The Best Cat Carriers
Whether you are taking your cat just across town to the vet or around the globe on a flight, you need a carrier to contain him. There are a lot of options out there: hard carriers, soft carriers, backpack style carriers, carriers with wheels, and even strollers. They are available in a variety of sizes to meet your cat's needs, whether kitten or large adult feline. Additionally, carrier size should be taken into consideration when flying. You should always check with your individual airline's policy as carrier requirements can vary from one airline to another. You should choose a carrier with adequate ventilation and that is durable enough to last over time and possible clawing. A waterproof pet carrier can help prevent any pet accidents from seeping through the lining. It should be easy to clean. Of course, it should likewise be comfortable for your cat and easy to get him in and out, since some really dislike carriers and can put up a fight. If the carrier is comfortable for the human to carry, that's also a nice bonus.
Our Winner: Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Pet Carrier
Sleepypod prides themselves on being one of the safest pet product manufacturers, and the Sleepypod Air was put through crash testing to ensure your pet's safety in the event of an accident. This carrier measures 22 inches long by 10 inches high by 10.5 inches wide. The interior measures 21 inches long by 9.5 inches tall by 10 inches wide. It can be used for cats weighing up to 18 pounds, and the carrier itself weighs 4 pounds. You can access your pet from the top and sides. Reviewers appreciate that there are two large zipper pockets for storage while traveling. The exterior of this carrier is made of durable ballistic nylon, just like some of our favorite luggage options. The liner is water repellent to provide protection should your pet have an accident. When not in use, you can fold this carrier flat for storage. This carrier is available in multiple colors. It is expensive, but it is also certified for safety and is a luxurious travel carrier for your beloved cat.
Also Great: Sherpa Original Deluxe
The Sherpa Original Deluxe pet carrier is a comfortable, well-ventilated, soft-side carrier for your cat. It is available in three sizes: small, medium, and large. The small is appropriate for cats up to 8 pounds, the medium for cats up to 16 pounds, and the large for cats up to 22 pounds. Both top and side entry are available, which is nice as many believe that it's easier to get cats into a carrier via a top-loading method. Carry this carrier via either the padded handle or the adjustable shoulder strap, though it doesn't feel the most comfortable to wear over your shoulder. There is also a strap for seatbelt or luggage attachment.
Budget Pick: Pet Magasin Soft-Sided Cat Carrier
The Pet Magasin is a lightweight, soft-sided carrier that weighs just 2.2 pounds. It measures 18 inches by 11 inches by 10 inches. Pet Magasin says that the maximum pet weight for this carrier is 20 pounds, but it seems like that would result in a very snug fit. The floor is thinly padded to provide your cat with some comfort during transport. This carrier is made of waterproof material in case of accidents, and it is easy to wipe clean. There is a carry handle as well as a padded adjustable shoulder strap. The strap may not be the most comfortable for long hauls, but it feels durable and secure. There is also a tether inside to attach to a collar if you're worried about your cat escaping when opening the carrier. This is a budget pick carrier, and while it feels durable, the bottom does bow a little under weight when carrying a heavier cat inside. It is available in blue and orange.
If you want your cat to travel in comfort, style, and safely, we highly recommend the Sleepypod Air pet carrier. Yes, it's expensive, but your cat is worth it. It is the only pet carrier we are recommending that offers such a high standard for safety, complete with crash tests. In fact, Sleepypod even offers to replace the carrier (or even another brand's carrier!) should you and your pet be in a crash. You just need to send them pictures, a police report, and fill out a form on their website. Our runner up choice is the Sherpa Original Deluxe which is very well ventilated and durable. Finally, our budget pick for your feline friend is the Pet Magasin Soft-Sided carrier which is lightweight and can be easily folded and stored away when not in use.