Carrying Cats In Bags: Lazy-Owner Hack Or Brilliant Innovation?

Cat-in-the-Bag Cozy Comfort carrier is a flexible way to carry your cat from place to place, versus your typical carrier, and someone has taken it on a test run so you don't have to.

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Like little cat burritos, a cloth carrier lets you take your cats to-go. Via tstarmack/YouTube

Have you ever looked at your cat before leaving the house for a vet appointment and thought, “I should just put you in a tote bag and head out”? Well, you’re in luck.

Cat-in-the-Bag Cozy Comfort Carrier is an all-cloth alternative to cat carriers, KHOU News in Texas reports. The TV station even tried out the innovative transport – which looks a bit like a pillowcase with a circular opening for a cat’s head at one end and a zippered closure at the other and retails for about $27 – to see if it lived up to expectations.

In a promotional video for Cat-in-a-Bag, company owner Jeanne Starmack says the carrier’s design keeps cats calmer because their heads remain uncovered, as opposed to other cat carriers.

Maxed and relaxed in a sack Via tstarmack/YouTube

Maxed and relaxed in a sack Via tstarmack/YouTube

She also touts the carrier’s safety in the car because it can be buckled right in by the seatbelt, through the triple-stitched strap made of the same tightly-woven cloth as the rest of the product.

"I am in my happy place ... I am in my happy place ..." Via tstarmack/YouTube

“I am in my happy place … I am in my happy place …” Via tstarmack/YouTube

And do you ever struggle to trim your cat’s claws or brush your cat’s teeth? Then the Cat-in-a-Bag is the answer to those problems, too, Starmack says, thanks to the comfy restraint the carrier provides.

"Nope." Via KHOU/Facebook

“Nope.” Via KHOU/Facebook

Starmack’s claims and the relaxed model cat of her promotional video had us convinced. The TV report, however, shows mixed results. Some cats looked very comfortable in the carriers. Others expressed minor dread through their eyes or wouldn’t get in at all.

Seems that cats might be, um, unpredictable.

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  • Very Dumb. Someone could tighten the velcro neck and the cat could choke. The cat carrier is more substantial . My cat can see out of his carrier just fime. In fact, the cat bag can be dangerous.

    Linda Feiges March 16, 2016 11:21 am Reply
  • I have to agree with Linda. It’s a very dumb idea!!! So many things could go wrong with the bag!! Use a carrier, much safer!!!

    MarY Fagans March 18, 2016 5:24 pm Reply
  • I need to take my kutty to the vet. But I am afraid to tramatized him. Need sone suggestions. Thanks

    sonia May 3, 2016 6:54 am Reply
  • I have SLOWLY gotten my cats used to a pet stroller as one of my guys weighs 20 lbs and I have a bad back and arthritis in the hands and shoulders. Anyway, after taking him to the vet, I end up hurting myself! I haven’t taken him to the vet in the stroller yet but we are now to the point in training where we stroll around the neighborhood and he seems to really enjoy it.I want him to have positive associations w/ the stroller before we use it to go to the vet.I have made a monster out of his brother who becomes obnoxious every time he sees me near the stroller catawalling to go out for a stroll! we have been working on this for a couple of months as my big boy stresses easily.We are almost ready for a check up.I feel really good about this and the strollers, FYI have come down in price. I paid around $60 for one that holds 33 lb of critter. This should make our vet visits less stressful on my boys and my health as well.I am a retired zookeeper and am very familiar with animal transportation.I am soooo pleased that someone thought to repurpose baby strollers. I love litter genies too (ha!)

    Kim May 10, 2016 3:12 pm Reply
  • I bought one for my large cat. He LOVES it. Goes to Vet with no problem. When he came home after some surgery, he snuggled in his bag, with bottom zipper open for a couple of days. He feels so secure in it, he sleeps in, on or around it all the time. Impossible to Velcro too tightly with this design.

    Barbara Evans June 16, 2016 8:49 am Reply

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