Two-door, top-load model allows for easy loading of your cat or dog
Measures 23x15x13 inches (LxWxH)
Top door can open to the left or right for easy access and convenience
Included screws can be used to further secure the top and bottom of kennel for added reinforcement
Made of durable plastic with a steel-wire front door
★★★★1210 real customer reviews average rating: 4.2 stars (scroll to see all)
5 Stars By Frank J. Wilson on 2016-08-26 Kitty gotta new house or so she thinks! We have an older cat and she has never liked any carrier. Getting her in and out of her old carrier was a nightmare for us and our cat. She's getting older and she's starting to have some medical issues which meant more trips to the vet. We just love our kitty and needed to find a better way to get her in and out of a carrier. We wanted something that keeps her as calm as possible while getting her in and out, it had to be safe, easily secured in our vehicle when we transport her and be as gentle on her as possible to and from the vet. When we saw the AlumiGogoBasics 23-Inch Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel with the open top feature and so many great reviews we decide to give this a try. When it arrived I put it together which was very easy. I opened the top, door, put some soft towels and a t-shirt I wore inside to make her comfortable. Within a few minutes she walked in on her own with no incentives (treats) and took a nap. Ever since we got this carrier she sleeps in it everyday. Even after a trip to the vet she still goes in on her own and sleeps or just hangs out inside the carrier. I think its because of the open top, open door, she can see through the holes on the sides, and back which make her feel safe. At one point she spent so much time in the carrier that we had to call her repeatedly to get her to come out. After a few weeks she went back to being our very social kitty although she still sleeps and hangs out in her carrier everyday. I would recommend this carrier to family and friends. If you find this review helpful please like the review. Thank You! One other tip to get your dog or cat into the carrier or make them feel more secure in the carrier is to place a t-shirt or any other article of clothing that you and/or family members have worn overnight or for six or more hours in the carrier. By doing this your pet will smell your scent which will make them feel more secure. This work well with pets that need to be crated or placed in a room for periods of time, just like the carrier place any article of clothing that has been worn for six or more hours inside the crate/room.
5 Stars By Lisa Brandt on 2015-07-28 Very easy to use, even with difficult cats I have four rescued cats who are all fearful of being confined. They are very hard to load into a carrier to go to the vet, and sometimes mess in the carrier out of pure terror. This is the best carrier I have found for them. It is very sturdy and will not leak a mess onto my car seat. The top door will stay open so that I can pick up a cat , quickly take it to where the carrier has been out of view, and drop it in before it knows what's going on. The door is then easy to shut and lock without losing the cat or injury to me. They can leave by way of the front door once at the vet's, and two of them will even walk back through the front door to go home (the other two just plain hate being in a carrier, going home or not). Please don't think I'm just incompetent at loading cats. I've had several purebred cats born to tame mothers, and I never had problems putting them in a carrier. Wild born cats (especially my 10-year-old who had been wild-born and then abandoned by the first person who adopted him) can be extremely sweet and loving while indoors in a secure home, and still terrified of strangers and confinement.
I would recommend this carrier to anyone, but especially older or mobility-challenged cat owners, as well as those who have cats with an unfortunate life history, excessive timidity, or who tend to claw and/or bite when they see the carrier coming.
4 Stars By idlezork on 2015-11-02 Assembly is meh but my cat loves it When I adopted Nemo back in May, the shelter gave me a cardboard carrier. Ever since then that box has been his favorite hide out place. He goes there when he's afraid or when he wants to take a nap. He is very shy and easily frightened by new environment. Over the past six months I've laid out several different size of AlumiGogo boxes in his playroom: smaller, larger, wider, narrower, etc. He would sniff them for a while, maybe headbutt/scratch around the corners, but he would not get in any of them. When I assembled and put this in his room, he also hesitated at the beginning, but all I needed to change his mind was a few cat treats. Now this has become his new favorite hide out spot! Nemo is 13 pounds, and I was debating whether to get the 19" or the 23" one. I finally settled for 23" just to give him more room and I am glad I did. He looks very relaxed in it.
As for my side of the story, well it's a decent carrier but not the best. The assembly took awhile. You need to tilt the carrier here and there in order to make all the parts fit into the holes that they are supposed to go into. Overall at this price I think it's a good buy.
5 Stars By Merlynus on 2017-02-14 Well made and great price! Excellent pet carrier for the price. I was hesitant after some poor reviews but took a chance anyway. I am glad I did. Assembly is not difficult if one has common sense. No need for directions. The tricky part is assembling the door. Put the top and bottom of crate together on one side while slipping the fixed rods of the door into the holes. Then squeeze the door handle to pull those rods in and close the door. The space at the top and bottom of the door must slide over the tabs of the crate (Picture 1 and 2). Then secure the other side of the crate with the latches. After closing all the latches you can use the supplied screws to permanently hold top and bottom together (picture 3). I did this as it ensures the unit will not come apart accidentally. As far as the unit coming apart when carried from the handle goes, it sounds like user error. Be sure the top locks are secured and snapped in place (picture 4). I did this and loaded the crate with 15 pounds of weight plates and swung the unit around by the handle. It held up without any problem. I then placed my large cat ( 12 pounds) inside and she fit in comfortably. This is a great unit for the price if assembled correctly.
1 Stars By CalifCats on 2015-09-24 DANGEROUS! Top door fasteners not secure! Top easily opens when you carry this carrier!! Negative 10 stars if possible. DANGEROUS!! The top door fasteners do not stay in place, allowing the top door to OPEN when you are carrying the carrier. The problem seems to be the long rotating rods/ pins that are supposed to stay in place... they do not. They slip and rotate when you pull on the top handle (as you must when you are carrying the carrier) and this allows the rods to move to the open position. I noticed this on the trip to the vet, and even discussed this problem with a vet tech who was putting the kittens back into the carrier. We made sure the top door was as secure as can be for the trip home. Near tragedy on the trip home: I was carrying two kittens (less weight than a single adult cat) and when I lifted the carrier out of my car by the handle the whole top door came open. The rods/ fasteners had been in the correct position when I put the carrier in the car. At that point the corner of the carrier hit the ground, which jarred open the front door as well! The kittens almost escaped into a busy parking lot. Fortunately they were really relaxed kittens and they did not bolt through either open door, so I had time to secure both doors. After that I carried this carrier in my arms like a box, and did not touch the handle. I can't emphasize how dangerous this carrier is. A carrier is supposed to keep an animal secure, and this carrier fails that test with even light use. Background info: I have been doing cat rescue for three decades, and have made THOUSANDS of trips with carriers of all types. I am extremely careful to secure all doors, but with this carrier that is impossible. Simply carrying by the top handle causes the closure rods to rotate to an open position. I guess that is why NO OTHER PET CARRIERS USE THIS CLOSURE MECHANISM. This carrier is dangerous and should be recalled. Please do not trust your pet's safety to this carrier.
1 Stars By Brian Morilak on 2018-02-01 Top Lid is Not Secure! The actual material is good and the two halves fit together fine, but my issue is with the top lid. The latching mechanism does not stay closed - there is a design tolerance issue with the engagement of the locking pin cylinder with its cut out. See the videos for more details. They have come undone with cat inside of the carrier before and I have had to hold the carrier from underneath to prevent the top lid from coming off. The top door needs to be redesigned.
1 Stars By David Boudreau on 2016-05-29 A Good Idea Weakly Executed Normally I’m a big fan of AlumiGogo Basics items - they’re usually excellent products at excellent prices - but I can’t say the same for this carrier. At first impression, it’s not bad- the material is a heavy-duty plastic, the top securely attaches to the bottom and the reversible door closes securely. However, the main reason I went with this carrier was the top access door, and that’s the problem. It’s a great idea: it’s the rare cat who willingly enters the carrier, and the open top makes it much easier with a less-than-cooperative cat. The problem is with the construction of this particular top. It's secured by two metal rods, one along each long side of the door, that snap into place at one end. My first complaint is the levers on the snap-in ends that actually release the door- they’re hard to get at, with nothing to grab hold of and little room for your finger - a minor aggravation, but still an aggravation. What’s worse is that those ends of the rods just snap into place in a slot in the plastic- it may be tight now, but the rods or slots will definitely get loose through wear over time. And since the carrying handle is attached to this door, if those rods pop out, the whole thing would drop with the top open. They need a more secure method of locking in place. However, the thing that scares me most is that even with just my 8-pound cat in there, the support rods themselves bowed, and the top was ready to pull off just by lifting the carrier. I didn’t dare carry it by just the handle. Granted, there are clips so you could use a shoulder strap (not included) instead of the handle, but I shouldn’t have to. As I said, I love the idea of the top-access door, but this carrier is not the one to get.
1 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2015-10-19 Top loader is not secure for holding and transit Great concept, poor design. We assembled as instructed, fairly easy to put together and the bolts kept the unit in one piece. But during the first transport, carrying the item with the weight of an 11lb cat inside, the top came off in my husbands hands while crossing the street. the carrier fell to the street and the front door came open. luckily the cat stayed inside and traffic stopped.
Not a good situation with an already stressed and hurt cat. We are disappointed in this product as we are starting to like and purchase more 'AlumiGogo Basics' items.
1 Stars By Zoe Danner on 2017-01-06 Disappointing and dangerous I had the same experience as all the other one-star reviewers who stated that the top door was not secure. I used this to take my small, elderly, 9-lb cat to the vet, and the mechanisms that keep the top secure kept popping into the upright (non-secure) position whenever I would use the top handle, and the plastic would bend under the weight of the carrier. I was so afraid that the top would break off and that my cat would fall and escape that I ended up carrying the carrier in front of me like a box. If you're looking for a sturdy, convenient carrier that will keep your pet safe, look elsewhere. Bummer-- I generally love AlumiGogoBasics products.
2 Stars By J. Adams on 2016-06-13 Warning, do not carry pets by the top handle!!! There are two serious design flaws in this carrier:
(1) The top panel comes off when you carry something as light as a 5 pound puppy in it. Since the handle is attached to the panel, it spills the puppy out on to the ground from carrying height. I was lucky, and the carrier was very close to the ground when this happened. It was the first time that I used it, and I thought that I had made a mistake. Since then, I figured out that the pins in front come out with only a little weight in the carrier. This causes the contents of the crate to spill to the ground.
(2) The latches brake off. The carrier comes with screws. So, you can bolt the top and bottom together, but that defeats the purpose of having the top half easily slip off.
If you don't mind carrying this carrier from the bottom, and don't need to separate the top from the bottom, this carrier will probably suit your needs.