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Sleepypod Air Luxury Pet Carrier Giveaway

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Sleepypod air-pet carrier-giveaway

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 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!

sleepypod air-pet carrier

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.

Sleepypod air-cat

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.

We’re using Rafflecopter for giveaway entries. Follow the instructions to learn how you can have multiple entries. Good luck! If you are Tweeting, you can cut and paste this tweet: Luxury pet carrier #giveaway valued at $150.00 from @sleepypod @catwisdom101 #cats

Please visit Sleepypod and select the color you’d prefer to win. If you like, leave us a comment telling what color you’d prefer and whether you have ever traveled by air with a cat.

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We have a winner of our Petbox giveaway but our sale continues on fun, gift boxes of pet treats and toys!


Congratulations to Jansfunnyfarm! You are the winner of a PetBox. Look for an email from Cat Wisdom 101 requesting your shipping address.


  • Annette

    Like you, I’d choose the black one.

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your kitty. I lost one to a seizure, but he died within 3 minutes. The one thing I regret is not making plans about what I’d do if I were to lose one suddenly.

    For almost a year now I’ve been struggling to keep one of my cats alive and 2 weeks ago I thought we’d reached the end (amazingly, my holistic vet got him functioning again). I do understand your interest in burying Gris Gris in his carrier, because I thought about doing the same thing – he loves to spend time in it. We hate to think about the inevitable, but to me it’s important to make those plans while we’re not emotionally affected, so there aren’t any regrets. If I had to do it again, I’d have cremated my other cat..

  • Kathie Bass

    We would love to have a Sleepy Pod it looks so comfy and we HATE our hard plastic carriers, not very comfy. We love all the colors but the chocolate brown would match our varied fur colors best! Thank you Cat Wisdom 101 for offering this special gift!

  • Elle

    I looked at all the colors and would prefer the ‘dark chocolate’ color. My second pick would be the ‘strawberry red’ shade. What a great giveaway to have!

  • Linda

    The dark chocolate is my favorite color. I would absolutely love to win this carrier for my cats. I am desperately in need of a new one and this one looks really great.

  • Hayley

    Either a small glacier white one or a small orange would be fantastic! I am moving far away and must go on an airplane with my little bugger. It will be used all the time since I must come to visit my family at home. Thanks for the generous offer!

  • Carl L Smith Jr

    The Dark Chocolate is my favorite. My cat travels with me at least once a year. I bring him with me to my family’s yearly reunion picnic. My whole family loves him and looks forward to seeing him every year. Also, I live in a hurricane prone city, and I am forced to evacuate every year or two. He definitely prefers the car to a plane, he actually seems to enjoy the ride!

  • Raine

    I’d have a hard time choosing between the Strawberry Red and Dark Chocolate. I haven’t had to fly with any of my cats yet but it is a possibility this year with potential travel plans.

  • Carissa Joslyn

    If I won, I think I would choose the Sky Blue one!
    I have never flown with my cat, as I always end up leaving them home & have someone to come check in on them. But if I had this, I would be able to bring her along! Looks like is makes flying a lot easier! or traveling in general!

  • ellen beck

    The red sleepypod is the one we would want! That way the girl kitties and the boy kitties would think its was a great color.

  • Michelle S

    Your story of Gris Gris still touches me very deeply….

    I think that I would go with black. I have not traveled by air with a cat, but it’s not out of the question. You never know when there’s a long distance adoption in the future.

  • GinaTheMinPin

    Strawberry red would be ideal color for my 3 kitty sisters OR me! Although Mommy & Daddy have never traveled by air with any of us, we all weigh 7 pounds, so would fit very well in da SleepyPod!

  • Glogirly and Katie

    We’re huge fans of Sleepypod. Truly the best pet carriers on the market. They certainly have thought of everything in terms of design, comfort and safety. It doesn’t mean Katie enjoys her trips to the vet….but she arrives in style and comfort!

  • Cat Lady Di

    If I could afford them, I’d order 3 in blossom pink (for the girls) and 3 in sky blue or jet black (for the boys). For one, I’d probably get the jet black so it wouldn’t matter who I had in it πŸ™‚

  • catherine turley

    I remember seeing the video of these at my vet’s office when they first came out. I know it would be very useful.

  • Louise

    I am so very sorry your kitty passed to the rainbow bridge
    The carrier looks fantastic and if possible winner would love a red one

  • Skeeter and Izzy

    The SleepyPod peeps know how to carry a kitty in style!!!! Basic Black or Chocolate brown are both fantastic colors for us.
    Bless our little Angel Gris Gris ,we miss our dear friend.
    Concats to Jan’s Funny FarmToo!!
    Luvs Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig and Peanut and Romeo >^..^<

  • maggie

    We’d love to have a red one, because I think it symbolizes good fortune and joy. We need good fortune for vet trips.
    Your story is very sad, but I’m glad you found a way to comfort and cuddle Gris Gris.

  • Penelope

    Wes LOVES the orange one!!! Nellie will be doing a lot of traveling this summer, as I will be working on a contract in Calgary, the old Nellie carrier is falling to pieces!

  • Zara

    What a sad story about Gris Gris and the way you used the carrier. It’s sweet to know it was comforting though.

    My cat and I travel all the time – both internationally and on trains domestically. It’s been really hard finding a carrier that fits the size limitations and is comfortable and mostly, that holds up to more than one trip flying. Even in the flying in the cabin, we tend to have to rebuy our carrier every other trip or so.

    It would be great if we could be considered! any color is great, maybe Jet Black or the Sky Blue the most.

  • Jacqueline

    Wow, what a great giveaway!…And a very touching story about your darling Gris Gris…We think the black one is awesome..Enjoy the weekend, dear friends…kisses…Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat.

  • Stephanie Lehr

    orange dream please. Jaguar has never flown and will be scared the first time she does I’m sure. Maybe this would help soothe her.

  • Kitties Blue

    Oh how we would love to win one of these. We have seen Waffles in one at Glogirly, and Mom says being able to zip the top open would be a Godsend at the V.E.T. We figure our chances are pretty slim, but please enter us. e-mail: [email protected]. Have a super terrific weekend. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  • da tabbies o trout towne

    best fishes to everee one enterin de contest…heerz ta a wild whitefish N walleye week oh end…N doodz….yur brother gris crossed de bridge in style…N him ree manes quite de style setter still…promise

    dude & sauce

  • Marla

    What a fab giveaway! The orange is a nice color because I eat an orange every day. I’ve never flown before with any cat.

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