Friday, June 7, 2019

Spacious Hard-sided Carrier with 360 Degree Accessible Design - Catit

°We've shared many pet carriers on our blog in the past and we do prefer the soft-sided carriers. However, many of our readers comment that they need a hard-sided carrier for their cats and wish they could find a carrier that had a large opening from the top or front.




While attending Global Pet Expo (GPE) this year, Mom Paula met with representatives from Catit®. We've shared many products from Catit that are specifically designed for cats and were excited to see the Cabrio™ multifunctional cat carrier.


Catit® Cabrio™ Carrier

The Catit Cabrio Carrier is a multi-functional cat carrier that has a 360° accessible design with a single-hand locking mechanism. The Cabrio was awarded the 'IndyBest Buy Cat Carrier' in The Independent in March 2019. There are many convenient features for safe travel with your feline. the carrier can carry a cat up to 25 lob (11.3 kg). It is available in Blue-Gray, Turquoise, and Cherry Red (not in US). As with all Catit products, the Cabrio is specifically engineered for cats. It's dimensions are 20" long x 13" wide x 13.75" long. 

Brulee demonstrates the 360° design of the Catit® Cabrio™ Carrier 

The Cabrio carrier features a strong integrated handle with a carrying strap. The carrier can be secured in the car using conventional seatbelts. The bottom of the carrier has an anti-slip bottom with a collection gutter for urine or spilled cat food. There are several locations of the carrier for optimal air flow and ventilation that will keep your cat comfortable while traveling. There is a multi-functional door that includes slide-out bowls to feed your cat without opening the door, as well as loops for optional padlocks. The door is a clear plastic where you cat can easily look out and see the world around her. The carrier can convert into a cozy cat bed (with the addition of a blanket) with direct access to food and water. 

We encourage you to watch the video below from Catit about the Cabrio.




Our Review

Brulee inside the Catit® Cabrio™ Cat Carrier while Truffle looks in.

The carrier arrived in a box and I had to put it together. There were seven (7) pieces that needed to be assembled. The instruction booklet provided photos to help me assemble the carrier and it was together in a matter of minutes. Some of the parts took a few attempts to make them "click" but I was able to do so. It's important that you hear the click when assembling the carrier so it is put together correctly and doesn't fall apart. Once it's "clicked" together, it appears to be a sturdy carrier.  

Truffle and Brulee are accustomed to a soft-sided carrier that zips so when I went to close the door with Brulee inside, the click startled her. I would recommend keeping the carrier out to allow time for your cats to get used to it and keep opening and shutting the door so they aren't surprised by the click. The door has a large opening which makes it more convenient to get your cats inside. Of course, if you have difficulty putting them inside the door, the entire top opens up so you can place you cat in the carrier from the top. The top hatch pieces take a little adjustment in getting them to fit together correctly the first few times I used it. As I used it more, the top hatch pieces are fitting together better. The top opening of this carrier provides easier access for your veterinarian to examine your cats if they are difficult to get out of a carrier.


Truffle likes the ease of getting in and out of the carrier (Brulee in the background)

I've read a lot of the reviews of this carrier and it appears people who have large-sized cats like it. They write that the carrier has plenty of room and their cats aren't afraid of getting inside the carrier.

I like having the Catit Cabrio carrier available should I ever need a hard-sided carrier. 


Photos courtesy Catit®


Giveaway


We're excited to announce that one of our readers has the opportunity to win a Catit® Cabrio™ Cat Carrier.  No purchase necessary. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States 18+ years, except where prohibited by law. The giveaway will run from June 7-16 and end at 11:59pm ET. One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim her prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be randomly chosen. To qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left on our blog post.  Other entry options are available after a comment is left.  Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book!  Good luck!


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23 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic carrier. I will share for my US buddies!

    Lovely review you two!

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  2. Until we won the SleepyPod a few years ago on another blog, we had a hard-sided carrier. You could take the top off - but it was a pain to get back together and if you didn't get it just right, you had to start over. It was probably too small for both my cats - but I love that this one takes into account value-sized cats ;)

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  3. I always use hard carriers and this one is quite unique and looks so much easier to get kitty in and out of!

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  4. Oh, I do like that clean front too!

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  5. Wow, that is one heavy-duty carrier! We already have seven carriers, though, so I thought it would be a little ridiculous for me to enter the giveaway.

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  6. I've always used hard carriers but they can be a pain particularly in that you have to get the cat in and out through the front door. They never want to go in and then it's almost impossible to get them out especially if they're afraid or nervous as they tend to cling to the sides. This one looks much friendlier and I love that you can open from the top so my poor baby who is so terrified at the vet can stay in the carrier and be examined by the vet from the top. Plus ever since my one big bruiser of a cat literally caused the carrier to fall apart from his weight alone, and the bottom to drop to the ground, I've ziptied the carriers for reinforcement. I like that this carrier looks like it would take the weight of heavier cats and has the non skid bottom too so they're not slipping and sliding.

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  7. i have dogs, so i have several, soft sided to travel on planes, and a large soft sided to travel with, a wire with a basket underneath, a regular crate-hard style as well.

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  8. Wowy, that carrier has a lot of features that my current MTU doesn't have! Mom likes that the Cabrio carrier can open from the top, has pull-out food dishes, and has a skiddless bottom. I inherited the MTU I use; it works Ok, but it definitely isn't in the same class of MTU's as yours. Truffle and Brûlée, you sure look great with the Cabrio. Winks and purrs.

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  9. I like this carrier. We have all plastic ones, but only with a front opening.

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  10. I have a hard-sided carrier which is really old. It's a hard-me-down. I'm really love to win this one cos it looks sturdy. I'm tough to get in so the big door would help and Dr. D. keeps me in the carrier to examine me. I like this one even more than the SleepyPods.

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  11. We use a zippered cloth carrier for our cat . His comfort is important to us so we look for softness and durability.

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  12. I currently have one of the standard cat carriers - hard plastic with a door on one end. I have to take my senior kitty, Moko, to the vet frequently because of an on-going health issue and she often doesn't want to come out at the vet's office. If I can't get her out the door, I have to actually unclip the entire top and take it off. This looks like it would really make things easier for both Moko and me.

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  13. I care most about the carrier being sturdy, well made and roomy enough for my cat. The current carrier I have is actually huge and doubles as a carrier for my dog. I'd love one just for my cat.

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  14. That looks like one to check out. So many different options these days, thank goodness.

    I wanted to come by and thank you for your sympathy on my orange-boy's passing. It was much appreciated. It is good for me to know that he touched so many lives.

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  15. We dont currently have a cat carrier. What i care about in a carrier is sturdiness and my cat jingles being comfortable

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  16. This looks like a pretty good carrier. I probably wouldn’t fly with it because the door is plastic, but my groomers heart loves how the top opens! I hate pulling or tipping scared or angry cats out of carriers. Catit designs great cat products.

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  17. We have a cardboard carrier and a plastic carrier. I like the cardboard one because it opens at the top and for a cat that isn't excited to come out this helps access her easier. I like the plastic carrier because it is easy to clean, roomy and has better air circulation.

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  18. We have a hard sided one and a soft sided one. For me it is important to be able to get the cat in easily - my boys generally fight me on it.

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  19. I have a soft carrier but I'd like a hard one for emergencies. Just in case we have to evacuate and they want the dogs in crates/carriers.

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  20. Right now I have a basic soft cat carrier with a zipper on the outside but it so hard to keep my cat from squeezing out while I'm trying to get it situated and zipped.

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  21. This carrier looks fantastic! It would be just purrfect for me!

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  22. I have a flimsy soft carrier that has seen better days. I would love to win this for my cats.

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