To most people who have had one, pets are 4-legged, furry members of the family. They don’t always travel as well as humans, but when it is necessary to bring your furry friend from point A to point B, there are some steps you can take to make their journey more comfortable. So whether you are taking a plane, train, or automobile, here are the best pet travel carriers on the market, organized by size of the animal.
Small Dogs & Cats
This carrier is airline approved and will easily fit under the seat in front of you, which means it is great for anyone who wants to keep their best friend close. It comes with both an over-the-shoulder strap and two hand straps. To the casual observer, it will look like an average duffle bag. There are mesh panels for ventilation, which create nice little windows for your furry friend. Its dimensions are 7.5 x 17.3 x 11.4 inches, and it comes in four colors. Soft sizes make it easy to collapse and store when you’re not on the road.
This carrier actually comes in three sizes, from extra small to large. There are a lot of mesh panels on this one so your pet will be able to see and get acclimated to their surroundings. It comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and two hand straps. There is a fuzzy rug insert for comfort, and it opens from the top and the side. Its dimensions are 9.7 x 10.2 x 11.2 inches.
If you don’t love the idea of a soft-sided case and want your pup or cat to have a sturdier place to hang out, this is a great carrier for you. You can front load or top load your animal and there is plenty of ventilation to keep them cool and comfortable. Its dimensions are 23 x 15 x 13 inches.
For Medium Sized Dogs or Large Cats
At first glance, this might look like a small carrier with dimensions of 17 x 11 x 12 inches, but with the double sized zipper expansions open, the dimensions become 29 x 17 x 12 inches. Your pet may need to sit still while in transport, but once you are going to be in the same spot for some time, you can expand it and allow them to spread out and move around. It is soft-sided, offers front and top loading, and features a lot of mesh paneling for airflow and viewing.
If your medium-sized pal is heavy, this is a great solution for you. It has two wheels and rolls around like a suitcase. It also comes in three sizes to make sure that it will fit your buddy. There is a furry carpet for your pet’s comfort and features plenty of mesh paneling. It has a roll-back zipper top, so if you want to allow your pet to stick their head out as you’re wheeling them around, you can.
This is another rolling pet carrier, but in addition to being on wheels, it has an over-the-shoulder strap in case you want to pick it up and hold it. In fact, it is even more versatile than that. It can serve as a car seat, a backpack, a rolling pet carrier, and a pet bed. It is soft-sided and has a lot of mesh paneling. Its dimensions are 20″ x 13″ x 12″.
For Large Dogs
This carrier actually comes in three sizes, is soft-sided, and can collapse all the way down for easy storage. It is lightweight and comes with two convenient hand straps. You can get it in four colors, and comes with a detachable fuzzy rug insert.
This may look like an odd-shaped duffle bag, but is actually a convenient pet carrier that comes in Large and X-Large. It has strong metal buckles for easy lifting, a removable washable pad, and interior security leash to ensure that your friend won’t run for it the second you open the zipper flap. It also has a few mesh panels to keep your pet cool.
This carrier was designed for cars, but can really be set up anywhere. It is cylindrical and has a seat belt that fashions to the top of a car or plane seat. For your convenience, it can be collapsed down into a flat, round disk, making it easy to transport or put away. There is also a mesh top so your friend can see what is going on, and has a claw proof fabric in case your pet is prone to anxiety.
Traveling with your furry companion should be a fun, exciting, and memorable (in a good way) experience. Doing a bit of research on how to safely travel with your pets can also make the journey more enjoyable. Happy and safe travels to you and your furry friends!