Nope, no man bag here. The only time my girls really go outside is to the vets. Socks is terrified of being outside. Wilma is ok on her harness but if she ever got loose she'd be gone like a shot. Athena hasn't been outside yet (other than trips to the vet).
Only issue is I'm trying to find something that would be desceet he is taken every weekend to my parents house and has a complete set up there and a doting grandma. Only problem is that if/when I make the trip I'm unable to stop (feel comfortable stopping, cause of our lab ) or go into get gas, grab something on the way
What I want is a nice secure bag that doesn't scream-- there is a ferret in here. And isn't pink lol
If you're really concerned with people judging you over carrying a bag, get a backpack and line the inside with something sturdy so you don't squish the little one. Otherwise, a tote bag with a closing mechanism would probably work. Why can't you use something like a cat carrier?
I think I know what you mean, Something safe and secure for your little guy that you can also take into anywhere you need to stop off at without the world asking to see him, staring at him and possible not allowing him in.... Am I on the right lines.
I think your best bet is going to be something like an over the shoulder gym bag. Something similar to the first link above but no so pet obvious. www.amazon.co.uk/Cities-Sport-Duffel-Liters-Black/dp/B00H1VLGPY/ref=sr_1_4?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1441879572&sr=1-4 You can find similar ones around but I'd look for quite a firm well padded one. Might be a case of having him in a cat carrier in the car (more safe around Fido) and pulling this out to put him in when you stop. Have a cozy blanket in the middle and hope he doesn't figure out the zips. You could even use the end pockets (most of them have one on each end) for wallet, etc which makes it appear like you have a reason to bring it into the store with you.
I took one of my ferrets to the vet on the bus when my car had broken down. He wasn't 100% so that probably helped, but rather than use the cat carrier to lug around I put a blanket in my handbag, zipped it up with a gap so he could stick his head out and he had his harness and lead on as well. He stuck his head out while we walked down the street but then curled up and had a nap until we got on the bus. He's pretty good at letting me know when he needs to go potty and managed the 30 minute bus drive, waiting at the vets then asked to go. I took him outside to a random corner and he went, we went back in and they were all impressed. It felt weird using a dog poo bag with such a tiny poo! I'm used to my dogs, well, dog sized ones.
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Why not get a small pet carrier? If you're worried about looks, I think pet carrier would look more appropriate than a cloth bag, but a carrier pretty much advertises Pet On Board. As far as taking them along where you go, it's really up to the individual business. We've had ferrets in places like Lowe's and our banks, but once years ago I tried to take one into Sam's Club in a ferret backpack and they said no. NOwadays I see small dogs in grocery stores quite often. I don't fight about it if I get told no, so if we bring one along we're prepared to skip that errand until later. We don't take them into a lot of places, because we don't like rejection, and having lived in Florida it was too blinkin hot to leave them in the car.
When I would take my little ones on the subway, I would use one of the plastic typical pet carriers and just drape a towel over the front where the open bars are. Otherwise a million people would ask me what's inside, can I see, etc. or make a fuss about it. Plus that riled up my ferrets and they would go crazy scratching the carrier. The towel made it nice and dark inside and seemed to broadcast to people that I didn't want my pets to be bothered.
I took them into convenience stores, coffee shops, and casual restaurants like this and never had a problem. I think if you act like it's not an issue, most people follow your lead.