Friday, August 20, 2010

Sturdi Boxes

We jumped at an opportunity to test some SturdiBox Foldables and 4 colorful boxes arrived shortly: 2 cup, 1/2 gallon, 1 gallon and 2 gallon.

This is what they looked like when we unfolded them.
The strap on the bottom left snaps on the side so we don't chew it.   When the box is clean and dry, your human just unsnaps it, folds up the box and re-snaps it. The lining is made of urethane coated nylon taffeta and the outside is 600 denier polyester. The box is machine washable in cold or warm water and can be air dried or thrown in the dryer for under 5 minutes on low heat.  (Jan didn't test it in the washing machine.  She just washed it when she washed dishes.)

Possible uses:
A water or food bowl for pets.  Great for long walks, camping or hiking.
Llitter needs of your cat.  (Jan likes it as a water bowl for us dogs, so if she wanted to try it as an emergency or travel litter box she'd not want to use it again for water.)
A portable sink for backpacking or camping.
Storage or organization. (We should get Jan a kaboodle dozen of these!)

Buddy and Sam couldn't wait to try one. After Jan washed it, she filled the gallon box with water and Buddy took a drink.  Sam paced while waiting his turn.

Buddy continued drinking. Sam stopped pacing and lay down. "What's with Buddy's imitation of a camel? Isn't it my turn yet?

Pay no attention to Sam. He did get a drink.Eventually.

When the weather got hot, Cotton moved into the bathroom and only comes out to eat and use the litter box. She wouldn't leave the room to get a drink of water, so Jan filled the smallest Sturdi Box with water and placed it in the bathroom. This worked really well for Cotton. For Jan, it was a disaster. It wasn't that the box didn't hold the water. It did. As long as Jan stayed out of the room. She kept backing up, kicking it and flooding the bathroom floor. (It's a small room.  And as we've mentioned a time or two, Jan's a klutz.)

Jan has a fear of creepy crawlies and snakes, so she's not planning to take us camping.  But one of these portable boxes is pretty handy for when we walk Jan twice a day.  It's so hot and humid that water sure does taste good..   

And we want to include some Sturdi pet travel tips for humans who hit the road with their furry friends,

Safety First! Here are Top 5 Car Travel Trip Tips for Small Dogs and Cats: 
Safe car containment.  Sturdi Cargo Pop Ups work well in providing a zone of safety and shelter for your pet in the car. 
Fluids. Ensure that your pet is well hydrated during these hot summer months by bringing a clean source of drinking water in the car. 
Beat the heat. Never leave your pet unattended in the car. The heat for even for ten minutes can be very dangerous. 
Plan for breaks. Treat your pet like any traveling partner, whenever you take a break let your pet take a break as well. 
Control nausea. If your pet is prone to car sickness there are several natural remedies you can try, including Rescue Remedy to help prevent nausea. Always check with your vet first and practice driving short distances with your pet before jumping on the open road for an extended road trip. 

You can learn more at

We were not paid for  testing the Sturdi Product or writing this review. Any opinions expressed are our own.


  1. Furri interesting!

    Khyra aand Khousin Merdi ;-)

  2. Thank you for the lovely tribute to Fat Eric, and for all the kind thoughts.


  3. These Sturdi Boxes sound pretty cool!

  4. These sturdi boxes are great!! I actually saw one (or it looked like one!) when we were having a picnic in regent's park. The woman had two doggies, took out this foldable thingie, opened it up and filled it with water!! The doggies loved it! I thought then oooh that's handy - so I think these are them. Great stuff!

    Take care

  5. Hey, I could play in those too!

  6. Wow, those boxes are cool. Sam would jump right in!

    Hello Funny Farmers!!!

    Hello Auntie Jan!!!

  7. Those are neat...just the thing to put those dang slidy plastic bags into in the back of my car! hmmmm, I'm gonna check these out. Thanks!
    MomKat Trish

  8. Sam made us larf owt loud wiv his comments about Buddy doing a camel interpretation!

    Have a great weekend efurrybuddy!

  9. Wish I would have thought of those sturdi boxes. They're great!

  10. Those look pretty useful. Fenris might even get to go camping with the beans one day.

    Tell Jan not to feel bad Artemisia turns our water over.

  11. Oh this is GREAT... Just great. Did you know my mom is a bit OCD about containers? Now she's going to have to completely redo our "go-bag". Cause she sais these are way better than the disposible litter/water/food bowls and will fit in the pack better.
    Thanks Jan... i Guess.

  12. Good review - those boxes look like they could be very useful.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  13. Those do look pretty cool.. All kinds of uses come to mind..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  14. Gee!!!!!!!!! Those boxes ARE pretty nifty and seem to have many uses!!! Cool :)
    Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

  15. Pretty good review of the Sturdi Boxes!
    Kisses and hugs


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