Holiday air travel can make even the most seasoned flyer a little uneasy.
Add a feline who may not be used to travel, and it's almost guaranteed to be stressful. No matter whether you're taking a short hop or flying cross country, a sturdy and comfortable cat carrier bag is a must.
There are so many cat carrier bags on the market -- from basic to bubble backpacks to 3-in-1 options -- at varying price points. It can be difficult to decide which one is best for you and your furry co-pilot. Scroll down for our list of eight airline-approved cat carriers, all top-rated and guaranteed to keep kitty comfy on the go.
Best Cat Carrier Bags
Some pet parents prefer to travel with backpack carriers to keep their hands free for luggage. This is one of the best options under $100 and, as a bonus, looks super chic as well. There are several mesh, zippered openings for easy access and good views for your pet. The entire inside is covered with a warm fleece lining, and there's plenty of storage, including a laptop-sized slit in the back. In addition to backpack straps, there's a loop that fits easily over your luggage handles.
Soft-sided carriers aren't right for all cats. Some feel safer in a hard-shelled option, and this bubble carrier is a good choice for that. Plus you'll look like a trendy paw-rent toting this around the airport. You can wear it facing front or back, and there's still mesh panels for breathability. A large window allows your furry friend to people watch right along with you.
This is another solid option, with a little more of a modern and masculine look, if that's more your vibe. An extra fluffy, soft bed will keep your cat comfortable on your trip. It also comes with a foldable water bowl to keep your pet hydrated on the go. Carry it tote style or on the shoulder, and leather details add a boost of style.
This is the most expensive option on our list, but it deserves a spot. Not only is it a pet carrier, but it also doubles and triples as a pet car seat and pet bed. And, it's arguably the cutest pet carrier you'll find. Constructed of luggage-grade nylon on the outside and a plush fleece on the inside, your cat will be both safe and happy in this round carrier. The dome top features mesh panels and can also be completely open, and the shape allows your cat to snuggle up in a ball as she gets settled.
Cute and lightweight, this stylish -- and durable -- tote weighs less than 3 pounds. Mesh windows on the top and sides are made of claw-resistant material, and the top features a roll back cover for better visibility or more privacy. The attached interior leash provides added security for your precious pet, alongside a fleece pad for maximum snuggliness.
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