Sleepypod Travel Pet Carriers: Serious Travel Safely with Your Cat
Did you know that the majority of pet travel carriers on the market would kill your cat instantly if you got into a car crash? I didn’t really understand that little bit of information until I was on the phone with a PR rep for a cat manufacturer asking her if we could do a giveaway for a pet travel carrier. She told me that we could, but that we would have to be “careful” about the terminology used, i.e., pet travel carrier vs. pet carrier, due to the fact that the carrier had not passed critical crash testing guidelines. WHOA.
All of a sudden my interest in companies that make pet travel carriers that were not only useful, but also safe for our pets became a lot more important.
A few days ago, Sleepypod announced that the Center for Pet Safety awarded top honors to every Sleepypod pet carrier in the research and advocacy organization’s new carrier certification program. 5 Star Crash Test Ratings were awarded to the Sleepypod with PPRS Handilock, the Sleepypod Mini with PPRS Handilock, and the Sleepypod Atom. The Sleepypod Air pet carrier earned a 4 Star Crash Test Rating.
The Center for Pet Safety’s Certification Program is the first formal crash test rating system for carriers and other pet safety restraint products. Manufacturer participation in the program is voluntary for the purpose of obtaining independent evaluation. The test protocol, which is a result of the 2015 Carrier Crashworthiness Study conducted by Center for Pet Safety and sponsored by Subaru of America, outlines a consistent test methodology and evaluation program to ensure pet carriers offer crash protection. Additional information about the Center for Pet Safety and its Certification Program may be found at http://www.centerforpetsafety.org/manufacturers/cps-certification/.
“Sleepypod carriers have transformed how pet owners travel with their pets,” says lead product designer and Sleepypod co-founder, Michael Leung. “As more pet owners take their pets with them on vacation, errands, and to work, Sleepypod carriers offer ease of use, maximum comfort, and proven safety when traveling in cars.”
Buy Sleepypod Travel Pet Carriers
- Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed – Sleepypod’s first travel cat carrier (doubles as a pet bed) and one of the very first products we ever reviewed. Fits cats up to 15 lbs.
- Sleepypod Mini Mobile Pet Bed – A smaller version of the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed made for pets up to 7 lbs.
- Sleepypod Air In Cabin Pet Carrier – Sleepypod’s in-cabin airline carrier and also for car seats, fits cats up to 17.5 lbs. My parents’ Caymus is 17 lbs and he fits in it, as you can see in this video.
- Sleepypod Atom In-Cabin Pet Carrier – Sleepypod launched this one after the Air – fits cats up to 12 lbs.
What pet travel carrier do you have? Do you know how it would hold up in a car crash?