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 a 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 the 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 8 DIY Cat Strollers
1. DIY Stroller by Instructables
|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.
|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 accompany 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. DIY Cat Stroller Makeover by TheDarkLord
|Used baby stroller, Halloween decorations
|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 the author uses 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. DIY Stroller by One Brown Mom
|Stroller, laundry basket, spray paint, fabric, pillow, cat carrier
This incredibly easy DIY stroller is built on a baby stroller frame. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a way to transport heavier cats comfortably. Inexpensive used strollers in relatively good condition can be found at many second-hand stores. The plan calls for removing the seat and using the frame to support the laundry basket.
The basket is attached to the frame using the buggy’s safety strap. You’ll put your regular carrier in the laundry basket, and voila, you’ll have a cat stroller. Cats should never be put directly in the laundry basket since they can jump out if they become frightened. Always supervise your cat while they’re in the stroller, even if they’re secured in a carrier.
4. DIY Stroller by Cuteness
|Stroller, fabric, foam, vinyl tablecloth, mesh thread, paper
|Sewing machine, scissors, measuring tape, pencil
The Cuteness DIY stroller includes a mesh cover so your cat can see while they’re safely secured in the buggy. The project requires sewing, and you’ll need to be comfortable working with a sewing machine to secure the mesh. Velcro is used to fasten the mesh once your cat is inside.
The stroller includes leads to keep your pet securely in the seat, and foam inserts are used to close the leg holes at the front so your cat can’t wiggle out. While it’s possible to make cat strollers out of just about any baby buggy or stroller, it’s easier to make cat-friendly strollers using models with built-in covers.
5. DIY Pet Stroller by Baby Journey
|Stroller, fabric, mesh wires, leash, foam, thread, glue, hooks
|Needle, scissors, tape measure
The Baby Journey DIY pet carrier hits all the high notes; it’s inexpensive, relatively easy to complete, and practical. You’ll need an old stroller to start, but the plan works well with buggies of any size.
Make sure to pick a stroller large enough to hold your pet if you have a giant cat. Models with canopies are particularly easy to convert into covered strollers.
6. Upcycled Pet Stroller by Jacqueline Hernandez
|Fabric, stroller, Velcro, zipper, glue, mesh, spray paint, heavy-duty thread
|Needle, sewing machine
Getting through this fun DIY plan requires confidence when it comes to sewing and requires you to sew zippers, Velcro, and mesh. And that’s just the beginning! But the result is absolutely adorable. Look at the video to ensure you understand all the steps before beginning since there are a few tricky parts to look out for!
The plan also includes directions for redoing the stroller’s exterior. Consider adding thick mesh to the front of the buggy with a zipper to make it easy for your cat to enjoy the scenery. A zipper will also make getting your cat in and out easier.
7. DIY Jogging Pet Stroller by Zim Stroller
|Jogging stroller, tread, mesh, leash, fabric, cushion, hooks
|Needle, scissors, measuring tape, glue
This is a fantastic design for anyone looking for a sturdy DIY cat stroller that can be comfortably maneuvered over uneven terrain; it’s built on a jogging stroller base. The hardest part of the entire project may be finding a suitable jogging stroller. The plan includes a mesh canopy cover and leash attachments so cats can’t wiggle out and escape.
8. Twin Baby Buggy Conversion by Thrifty Fun
|Twin stroller, canvas, rope, hooks, grommet
|Scissors, glue gun, grommet kit
The Thrifty Fun stroller is incredibly simple and designed to be used with a carrier. First, you’ll remove the fabric from a baby buggy, leaving the frame. Then, you’ll cut thick canvas or other heavy-duty material to replace what would have been the seat, creating a sling. Use grommets to attach the canvas to the stroller frame, and your cat’s carrier rests on the canvas.
Because it works with a carrier, you don’t have to worry about sewing in mesh and zippers to keep your cat from escaping. Make sure to measure your cat’s current carrier before heading to the second-hand store to find a stroller for the project to ensure that whatever you buy is large enough. Twin buggies are just about the right size.
Where To Find Used Strollers
Baby strollers are only used for a few years, and many 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 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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