Ok, this isn't some diatribe on CEO pay or anything like that. It's literally about fat cats. Mine. And how they're getting too heavy for me to single handedly get them down the four flights of stairs from my fourth floor apartment to the safe ground below in case of fire or other such emergency. I found out firsthand the difficulties last Sunday when my apartment building had a fire alarm go off (false alarm, thankfully, although lugging fat cats left me sore for a couple days afterwards).
Anyway, I decided to go online and check out what kind of options are available for transporting heavy pets around without needing to pump iron to get ready for the experience. I mean, there has to have been some innovation in the last couple years, I'm thinking -- we can send a man to the moon so surely there are better ways to herd (ahem) cats.
I was terribly disappointed with PetSmart's Web site's assortment of cat carriers. From what I could tell, it only had a few options, and they were mostly the old school square boxes with a handle. Of 18 results on the page, some of them were cat doors (NOT what I'm looking for) and cat "playpens" (those look like cages to me).
Then... there was Target. They had everything from "handbags" for small dogs (thanks a lot, Paris) to wheeled "sherpas." There were even totes that it looked like you could theoretically drape over yourself if you needed to load yourself up like a pack animal to get your pack of animals out of a burning building. The selection was much more copious diverse.
I'll probably end up doing an in-store compare and contrast of the options, but I was shocked that my online shopping search yielded such different results. I'd kind of thought of PetSmart as a sort of Target for pets, so the idea that Target seemed to beat them hands down in selection (online anyway) seemed nothing short of bizarre. PetSmart, pets are your specialty! What gives? Maybe I'm just being catty, though.