Updated July 16, 2019 by Joseph Perry

The 8 Best Hard Sided Cat Carriers

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This wiki has been updated 14 times since it was first published in October of 2016. When you want to transport your feline to the vet or the groomers, keep him or her safe and comfortable in one of these hard-sided cat carriers. Because they are available in a range of sizes and prices, you should be able to find one that meets your needs. We've included models good for short trips along with some sturdy units suitable for airline travel. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best hard sided cat carrier on Amazon.

8. MidWest Homes for Pets Spree

7. Favorite Travel

6. AmazonBasics Pet Kennel

5. Petmate Sky Kennel

4. Pet Magasin Travel Kennel

3. Sunfast Deluxe

2. Ibiyaya Top Loaded

1. Petmate Two Door Top Load

Editor's Notes

July 13, 2019:

Imagine all the things that could go wrong with an anxious cat loose in the car. It could get under your feet or pedals, lodge itself beneath a seat, or obstruct your driving by interfering with your hands or the steering wheel. That's to say nothing of the possibilities of biting or scratching. That's why you need a carrier for short trips or long ones.

We limited our selections to hard-sided carriers because they're generally more roomy on the inside and easier to clean than their soft-sided counterparts. They also offer a little more protection for your feline from bumps or falling objects during transport.

You want to look for one that's large enough that your pet can stand, stretch, and turn around while inside with the door closed. Your choice should also be easy to clean and easy to use--bonus if it has a top door, which some people insist makes it easier to get the cat inside. If you're going on longer trips than just to the vet, the carrier should be able to hold food and water bowls.

In this update, we removed a couple of items due to concerns about their availability and added the Petmate Sky Kennel as a good option if you plan to fly with your feline. Check with the airline well in advance of flight day, though, to make sure it (or any other carrier) meets their kennel requirements.


Joseph Perry
Last updated on July 16, 2019 by Joseph Perry

An avid reader and outdoors enthusiast, Joe earned his doctorate in literary studies before making the lateral leap from academia to technical writing. He now lives and works in the inter-mountain West where he creates technical and marketing content, including white papers, solution briefs, and courseware for some of the world’s largest information technology companies. With more than 14 years of experience in the field, he has learned more than he ever thought he would know about such enterprise IT topics as cloud computing, storage, databases, business software, and networking. When he’s not writing about business computing, he can be found outdoors, probably hiking with his family and dog.


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