Best* Cat Carriers

Ensure your kitty is traveling in comfort with one of our best-selling cat carriers.

 
 

Pet parent faves

A cat carrier is a great way to bring your favorite feline on lots of fun adventures, whether that’s air travel, road trips or just routine visits to the vet. You want your pet to be as comfy as possible during travel, so check out our best-selling cat carriers as chosen by Petco’s pet parent customers.

Sherpa Bubble Cat Carrier Backpack

The Best Cat Carrier for Anxious Cats:


Sherpa

Bubble Cat Carrier Backpack

This attractive best-selling cat carrier bag is #1 on our list—the faux leather and sleek design are attractive and functional. It features has a bubble window so your curious kitty can see exactly what’s happening outside. There’s plenty of ventilation on the front and sides for proper airflow and multiple zippers for easy entry and exit. The backpack is designed for comfort with a padded shoulder strap and top handle.

Features:
  • Size: Small
  • Bubble can be switched for a plastic screen
  • High-quality lined faux leather
  • Ventilation openings on front and side
  • Features a machine-washable liner
  • Locking zippers to keep your cat secure
  • Plastic-finish flooring
  • Padded straps for comfortable carrying

Bergan Heather Gray Cat Carrier


Bergan

Heather Gray Cat Carrier

This soft cat carrier may be perfect for curious felines who need to know what’s going on at all times—it features a panoramic viewing window giving them the perfect window seat for travel and is airline compliant. Its mesh sides provide plenty of airflow, and the washable fleece base makes it extra cozy.

Features:
  • Size: Medium
  • Lightweight, washable and convenient
  • Bubble panoramic viewing window
  • Airline compliant
  • Washable fleece base
  • Holds up to 15 lbs.

EveryYay Going Places To Go Black Pet Carrier

The Best Cat Carriers for Car Travel:


EveryYay

Going Places To Go Black Pet Carrier

This EveryYay model looks a lot like a duffel bag and can be the ideal travel mate for your cat. The soft cat carrier features mesh ventilation for excellent airflow paired with a fleece base for cozy lounging during the journey.

Features:
  • Size: Small
  • 2 zip openings on each end of easy access
  • Mesh ventilation on 4 sides
  • Adjustable, padded shoulder strap to help prevent arm fatigue
  • Storage pocket for travel essentials
  • Made of quality lightweight materials
  • Soft fleece base insert with removable, machine washable cover
  • Holds up to 16 lbs.

EveryYay Going Places To Go Red and Gray Pet Carrier

EveryYay

Going Places To Go Red and Gray Pet Carrier

Add some style to your kitty’s transport with this chic red and gray cat carrier. With an adjustable, padded shoulder strap and lots of extra pockets, zippers and mesh ventilation, it’s an excellent choice for your cat’s comfort and your own convenience while on the go.

Features:
  • Size: Small
  • Modern, two-toned colors
  • 2 zip openings on each end of easy access
  • Mesh ventilation on 4 sides
  • Adjustable, padded shoulder strap to help prevent arm fatigue
  • Storage pocket for travel essentials
  • Made of quality lightweight materials
  • Soft fleece base insert with removable, machine washable cover
  • Holds up to 16 lbs.

Sherpa The Original Sherpa

The Best Cat Carrier for Large Cats:


Sherpa

The Original Sherpa

The Original Sherpa is a classic and can be great for both cats and dogs. This large cat carrier can be ideal for larger cats traveling by plane or car, and it’s also approved for use on major airlines. It features mesh sides for optimal airflow, and a washable faux lambskin liner allows your cat to travel in ultimate comfort.

Features:
  • Sizes: Medium and Large
  • Part of the Guaranteed On Board program, guaranteeing Sherpa carriers meet airline-specific rules and regulations and will be allowed on board
  • Patented spring wire frame allows the rear end of the carrier to be pushed down several inches to conform to under-seat requirements
  • Mesh windows for ventilation
  • Top and side entry with locking zippers for safety
  • Padded, adjustable no-slip carrying strap
  • Seat belt and luggage strap
  • Machine washable faux lambskin liner
  • Rear pocket for convenient storage
  • Holds up to 16 lbs.

Sherpa To Go Pet Carrier

The Best Cat Carriers for Air Travel:


Sherpa

To Go Pet Carrier

Another stylish option for both cat and dog parents alike. It’s the best of both worlds—this soft cat carrier is made of comfy mesh and nylon, but it still provides structure for your feline that needs a little breathing room. Like its counterparts, the To-Go Pet Carrier is approved for use on major airlines and part of the Guaranteed On Board Program.

Features:
  • Size: Medium
  • Has both top and side entries
  • Storage pocket
  • Includes handgrip and removable shoulder strap
  • Removable interior machine-washable faux lambskin liner
  • Airline approved pet carrier
  • Part of the Guaranteed On Board program, guaranteeing Sherpa carriers meet airline-specific rules and regulations and will be allowed on board

Sherpa 2-in-1 Airline Approved Travel Backpack Pet Carrier

Sherpa

2-in-1 Airline Approved Travel Backpack Pet Carrier

This Sherpa cat carrier backpack is airline-approved, and its spring wireframe can be extended or decreased depending on the size of your pet and your airplane’s seats. The backpack style allows you to mount your cat securely to your back, leaving your hands and shoulders free for other luggage. There’s a reason why Sherpa is one of our best-selling cat travel carriers—they focus on comfort for both you and your pet.

Features:
  • Size: Medium
  • Perfect for traveling in style by plane or car
  • Approved for major airlines
  • Features top and side entrances with locking zippers for safety
  • Mesh sides for maximum airflow
  • Convenient side pocket for extra storage
  • Patented spring wire frame allows the rear end to be pushed down several inches

EveryYay Places To Go Black Pet Carrier

EveryYay

Places To Go Black Pet Carrier

This carrier is great for both you and your travel buddy, getting your cat seated in first-class comfort. It features a padded sleep surface and mesh windows, plus locking zippers and an inner tether for safety. An adjustable shoulder strap and dual handles make it easy to carry, and it’s designed to fit effortlessly under most airline seats.

Features:
  • Size: Small
  • Reliable support for crush-resistant stability
  • Locking zippers and an inner tether for a safe journey
  • Mesh windows for airflow
  • Padded sleep surface for comfort
  • Adjustable shoulder strap and luggage handles
  • Fits under most airline seats

EveryYay Places To Go Navy Pet Carrier


EveryYay

Places To Go Navy Pet Carrier

This is the same great EveryYay carrier as above, but in crisp navy to suit your accessories.

Features:
  • Size: Small
  • Reliable support for crush-resistant stability
  • Locking zippers and an inner tether for a safe journey
  • Mesh windows for airflow
  • Padded sleep surface for comfort
  • Adjustable shoulder strap and luggage handles
  • Fits under most airline seats

Petco Cardboard Cat Carrier

The Best Cat Carrier for Price:


Petco

Cardboard Cat Carrier

This Petco cat carrier is ventilated and can be an economical solution for short trips to the vet or groomers. It’s designed to be lightweight and convenient for pet parents taking their kitty short distances, and it’s quick and easy to assemble.

Features:
  • Standard Size
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble with no tools
  • Comfortable built-in handle
  • Air holes provide plenty of ventilation
  • Cardboard construction is lightweight yet sturdy enough for your pet

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Learn More About Cat Carriers

That really depends on your cat. A soft cat carrier may be ideal for fitting in more compact spaces. But if you have a hard cat carrier, your cat may prefer the stability. You can also soften up a hard cat carrier with a padded lining insert.

Our Cat Carriers Guide can help give you more insight into the type of carrier you should choose. Going on a trip for the holidays? Our holiday travel crates and carriers can be the perfect solution.

It's best to let your cat decide to get into their carrier—forcing your cat where they don’t want to go will just cause anxiety and stress. Here are some tips.

  • Let their natural curiosity do the work for you If you're a cat parent, you know just how nosy a feline can be. After purchasing the carrier, leave it open on the floor—your inquisitive kitty may just investigate on their own.
  • Bribery If they seem disinterested, throw in their favorite treats, toys or even some catnip as an incentive.
  • Be patient It's best to let your cat get used to their carrier before the trip. Encourage them to climb inside every day before you travel. Once they settle in, leave the door open and allow them to come and go as they please. Eventually, they may grow to like the carrier and won't mind when you shut the door.

Your cat should be okay in their carrier for up to 6 hours if needed. After 6 hours, it’s best to offer your cat food, water and access to their litterbox. If you’re flying on an airplane, this can be tricky. Make sure they’re hydrated, but it may be a good idea to avoid feeding your cat while on the plane—travel will most likely make your cat anxious, and anxiety can lead to vomiting and stomach upset. Here are some more tips on How to Prepare Your Cat for Travel.

*Based on petco.com sales data.