seizure and we had to rush him to the closest vet. My first thought was of our large selection of carriers which would be the most practical and comfortable for him. I chose the Sleepypod Air. At that point he was conscious but unable to stand and I needed something that could zip open all the way for easy access. It has see-through mesh for ventilation on three sides so I could keep an eye on him. I kept the carrier on my lap and liked the narrow width and seat belt straps for safety. Even though there is a washable and removable plush bedding mat I added a towel. I was even happy that I’d selected serious and sophisticated black rather than a cheerful color.
Once at the vet’s it was a breeze to unzip for the exam and zip back up for the trip home. There was nothing they could do for him and we arranged for our vet to euthanize him at home the next day. Gris Gris was essentially semi-feral and wouldn’t tolerate being picked up. Unlike my other cats he wouldn’t snuggle under the covers but I almost got my wish on our last night together. I placed the carrier on the bed and stayed up holding his paw until he peacefully drifted unconscious at about 4am. It was the perfect combination of offering support while having the sides down so I could touch him. I’ll treasure these few hours forever. The next day our mobile vet arrived but he didn’t need to do anything. Gris Gris peacefully left for kitty heaven naturally. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this carrier would play such an important part in his life and death, but it did and I’m enormously grateful to have it.
We contemplated burying him in his snug and cozy Sleepypod but the hole we’d dug was too small. It would have been perfect and surely he’d have been the most stylish arrival on the Rainbow Bridge. Instead, it sits flat ready for it’s next assignment. Perhaps another vet trip or flight to visit family in Canada? Who knows but we’re big fans of the entire Sleepypod family now. All our cats deserve the best.
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