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Things To Consider When Purchasing A Pet Stroller

#1. Pet Stroller Capacity

Pet stroller weight capacity is not an issue if you have a small dog or cat but if you want to stroll a large pet (greater than 25 lbs.) then this is something you need to consider. Not all pet strollers are designed to carry large pets. If you have a large dog or pet then make sure you purchase a stroller that can support the weight of your pet.

#2. Pet Stroller Color

Pet strollers come in a wide variety of fashionable colors and you will want to take this in account when purchasing your stroller.

#3. Pet Stroller Functionality: Detachable Carriers and Travel Strollers

Some pet strollers come with detachable carriers that separate from the stroller frame. Detachable carriers are useful if you want to transport your pet by hand in the carrier over short distances. They are also handy if you want to leave your pet in the carrier somewhere rather than on the stroller. All of the Kittywalk strollers come with detachable carriers.

“Travel” strollers have detachable carriers that can be used to safely transport your pet in the car or on a plane. Travel strollers are designed for long trips.

#4. Pet Stroller Use: Jogging or Strolling?

If you plan on jogging with your pet then you need to purchase a jogging stroller. Jogging strollers have three wheels instead of four to provide maximum stability. The wheels are typically large, treaded, and often include shock absorbers. The frame is stronger than regular pet stroller. All of these feature provide a stable platform for pushing the stroller at higher speeds.

#5. Pet Stroller Storage Space

You will need a dog or cat stroller with a lot of storage space if you are planning on taking your pet on extended outdoor adventures. Different pet strollers have different amount of cargo storage space. Some have pockets mounted to the stroller frame or pet carrier. “Parent Trays” are often a common feature. Parent trays are storage trays that are typically located on top of the stroller handles. These trays can be used to carry small items like drinks, keys, cell phones, or treats for your dog or cat. Don’t forget to take stroller storage space into account as you are making your purchasing decision.

#6. Pet Stroller Price

  • Make sure you consider shipping charges in the total cost of the purchase
  • Make sure you read the return policies to find a retailer with a fair return policy
  • Make sure the retailer can ship your product quickly
  • Do not purchase from an online store that doesn’t post stroller ratings, comments, and testimonials from its customers

#7. Pet Stroller Quality

The demand for cat and dog strollers has grown significantly over the last several years and as a result we’ve noticed that some cheap look-alike strollers have reached the market. They have similar designs as the name brands (Pet Gear, Happy Trails, Jeep, Pet Valet, and Kittywalk) but these knock-offs are not made with the same quality construction and materials. As a result they typically have much higher return rates and may be unsafe for your pet. We recommend that you purchase your stroller from a well established stroller store.