With the recent flurry of vet visits for Thomas, I have come to appreciate the fabric carrier bag I made for the travel cage.
One of my worries is that the clips holding the cage to the base, either do not work, or are not clipped properly. This would result in the base just falling off & the consequence, particularly if outside, potentially catastrophic. When using the travel cage (demonstrated by Raspy on this post), I have always held it by the base & never by the top handle alone.
Getting the cage to the vet usually means holding it up by my chest (as I am supporting the cage base) but having to put it down on the floor at times to lock/unlock the front door & the car door etc. As it has felt awkward lifting the cage from the floor by the base, I decided a new method was needed.
Enter cheap charity shop t-shirt.
From looking around the internet for ideas, I found the solution. Any existing bag I had was just not wide enough at the bottom for the travel cage, even though the cage is really rather small. So, for a few pence, I bought an extra-large, stretchy man’s t-shirt from a charity shop & set about turning it into a cage carrier bag.
All you need to do is simply:
- Cut around the neckline & cut off the sleeves. This effectively gives you the bag handles.
- Sew the bottom hem together.
- If you like, you can square off the bottom corners for a more boxy shape.
(Click on photos to enlarge)
I made two of these for a ‘belt & braces’ effect, just in case the stitches on one started to unravel (yes, I know I am extremely paranoid!) In warm weather, I believe this carrier would be enough. It has been cold recently though, so I have wrapped a cover around Thomas & the cage first, then popped it in the t-shirt bags. In fact one day it was icily cold so I then tied a fleece around the outside! (Note: I guess I should also make a bag out of a very large fleecy sweatshirt!)
Transporting the cage is so much easier. I can carry the cage with one hand whilst I faff around with the other finding keys etc. & I no longer have to bend right down to pick it up. I also feel secure that the cage will stay together even if the clips fail. An added advantage is that when I get to the vet’s I can put the cage on the table & just roll the bag down, although there was a bit more “unwrapping” on that icy cold day!
Oh, & of course you can throw the bag in the washing machine. 🙂