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The 10 Best Cat Carriers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best litter box, hair-ball brush, and toys for cats, here we’re looking into the best cat carriers that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best Overall Cat Carrier

PetLuv Soothing “Happy Cat” Premium Soft Sided Cat Carrier — Medium/Large

“Amazing! I had to drive down to Florida from New York with two cats (who had never been on a road trip before), and I could not have done it without this amazing carrier. The PetLuv Carrier was equivalent to a five-star hotel for humans! It was luxurious and comfortable for both cats. There is ample amount of room inside the carrier and windows on three out of the four sides of the exterior, so the cats could see outside. In addition, each carrier included a plush pillow that was also luxurious! It was easy to assemble and I would recommend ordering it a few weeks prior to any traveling, so the cats can check it out and get comfy in their new environment.”

Best Wearable Cat Carrier

Texsens Innovative Traveler Bubble Backpack Pet Carriers for Cats and Dogs

“My co-workers laughed so hard when they saw that I’d purchased this; they laughed even harder when I pranced around excitedly with my cat in it! My cat has never been fond of carriers. The first time I put her in this, she was very displeased at first … but when we got in the car and drove to our destination, she was sold. No slipping and sliding all over the carrier with every movement I make or the car makes. It is ‘tight,’ but it’s a comfortable, safe feeling. She LOVES the little bubble. I love seeing her face smoosh against it when she gets excited about looking at something or a smell she caught. She doesn’t mind getting in this carrier and going anywhere I decide she needs to go; she is totally relaxed and enjoys the views and new scents.”

Best Airline-Approved Cat Carrier

Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Pet Carrier

“A few months ago, I moved from the American Midwest to Eastern Europe and took my nine-year-old indoor cat with me. The preparation was nerve-racking and I tried different carriers. This one was perfect and is definitely worth the money. It’s flexible enough where I could take it with me in the middle of the flight or slide it back under the seat when landing; however, it’s also sturdy enough to carry a bigger pet. Its best feature, of course, is its adjustable size. This bag allowed my pet plenty of room while adhering to all international regulations. I couldn’t find another bag that did that.”

Best Cat Stroller

BestPet Pet Stroller

“I bought this for my 19-year-old cat so that he could go outside and experience life safely. He’s always been very laid-back, so I thought he would not be scared being outside. As soon as I took it out of the box, one of my younger cats immediately jumped inside the stroller compartment; her brother spent the evening sleeping in it! I took my old cat out for a quick walk in it last night, too, and he LOVED it!! It was so great to see him sniffing the fresh air and just generally perking up. So far, this product has exceeded my expectations!!”

Best Multiple Cat Carrier

Necoichi Portable Cat Cage

“Oh my god. This thing was JUST delivered and I have nothing but fabulous things to say about it. It’s huge! Can definitely fit two (maybe even three if you don’t plan on putting a litter box in) large cats! Surprisingly sturdy. I am beyond impressed with the durability! Very cute pattern — it even came with a matching bag for storage. Obsessed! My cat jumped right in it when I first opened it, so I think I have her approval, too. What a fantastic purchase!”

Best Large Cat Carrier

Pet Magasin Luxury Soft-Sided Cat Carrier

“Wow. Finally, a great carrier for my 20-pound cat. The fact that Brinkley weighs 20 pounds has made finding the perfect carrier a problem. A lot of carriers are made for 15 pounds or less. I had a Sherpa carrier for about two years, but I found it uncomfortable to lift, as the cat had so much more space to move around, the balance kept changing. The angled sides of this carrier are perfect; as the cat stays centered without the weight shifting, I can maneuver more easily with this carrier. I’ve used it twice already to take him to the vet, and can see that it’s great for a fat cat boy. I think he actually likes the closeness of it, makes him feel safer. Highly, highly recommended this item, and that it doesn’t break the bank is just another plus.”

Best Hard-Sided Cat Carrier

AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel 23-Inch

“I have four rescued cats who are all fearful of being confined. They are very hard to load into a carrier to go to the vet, and sometimes mess in the carrier out of pure terror. This is the best carrier I have found for them. It is very sturdy and will not leak a mess onto my car seat. The top door will stay open so that I can pick up a cat, quickly take it to where the carrier has been out of view, and drop it in before it knows what’s going on. The door is then easy to shut and lock without losing the cat or injury to me. They can leave by way of the front door once at the vet’s, and two of them will even walk back through the front door to go home.”

Best Stylish Cat Carrier

Mr. Peanut’s Airline Approved Soft Sided Pet Carrier

“Love this pet carrier! It looks just as pictured and I adore the color. I wish there were a matching overnight bag for me! It’s very stylish, and my cat was much more comfortable in it than in his hard pet crate. My cat is … 18 pounds (he’s on a diet, I purr-omise!). It holds him comfortably when he’s laying down properly, and he likes the soft little bed that is inside. The straps didn’t feel like they were going to break with his fat behind being carried, so it’s quite sturdy as well as visually appealing. It is well-ventilated with mesh ‘windows,’ and isn’t a kitty prison like the large (or small) hard-plastic ones with bars on the front! I think my cat liked that he could see me during our car ride; it probably calmed his anxiety.”

Best Foldable Cat Carrier

SportPet Designs Foldable Travel Cat Carrier

“The best part of this carrier is that it folds up SUPER EASILY. I live in an apartment, so space is not something I have, but this thing folds up with maybe only an inch or two in width (height and length stay the same). It’s also super lightweight and easy to carry. Also, and most importantly, the large front opening makes it really easy for you to put your cat inside! I’ve tried doors that open from the top and doors that open from the side (like a rectangular carrier), both of which are much more difficult because the cat just does not like that. This one makes it so much easier to get her inside. Most times, she just goes in herself!”

Best Car-Seat Cat Carrier

Petego Pet Tube Kennel — Large

“We have three cats and we have traveled with them before in separate carriers or allowed them to roam. In separate carriers, they cry the entire trip because they hate being in the car. If we let them roam, one of the cats inevitably wants to be in the front seat on someone’s lap. This makes us nervous, as we don’t want anything to distract the driver. We got this to help us with a long move (over ten hours) and it was a great success! The cats cuddled up together and slept most of the trip. Being able to share space helped them with their nerves, and there was no concern about their safety. You can partially collapse the tube so that it doesn’t take up the entire seat, which is great if you need one seat open for a car seat or a passenger. Overall, this has solved a major travel dilemma for us, and we and our cats love it!”

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The Best Cat Carriers, According to Amazon Reviews