Cat Carrier Buyer’s Guide

Your cat’s travel safety relies on a quality pet carrier. Whether for quick jaunts to the veterinarian or expeditions around the world, your pet carrier needs to offer comfort, safety, and security. This helps reduce stress levels and protect your cat while she’s on unfamiliar grounds.

Many cat carrier styles are available. Choose one based on the following criteria:


Large enough for your cat to turn freely, stand, and lay down inside, with ample space for food and/or water dishes. For longer trips, it should also accommodate a small litter box.


Sturdy with doors that securely latch or zipper is best. A water-resistant bottom with an absorbent pad inside helps contain any accidents and cushion your pet’s ride, so a removable fleece liner for extra comfort is a plus.


The most important feature of any carrier, designed for any distance of travel. Choose a carrier with at least three sides of ventilation.


Zippered pockets, leash clips, and carry straps make for convenient travel.

If you are traveling by airplane, consult your airline for their specific size, ventilation, strength, sanitation, and design requirements.

Our Recommendations


Sleepypod Air is a revolutionary carrier that redefines in-cabin pet travel. Air adapts to the various under-seat storage requirements set by different airlines while providing maximum comfort for your jet set pet.

Sleepypod Air in-Cabin Pet Carrier

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Pet Gear Travel Lite Pet Stroller for cats and dogs up to 15-pounds—a great way to take your pet with you on a long walk through the park.

Pet Gear Travel Lite Pet Stroller for Cats and Dogs up to 15-pounds

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Petmate Vari Kennel Ultra Fashion is the key to safe, hassle-free travel for your pets.


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Pet Gear Ultra-Lite Pet Stroller is an ideal way for you to take your puppy, small dog, cat and other small animal anywhere you go.

Pet Gear No-Zip Happy Trails Pet Stroller for Cats/Dogs, Zipperless Entry

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