thank you so much Carol!!!!
she gets excited and starts bouncing too much, I fashioned a little strap out of a sock to help keep her in.
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She played for about 40 minutes in the cart, then I needed to get other things done. This is definitely going to change her world!
She needs the front leg holes adjusted and some way that she can see out, maybe some nylon mesh can be worked in.
Based on the height you have, it doesn't appear to need all the extra velcro, do you think it will stay fastened with just one row? Because now I can see where to put it. The side flaps can be shorter. It helps a lot seeing her in it.
I have enough fabric for another saddle, and it's washed.
How is the measure between the leg holes?
40 minutes. Wow!!!!
Went to Joann today and got 1/2 yard of double-faced quilted cotton fabric with polyester batt. They had soft pink, teal, royal blue, midnight blue (dark navy), red, white, black, and oatmeal. Decided on royal blue for today, but if you like any of the other colors, I could go back later and get that for the other saddle, you can think about it. If you want black to really hide the fur, I can just put a table lamp on the file cabinet for more light and it will be fine.
Then they had pet screen (!!!) so I got 1/2 yd which should be enough to make 2 saddles. We can work that in on each side so she has the screen in her field of peripheral vision so she can see to drive. The stuff is super strong, I don't anticipate her tearing it. The saddle will probably need to be drip dry though.
The blue in is the wash, I'm hoping to sew it tomorrow. Post Office is closed Monday, so will probably mail Tuesday.
The first thing you find out about pet screen is it isn't quite square. I wanted to cut it along the lines on all sides because it wasn't quite straight when I bought it. I got a half yard so this piece is 18 x 35 before I do anything with it. Even with it cut along the lines on all sides it was not square. It either got stretched during manufacture, or wrapping onto the bolt, or being wrapped and unwrapped repeatedly on the cutting table, or something. I tried holding diagonal corners and pulling several times and wasn't making much progress. Then I put my foot on one corner and pulled up on the diagonal corner and it started to right itself. Think it's pretty square now, I should measure it on the diagonal from opposite corners both ways to be sure. Want it square so when I use the sewing machine I will be sinking the needle along one single track of holes.
EDIT: You have to measure it on the diagonal both ways, I thought it looked square and got 39" one way and 40" the other, needed to pull some more. Hard to get it perfectly square and not sure if it will stay that way but we'll do our best.
SECOND EDIT: You know, if the whole thing was pet screen, imagine how easy that would be to wash. You could put the whole walker in the bathtub and turn on the shower. You would still bind the leg holes. I wonder how comfortable it would be.
THIRD EDIT: Also discovered you can safety pin pet screen. The reason for doing it might be because you can't sew or don't want to pay for velcro, or are doing a fitting on the height of the saddle before sewing velcro on (wish I could but she's a 1000 miles away), or if you don't want velcro because it's a taller cat and you don't want to block the field of vision (you could make the cart taller if that was the case, also). Will try to get a pic of safety pinning pet screen, shown on PVC pipe as a demo.
FOURTH EDIT: This saddle will be a quilt-and-screen combo. There will be enough screen left over to make a little sample leg hole and put binding on to see if it is comfortable. I will send that sample along when I send the combo saddle. At first I was thinking of just going to Joann tomorrow and getting more pet screen and sending 2 saddles, one combo and one pet screen only, because it won't take long to make that all-pet screen one, just cut and bind leg holes, throw in 8 safety pins, done. But it's a holiday and I'm afraid they'll be crowded worse than usual.
FIFTH EDIT: It's 4:25 pm and the quilted part is done. Was measuring to put the screen on. The idea is to have the quilted part under her body, then the screen up both sides and it wraps over the frame and velcros in place like the first saddle. But there will be some velcro blocking the uppermost part of her view near the top. Had a thought...
Wouldn't it be possible if someone was making a cart like this, to use adhesive velcro (glue on the back) and affix the adhesive velcro right to the PVC frame? Then you sew the loop velcro on the end of the petscreen and you can suspend the saddle by velcro-ing it directly to the top of the frame. I'm almost sure it would work, but if your side bars on your frame move they might spin with enough weight. It would still be height adjustable but it would block less view in her upper line of sight. Something to think about.
BendyMom, I got the sizing as close as I could going only from pictures, but those were really good pictures. The back legs are the size of a Fancy Feast can, the front I used a tomato paste can. I moved her position closer to the front edge so she can see out better, and I hope the screen will allow her to see on both sides.
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Ishkur is doing very well in her cart, although right now she keeps pulling her feet up and using it as a hammock, silly cat.
She definitely likes being upright. Thanks again!
I wonder if she's using it as a hammock because the legs are not comfortable for her now. She wasn't doing that before when they were too big. Wonder if they are too small now.
The blue saddle pictured above turned out to be too low so I made another one with the velcro in a different place and we are waiting for it to arrive so she can try it.
I wanted to share what I learned from additional sewing with pet screen. One thing is, you can go as fast as you want when sewing it. Also, you do not have to be careful handling it. You can roll it, fold it, or even wad it up in your hand and really scrunch it and it will bounce back like it never happened. It doesn't maintain a crease or hold wrinkles. So you don't have to baby it when sewing.
After doing a lot more stitching of velcro, I had no more snags or breaks and I don't know why. The time it was breaking it was white velcro and blue thread, and the time it didn't break was black velcro and charcoal thread. Both spools of thread were Coats & Clark all purpose 100% polyester. The velcro in both cases was 2" wide Velcro brand, the only difference was the black was by the yard at Joann and the white was prepackaged at Walmart.
That was the other thing I learned. If you can't find black velcro anywhere, they have it by the yard at Joann. It was in the aisle with notions. You take the big cardboard spool up to the counter and they will cut it, or you can buy a whole spool (5 yds).
And the other thing I learned (if you don't normally shop at Joann very often) is when you go they may give you a 50% off coupon for your next visit. I was just lucky I didn't buy velcro the first trip, because I got if half price when I went back looking for black velcro later.
And something I wanted to clarify that I don't think I said earlier is, they have screen referred to as pet screen at Lowe's and Home Depot. As far as I can tell it is not the same stuff as I am using. The kind at Joann is 70% PVC and 30% polyester. The kind at the home improvement stores appears to be fiberglass.
On my last trip to Joann to get bias tape, I discovered they have fleece bias tape. We are going to try making a saddle of all pet screen with fleece around the leg holes, and velcro. Will report back if it works or is a flop.
Here are picts from today
I think she is using it as a hammock because it is comfy and she is a cat, and making it walk is work.
Her symptoms have really improved. She has completely stopped teh wierd curling tick behavior she did with her body and now her eyes don't jump around so much. She had insane nystagmus when she arrived, now she can actually focus on things. Her pupils still change size with a will of their own.
I love seeing her improve!