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Civilized Pet Tip: 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.
AmazonBasics Premium Folding Portable Soft Pet Crate. This soft-sided carrier crate has mesh panels for ventilation and a view during car travel or camping when you don’t want or need a metal crate. Includes a plush fleece-covered pad and storage pockets on top and sides. Comes in 5 sizes and 5 colors (red, blue, green, khaki and black).
AmazonBasics Soft-Sided Pet Travel Carrier is well ventilated with mesh panels all around, and a machine washable fleece mat. Fits under the seat for air travel, but check with the airline first. Size S, M, L based on the length and height of your dog (not it’s weight). Basic black only.
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. 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!
Pet Life Capacious Dual-Expandable Wire Folding Lightweight Collapsible Travel Dog Crate Available in 5 sizes (XS -> SL) and 4 colors (khaki, pink, blue, gray), this handy travel crate almost triples in floor space by simply zipping opened the expandable sides just like camping! Padded sides and a pouch on the back panel for added storage. Folds and collapses, making it easy for travel.
Pet Peppy Premium Airline Approved Expandable Pet Carrier. For pets up to 14lbs only, this expandable carriers has a thick wire frame for safety and stability. Two sided expansion for extra room. Comes with a random colored pet bowl, shoulder strap, and fleece bottom. A side slip pocket for storing small item. It folds and zips up flat. The model shown has an additional tunnel expansion for even more stretching.
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.
Perform Soft Pet Carrier Airline Approved Soft Sided Pet Carrier comes in 2 sizes and several nice colors: Small = 17″ x 8.3″ x 11.8″(L x W x H), Compatible for very small pets up to 6 lbs/3kg only.
Medium = 18.9″ x 10.2″ x 12.2″ for pets up to 8.8 lbs/4kg. Budget friendly but won’t last for years of frequent use. Might be all you need for occasional travel.
PetAmi Deluxe Pet Carrier Backpack for Small Pets measures approximately 12.5″L x 10.2″W x 16.3″H. Comes in 9 nice colors. Padded shoulder straps and a buckle across the chest to help secure the backpack. No wheels, but nicely ventilated. Not recommended for air travel under the seat, but might work as a car seat.
Peach Tree Pet Travel Rolling Backpack Dog Carrier has wheels that don’t detach so this detracts from the roominess to comply with airline regulations. OK for calm puppies or dogs. but there is so much mesh in the front panel we don’t recommend it for cats or anxious dogs who might tear through. Check your airline’s requirements.
Snoozer Wheel Around 4-In-1 Pet Travel Carrier
Pawfect Pets Soft-Sided Pet Carrier Backpack for Toy or Small Dogs measures 17” T x 11” W x 11” D, the maximum size allowed by major airlines as a carry-on. Your pet must have room to stand and turn comfortably or it’s too small. Carrier also has a leash tether inside to prevent escape. Two removable, hand washable fleece pads. Padded shoulder straps adjust for comfort. Folds for storage.
World Traveler Women’s 18″ Rolling Pet Carrier Convertible Backpack 20″ H x 13″ L x 11″ W Features mesh panels, adjustable backpack straps, locking zippers and inline skate wheels to maximize mobility. Best for very small dogs based on buyers’ comments. Manufacturer doesn’t list weight capacity, but if style is important to you this one comes in a variety of swanky patterns.
Petsfit Travel Pet Home Indoor/Outdoor has an opening on top and front. The patented design has mesh panels all around that are revealed by rolling up the outer layer like a safari camping tent. Easily sets up or folds flat and carried with attached handles. Black and gray in 3 sizes. For road trips only; we do not recommend its use for air travel.
EliteField Soft Sided Pet Carrier (3 Year Warranty, Airline Approved). Comes in 6 nice colors and 2 sizes for small pets: Medium 17″L x 9″W x 12″H; Large 19″L x 10″W x 13″H. Pockets for storage but base not as sturdy as Mr. Peanut’s. If you don’t travel much, it may be the right pick for you. Check with your airline for its policy for under the seat carriers.
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. Holds pet up to 22lbs but other buyers reported pets weighing less were difficult to maneuver on wheel ase. Measures 11″ x 16″ x 22″, it conforms to space under the seat on planes; check with airline first!!! It’s pricey but worth it for frequent flyers.