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7 DIY Cat Stroller Plans You Can Build Today (with Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

cat wearing cat harness inside pet stroller

Unlike dogs, cats can rely on their litter boxes for bathroom breaks, but some cat lovers like to expose their pets to the fresh air of the outdoors. Training a cat to walk on the leash is possible, but it requires weeks of training sessions that are not feasible for most pet parents. Why not cart your feline around in a DIY pet stroller?

Commercial pet strollers and deluxe baby strollers are expensive, but you can save a few dollars and show off your pretty cat by modifying a used baby stroller. Flea markets, yard sales, Craigslist, and Facebook are excellent sources for finding baby supplies that parents no longer need. If you have neighbors with young children, you can also ask if they’re still using their old baby strollers.

Before You Begin

The estimated completion times for projects on this list do not include prep work necessary when purchasing an old or damaged stroller. An older model that does not use stainless steel can be covered with rust, and the wheels may need new bearings or tires.

Although most sellers would not put a carrier for sale online with a soiled basket, we suggest replacing any fabric that comes into contact with your pet. The used equipment may be parasite-free, but it can have mildew, mold, or hidden baby vomit lurking in the fibers. If you cannot replace the material, you can hand wash it and apply an enzymatic cleaner to remove stains and odors.

The Top 7 DIY Cat Stroller Plans

1. Indestrucibles.com Stroller

DIY cat stroller
Image Credit; Instructables
Materials Used jogging stroller, Plastic passenger box, plywood or scrap lumber, non-skid liner, bath towel or pillow, zip ties, bungee cord, hand towel, spray paint, marking pen, glue, screws, nails, PVC pipe, and keeper strap.
Tools Cordless drill and bits, saw, wire cutters, scissors, screwdriver, level, and tape measure.
Difficulty level High

This DIY cat stroller requires more time to construct than other projects on our list, and it may be more challenging to complete if you’re unfamiliar with using a saw or drill. However, the author provides several pictures to go along with the guide, and the step-by-step instructions are well written and easy to follow. After purchasing a used jogging stroller, you’ll replace the existing bed with a heavy-duty plastic container to hold your cat. The instructions also advise replacing the tiny stroller wheels with bicycle wheels to make the ride smoother for your feline. You can finish the construction in a few hours and take your fur-ball out to see the neighborhood sights.

2. The Dark Lord Stroller

Materials Used baby stroller, Halloween decorations
Tools Glue gun, string
Difficulty level Low

If you’re a fan of Halloween, you’ll love this simple DIY project for decorating a used baby stroller with ghoulish accessories. The stroller used by the author is a large model, but you can use any used or new baby stroller that’s large enough for your pet. Unlike the previous project, the Dark Lord plans do not require you to rip apart or modify the structure of the stroller. You only have to buy decorative pieces like skeletons and bats to make the carriage a creepy cat-mobile. If you want to use the carrier to celebrate other holidays, we suggest tying the items to the stroller rather than attaching them with a glue gun.

Where To Find Used Strollers

Baby strollers are only used for a few years, and many of them end up at charitable organizations and yard sales. If you have friends with older children, you can ask them for a stroller before you search the town’s flea markets and yard sales. Here are some of the online distributors that carry used baby strollers:

  • eBay
  • Amazon
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Strollerstore.com
  • Goodbuygear.com
  • Craigslist
  • Mercari.com
  • Rebelstork.com

Final Thoughts

Walking cats in strollers have become more popular, but you can expect to see a few surprised looks from joggers and neighbors. However, you can disregard the stunned reactions and think about how much your indoor cat enjoys the fresh air and appreciates a short trip away from home. Although they’re protected from speeding cars and threatening wildlife, indoor felines miss out on all the adventures of outdoor pets, and a pet stroller can give your furball a pleasant experience that’s not confined by four walls.

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