Whether you’re taking your pet on a travel adventure or just visiting the vet, a sturdy carrier is a must. And while it may take time for kitties to adjust to any carrier, the best cat carriers are secure and comfortable for your cat and easy for you to tote.
When choosing the best carrier for your cat, consider what style, material, and size are best-suited to your feline friend. If your kitty tends to scratch and claw a lot when placed inside a carrier, a durable hard-sided carrier with secure latches is a good choice. And if you want a more flexible carrier that fits under airplane seats, consider a sturdy soft-sided carrier that also folds down when it’s not in use.
Whichever material you prefer, you’ll want to make sure the carrier can support your cat’s weight — if you have a bigger cat, I’ve included a pet carrier backpack that holds cats up to 25 pounds and makes it easier for you to tote your pet around, too.
To make it easier to get your cat inside the carrier (and avoid getting scratched in the process), many of these picks features multiple openings on the front, top, and sides. And if your cat is generally averse to all carriers, to help them get more comfortable, try placing their favorite blanket or one of your sweatshirts inside, and reward them with a treat once they settle in.
Keep in mind: If you plan on flying with your cat, pet travel restrictions vary by airline, so be sure to check with your airline before traveling.
Hitting the road with your pet can sometimes feel stressful, but with one of these cat carriers, the two of you can feel secure, comfortable, and ready for adventure.
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