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The best cat carrier backpacks for traveling

In order to take your cat places, you can have them walk there. But that’s not always practical. Instead, opt to use a cat carrier backpack. These innovative bags let you wear your cat around while keeping them safe inside.

Cat carrier backpacks are a handy tool if you have a cat that likes to go on adventures. They allow you to take your cat virtually anywhere that you can go. The best cat carrier backpacks have lots of ventilation and pockets. Read on to find out about a few of our favorites.

Lollimeow Pet Carrier Backpack

Best Full View

The Lollimeow Pet Carrier Backpack has a clear window panel, as opposed to just a bubble window. It also has nine ventilation holes and mesh pockets to allow for adequate airflow. The pockets are great to store treats in. This cat carrier backpack comes in a variety of colors. Some colors are available in an expandable model, to give your cat more room to move around.

LEMONDA Portable Pet Bubble Backpack

Best with Bubble Window

LEMONDA’s Portable Pet Bubble Backpack is made of acrylic and canvas. Half of the backpack is composed of breathable canvas, so it has good airflow. It is available in a number of different bright colors. The bubble window lets your cat see its surroundings while keeping them protected behind an acrylic shell. A built-in lock prevents your animal from escaping.

PetAmi Deluxe Pet Carrier Backpack

Best for Hiking

The PetAmi Deluxe Pet Carrier Backpack is completely soft-sided, as it is made of high-grade polyester. However, the backpack is reinforced so that it won’t collapse. It is available in a wide range of colors. Its back and shoulder straps are padded for comfort, and it has waist and chest buckles for extra support. A collapsible bowl is included with the purchase of one of these cat carrier backpacks.

Cat carrier backpacks are great for skittish cats or those who don’t do well on a leash. They are also suitable to use when you can’t have a cat walking around a destination, but they are able to go there. They let your cat see what’s around them while simultaneously keeping them secure in a bag.

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