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
|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.|
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|
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.
3. Mama Adventure Stroller
|Materials||Used baby stroller, mesh cover, rainproof breathable cover, hair ribbons.|
|Tools||Scissors, sewing needle, thread|
Although this stroller is designed to hold rabbits, you can use the same design to walk your kitty. The author only spent $15 to convert a used stroller into a rabbit/cat carrier, but you may have to pay a little more if you cannot find a cheap stroller on eBay or Craigslist. The author replaced the canopy of the used stroller with a breathable mesh cover and covered the foot holes (for baby’s feet) with a mesh piece to prevent pets from escaping. She removed the torn foam handle material and replaced it by tying hair ribbons around the handle. If you use a similar stroller, you can complete the project in less than 3 hours.
4. One Brown Mom Stroller
|Materials||Used baby stroller, laundry basket, blanket|
|Tools||Spray paint, scissors|
The author of this DIY cat stroller found a used stroller for $25 and converted it into a pet stroller with a laundry basket and blanket. She mentions the importance of finding a stroller with a safety strap so the laundry basket can be firmly attached to the base. This model does not include a canopy, and the author suggests leashing your pet to the stroller if they have problems sitting still. The laundry basket in the plan is painted to match the stroller, but you can skip this step if you’re happy with the color coordination. Since it does not require drilling or sawing, you can finish the stroller in less than an hour.
5. Lisa Colwell Stroller
|Materials||Used baby stroller, collar, leash, cat blanket|
If you’re not fond of using construction tools and prefer simple projects, you can make this DIY Stroller in a few minutes. Although the author does not include a detailed guide for the project, all you need is the picture as a reference. However, you must be careful which model to select since you’re not changing the stroller’s structure. Look for a stroller with a large basket to hold your cat and a canopy to protect it from the weather. After cleaning the stroller, all you have to do is add a cat blanket and attach a leash to the stroller to prevent your pet from escaping.
6. Thrifty Fun Stroller
|Materials||Used baby stroller, cat carrier, nylon rope, hooks, and canvas fabric.|
|Tools||Scissors, screwdriver, hot glue gun|
Instead of attaching a basket or plastic container to a stroller, this unique DIY project uses a dog carrier to convert the stroller into a pet-friendly conveyance. Of course, you’ll use a cat carrier unless you have an exotic cat that requires more space. The plan involves removing all the fabric on the stroller except for the hood covering. You attach a canvas cover to the base to give the carrier more support and feed a nylon rope around the carrier and stroller to secure it to the bottom. Assuming you will not have any problems removing the existing fabric on the stroller, you can complete the project in a few hours.
7. iPet Companions Stroller
|Materials||Used baby stroller, foam cushion, washable cloth, sewing thread, and soft mesh wires.|
|Tools||Scissors and sewing needle|
This modified baby stroller is another quick project that will not take your entire day to complete. Since the plans use the existing carriage of the stroller to hold your cat, you’ll need to find a used stroller with a roomy basket. The foam cushioning is not an essential item, but it makes the stroller ride more comfortable for your cat. The author recommends sewing a washable cover onto the foam if your fur-ball has an accident. You can complete the enterprise in less than an hour, and the website includes a quick video to help with the construction.
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:
- Facebook Marketplace
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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