Product Review: SturdiBag Pet Carrier

When the folks at Sturdi Products asked whether I would like a sample of one of their pet carriers for review, I jumped at the chance.  In all the years I’ve had cats, I’ve never had a soft-sided carrier, and I’ve always wanted to try one. 

When they said I could choose size and color, I was even happier.  I choose the large size pink one – even though Allegra weighs only eight pounds, I like having carriers that give the cat plenty of room to stand up and turn around in during transport.

The carrier arrived just in time for me to give Allegra a little time to get used to it before “road testing” it for her first trip to the vet’s.  It came in a flat box, so immediately I knew that there would be some assembly required.  These words usually instill fear in my heart.  I’m pretty useless when it comes to using tools, following directions, or figuring out diagrams.  Thankfully, what little assembly was required to put the carrier together was minimal, and the instructions were fairly easy to follow. 

Allegra was watching me with great interest, and even tried to help during the process.  Once I had the carrier put together, I put it in the middle of the living room floor.  Allegra immediately went inside and proceeded to sniff every nook and cranny.  Once she finished investigating, I put the carrier in our family room.  I always keep the carriers out, hoping that the constant availability won’t make it quite so scary when we actually need to go somewhere.  I’m not convinced that this theory really holds water, though.  All my cats have always napped in their carriers, and all my cat have always hated riding in the car in their carriers!  At any rate, I have seen Allegra take naps in the SturdiBag occasionally.

On the big day, she didn’t fuss at all when I put her in the carrier.  I loved how easy it was to carry and maneuver with it.  With my old hard-sided carriers, I was always bumping into corners and doors, and they were heavy.  This one is very lightweight, but yet, aptl named:  it really is extremely sturdy.  The handles are comfortable and didn’t cut into my hands.  It also comes with a padded shoulder strap, but I chose not to use that.   The carrier fit perfectly on the passenger seat.  I looped the seatbelt through one of the handles (they’re not designed for that, but I’ve always done that with my carriers).

Allegra seemed comfortable in the carrier on our short ride to the veterinary clinic.  It was easy to get her out of the carrier.  It unzips in the front, and also has a smaller opening on top.

The carrier is well-designed.  Zippers open and close smoothly.  Mesh windows on the front and on top of the carrier provide plenty of ventilation.  The zippered floor panel contains a durable foam core board that can be replaced.  The fleece pad is attached by velcro straps and can be removed for cleaning.  There’s a little zippered pocket on the side of the carrier that could hold treats, or travel or veterinary documents.

The carriers are airline approved for in cabin travel and,  due to their unique construction, fit under the seat.  Flexible fiberglass ribbing prevents the top of the carrier from caving in and crowding the cat while the carrier is stowed under the seat. 

The carriers comes in a variety of sizes, colors and patterns.  For more information about the carriers, and Sturdi Pet’s other products, please visit their website.

SturdiBag products are available in The Conscious Cat Store.

Sturdi Pet Products sent me a carrier for this product review.

12 Comments on Product Review: SturdiBag Pet Carrier

  1. Eve
    February 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm (8 years ago)

    Has anyone tried the Sleepypod? Is there a carrier you like that is soft-sided and you can take off the top for super scared cat at vet visits?

    • Ingrid
      February 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm (8 years ago)

      I have not tried the Sleepypod, Eve. I think the Sherpa Bag may have an opening at the top.

  2. Esme
    December 21, 2010 at 11:01 pm (10 years ago)

    This looks like a great carrier-we have a soft case which I find to be much easier than a hard cage.

  3. Angie, Catladyland/Katt Food
    December 16, 2010 at 3:13 pm (10 years ago)

    That sounds like a great carrier! I’ve always wanted one too — they look much cozier than the hard-sided ones. Trips to the vet are hard enough!

  4. Mason Canyon
    December 16, 2010 at 12:31 am (10 years ago)

    This sounds like a great carrier. I agree about the hard plastic ones being hard to carry. Thanks for the review. Allegra looks cute in her’s.

    Thoughts in Progress

  5. Dana Humphrey
    December 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm (10 years ago)

    Quick tip: Next time try to use the seatbelt loops instead of the handle when in the car. Hope this helps!

    • Ingrid
      December 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks, Dana – that’ll make it even better! I will say, though, that even with my makeshift way of using the handles, the carrier was more secure on the seat than any other carrier I’ve ever had.

  6. Layla Morgan Wilde
    December 15, 2010 at 11:25 am (10 years ago)

    Looks great!

    • Ingrid
      December 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm (10 years ago)

      Layla, I love it when products look great and work great. This one definitely does both.

  7. Max the Quilt Cat
    December 15, 2010 at 11:16 am (10 years ago)

    Thanks for the great review. I used to have a bag that caved in on my. I like the idea of this one much better.

    pawhugs, max

    • Ingrid
      December 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm (10 years ago)

      Oh, that must have been scary when that bag caved in on you, Max!


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