|Features||Shoulder Strap, Top Load, Water-resistant||Carry Handle, Top Load||—||Carry Handle||—|
|Material||Plastic||Metal, Plastic, Steel, Polypropylene||Metal, Plastic, Steel||Metal, Plastic, Steel||Metal, Plastic, Steel|
|Breed Size||Small Breeds||Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds||Small Breeds||Small Breeds||Small Breeds|
|Tools Included||No Tools Required||No Tools Required||No Tools Required||No||No Tools Required|
The concept of this carrier is great! Unfortunately it's executed extremely poorly presumably in favor of cheap parts. I just put this together and made sure everything snapped shut as mentioned in other reviews, and still I'm not convinced that my cat won't fall out the bottom of this thing at the vet 🙃 With improvements this could be great, but it's not in this iteration. Really thought "oh, people reviewed it poorly because they weren't able to put it together properly." Nah, they're right. It's flimsy.
I Purchased this cat carrier years ago and it was sturdy, functioned great both for front loading and top loading of my cat. I loved it so much I just bought another one. What a disappointment! The manufacturer has obviously redesigned the carrier to cut costs. The front door doesn't open properly and the latch is cheap plastic and looks as though it will break after a few uses. The top loading sections do not line up properly due to the plastic being so thin and cheap. I returned this cat carrier and will never buy another one. Chewy offered to have me donate it to a local shelter, but I will not do that since it is cheap and unusable.
I have used this model of carrier for about twenty years and have always preferred it. The wide opening at the front makes it easier to place a pet inside. I had an extremely large, rangy cat who used to stick out his paws when I tried to put him into a different carrier. That stopped when I switched to this one. While it isn't as easy to place a squirming animal into the carrier using the top door, I always use it at the vet's office to remove the animal. I recently had to get a new one because after many years, the front door handle broke. It was a pleasure to see these are still being manufactured and are available at Chewy.
Now that I have this carrier put together and have been using it, it's a great purchase. The vets always love it (especially the food/water tray and the top opening). It's plenty sturdy to hold my large-framed 15lb cat. She's got room to turn around, to sit upright, and to lay down (as pictured). It's also small enough to fit in my car's front passenger seat without bumping into the door awkwardly like her last carrier. However: This thing was hard to put together. And there are no instructions included so you'll have to look up the product instructions online or use youtube videos when you can't figure out how this or that piece is supposed to go. The pieces are just a regular semi-cheap plastic, and mine were kind of warped so I had to really fight to get them to go together and to latch. The first time I used the carrier, I hadn't gotten the front panel in well enough and my cat was able to dislodge it. I did get it to click into place firmly (you really have to push it or it isn't secure). But, after that initial rigamarole, it's been a solid, great carrier! The only issue I've had at all since was the door popping off the hinges once when it was slammed shut too fast/hard (easy fix, but just be warned). If you're willing to put up with a little DIY headache, go for it (hopefully your pieces won't be warped like mine). I will say that it think it's overpriced, especially with the construction required.
I have the original Cabrio cat carrier and love it. It's my go-to carrier for vet visits. The large clear window in the front plus the open-top feature made it ideal for reducing stress when transporting our kitties. It is a very large size, which was even comfy for our 18 lb. cat. While I loved the original, I'm not as impressed with the new design. The molded plastic for the top of the carrier seems to be thinner and more flexible than the original design. That makes it far more challenging to place our cats in the carrier at the top because it takes a lot of fiddling to get the top sides locked into place. Not ideal when a skittish kitty is trying to escape. That being said, I still prefer this new design to most carriers, but the cost seems really high for a product that clearly had some re-design issues. I would jump at the chance to buy the older model.
I expected way better for $80! You can get a front and top loading carrier for $50 if you want a carrier with both. The ventilation in this thing is also horrible. It gets hot!! The worst part being, the front plastic part will just fall off leaving a huge hole and your cat can just run out. The whole point of a carrier is to transport your pet safely. This is not a safe carrier. $80 is insane for this. Especially if you end up losing your cat because the front part falls off and kitty runs away or get la injured. Food bowls also take up a lot of space
I bought this from the Catit website, but couldn’t find a place to leave a review. I had really high hopes for this carrier because my cat hates riding in the car, but this does not feel sturdy to me. When putting it together the pieces didn’t fit together easily and when closing it, it’s difficult to snap it closed all the way. The plastic also had scratches on it and the box wasn’t tightly closed, like it’s been removed from it’s box or someone returned it and they reshipped it. I don’t know if it’s worth the high price for me.
This is certainly not worth the price for the cheap plastic and flimsy construction. The instructions are terrible to understand how to put together, mainly because of the cheap plastic. My litter box is sturdier. I wouldn't mind this carrier if it were $30 but certainly not $80. First thing I ever returned to Chewy.
Reviews are correct, difficult to put together and even after clicking everything into place the top was not seated well and there was a gap on the front. After clicking in the tabs on the front piece it seemed ok but when I put my cat in it to go to the vet all he had to do was push hard on the plexiglass and the whole front came off. Just think if I was transporting him when he made his escape. Definitely sending back, not a secure transport.
I ordered this for the open top and window and also because it doesn't have the edge like a pet taxi. Found it difficult to close and didn't feel secure when locked. Had to send back the next day.