|Perhaps in here, with the zipper open just enough to let in some air?|
I was considering the possibility, yes, and did not end up with an actual kitten to carry home, but I gave the question considerable thought. Could I do it if I needed? What are the options? Empty out the One Big Bag that goes on the back rack, and put him in there? Would it be too dark, scary, hot, or airless in there? Would I have to cut holes in the bag? Would the kitten mess up the inside? Or grow frightened?
What about inside my shirt, against my skin? I'm just exploring options here. Easier to keep an eye on him, a Turkish Van, by the way. He seemed big enough to hack it, but not too big. Full claws, though, as it should be, but would he freak out and use them on me in an effort to get out? That's what I might do if I found myself in a parallel situation, riding inside the shirt of a giant cat, let's say, being jostled about while he took me somewhere, I know not where, for some reason, I know not why.
Or perhaps a quickly improvised cat carrier to bungie onto the rear rack: small holes for breathing, something soft to lay on, perhaps something familiar-smelling to comfort him. That might be the best option. I don't know for sure, though.
I thought that my ability to carry a kitten home on my bicycle spontaneously, or lack thereof, would say something important about the bicycle as a means of daily transport. Does it limit options? How severely? Does it cut off some spontaneous acts while enabling others? Could you carry a kitten?