Some of you may be wondering at this point how I plan to make this move across the country. Believe me, I have put much thought and research into this and am still working out the details. I will probably ship my stuff and drive my truck. My biggest concern has been Atticus, who associates his cat carrier and my truck with going to the vet. So I looked for another option online and that is when I discovered the Lookout Pet Car Seat by Snoozer Pet Products. The only problem was all the examples and info was only for dogs. After looking at many options, I felt like this one could be easily adapted for a cat, so I sent them my ideal and they liked it and sent me one to test out!
This is essentially a soft and cushy booster seat and allows your small pet to see while still being held comfortably and securely. It's very easy to set up, you pull the seatbelt across the back which keeps the seat secure.
Then you hook up the included connection belt to the seatbelt which clips onto your pet's harness. I liked the seats simple but sturdy construction. It is ready right out of the box and they have a nice variety of patterns and colors to choose from. For a 10% off promo code, just "Like" Snoozer on Facebook!
I found an x- small harness at Petco which is actually made for dogs (up to 10 lbs) but fits Atticus perfectly who is about 11.5 lbs. I originally got a size larger but it was way too big. Cats have those long, accordion like bodies so that is probably why. The few they had made for cats seemed way to flimsy, I did not want him getting tangled up or breaking free, incase he panicked. Don't get one that goes around the neck, it could cause choking.
You also want to be sure and turn off your passenger seat airbag before setting out.
I took him to the nearby park and then just hooked on a leash and let him walk in the grass a bit... hoping to train him to like rest stops! Though a bit nervous, over all his reaction was very good and I think with more practice he will be an excellent little passenger on our journey west!
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