Friday, December 10, 2021

Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed

One of the first items needed when a new cat is brought home is a carrier. There are many styles, sizes, shapes, and materials available, so which one is the best for your cat? It's important to have a carrier that you can safely transport your cat inside your vehicle and one that your cat is comfortable in.
Intro graphic with Sleepypod mobile pet bed and silver Persian Cat

Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed at Home

The Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed is a all-in-one pet bed, carrier, and car seat! The Mobile Pet Bed allows your cat (small dog) to travel safely in the comfort of her own bed. This helps reduce the stress associated with travel to the veterinarian or kennel from past experiences. This travel-stress is reduced because the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is already a trusted part of her daily life at home as a comfortable pet bed. The Mobile Pet Bed is certified for pets weighing 15 pounds or less. The Mobile Pet Bed is available in two sizes. Check the sizing guide to determine which is best for your cat.

Two silver shaded Persian cats - one on scratcher and one inside the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed
Truffle loves resting/sleeping in her Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed at home.
Special note: lid should be removed when using as a bed at home

The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is available in 9 colors!
  • Arctic White
  • Glacier Silver
  • Sky Blue
  • Robin Egg Blue
  • Blossom Pink
  • Strawberry Red (shown in photo above)
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Jet Black
  • First Blush
The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed includes a luxurious ultra-plush foam liner (black) that provides comfort and security for your cat. The padded base of the Mobile Pet Bed is perfect for placing in a preferred location at home for your cat to have a comfortable space of her own to rest and watch the world go by. The circular design is perfect for your cat to curl up inside. Sleepypod recommends removing the mesh dome when using the Mobile Pet Bed as a bed at home. Keeping the Mobile Pet Bed out at all times provides familiarity with the carrier for your cat for travel. 

Dimensions of a pink Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed

Sleepypod provides optional accessories for the Mobile Pet Bed.
  • Warmer Kit
  • White Ultra Plush liner
  • Air Mesh liner
The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed retails for $199.99.

Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed for Travel

Silver Persian cat inside true violet Sleepypod inside car
Truffle travels safely and comfortably inside her True Violet (limited edition) Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed

The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is one of the safest products for traveling with your cat in a vehicle. The Mobile Pet Bed is crash tested and certified for pets up to 15 pounds. This crash testing was done according to the 30 mph child safety standard. The Sleepypod Safety Test Program requires each Sleepypod product meet the highest standards for safety in order to reduce pet exposure to possible hazards. Sleepypod puts its pet carriers through stringent safety tests to include static material tensile testing and dynamic crash testing at the standard set for child safety restraints. All tests are performed at accredited testing and research locations (NHTSA contracted facilities).

When placing the bed into the car, you'll need to use the PPRS handilock.  The carrier should be placed in the rear of your car when traveling.to prevent injury in case of an air bag deploying in an accident. The Mobile Pet Bed is secured by the lap portion of the seatbelt around the base of the carrier and the shoulder strap through the top of the carrier. If you'd like to read more about the safety procedures and watch videos of the crash tests, you can view them here.

Watch the video below from Sleepypod that shows how to use the Sleepypod and to securely position in in your vehicle.

Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed at the Veterinarian

The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is the ideal carrier to take your cat to visit the veterinarian. Your cat is already comfortable in the bed because she is accustomed to resting in it at home. If your cat is fearful of coming out of the carrier to be examined, the mesh top can be removed and the veterinarian can examine your cat inside the carrier where she feels safe. If your cat needs to stay overnight at the veterinarian or a boarding facility, the mesh top can be removed and the base can be placed inside the cage where your cat can sleep in her own bed that has her smells. 

Veterinary Assistant weighing a silver Persian Cat in a scale beside a Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed
Truffle is comfortable when the vet assistant takes her out of the base of the0
 Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed to be weighed.

The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is also a place where your cat can rest comfortably in the examination room while waiting on the veterinarian or results of bloodwork. I can easily sit beside one of my cats with the mesh top open and easily pet and comfort them. Every time I need to take one of my cats to the veterinarian, whether it's for a wellness visit, a sick visit, or an emergency visit, the staff at the veterinary hospital remark on how much the love the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed.

Silver Persian Cat inside red Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed on chair at veterinarian
A recent visit to the veterinarian with Brulee (sick), she was very comfortable resting
beside me inside her Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed. Notice the white plush lining.

When both Truffle and Brulee were very sick almost 4 years ago, which required a 5-night stay at the veterinary hospital,. the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Beds (base with mesh top removed) were placed in their cage. All of the veterinary staff said Truffle and Brulee rested and slept inside their Mobile Pet Beds and were less stressed.

Personal Experience with the Sleepypod® Mobile Pet Bed 

I've already commented throughout this review how much I like the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Beds for my cats. I'm able to leave them out in the living room where I sit and watch TV and Truffle will usually rest inside the bed. When I changed out the plush liner for the air mesh liner during our hot and humid summers, Truffle loved sleeping in the bed even more. I haven't used the warming kit yet because we have a mild climate in the South and I rarely take them on trips when it's that cold and I keep my house warm. I've heard from people who live in the cold New England Area comment on how much her cats loved the Mobile Pet Bed with the warmer inserted.

The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is a little heavier than some other soft-sided carriers (3 pounds) and if you have a cat that weighs 10-15 pounds, you need to take precautions when carrying the carrier. I usually take both cats to the vet at the same time to avoid negative reactions to new smells once one gets home and the other doesn't recognize her sister. I'm thankful for the comfortable straps when  carrying both into the veterinary hospital.

I learned the hard way that I need to entirely unzip the zipper to remove the mesh lid rather than leaving the lid attached as a hinge when using the Mobile Pet Bed at home for a bed. This can possibly damage the zipper that connects the base and the mesh top. Sleepypod recommends that you completely remove the mesh top from the base when using the carrier as a bed at home and this information is included in the instruction sheet that is included in the packaging. This was my fault because I didn't fully read the instructions the first time that came with the carrier. This is a lesson to everyone to read everything about a new product when you receive it before you begin using it!

My cats are pretty comfortable when I place them in their carriers to go to the vet. The round shape of the bed allows them to curl up and rest while riding. Truffle is still uncomfortable when traveling, but the 360° mesh top allows her to see me, which tends to calm her down. Brulee curls up and takes a nap while traveling.

I purchased my first Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed in 2015. It wasn't long before I obtained a second Mobile Pet Bed for my cats because of the success and satisfaction with the first one. 

Even though the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is more expensive than other pet carriers, it's worth it because of the safety features, the comfort of my cats, and the convenience at the veterinarian. 

2 Sleepypod Mobile Pet Beds on a porch with silver shaded Persians inside
Truffle and Brulee in their 1st Sleepypod Mobile Pet Beds on the front porch waiting to be placed in the car.

Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed Giveaway

We're excited to announce that one of our readers has the opportunity to win a Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed (color may be different than those posted). 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 December 10 - 23, 2021, ending at 11:59 pm ET. One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim his 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.  Comments are verified prior to notifying winners. 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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  1. We love our sleepy pod and the vet always comments on how cool it is!

  2. I have an older Sleepypod in a different model but would love to win this too to use.

  3. We would love one of these. Now that Mom has a bigger car it would fit easier.

  4. my kitties love the sleepy pod, mostly as a bed.

  5. Very cool! I've always wondered how one of these would work for my small dog, but decided against buying one because my smallest boy is very close to the weight limit. I ended up going with crash tested crates from another brand, which were not at all cheap and are heavy/bulky, but were rated for larger pets.

  6. I have a hard shell carrier that I got from a friend who used it for her dog for many years. My cats share it. I would much prefer this amazing carrier/pet bed.

  7. This is such a good design! Much more comfortable for a pet.

  8. Those things really are nice but I'm still over 15 pounds!

  9. I'll be heading out in my own Sleepypod in a little while for an overnight with my human.

  10. I use a hard-sided carrier and think this would be more comfortable with visibility (for my nosey cat!).

  11. I have been trying to win one of these for years. They look much comfier than the hard one we have.

  12. I remember your prior blog posts raving about the SleepyPod carrier for your girls. I think the expense is worth the investment. I love their round 360 degree design and soft lining. And now with 9 colors there are even more options. This would make for a great gift for the holidays too!

  13. Wow, the SleepyPod is super cool. We bet Ava would like sleeping in it. Of course, we've been leaving her regular PTU out lately, and she sleeps in there. MOL

  14. We have a hard sided top loading carrier. It does the job but all three cats hate it. We would love to win the SleepyPod!

  15. Sleepypod carriers are the best. Their safety and solidity are amazing. I know a friend won a carrier at Blogpaws so I got a closelook at it first hand. I was very impressed.

  16. These pods look fantastic. If I had a cat, I'd absolutely want one.

  17. We have a regular carrier for our kitten, but I would love to give her a Sleepypod. I know she would be comfortable and SAFE in it.

  18. I have a larger sleepypod but this would be so much better.

  19. I use a small plastic carrier. The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed would be perfect for my cat to relax in a quiet corner of the room.

  20. I absolutely Sleepy Pod Mobile Pet Bed. My cats would've loved it as well. I always had their carriers set out and they would come and go in them as a way to escape from things and heck, it was a "box". But boy, this would've been a major upgrade. It looks like it might be a bit small for my rescue cockapoo. But he does love his beds as well. Truffle and Brulee certainly seem to enjoy this luxe pet mobile bed. Great review!


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