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A must for my my impossible-to-medicate cat. I like the adjustable neck velcro enclosure which prevents my cat from retreating her head inward (if you tried burrito-ing your cat into a towel, you'll know it's difficult to control). I also like the top zipper and upper back opening, which can expose it's upper back, and should eventually help with B12 injections at that very spot behind the clavicules. The bag is sturdy, well-made. The inside is full of scratches from kitty's protests but with sound construction, it's holding nicely. Multiple openings and adjustments, solid and effective. Thank you!
It is flimsy. I also found I could not get the cat into it without blood leakage from me. I have a new scar. I am extremely disappointed in the quality and the fact they don't take returns. If your cat is calm enough to go in then you probably don't need it.
Like all things where cats are involved, I had no idea if my kitty would tolerate this thing. I had to try something since the last vet visit with my 20 lb. cat ended with them getting no blood from him but him getting blood from me. It's amazing how strong cats can be! Since he is getting older it is more important that blood work can be obtained and monitored. Last year we tried to wrap him in a blanket but he fought so hard it was impossible to treat him. And the stress on him was very distressing to me! Not to mention the massive wounds I took in the process.
When I was researching these bags I noticed the different features. This was the only bag I found with all the features I consider important. Namely: the long zipper along the top is a 2-way zipper, there are zippers in all four corners (where feet/legs would be), the fabric is thick and sturdy (so kitty can't rip through it), and there is no mesh or other fabric kitty can get his claws stuck in. In short, all areas of kitty can be reached without risking escape or attack. For these reasons, the extra cost was worth it.
Luckily, kitty is pretty calm at the vet until the prodding starts so I was able to get him into the bag easily. It was key to get the neck strap tight enough that he couldn't pull his head into the bag. Once he was in there I kept him busy, petting his head and talking to him, while the vet released a back leg and got a blood sample. Knowing what a cat is thinking is impossible, but I think the bag serves a bit like a "thundershirt" and produces a calming effect.
I don't know if kitty will tolerate this bag so well next time, but, as for now, I'm a HUGE fan. And, if he happens to get super mad next time, I know his claws can't get to me!
A side note - I also purchased a kitty muzzle in case he still put up a fight. Fortunately, he didn't need it.
This restraint bag is everything it claims to be. We have a large male tabby that requires a daily oral medication via a syringe. Though the process does not hurt him, he fights and struggles during the entire time. Previously we used towels to wrap him up like a burrito which he always escaped from. Then bought another less expensive bag that was way too small. Needless to say after every attempt to medicate him, we walked away with bloody scratches even though he is normally a gentle lap cat. Finally we found this bag and it is perfect. He struggles, but we are safe and he gets his medication. To compensate, we always give him a few treats for being a 'good boy'.
I have a cat who is impossible to hydrate, but needs it. This fit her body well, and the neck strap was the only thing that made the whole procedure possible. However, suggest a two-way zipper so you can choose where it opens--Velcro strap is right over nape of neck, which is where one must administer subcutaneous fluids. This was a heroic struggle but we eventually got the fluid into her. Getting her into the device next time may be tricky...
We recently adopted a formerly feral, 8-year-old, 15-pound male cat. To prevent scratching damage to our furniture and rugs, we decided to put Safe Claws (plastic tips) on his front nails. Having had cats before, we knew what an ordeal it could be--cats can be strong willed and powerful wrigglers. We purchased this Cat Restraint Bag and were amazed at how easy it made the safety nail application. The bag is well made, sturdy, and easy to get the cat into. It has a velcro closure at the neck, and has a zipper opening at each leg, along the back, and on each side. Once inescapably inside the bag, Cody (our cat) resigned himself to the process. We accessed one paw at a time without problem. The bag would be great if you have to give your cat injections as well. I strongly recommend this product.
So, the original posting does describe a size or anything- and i have an adult bombay cat.... i'm waiting for this restrainer to come so that i can give my fully adult bombay feisty fella life-saving medicine- and i pull it out. It looks like good material and construction only it's micro-sized- basically for a kitten. What a disappointment. Apparently it defaults to size (s) and you don't even get a choice--- this needs to be offered on this landing page in all options---- or, at the least, clear that it is a size small and the dimensions. (It's a shame they don't offer t in non-kitten size!)
What a disappointment due to inadequate descriptions and advertising on Amazon!
We have a cat that is scared to death of leaving the house-hates the plastic carriers - we end up being shredded if we try to get him in one. We needed to get Mr. Pepper to the vet for his annual check up and after numerous attempts in the past, I found this bag. What a saving grace. We put him on top of the open bag, quickly attached the Velcro straps around his shoulders and neck and simply zipped him up - Totally restrained - comfortable - didn't hurt at all - carried him out to the car - buckled him up - Got him to the vet! Yes- he screamed the whole way, but we got him there - He walked out of the bag in the vet office and the vet did their thing - He actually was happy to be put back in the bag at the end and didn't cry in the car on the way home. The bag was extremely sturdy! Puncture resistant! Absolutely Loved It! A must have for a nervous/neurotic cat!
Review date 6/11/2020. Review for After Surgery Wear Premium Cat Restraint Bag = Vetmed Solutions Cat restraint bag, size Large. This is the most well designed and made cat restraint bag I have ever purchased. I originally ordered the medium size but had to return it because it was too short for our cat. Our cat weighs less than 10 pounds but has a long body and long tail, when compared to the medium size of this product. The large size is much larger and too wide but does the job. The neck area stays securely closed with generously supplied velcro and adjusts well to our cat's neck size. The Velcro flap near the neck area makes it impossible for a cat to bust out of this device. It is entirely made of "100% polyester" which appears to be laminated to some type of plastic. Have not gotten accidentally scratched by cat's claws due to the solid, laminated fabric. It does have a chemical smell, which I believe will dissipate with time. The top zipper runs the full length of the bag. 4 additional zippers below allow the clipping of cat's claws when needed. This product is not designed for bathing a cat. Essential for cat tasks such as brushing cat's teeth, checking or cleaning cat's ears or giving cat medicine. Product description on Amazon should include some type of size/dimension/weight chart from the manufacturer to help customers select the right size. The sizes seem to run small. Package insert indicates it is made in Poland. Cleaning instructions are "machine wash warm, do not tumble dry, bleach or iron. Hang to dry."