by Elisa Black-Taylor
Scooter in a K-9 cat cart, cat wheelchair
Good morning readers. Today I'd like to talk about a service we all hope we never need for our cats: the cat wheelchair or cart for disabled cats. The wheelchair carts are also known as "cat carts" and several companies that offer them can be found online.
Most cats who require the use of a cat cart have been injured having been hit by a car. Other reasons include feline stroke and knee or hip surgery. I'm sure there are a few other reasons I haven't researched.
Thankfully euthanising a partially paralyzed cat isn't the only option available today with all of the modern technology available.
I've located three companies that deal in the cat wheelchair and I'd like to give the readers information just in case it's ever needed.
It would be a good idea to bookmark this page in case it's ever needed.
I'm providing the company information because it's difficult to find cat wheelchair carts. There are many companies out there, but their main users are dogs and I'm not sure whether a dog cart would perform as well physically on a cat.
First I'd like to give you some information on K-9 Carts. Their website address is
k9-carts.com (link broken Nov 2012 sorry) and they are the original pet mobility company founded over 40 years ago. Barbara Parkes, co-founder of K-9 Carts, is still involved in helping customers with everything from from wheelchair cart fittings to bladder control and urinary health supplies.
Here's their mission statement from their website:
"Our mission is to create the best wheelchair for your pet and to restore dignity, quality of life, and happiness to every mobility-impaired pet."
The company has provided mobility to more than 35,000 customers and will arrange a customized fitting for your cat, help in deciding what kind of cart is best (standard 2 wheel or quad), and whether a rental or purchase would be best.
The cat is supported in the cat cart by two straps. One supports the cats shoulders and the other supports the hip and pelvis. This is why each cart should be carefully measured before ordering.
Here's a video showing a cat using one of the K-9 Carts.
For those of you interested in the price of these carts, K-9 offers both a purchase and a rental program. The purchase of a cat cart runs approximately $350 including shipping. Rental of the standard two wheeler runs about $60 for the first week and $35 for each week after.
K-9 also offers a rent to own program for those who can't afford the full purchase price up front. More information on this can be found on their website listed above.
I'd also like to provide information from www.handicappedpets.com. They also make cat wheelchair carts. While their site doesn't offer any difference in measurements between dogs and cats, their price is higher than K-9 with a typical two wheeler chair costing between $400 and $460. For short term rental they offer the wheelchair cart for between $30 and $50 per week.
Their website was founded in 2001 by Mark C. Robinson in memory of a dog named Mercedes who was euthanized before her time. At this time Mark didn't know any other solution for his dog and vowed to start up a company where no animal will have to die before it's time due to paralysis issues.
His website also offers advice where people can turn to should their pet ever become paralyzed. It offers hope and advice and testimonials.
Mark has a mission statement on his site along with a letter explaining his love of animals and desire to help them. The letter can be found here.
The mission statement reads:
"The mission of HandicappedPets.com is to provide products, services and support so that elderly, handicapped, and injured pets can lead happy, healthy, high-quality lives."
Mark believes no animal should be thrown away because of a paralyzing condition or incontinence issue.
I'd like to add they offer a different line up of products including car travel supplies to urns to tombstone memorials to diapers. All are listed on their website under pet products.
The final company I'd like to mention is www.mobilityadvisor.com. While their main pet cart business is dogs, a cat wheelchair can be made upon request. Here's a video of one of their cat carts in action.
They are a basic wheelchair builder for both animals and humans and information about the cat wheelchair can be seen here.
And last of all I'd like to add this. This is not a company video. It's totally homemade. I don't know if I'd recommend this for a cat, but I couldn't resist adding it. If nothing else, it shows the spirit of a disabled animal and the desire to keep on moving no matter what.
Which is what usually happens no matter the brand of cat cart chosen. The cat will take off and go on about it's cat business. Some days I wish I were more like a cat. They don't pity themselves in situations such as these. They push forward and live each day to the fullest.
It's a lesson we could all learn from our feline friends.
Sometimes videos go blank because either the creator of it takes it off YouTube or YouTube does it. I don't get notice of this.