Have I mentioned that I have six cats? Well, I do. Every time I watch an episode of Hoarders that is about a person who not only hoards stuff but animals as well, my husband and I joke that we’d be well on our way to having an episode all about us, except that we don’t have a trashed home. For what it’s worth, we didn’t set out to own six pets. For the longest time we had just two, and then a third. The rest we took in out of need: neglect, a pregnant stray’s litter, and then two strays who showed up on our doorstep unannounced.
Okay, enough of me desperately justifying and clarifying our ownership of half of a dozen cats (did I mention the dog? Or the tanked animals?). I’m bringing this up because when you have multiple animals, you need multiple carriers for them, in the event of road trips, vet visits, or god forbid, an emergency that requires evacuating the animals from the home, or simply just needing to somehow quarantine them. Traditional pet carriers, the hard plastic kind, are certainly durable and affordable, but they take up precious space. And if there’s one thing that’s a commodity in our home, it’s space.
Enter the EzyDog Pet Transporter from EzyDog. This pet carrier is a high quality collapsible carrier that is actually three separate panels put together: there’s the main body (the middle part that makes up the front and back, with the ventilation holes around three of its sides), and the side panels. The Pet Transporter comes packaged in its collapsible state, with sturdy zippers with reinforced rubber pull tabs, keeping the individual pieces (four total: the three separate panels, plus the removable shoulder strap) secured together in one flat, streamlined, easy-to-store-in-a-closet-or-under-a-bed package.
EzyDog generously provided me with a Pet Transporter to review. I had my choice of Mint Flowers (pretty flowers twining about on a mint-green background) or Grewy Swirl. Not a very floral-y kind of girl, and with only 2 of our 7 furry pets being females, I went for Grey Swirl, which is a gorgeously sleek and modern like gray with white and dark gray lines swirled throughout it.
Primary features of the EzyDog Pet Transporter:
- Suitable for cats or dogs up to 15 lbs
- Comes apart and stores securely flat
- Is easily put together and taken apart
- Sturdy shell, yet soft inside
- Removable cushioned pad for pet’s comfort
- Well ventilated
- Secure carrying handle on top of the Transporter (also compatible with seat belts for securing the Transporter during travel in vehicles)
- Removable adjustable shoulder strap
As promised, the EzyDog Pet Transporter was a breeze to put together. The zippers glide easily along their tracks, and before reading the instructions I had the carrier assembled. While flexible, the Transporter is most definitely sturdy, with the inside softer for a pet’s comfortable, and the included pad decently cushioned (it secures with Velcro, so removal for cleaning is hassle-free). While no cat is ever thrilled about being placed inside any type of pet carrier, all of our cats did fine with being put in. And from a pet owner’s perspective, the rather small door on the Transporter makes it easier to efficiently place pets inside, since there isn’t a lot of wiggle room. The mesh front window is a nice touch, as it gives both contained pet and owner an easy view of each other. The side and top holes are great for ventilation, and assurances to the contained pet with pets from fingers and perhaps a slipped treat or two.
For transporting, the EzyDog Pet Transporter is easy to carry and wear. Use the removable shoulder strap to carry your pet on one side of your body, or across your body for better weight distribution. The top handle is very sturdy and comfortable to grasp as well. And seat belts do slip easily through it, which will keep your pet safely secured in your vehicle.
You can purchase the EzyDog Pet Transporter for $40.00.
Enter to win an EzyDog Pet Transporter!
- Start date: 02/10/13
- End date: 02/17/13 at 11:59pm EST
- Winner will be notified via email, and has 48 hours to respond
- Giveaway is open to U.S. entries
Disclosure: EzyDog provided me with a free product in exchange for my honest opinion.