P17062: Keller's Kats Cart


Project Summary Project Information

Keller’s Kats is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization operating in the greater Rochester area through a series of foster homes that take in unwanted cats. They rescue high risk cats, such as those with disabilities and deformities, in kill shelters and take in cats from various sources. Currently Keller’s Kats has two kittens with limited mobility, Trey and Delilah. Both cats are incapable of independent use of their rear legs for movement.

The goal of this project is to create two mobility assistance devices for each cat. Each cart must take into account the kittens’ current and future growth, be tailored to the specific paralysis of each cat and enhance the quality of living for these cats. The device must be light weight, wearable for extended periods of time and fall within a budget of $250 for each cart. The goal of this device is to enhance the mobility of the cats by allowing them to travel up and down stairs, as well as function in outdoor terrain.

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Project Name
Cat Cart
Project Number
Project Family
Assistive device (nonhuman)
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Edward Hanzlik, echeee@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Karla Weller-Barkley, kellerskats@gmail.com
Sponsor (financial support)
Multidisciplinary Senior Design

Team Members

 (Left to Right) Jeff, Matthieu, Sarah and Colin

(Left to Right) Jeff, Matthieu, Sarah and Colin

Name Major Project Role Email Address
Matthieu Dora MECE Project Lead msd2311@rit.edu
Sarah Stoltzfus BME Project Manager ses6997@rit.edu
Jeff Wayman MECE Communication/Project Facilitator jaw5939@rit.edu
Colin Lemen BME EDGE Content Manager/Purchaser crl6531@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation