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Friday
Aug262011

Driving Mr.Finch

 

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!

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

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Reader Comments (7)

Oh my gosh, this post is just too funny! His little face in the first pic is priceless and the caption is perfect.
It is also so informative... what a great ideal. I have a Jack Russell who would love this!

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNadine

That's exactly what we have for the boys...My Buddy Carseat. It allows them to be window height and they're safely harnessed plus they sleep rather well. They're high strung by nature so we also give them calming "treats" that make them relax some and we don't feed them the morning that we leave since they're prone to car sickness.

Oh...just be careful at rest stops...plenty of people DO NOT pick up their pet's waste...you don't want Mr. Finch sniffing someone's leftover and picking up something.

LOL...I can just imagine the Pie features following your roadtrip :-)

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

what a great idea! i have toyed with getting those kinds of seats for my pugs. i usually strap them in back seat but they would probably be happier if they could see out and be near me. atticus looks so cute in his little booster seat! what a fun road trip companion.

August 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrae

I've just recently discovered your blog. Love your photography and the spreads. Everything about the blog is so visually appealing.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

Sounds like a plan! But you might want to check with your vet about prescribing a sedative just in case something happens to unnerve your sweet kitty. You don't have to give Atticus any, but it is a nice little emergency policy.

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlabibliotecaria

Genius!

August 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

I loved this post! If I ever have to take my sweet kitty Harper Bell on an extended journey now I know what to do. I'm in grad school in Chicago right now so I have no idea where I'll end up.

P.S. I think Harper and Mr. Finch would be great friends ;-)

November 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClarissa

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