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HARD-SIDED CRATES & CARRIERS
Civilized Pet Tip: For important tips and guidelines to Crate Selection and Training, click here.
AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel We like this carrier because it comes with a front steel wire door and the unique feature of a top door that makes it easier to load or unload your cat. Easy side latches allow you to just lift off the top part. Ideal for those dreaded visits to the vet. For cats or S/M dogs. Comes in 2 sizes for average kitties or megacats.
MidWest Homes for Pets Spree Travel Carrier is available in 3 fun colors (red, lime green, blue) & 2 sizes (XS, S). It’s meant for quick car trips only (may not be sturdy enough for air travel). This is a great choice if you just need a crate for car travel to the vet clinic or a road trip, and like happy colors!
PetMate Sky Kennel meets most airline cargo specifications (always check with the airline). Tough plastic shell, extra strong steel wire, and interlocking door. Includes 2 clip-on bowls and ID stickers for travel. This is the standard for pet safety in air travel for cats (go up a size for better ventilation in air cargo).
SOFT-SIDED CRATES & CARRIERS
Civilized Pet Tips: Soft sided crates are usually lighter weight than hard sided crates, but they also don’t provide as much protection as a hard shelled crate. For short car trips with small calm pets, soft sided carriers are well ventilated with more mesh. Their advantage for plane travel is for bringing your pet under the seat with you on board. Soft sided crates, providing they conform to your air carrier’s restrictions for pet travel in the cabin, will flex to conform to the tight space under the seat and still maximize the space inside for your pet with good ventilation. For important tips and guidelines to Crate Selection and Training, click here. Our favorite items will be crowned !
Mr. Peanut’s Airline Approved Soft Sided Pet Carrier [17.5″ x 11″ x 11″] Intelligent design with self locking zippers, washable plush fleece cover with removable layers of more padding and a sturdy 1/4″ Plywood Base. Nylon fabric is waterproof and washable. Folds to 3″ when not in use. Breathable resin mesh for ventilation. Holds pets up to 15″ with side pockets, too. Not for cargo, under the seat in cabin only! Supervise escape artists.
Mr. Peanut’s Malibu Series Airline Approved Backpack Stroller Pet Carrier With Detachable Wheel Assembly. Pet carrier can be used as a backpack and has detachable wheels. Intelligent design includes self-locking zippers to keep your pet secure, strong mesh panels with sturdy fabric and frame. For pets up to 13″L and weighing 14lbs. Verify your airline’s requirements.
Paws & Pals Airline Approved Pet Carriers w/Fleece Bed is a great design and a budget friendly best seller. Fits under the seat of most airlines but always check with your airline first. Folds flat for easy storage. Removable padded shoulder strap and washable fleece pad with raised bumper. Mesh top and sides, side pockets, 2 doors, 12 colors and 2 sizes!
PetsHome Pet Carrier Purse and Carrier. This PU leather carrier has 4 top opening options and mesh panels for ventilation and visibility. A fixed leash inside restrains your pet for added security. Comes with 2 removable washable mats, and in over 10 colors and 3 sizes. Swiveling wheels with a telescoping handle in black only (M,L), the other colors are carry-on. Folds completely flat.
Mr. Peanut’s Backpack Pet Carrier, Soft Sided Tote is sturdy backpack style carrier for road trips, hiking or walks around the neighborhood (some cats love this), or under the seat air travel. Mesh panels can be covered for privacy, which most cats prefer until they get their bearings. Comes in gray and purple. Always check your airline’s requirements for under the seat pet travel.
Snoozer Wheel Around 4-In-1 Pet Travel Carrier Wheels and telescoping handle let you roll through the airport and slide your pet under the seat. Converts into a backpack or car seat. Anxious pets may chew/tear through mesh panels; supervise please. Storage pockets, too and comes in red, khaki and black. For small pets only sizes in S, M, L (see size chart). Check with airline for travel requirements in cabin (this is not for cargo).
Please visit Soft-Sided Crates in the Dog section for more ideas.
AmazonBasics Large 3-Tier Cat Cage Playpen Condo Kennel. This 3-tier cat cage playpen gives cats or kittens a fun place to hangout when it’s not safe for them to run amok. Durable metal wire with a black rust-resistant finish on 4 wheels so you can move it easily. Features 3 shelves for vertical space to rest or play, and 2 swing-open doors for easy access with secure-locking door latches. Removable leak-proof plastic floor pan. It folds down to just a few inches high for transport or compact storage
Measures 35.8 by 22.4 by 50.6 inches (LxWxH); weighs 37.4 pounds
P&B Portable Four-Sides Expandable Pet Carrier Travel Cage This unique crate is Airline Approved as a Travel Carrier for small to medium sized cats or dogs. However, most cats will not enjoy being so exposed in a scary cargo hold so we recommend other well ventilated but private carriers (see hard sided crates above). We like it as a holding pen for kittens or cats. This crate has sturdy plastic resin panels on the top, front and back to help buffer impact during car travel. Folds down for storage. Lift up door intelligently placed in the roof. Comes in pink, blue and coffee.
AmazonBasics Single Door & Double Door Folding Metal Dog Crate. Yes it’s called a dog crate, but you might need one for your cat, too. Cats may need to be confined after surgery or for temporary living quarters (home renovation with contractors in the home). This best selling budget friendly crate comes in a wide variety of sizes and features a single-door front entry with two slide-bolt door latches. Folds flat for easy storage or travel. Bonus feature: it comes with an optional divider panel for 2 cats. Removable no rust plastic pan. For the double door version, click here.
Civilized Pet Tips: To folks who are not pet people, and to some pet people as well, pet strollers may seem like a silly indulgence. Consider, however, that aging, very ill, or physically handicapped cats may enjoy some fresh air. Devoted pet parents want to maintain the quality of life for their best friends and keep them happy for as long as possible. Indoor cats can enjoy getting outside a bit, and in the safety of a stroller they can’t be hurt (killed by cars, coyotes, dogs); hurt anything else (songbirds and other wildlife); or catch contagious diseases. We applaud pet parents who want to keep their pets safe, and still take them along on outings (although some timid cats would rather stay at home). Pet strollers come in all sizes for single pet or more than one. You can also check out more options in Dog Strollers. Happy trails!
Pet Gear No-Zip Happy Trails Pet Stroller for Cats/Dogs folds with one hand. Has 3 position canopy, cup holder and tray, storage basket, removable washable liner and interior tether. Mess provides panoramic view with sturdy clips rather tan zippers that can break. Water resistant durable Denier. Front shock absorbers and back wheel brakes. Height to handle 40″; INTERIOR dimension 24″L x 11″W x 22″H for pets up to 30lbs.
PETIQUE Mermaid Pet Stroller design two back pockets Great for cell phone water snacks etc Cup holder tray, one handed folding. Storage below and on back of carriage cover. For pets up to 30lbs (15 kg). Front wheel swivels, but rear locking brakes and rain cover are optional. Zippered canopy. Best seller but there may be others you prefer with cost and design comparison.
ibiyaya 5-in-1 Pet Carrier with Backpack, Car Seat, Pet Carrier Stroller, Shoulder Strap, Carriers with Wheels for Dogs and Cats Pricey for its size but converts from a stroller to a backpack or car carrier; folds flat for storage. Small interior holds pets up to 16lbs/7.2kg. Mesh zippered window with perforated holes for ventilation. Roll-up flap for privacy. Carriage dimensions: 20” L x 12” W x 13.5” H. Check with your airline for in cabin requirements (not for cargo please).
VIAGDO Double Pet Stroller for 2 Dogs & Cats is great for pets who are best separated during outings. Each pet carrier measures 14.5″Hx 13″W x 21.5″ L and has front/back zippered entries. Carriers lift off the rigid steel frame, and all folds down for storage. Made of durable water-resistant Oxford Cloth, each layer hold any pets at least 17lbs. Zippers make it possible to put your pet in the stroller from the front, back and middle. Breathable mesh provides airflow, visibility, and keeps insects out. Removable pad cushions your pet and is easy to clean. Double leash on each layer keep your pets safe and secure. Rotating front wheels are 6″ with shock absorption for a smoother ride, and rear wheels are 8″ and have locking brakes
Katziela Soft Sided, Airline Approved Pet Carrier comes with a telescopic handle and removable wheels, mesh panels, washable removable Fleece bottom, side pocket,
& name tag. Measures 11″ x 16″ x 22″ but soft-sided lets it conform to under the seat on planes; check with airline first!!! It’s a bit pricey but worth it for frequent flyers.
Paws & Pals 4 Wheeler Elite Jogger Pet Stroller Cat/Dog Another folding travel carrier is a popular budget small pet stroller available in blue, gray, pink and beige. Zippered mesh windows provide ventilation and a view. Parent tray with cup holder, folds flat with lever on the side.