Best Cat Carriers in the UK

This guide was written by Joe Francis
Updated: January 26, 2018
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We all love our cat, that’s why we can’t even afford to leave them behind when traveling. Some of us are just not comfortable leaving them with family or friends while we are away because they might never take the time to care for them the way we would. At least, they don’t understand our cats like we do.

Travel companion in a cat carrier

On the other hand, as much as you would like to bring your cats with you, traveling makes most cats nervous too. For some of our feline friends, simply leaving the home is a cause for terror. But regardless of this fact, it may be necessary to take them out of the home once in a while. It could be for travel or just to visit the vet.

To have your cats with you while away from home, to feel them around you while making them feel safe and secure at the same time, all you need to invest in a stellar, high-quality cat carrier. They come in different shapes and designs depending on what you intend using them for. For example, hard-sided carriers give more protection while soft-sided carriers are very light to carry and easy to store.

There are plenty to choose from. These are our top picks!

With so many to choose from, we have researched and come up with the current top picks in the UK for you.  Notice the features of each and see if they are a good fit. We don?t want you to develop any headaches while deciding which you should buy for your precious feline.

1. Petsfit Expandable Travel Zip Carrier

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This cat carrier comes in 3 different categories: small size- suitable for pets under 4kg, medium size- suitable for pets under 6kg, and large size- suitable for pets under 7kg. It is made of pure fabric with a polyester lining. Outstanding features include:

  • Several mesh designs provide more ventilation
  • Expandable area affords cat more space
  • Wireframes to support carrier
  • Woven tape hand and shoulder strap makes carrying easy
  • Easily accessible two zipper doors
  • Soft fleece pad/mat is comfortable and washable for pets
  • Small pockets can store small goods

This carrier gives your cat all the freedom to play, eat and nap during the trip. It is ideal for large and small pets alike. And if you are a lover of colors, you have the color black and grey to choose from.

2. Catit Design Cat Cabrio Carrier

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This airline/flight approved cat carrier is really more than just a cat carrier. Its design, aesthetics, and functions make it a highly rated carrier in the UK. It will provide a safe and comfortable environment for your cat. Its ease of use makes it user-friendly for both you and your cat. Some features are:

  • Internal bedding that makes traveling easier for your cats
  • Grilled door and open vents that offers complete ventilation at all times.
  • Top opening hatch that makes life simpler when putting your pet in the carrier and when taking them out
  • Shoulder strap for easy carriage
  • Skid-resistant textured floor
  • Designed to be secured in your vehicle with a conventional seatbelt.

Carrier comes flat packed but is easy to assemble. Suitable for cats up to 11.3kg in weight, and 35cm in height. It is available in orange, grey, and white.

3. Pet Peppy Expandable Pet Carrier

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This cat carrier folds flat for easy storage. It contains 4 curtains that can be rolled up or down, ventilated mesh windows on all 4 sides for easy access. It has carry handles and a custom made faux sheepskin bed included. Some other features are:

  • Sturdy fabric in red color
  • Lightweight
  • 3 openings, 1 at the end, 1 at the side and 1 on top for easy access.
  • All fastenings are zippers so cats cannot push out of the top or sides.
  • Medium: 60cm x 42cm x 42cm (23 ” x 16 ” x 16 “)

It is also made of a good quality material and is airline approved to carry your pets on flights.

4. TRIXIE 39811 Traveller Capri | Pet Carrier

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This tour transport box is suitable for transporting cats and dogs. The fastening device for a car seatbelt provides a firm hold during the ride. The ventilation slits provide optimal air circulation for your cat during the journey. It also comes with a plastic handle for easy carriage. It is lightweight, weighing just 1.16kg.

  • It is very affordable and a good value
  • Designed for easy storage
  • High-quality
  • An anti-slip thermal blanket that makes lying in the box more comfortable.

If you are traveling by car, make use of the floor space behind the front seat. Very suitable for pets up to 6kg in weight. So if you are on a tight budget, here is a good pick for you.

5. Natuvalle 6-in-1 Sturdy Airline Approved Pet Carrier Backpack

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This 600 Denier Oxford water-resistant fabric pet carrier has so many amazing features. Long shoulder strap, short handles, and backpack straps, so it’s really versatile to carry.
The Extra Small Carrier is for pets btw. 8-14″ Long & max 7.8″ High
The Small Carrier is for pets btw. 12-16″ Long & max 11″ High
The Medium Carrier is for pets btw. 14-18″ Long & max 12″ High
The Large Carrier is for pets btw. 16-21″ Long & max 15″ High

The 6-in-1 backpack is explained thus:

  • Backpack
  • Front pack
  • Shoulder bag
  • Handbag
  • Upright position
  • Side position

Some other amazing features include: reinforced stitching and zippers, thick mesh, seat belt loops, foldable for easy storage, walk through doors and so on. It is suitable for all kinds of cats. A word of caution though is that you should carefully measure the LENGTH & HEIGHT of your pet before you order (From the tip of nose to base of tail & Floor to top of the shoulder -no tail). It is also one of the most affordable cat carriers in the market.

6. Petsfit Fabric Large Pet Carrier

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This soft-sided pet carrier is very large and lightweight at the same time.  It has a removable cozy fleece pet bed that can be washed using a washing machine. Made from a durable Oxford cloth with several mesh designs to ensure ventilation, the lockable zipper prevent pet to open and escape. It also has a shoulder strap hook that makes it easy to assemble and remove.

Some of its features are:

  • The lockable puller can prevent pet to open the zipper
  • Netting top and sides to keep good ventilation
  • Padded shoulder and hand strap release strength
  • Three convenient pockets and soft fleece mat
  • Two steel and four fiber frame to avoid be out of shape after fold

It is very easy to clean and it comes in different sizes for all kinds of cats.

7. SONGMICS Portable Pet Bag Folding Fabric

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Why should you be interested in this pet carrier? The crate is constructed by high-density, 600 D oxford fabric and a metal frame (19 mm diameter) with reinforced corners. It will remain sturdy and will not distort. Also has a Unique Snack Pouch: One top pouch and one removable pouch on the side that can be used separately. They are perfect for storing pet food, snacks, and toys.
Versatile: It works great in the household when traveling by car, or as a pet tent when camping. With the inner fleece cushion, it provides a cozy house anytime anywhere.

Other features include:

  • Lightweight and portable – Enabling you to bring your pet to any place that you want
  • Ingenious craft – Stable structure, thick oxford cloth durable and stable, accompanied by the artificial Berber Fleece mat
  • Easy to clean it – Cleaning the dirty place with a banister brush, removable once it is dirty
  • Safety guarantee – Round corners, breathable from three directions, definitely safe for both you and your pet
  • Easy operation – Assembled quickly without any stool

It is highly sorted after by cat lovers and you will enjoy this as well.

8. AmazonBasics Black Soft-Sided Pet Carrier

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Help your pet arrive safely and in style with this AmazonBasics soft-sided pet carrier. It is designed to keep your pet protected, secure, and comfortable. This sleek, all-black pet carrier works well when traveling by plane or car or for routine trips to the vet. From a terrier to a large tabby, the medium pet carrier accommodates a cat or dog up to 16 pounds (7.26 kg).

  • The cozy fleece pet bed can be completely removed and machine-washed; the carrier should be spot cleaned only.
  • Mesh panels for ventilation; top and front zipper closures.
  • Carrying handles and seatbelt/luggage strap; adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Conforms to under-seat dimensions of most airlines.
  • Machine washable fleece pet bed; spot-clean carrier.

The AmazonBasics pet carrier features front and top openings, which allow for effortless entry and stress-free loading. A zipper on the front and double zippers on the top keep the openings securely closed during transport. So far, there are no bad reviews from customers.

9. Curver Carrier 51 x 38 x 33cm, Anthracite

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This cat carrier does come fully assembled, and it flaps open half of the top. It comes handy and stylish as it was beautifully designed. There are 3 sizes available (small, medium and large). There are also Handles, Air/Ventilation holes, Anti-slip rim, and a Name tag area.

It feels super quality except for the fragile lock some who purchased it mentioned in reviews.

This cat carrier is so easy to carry and very affordable.


You really do not have to leave them behind. Whichever trip you may be planning, you can still enjoy the sugar of your favorite feline friend rubbing themselves against you all the time. Choose from this amazing collection of cat carriers and experience life made simpler. Your cat deserves the best.

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