Product Type: Trixie cat accessories
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A very nice looking cat carrier with some flaws...
Trixie Wicker Cat Basket
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Trixie Wicker Cat Basket
Advantages: Looks good, can be used as a carrier or bed
Disadvantages: Awkward to carry, lots of spiky, sharp bits of wicker inside
When we decided to get a kitten for my daughter, a cat carrier was not an accessory we thought of buying, until we realized that we would in fact need one as she would be making visits to the vets (hopefully not too regularly). Personally, I hate spending money on things that you only get to use once or twice a year, and for the rest of the time they are locked away in a cupboard somewhere, gathering dust. So if I was going to spend money on a cat carrier, my first thoughts were that it would at least have to look good. This is how I made the decision to buy the Trixie wicker cat carrier/basket.
The Trixie cat carrier certainly looks very appealing, made out of wicker rather than plastic like most of the cat carriers you see in pet shops. Price wise, you can pay anything between £22 to £25, which is what you would pay for a plastic one of a similar size. It is 50 cm long, 36 cm wide and 42cm high, quite a big basket in which Tinker looked absolutely tiny. I would say you could probably fit two cats in it together, it is very spacious! The metal door is removable, so it can be used not only as a carrier but as a nice cosy hideaway or bed for your cat.
Now to the not so good bits... firstly, this carrier is not easy to carry lol. Because it has an oval/round shape to it and is quite large, it is very awkward to carry. You have to hold it at a reasonable distance away from your body, so you end up walking looking like you have the arm of a scarecrow, if you get my drift, or the basket will constantly bounce against you, leaving you bruised. Also, the handle is very small, making carrying it almost impossible. Secondly, inside the carrier there are lots of sharp/spiky bits of wicker sticking out. You have to try and trim these down as much as you can and then put in some kind of cushion or blanket on the bottom in order to keep kitty comfortable and safe from being pricked to death.
Apart from the two flaws mentioned above, I actually like the carrier and Tinker seems pleased with it too. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you don't have to walk far with it as you would risk ending up with a bad back! Yes, if you prefer looking at wicker rather than plastic! Yes, if you like something that little bit different than what everyone else has!
Summary: A great looking cat carrier or bed with just a couple of flaws
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