The Best Airline-Approved Cat Carriers for Planes

It's almost summer, and with summer comes travel. Flying around the world is usually a stressful experience, but add a cat into the mix and you suddenly have a very unwilling travel companion. Still, there are situations where you'd want to have your feline friend with you, whether you're staying somewhere for an extended period of time, or are simply moving cross country. Regardless of the reason for flying, feline air travel is never the most enjoyable of experiences. While feline flying might always be stressful, grabbing a comfortable cat carrier bag that's airline approved can go a long way towards keeping your friend safe, cozy, and calm.

The last thing anyone wants to find out is that their cat carrier won't work as a carry on. There are a lot of options to choose from, but our list includes only airline-approved cat carriers so you don't have to worry about the TSA when you've already got a howling feline in hand. These options include extra windows, easy ways to take out your cat if you need to, and even clips for harnesses so you can keep your cat secure during his adventures. And of course, many of these are just great carriers for everyday use. Here's how to travel with your friend in style.

Best Cat Carrier Bags

Mr. Peanut's Monterey Series Convertible Backpack Pet Carrier

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.


Hankelion Cat Bubble Backpack Carrier

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.


Morpilot Portable Pet Bag

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.


Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed

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.


Mr. Peanut's Gold Series Cat Carrier

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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