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5 Cats Who Cruise in Bike Baskets

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It’s ridiculous, right? It’s one thing to bike with your baby in tow, and it’s completely reasonable to bring your pooch along for a ride. But carrying a cat by bicycle? Although it’s not often done, it certainly can be, and it’s a lot more practical than you might think.

Cats are a lot more sensitive than dogs, and our feline friends are often homebound, especially in cities where outdoor exploration could be quite dangerous. But if you’re both a dedicated cyclist and devoted cat-owner, here are 5 cool cats who like to cruise on bikes too.

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Ultimate Guide: Train Your Dog to Ride in a Bike Basket

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What’s better than riding your bike to the park for a leisurely picnic? Riding your bike to the park with your pooch front-and-center in your new bicycle pet carrier. Are you holding back on a basket for your dog because you think he won’t stay inside? Here are 9 training tips to help keep your best friend safe and happy. Just don’t forget to bring your little buddy treats and a bowl of water for the picnic!

  1. Select a bike basket where your dog can sit comfortably inside.
  2. Add a blanket or pillow to the bottom of the basket for added comfort.
  3. Tie your dog securely in the basket with a dog harness or leash. If your want more protection for your dog, check out the Bike Basket Pet Carrier which has a cage on top of the basket.
  4. Walk the bike with your dog in the basket a few times before taking him for a real ride.
  5. While walking, talk to him and keep a hand on him, urging him to sit and relax. Reward with treats.
  6. Ride up and down the sidewalk for a few days letting him get used to the movement and turning motions. Keep your hand on him if necessary. Make the sessions short at first and gradually lengthen as he becomes more comfortable.
  7. Find a bump or rough spot like you would normally encounter while riding and go over it repeatedly and constantly reassure him each time until you notice he is able to anticipate what is going to happen and seems to be more relaxed about it.
  8. Try to anticipate things that might scare or excite your dog like riding near loud traffic, encountering large dogs, cats or squirrels and expose him to them.
  9. Reward with treats and in no time you and pooch will ride safely and stylishly.

5 Crazy Cat Lady Inspired Bike Accessoires

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Do you have a crazy cat-obsessed friend? Of course, we all do or it might even be you. We pulled together some creative cat-inspired bike accessories to honor our favorite felines. P.S. My cat, Trixie, is modeling above in the Nantucket Pet Bike Basket.

1. Belle Bike Helmet Pink Kitten custom design for $75.00 2. Up Your Alley Cat Striped Flats from Modcloth for $60.00 3. Cat Face T-Shirt on Reddit  4. Nantucket Pet Bike Basket for $100 5. Black Cat Bike Bell for $30.

 

Gifts Worth Giving: ASPCA

We love animals, seriously. Our four legged friends are the happiest of friends and family members of Eleanor’s staff. We couldn’t imagine a world without the joyful licks, walks, and the fun times with our pets in our Nantucket Bike Basket Pet Carrier. This holiday season, we strongly recommend that you consider adopting an animal or donating to an animal rescue agency. ASPCA-DogAdoption Image Courtesy of ASPCA

One of our favorite animal rescue agencies is ASPCA, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Read more about them below.

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Spotlight: Claire La Secrétaire Kitty Bell

Bike bell with kitten illustration that keeps you safe and stylish while you ride.

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Four Legs, Two Wheels: A Tribute

We love to keep our friends close and our pets closer, so we’re all about bicycle pet carriers.  For example, this one from Nantucket Bike Basket Co. (for furry friends 10lbs or less) or Basil Pluto’s pet basket for pals up to 30lbs.

But just because that’s how we choose to get around with Fido or Felix, doesn’t mean it’s the status quo.  We thought we’d take some time to appreciate the various and sundry ways Man and Beast travel together by bike.image

Image Courtesy of We Heart Vintage

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Spotlight: Nantucket Bike Basket Co. Pet Carrier

Take your pooch or kitty along for the ride in this sturdy bike pet carrier. It’s stylish (which makes you happy) and comfortable (which makes Fido happy), and it allows you to spend more quality time with your pet (which makes you both happy).

Also, check out this piece we did on biking with Woman’s best friend for more information about cycling with pets.

Why we love at Eleanor’s:With this accessory, everybody wins.

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The Cat’s Out of the Bag: 3 Ways to Carry a Cat by Bicycle

It’s ridiculous, right?  It’s one with to bike with your baby in tow, and it’s completely reasonable to bring your pooch along for a ride.  But carrying a cat by bicycle?  Although it’s not often done, it certainly can be, and it’s a lot more practical than you might think.

Cats are a lot more sensitive than dogs, and our feline friends are often homebound, especially in cities where outdoor exploration could be quite dangerous.  But if you’re both a dedicated cyclist and devoted cat-owner, you’ll be interested in this short list of ways to get from point A to point B with a feline for company, whether you’re cruising around town or taking a trip to the vet.

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1. If you’re biking with a well travelled cat-about-town, you might be able to get away with sticking him in a rear-mounted crate.  These upcycled bicycle crates are handmade from vintage materials and lend an antique air to any cycle and are a pretty sweet ride for cool cats.  

2. If you’re planning on reaching high speeds or encountering any rough terrain, however, we recommend a more secure carrier, something more along the lines of this Cocoon Cat Carrier by designer Olivier Gregoire.  The aerodynamic carrier mounts on the front of your bike and keeps kitty well insulated from overwhelming stimuli on the streets while allowing him to get plenty of fresh air.

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3. If you (or your cat) aren’t as into modernism as the above biker, we think that this Nantucket Basket Co. Pet Carrier might be more your speed.  The sturdy rattan basket gives your bike a vintage feel, while the wire cage lid keeps your kitten safe and secure.  For extra comfort, there’s even a plush pillow that’s easily removable and machine washable.image

Of course, your pet’s safety should be your first concern.  Check with your vet to make sure your cat is capable of traveling by bike, and introduce your pet to the road slowly and carefully to avoid sudden scares or anxiety.  Some of these tips for biking with your dog can be adapted for woman’s other best friend.

Dogs Who Ride

Take your pooch along for the ride in a sturdy bike pet carrier. It’s stylish (which makes you happy) and comfortable (which makes Fido happy), and it allows you to spend more quality time with your pet (which makes you both happy). Here are some pictures we found of other ladies and their furry friends.

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