A friend of mine has a cat who likes to be with his person all the time (the cat’s name is, appropriately, Buddy). It’s a simultaneously charming and infuriating quality.
I keep telling her that she should really try a cat sling.
I know, I know, I can hear the shudders now. Do we need to make it any more obvious that people with pets treat them like children? The suggestion is especially undeniable with a product like this one. But I have to say, I really think there’s something to it.
I do not have the fortune/misfortune of a cat who loves to be held and with me all the time, so I have no firsthand experience using a kitty sling. But there is obviously enough demand that they’re manufactured specifically for cats rather than just using repurposed baby slings. Drs. Foster & Smith sell one, and Amazon.com offers a variety that can work for cats or small dogs. Do-it-yourself site Instructables even has instructions on how to make one yourself if you’re feeling crafty.
I draw the line for this sort of thing at upright Baby Bjorn-type carriers for pets — I find it creepy and unnatural that they position the animal upright (again, like a baby!) and feel like it must not be very comfortable for a creature who walks on four legs rather than two. Arbitrary? Maybe, but that’s my tipping point!
Anyone who has experience with a cat sling, please pipe up in the Comments section — we want to hear from you!
Image: Matt Brett