Are cat backpacks cruel?
There are people who firmly believe that taking your cat out on a lead, in a carrier on trips or even dressing them up is cruel, and the sort of treatment best saved for dogs if at all.
But some cats genuinely do enjoy being with their owners and exploring in a safe manner. After all, it is in their nature to be inquisitive. A cat backpack is just the same as a carrier – a way to transport your cat in a safe and secure manner.
Some people may even argue that they are miles better than carriers, as not only is the cat high up (which many appreciate), but they are often a bit more compact too, and less likely to be shaken about which could cause your pet to move around.
Are cat backpacks safe?
They are safe in many ways. Firstly, your moggy is secure in one, as they are often fastened with zips and buckles which aren’t easy to accidentally get into or break. There are also lead clips and fasteners on the inside to ensure they don’t escape when it is opened until you’re ready.
A rucksack could also be safer for you to carry, as it spreads the weight and frees up your hands.
How much should I spend on a cat rucksack?
Prices can vary anywhere between around £20 to over £100.
Those at the higher end of the price scale will likely be the best built, with stronger materials, more comfortable straps for you and some extra security to ensure your cat doesn’t do a Houdini. There may also be extendable areas in these.
Think about how much you will use it. If it is for an annual vet trip, then spending near the top end on a bag which does everything could be unnecessary. But if you take Socks on a hike every weekend as you explore Britain, you don’t want to be spending less money yet have a bag they can escape out of. Losing him in the Lake District when you live in Essex is not ideal.
Do remember than spending that bit more could mean a product which lasts for many more years than one at the lower end, however.