Sophie’s Wacky Paws Pet Sling
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To kick off Sophie’s beginnings as a therapy cat, I ordered her a present a couple of weeks ago. Whenever I have taken her out on adventures in the past, she has usually ridden in a cross-body bag that I have*. She just sits in there with her little head poking out and enjoys the ride. With her therapy cat visits we will be on the go a lot, so I thought she needed a proper kitty bag! That’s when I found this pet sling from Wacky Paws.
*Side note: the Wacky Paws slings aren’t available anymore, but this sling is very similar, if not the same.
A little background information about Wacky Paws: Wacky Paws is a company based out of California. They are known for their innovative, stylish, and quality made pet products, specifically those for traveling and active pet owners. They have a line of carriers, strollers, harnesses, backpacks, slings, and food bowls.
*Sophie rides in a hard-shell plastic carrier while in the car. The bag and sling are used only when outside, walking around the pet store, and soon to be used when we are on our therapy cat visits.
Sophie’s sling came in a couple of weeks ago, and let me tell you – this sling is PAWESOME! It comes in all kinds of cool colors, but I ordered the bright green because it matches Sophie’s eyes. It also comes in different sizes too. I ordered the small size, which supposedly fits animals up to 10 pounds. Weighing just a few ounces over 7 pounds, Sophie fits in perfectly. It would be a tight fit for any animal larger than her, so I would recommend the larger size for bigger cats or dogs.
The sling is a simple idea, but it has several neat features. The material is a light weight and breathable mesh, so Sophie doesn’t get hot while riding in it. The bottom of the sling is made more heavy-duty though, so it supports her better and will hold up against those kitty claws! As you can see from the photo, the sling has a zipper, so I just place Sophie into the sling and then zip her up, leaving her head poking through the head hole. Other features include:
1. An adjustable toggle for the neck hole – You can adjust it to be as tight or loose as desired.
2. A clip to attach to a harness, making Sophie more secure and keeping her from being able to slip out.
3. A small pocket – great for storing Sophie’s leash and my phone. It’s a small pocket, so if your leash is extra long and/or thick, you might have a hard time fitting it in.
We put Sophie’s new sling to the test this past weekend. We went on a camping trip with my husband’s parents for a family reunion, and Sophie came with us!
I was able to take her on a walk around the state park, to the family reunion cookout, and to an arts and crafts festival that was going on at the park. She loved every minute of it! She seemed to be very comfortable, and even fell asleep in it a few times. She got so much extra attention from passersby too, which she always enjoys. After being in it for an extended period of time, she would start to get antsy (which made me thankful for the clip that attaches to her harness), but that is understandable.
I love it because I get to take Sophie on adventures that she wouldn’t normally be able to go on. I can put her in her “pocket” (that’s what I like to call it) and just go. Then when we get to a place to stop, I can let her out, hook her up to her leash, and let her explore. The sling is comfortable on my shoulder, and I never got tired of carrying her (luckily she doesn’t weigh much!). Carrying Sophie on the camping trip this past weekend was a very special bonding experience for both of us, and we can’t wait for our next adventure!