“ Manufacturer: Roadrunner / Type: Pet Carrier - Cat or Small Dog „
Cats are a completely different type of animal to have than say a dog. Where a dog is able to go on its lead and accompany you place this is not possible with a cat.
For this reason a good carrier is an essential item to have for any cat owner as it will be needed time and time again whether it is for taking the cat to the vet or on an overnight stay they will need to be put in something for the duration of the journey.
I have a carrier made by road runner and it was bought at pets at home for £11.99. For the price what you get is basically two pieces of plastic that click together to form a solid box, there is also a grated piece that goes on the front to form a gate so you can get your cat in our out.
This is a simplified explanation but I am sure everyone knows what a pet carrier looks like.
It comes in a few different colours and the one I have is blue on the bottom and white on the top. It's quite a funky looking thing actually and I always think it looks better than a lot of the plain carriers I see that cost triple what this one did.
Assembling the carrier together literally takes 10 seconds and once the pieces are clicked together it feels secure and you don't worry that it will snap open when the cat is in it. There is a handle on top of the carrier for easy transportation and this also feels nice and strongly secured to the carrier. On the sides there are some slits so your cat won't feel too trapped and the grates on the front are wide enough to ensure the cat has a good view but won't be able to get its paw stuck through them.
I decided to get the small version of the carrier as I just felt with the big one that he would have to much room to be thrown about in whilst I was carrying him or if I turn a corner in the car.
I'm really happy with the size as although it is a snug fit, he has enough room to stretch out and sleep but not enough to slide about especially when his little blanket is also in it.
Dashiel absolutely hates going into this and as soon as he even sees it out he takes off hiding under the couch or the bedroom and trying to get him in through the gate in nigh on impossible so I find it easier to just put him the bottom half and then put the top half over him and click it together that way. It took a bit of practise but I have it down to a tea now.
I've been really happy with this carrier since I got it when Dashiel was just a kitten. It has lasted really well and I like how the whole thing just has a really secure solid feeling so I don't panic it is going to break just as I am walking down the stairs with him.
I can definitely recommend this cat carrier whole heartedly and think it was probably one of the wisest purchases I made when I went shopping for Dashiel and it has certainly lasted the longest.
When you have a cat one of the essentials is a pet carrier for taking you kitty to and from the vet/ kennels should they need to go. Although we have 3 cats we decided to only buy one pet carrier, when we had Poppy and Daisy they were small enough to share, and now that they are older they do not go into the kennels as we make sure there is always someone to look after them. So the latest pet carrier we bought was one made by Roadrunner, and guess where it came from!!!! Pets at Home (again!!!!) Anyway we wanted one that had just a wire door with the rest of it being pretty much closed in, Daisy is quite a nervous cat so having an all wire cage was a definite no!!!!!
Appearance and Size
The Roadrunner Pet Carrier is basically an oblong plastic cage suitable for transporting you pets from one place to another. The carrier we have is dark red and grey in colour, however they do come in 2 or 3 different shades, ours has a black wire door on the front with the rest of the carrier being mainly closed in, there are a few slits in the sides of the carrier, large enough for your pet inside the carrier to have air circulating around them but not too big so that your pet feels open and venerable. There is a large plastic handle onto of the carrier, secured with sturdy looking hinges, this allows you to easily and safely carry you pet inside the carrier without fear of the handle giving way. Around the sides of the carrier are small clips, when released the whole cage comes apart in half, this makes it easy to keep clean, or even makes storage slightly easier as pet carriers can be quite bulky. The wire door is at the front of the cage and opens on 2 hinges down one side, to fasten the door you simply push it shut so that the 2 metal prongs (1 at the top and 1 at the bottom of the door) are clipped into plastic grooves on the front of the carrier. To secure the door and to stop your pet escaping there are 2 plastic clips (1 top 1 bottom) you twist these anti clockwise, this slides another piece if plastic over the metal prongs in the grooves locking them in place. The fastening clips are very strong and keep the door safely in place, all 3 of our cats will pull at the door to try and get out but so far none of them have succeeded. The Roadrunner Carrier is the perfect size for cats, small dogs or even rabbits, it measures at 35cm x 58cm x 37cm, the door takes up most of the front of the cage meaning it is quite large, therefore getting you pet inside the carrier should be easy. The whole thing is made of a very strong and durable plastic, we have had ours a while now and it is still in excellent condition, ours has been dropped on occasions (not with the cats inside) and no parts of it have cracked or broken off, it really is a very strong carrier for your small pets, and a wire door means they cannot chew their way out of it.
Whilst we have been very impressed with our Roadrunner Pet Carrier I cannot say the same for the girls, as you will see from previous reviews we have 3 cats, Poppy, Daisy and Layla. Now Layla is probably the easiest one to get in the carrier, we just put it in the lounge with the door open and she is so interested in it being in the lounge that she just cannot resist investigating and just walks in, Poppy has to actually be put in the carrier but does not put up much of a fight, she just sits there looking totally put out about the whole thing. Now Daisy is another matter, she only has to hear the door of the cage open and she makes a run for it, the whole thing takes 2 of us trying to force her into the carrier with her fighting us the whole way, she is very strong for a little cat, whilst she does not bite or struggle she just tenses her whole body up and goes rigid so that you cannot get her inside the carrier, once inside the carrier the same battle starts again once at the vets getting her out of the carrier, although we have been shown a tip for getting her in by the vet.
Our Roadrunner Pet Carrier cost us £19.99 and was bough from Pets at Home, however similar style pet carriers can be purchased from various pet stores, the price depends on where you buy it from.
How To Get An Awkward Cat Into A Pet Carrier
First you need to actually catch your cat once it realises it is going inside the carrier. Pick your very unhappy cat up under its arms letting its back legs dangle. Simply twist the cat gently from side to side, it will not harm the cat just slightly disorientate it, then with the carrier on end place the cat quickly tail first into the carrier and shut the door before they realised what has happen. I thought it sounded a bit cruel to start with but the vet showed me how to do it with Layla and it works I wont say every but most times. We are yet to try this on Daisy but I'm not convinced it will work on her.
Overall we have been very impressed with our Roadrunner pet carrier, it has proved to be a great success and has transported our girls around safely. Unfortunately I cannot say that they have been as impressed, but should we need to replace our pet carrier at any time I would definitely buy another one from this range, and would certainly recommend it o anyone with a small dog, cat or a rabbit.
Long lasting and hardwearing
Does not break easily
Comes apart for easy cleaning
Large enough to transport you small pet safely but comfortably
Small vents in the sides for air circulation
Wire door with secure locks
None from me but I'm sure there would be a long list from Poppy, Daisy and Layla
I have just welcomed a new addition to my little family, and that is a tiny grey kitten called Cleo who is just 7 weeks old. I knew that I would have to take her to the vets to be checked out and I didn't really fancy taking her in a cardboard box as I thought I might have to seeing as all the cat carriers I had previously seen were around the £20 to £25 mark.
A week before the date I was due to pick up the kitten, my friend and I took a ride out to Pets At Home as she needed things for her pet hamster and I thought that I would pick up a few bits for our new arrival. After picking up a few little toys, litter tray and a bed I was on my way to the cash register to pay and I spotted a shelf with various carriers on and upon having a closer look I saw one for just £11.99! I thought this price was too good to miss so I picked one up.
The carrier is made from a tough plastic which appears to be extremely durable, it has a plastic door and a chunky grey plastic handle for easy carrying. The size of the carrier is 31cm x 51cm x 34cm and the weight is approximately 980gm.
There was a choice of colours to choose from: blue, lime green, red or bright pink. The pink one was very different to the other colours in that it was pink all over, whereas the others had a grey top and coloured bottom. The door of the carrier is grey no matter which colour you decide to buy. The door is fastened with four clips, two at the top and two at the bottom and to open the door you simply open the clips at one side of the door and it will open just like any other door. The clips are very easy to open, and there is no way it can be opened by the cat once inside (I had a carrier with my old cat and somehow he managed to open a clip with his claws from the inside - I think he was a mini Houdini!!!)
The carrier comes assembled so there is nothing to be done with it once purchased, it is simply ready to use immediately. The top of the carrier can be removed, again it is held on with several clips which are securely in place and on the box I have bought they are quite hard to click open. I think the main use for the top to be removed is either for removing a larger cat from the carrier or for cleaning.
In terms of size, I think this carrier is aimed more at small cats and very small dogs. Although my kitten is obviously very tiny so there is plenty of room for her in there, I think once she grows to full size it may not be very comfortable for her. I placed an old fleecey blanket in the carrier for Cleo to sleep on while we were travelling to and from the vets and if I am honest one of the special pet fleeces was a bit lost in there so that will give you an idea of the size of the carrier although it does easily cover the base I would've liked a little more padding for comfort. My mum has a small Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and there is no way he would fit in this carrier, so I would probably say it is only ideal for a Chihuahua or something slightly bigger.
I think this is a great carrier in terms of actually carrying it as it is a great size, not too heavy so little Cleo wasn't being bounced around when in there. My previous carrier was extremely heavy and very hard to carry straight so this was brilliant when considering the transporting of the carrier. I have used the carrier twice so far so not that much use but the handle does seem to be pretty strong and I have no fear as yet of it breaking although this may change when the kitten grows and becomes heavier. When thinking about the durability of this particular cat carrier it does seem as though it will be quite good, it is made from a good strong plastic but the door is quite flimsy and that would be my only concern when it comes to the long term use of the box.
My overall opinion of this cat carrier is a very positive one, I think it is brilliant value for money and should last its course. I realise it isn't going to be used all that regularly (well of course I hope I won't have the need for regular use) but I am sure it will serve its purpose very well. I love the fact that it is pink all over, and as I knew I was getting a female kitten I wanted all pink things and my daughter calls it her princess house!!
I would definately recommend this carrier so will give it four out of five dooyoo stars, losing one for maybe not being suitable for a larger cat.
A reliable pet carrier is an essential piece of equipment if you own a cat. A cat on its way to the vet, or a cattery may be hell bent on trying to escape so you need something safe and secure as you drive along, also when you arrive. Gone are the days of the cardboard box!
The Roadrunner Pet Carrier is manufactured by the Merseyside company Sharples and Grant who specialise in pet accessories and equipment. I think it is quite reasonably priced at around £12.95 from Pets At Home, also on sale at smaller petshops. We had ours on a special offer from our local pet shop which was closing down for only £9.99 ~ a bargain.
The pet carrier has a top and a bottom section which have to be assembled together, luckily this is an extremely simple procedure, the top section is attached securely by means of 7 plastic clips, which are already attached, and snap firmly into place. You can easily see your pet through the narrow slits in the side of the plastic carrier, 10 slits on either side of the top, and also the bottom section. This design also allows in plenty of light for the animal inside. The rear of the Carrier also has slits, the front section consists of an easily removable grid secured by small plastic nuts. I some versions this grid seems to be plastic, but ours is made from a light metal.
The carrier is quite roomy inside for the average sized cat, allowing it to move around inside, our cat set out with its backside against the front grid ,but soon turned to face the grid. In fact the size makes it quite roomy and comfortable, approximate measurements are 15 inches length,9 inches width, and 12 inches depth. For this reason it is marketed as being suitable for a cat or a small dog. It comes in a choice of base colour, pink, blue or lime green. The top has a plastic carry handle, and is pale grey.Ours is green (only because that was the only colour available in the pet shop.
This mornings visit to the vet for routine injections went ok, the cat who was enjoying a morning snooze was easily bundled in, and returned quite unruffled.I put a layer of newspaper into the bottom of the carrier.
Would I recommend this carrier? Yes, as described above.Its also light and easy to carry.It could be held in place with a seatbelt in the car.
Reservations? None really,but I hope the little plastic nuts which attach the front grill won't break or snap. They are fine so far after half a dozen uses. I don't dismantle the carrier between uses,it just goes up the attic, until the next time. And until my next review thanks for reading