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Guide To Buying A Cat Backpack

You want to take your cat out to play. You are looking for a cat backpack, but on the market, there are too many types and styles. You do not know how to choose a cat backpack suitable for your little friend. Mistakes in choosing a cat backpack can lead to serious consequences like making your cat uncomfortable or escaping. Do not worry because today, in this article, we will give you suggestions for you to choose the backpack that best suits your cat. Don’t let you wait any longer; let’s get started now.


The backpack you use needs to be the right size for your cat. It needs enough space to be able to sit in it, move around and stand up freely. Most of all, cats need a backpack that can move freely inside it.

Also, when choosing a cat backpack, pay attention to the maximum weight of the cat that a backpack can hold. Most backpacks are designed for cats under 12 lbs (about 5kg), but there are also a few for more giant cats. We also encourage you to check the backpack sizes (horizontal and vertical) and compare them with your cat. Maybe the backpack you choose fits your cat’s weight, but it’s not tall enough for them to sit upright. Like us, cats will feel uncomfortable in a space too tight.

Comfort for your cat

Sure that your cat can sit upright in a backpack is an essential factor, but not the only feature you need to consider when talking about the comfort of a cat in a pack.

The base of the backpack is also a significant factor. If it is soft, it may sag the bottom of the backpack, but if it is too hard, it can make the cat uncomfortable when sitting, especially when traveling long distances. Currently, most packs come with a small cushion lined at the bottom of the backpack for your cat. If not, you can also create your cushions using a piece of cloth.

The next feature that we also recommend to note is the material of the backpack. Most cat backpacks are manufactured from soft materials, comfortable to use. This has the advantage of allowing you to fold the bag and store it easily, but the backpack can also be distorted, wrinkled, and create an uncomfortable feeling for your cat. In addition, plastic cat backpacks will make your cat feel hot and stuffy.

Windows and vents

Imagine you’re in a tight backpack, absolutely no windows, and vents would be very uncomfortable & stuffy, right? This can cause panic, fear, and suffocation for your cat. Therefore, you should care if the backpack you choose has a window or not. Observe if your cat likes to stay in her backpack or want to see the outside world; Some cat backpacks are simply a container on your back, while others allow cats to poke their heads out or look through a transparent bubble-like an astronaut’s hat.

Besides, make sure your backpack is designed with lots of air vents so your cat can breathe. Usually, the vents are created on the back or two sides of the pack.

Backpack opening

On another note is the backpack opening, where you will put the cat in the backpack, and they will come in. Many backpacks open vertically from the top down, while some others open from the front or the side. However, it is better to choose an openable pack so the cat can stick its head out. At that time, you should have a cord to connect the cat to the backpack, avoiding the school can escape. The rope needs to be adjusted, allowing your cat to move freely.

Comfort for the owner

Unlike other forms of transportation, cat backpacks will be carried directly on your back, so the cat backpack you buy needs to be comfortable for you. You should choose a backpack with a chest strap and a belt that helps distribute the weight put on your body. Similarly, check if the backpack shoulder strap is padded and the back is appropriately designed. Wearing a heavy and bulky cat backpack can cause unwanted shoulder pain, even if it affects your shoulder joints.


The price of a cat backpack varies significantly, depending on the style, size, and quality of each manufacturer. Cheap products use low-quality zippers, so zippers are easily damaged. A more inexpensive backpack will not be safe and provide comfort for both you and the cat. Typically, a cat backpack can range from $ 30 to $ 70. You should consider your budget carefully before buying a cat backpack.

In conclusion

Above are a few instructions for you to choose a cat backpack. We hope that through this article, you will have more knowledge to be able to buy a cat backpack best suited for your little friend. We hope both will have fun and safe trips. Thanks for reading.


New Arrival, The Cold and Scaly Kind – Meet Rowena!

Species: Bearded Dragon

Age: Young Adult (1-3 years)

Date Rescued: Sept. 3/2011

Rowena was transferred to Eleven Eleven from Refuge Animale AMR. She was initially given up because her caretakers just plain got tired of this adorable creature (hard to imagine!).

The Inland or Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) is one of the few species of domesticated reptile. Bred dozens of generations in captivity, they are known for their gentle dispositions and hardy nature. They are a fantastic “beginner” reptile for these reasons. Rowena is curious, active, and does not mind being handled (gently, of course!), she will even eat from your hand.

“Beardies” are omnivores, but mostly vegetarian, as adults. Her new owner must be prepared to make fresh salads of nutritious, calcium-rich vegetables to be offered daily, and be comfortable feeding her live insects once to twice a week. These lizards require a hot, dry enclosure with UV-B lighting.

Watch me in action at meal time – See Video Here
See the article on Bearded Dragon care at for more detailed information:

When It Comes to an Amazing Home, We Travel the Distance.

When it comes to an amazing home, we don’t let something like distance get in the way. Yesterday we did a round trip with Natasha (and Betty and Ruby-Sue, for moral support) to the mountains of Woodstock, New York. We spent 14 hours on the road, i arrived home at 2am and volunteer driver/foster Joanne got home at 2:30am. Every mile driven was well spent, as Natasha could not be in a better home.

Natasha was originally surrendered to the SPCA by the police, for reasons unknown, and then transferred to Eleven Eleven. She was transferred because she needed to be treated for close to 5 months for demodex with check-ups every 2 weeks. Natasha can now take a deep breath and consider herself ‘home’. She is a Rodeshian Ridgeback mix, a strong, intelligent and challenging breed, and was adopted to a home with over 15 years of breed experience. Not only are they prepared for the breeds demands, but they love the breed for their strong traits. She is now a member of a well balanced, experienced, loving family with two young children to watch over, play, and grow with.

We love long-distance adoptions, as it helps keep homes in Montreal free; giving more opportunities to the immense numbers of homeless animals being euthanized in shelters in Montreal to find homes. Win-win, all around!

This morning we woke up to a lovely email; Just a quick word to let you know Natasha’s had a great night, and we’re heading off for a long hike this morning. It’s all new, but she’s so great — Harley and Duke were not this well-trained at her age, we can assure you of that.

After finally getting to bed at around 3:45am, i was up bright and early at 8am to head to class for the day. For some reason i ha

ve also taken on going back to school on top of working and the rescue – we’ll there is a good reason. It’s been a long weekend for us at Eleven Eleven, and back to work tomorrow for me, at a painful 8am.
Buy hey, this is what ‘it’s all about’ – giving pups out of luck, a second chance.

We can not change the world, but we can change the world for each animal rescued.

Congratulations Natasha!

Caroline Ross, A.H.T/T.S.A
Founder, Eleven Eleven Animal Rescue
Adopt a Pet, Save a Life

Through adoption, sterilization, identification, and education, we hope to one day live in a community where homeless animals do not exist.

Meet Ruby-sue, a Handicapped Pit-bull Puppy Recently Rescued

When i see Tara’s caller display on my phone, i know somethings up. Good shelter directors work closely with rescues, but a great shelter directors knows each rescues weak-spots. She sure hit mine; special needs, and pit-bull puppy, double soft spot. So i finished my work-shift and went to ‘just go see’ this little pup with Sean – by 12am she was back at mine, snuggling right into my heart.

The next morning, she came to work with me to pick some vets brains. The history we have on her is that she was dumped in a box somewhere (by some loser, who couldn’t man-up and abandoned her at a shelter like a decent human being) and that she ‘has problems with her legs’. Several vets looked her over and gave their two-cent’s it ranged from ‘she’s got too much space between her knees’ to ‘i think her knees are backwards’ and i even got a ‘her back is f-ed’. But the best input i got was from Dr. Lissa Alstchuler (owner of the best mobile vet service in and around town) – she diagnosed her with Neosporosis.

In short – Ruby-Sue has ascending paralysis of her hind limbs, and muscle contraction/atrophy from the paralysis. She also has ‘gnu recurvatum’, basically back-wards knees, and cervical weakness. This causes her to not be able to bend her knees, while her hips and ankles for now are functioning almost normally. However, despite the above, she does not seem to be in pain and at this moment has a good quality of life (See a video of her in action!)

We are currently treating her for Neosporosis, but treatment will not reverse damage already done. However it will hopefully prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of her body and infecting her skin, lungs, liver, heart or other tissues. She is strong now, and treatment should help put a stop to or slow down the progression, but death is still a possibility. As always, we are prepared to fight for her.

Now forget all of the above, Ruby-Sue is a regular pup who does regally puppy things; she goes on walks, chews everything she can get her teeth on, kisses people faces vigourously when meeting them and of course wags her tail even more vigourously. She plays, she barks, she hops around, she cuddles, she begs for food, she takes mouthfuls of my cats tail fur and she learns tricks faster than my Chihuahuas thats for sure. She is happy and comfortable, and thats all that really matters.

I’ve got high-hopes for this inspirational little girl who’s stolen my heart. I will keep you posted on her progress here – stay tuned!

Caroline Ross, A.H.T/T.S.A
Founder, Eleven Eleven Animal Rescue

Adopt a Pet, Save a Life

Through adoption, sterilization, identification, and education, we hope to one day live in a community where homeless animals do not exist.

Petite Puce

D.O.B: November 10/2000

Color: Beige

Size: Small-Medium

Sex: Female

ID Number: CA1128

Date Rescued: Nov. 9/2011

Approximate Breed: Lhasa Apso (Mix)

About Me: Petite Puce may be a senior citizen, but don’t let that fool you. She is healthy, full or spunk, energy and love! if she was a human senior citizen, she would be the senior that is still an active member of the tennis club, volunteers at the local hospital, organizes knitting groups and pot-luck lunches. She may be elder, but she is bursting at the seems with life. She is looking for a home to share her golden years with, which could be just a few or could easily be 5 or more years. Like any in-shape senior, she sure loves her walks around neighbourhood! She could speed walk all day, if you can keep up with her. Walking helps her feel young, and active, and without them she feels restless. She gets along well with cats, dogs, and kids, but her preference is a loving human that can be active with her. She is your right-hand-gal, if you want someone to read books with, speed walk with, cozy up on the couch with or go on road trips to visit grandchildren or family with, this spunky old lady is sure up to it! She’s got a whole bucket list to complete before her time is up, like hike Mount-Trembant and visit Paris. Whether you are also in your golden years and need a companion to stay active with, or just want a right-hand-gal to share your life with, this pup is sure to be everything you could wish for and more.

Petite Puce’s previous owner loved her dearly but passed away and left her homeless, her dying wish was for her family to take care of Puce and make sure she is happy, healthy and well loved. The family who inherited her, tried be the family that would live up to this promise, but in the end they realized to be able to live up to their promise – they would have to re-home her. She needed more affection, attention and exercise than they had time for and in turn was miserable with them.

Requirements for adoption: No young children, this lady deserves a peaceful retirement.

Petite Puce is up-to-date with routine shots, microchipped, treated for worms and fleas, has learned basic obedience, house trained and sterilized.

Meet Petite Puce, A Senior Pup For Adoption

Petie Puce has loved and loss, at 11 years old she has learned a lot about life. If she could talk, she would probably have a whole lot of wisdom to share with us. Maybe she could save us all some time, and tell us what life is really all about. She would have stories of adventure, love, courage, loss, dreams and accomplishments. She is a wise-old-lady who has found herself homeless, when her last companion passed away and left her without a best friend. Petite Puce is no regular-dog, she knows more about life than most of us. Whoever adopts her will be one lucky person, unlike having to teach a puppy all about the world, Petite Puce has been there, done that and has a lot to teach you instead.

Read more about Petite Puce on her Adoption Profile.

Ruby-Sue’s first time in the snow

Ruby-Sue had a pretty big surprise when she stepped outside this morning for her pre-breakfast piddle. At only 3-4 months old, this is the first time she has ever experience this cold, white, wet marvel we call snow. It was a pretty fascinating experience for her to taken in, especially because i don’t have language to communicate – it’s snow! – to her. Or that it means Christmas is coming, if only she know what she has to look forward to! I would like to thank, each and every single person (you know who you are), who has donated towards her medical care and allowed her to be alive today to experience this. Each update and picture of her, each experience and progress she has everyday, please know it is entirely thanks to you. Eleven Eleven is just here to provide the care, without you we would not be able to. Thank you, on behalf of Ruby-Sue and every animal you have saved by supporting us. If Ruby-Sue only knew how many people are behind her, and hopefully at her meet and greet on Dec. 10th at Bailey Blu Pet Boutique she will get to thank you in person!

Mackenzie – Celebrating Her One Year Anniversary with Us Looking for a Home

Mackenzie is about to celebrate her one year anniversary with us, which is not much of a celebration because this girl rescued from the streets a year ago with a litter of kittens and pregnant again has never in her life had a home of her own. Eleven Eleven rescued her when her kittens were being put up for adoption through the vet clinic the city worked with as a local pound and she was going to be euthanized without even having a chance. All of her kittens were adopted quickly, and she continues to be looked over.

Mackenzie’s foster mom says: “I’d like to mention that she is an insanely FUN cat to have around the house and she is a ball of energy that is constantly entertaining herself. She is also BEAUTIFUL with those striking blue-green eyes, incredibly soft coat and bushy racoon tail. She can be quite fiesty but that all melts away when you scratch her behind the neck and brush her thick coat.”

Mackenzie is up-to-date with routine shots, De-wormed, Feline Aids & Leukemia tested negative, litter trained, microchipped and sterilized.

Hopefully if you help us share her story this month will be her lucky one!

Remi – Had His Biopsies

Today our veterinary clinic went right to work on Remi and took biopsies of several areas of Remi’s affected skin under sedation and pain control. This will be key in diagnostics, and will save us the time wasted on trial and error in treatment. The first veterinarian to evaluate him was afraid he might have an autoimmune skin disorder, in which case treatment and prognosis is ‘fair to poor’.

Remi was evaluated by two other veterinarians, as we like second and third opinions on all medical cases, and the two other veterinarians were more optimistic that it is more likely a combination of allergies and trauma from running so much as a stray. Which if you look at how his nails are worn right down to the skin, it does make sense that a lot of his infections were trauma inflicted and only made worse by Remi chewing on his sore feet to get some sort of relief.

The biopsies will hopefully give us more insight on what is causing these infections; autoimmune ideas, fungus, parasites, or a plain old nasty infection being the best case scenario. We are anxiously awaiting the results, in the mean time he is hospitalized on cage rest, hydrotherapy and antibiotics.

Regardless of all the above, Remi is an absolute suck. He is sweet as can be, and soaking up all the attention he can get.

Dylan Update – First Follow-Up Vet Appointment

Dylan had his first vet appointment since going into foster care on Tuesday, he had a very hard time sitting still through it! It was pretty easy to tell, he was feeling great and in good health. Especially considering his first vet appointment with the same doctor just over 2 weeks ago, he could not even lift his head. We took another full blood panel on him, just to make sure he was as healthy as he was showing us. His white blood cells were high, instead of low (0-5 previously) which means he is still fighting an infection. After just finishing his 3 pills twice a day, we had to put him on another round of antibiotics (without his compliance).

He will have a re-evaluation in 2 weeks, where we will run another blood test to make sure he 100% healthy. Following that, if all goes well, we will vaccinated him for the first time one week prior to a perfect health check. Then we will do his booster 4 weeks after his first, and neuter him one week after his last vaccines.

Dylan has come so far, and has just a little bit far to go. The worst is behind him, everything from here on out is nothing compared to what he has gone through.

Oh an, his foster mom is definitely falling for the little charmer. he was loved at the clinic, i don’t think he ever wants to see that place again.

To DONATE towards Dylan’s medical expenses directly:

Thank you to staff of The Animal Health Clinic for providing Dylan with the execptional medical attention that allowed him to overcome this deadly virus.