Backpacks for Carrying Cats

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You’re probably more used to seeing hard or soft carriers than backpacks for carrying cats, but the latter offers a hands-free way of moving your pet from one place to another.

There are different styles to choose from but it’s worth thinking about the personality of your cat before purchasing one. For example, mesh might not be a good idea if your cat is particularly anxious or if they’ll likely to use teeth and claws for a jailbreak.  You might find that a more traditional hard or soft cat carrier is best.

You don’t have to choose mesh, however. Bubble backpacks are more secure AND (hilariously) will make your feline look like a furry little astronaut.

You’ll want to consider the size of your cat, too, as they’ll need to feel comfortable as well as secure. Think about what you’re using the carrier for: just for trips to the veterinarian or for hiking trips? Do you want a backpack for carrying cats on holiday with your family or just to transport a kitten to a cat-sitter or cattery?  

A cursory search on Google will reward you with some brilliant images of felines enjoying mountain trails and national parks.  It’s easy to assume that cats don’t enjoy traveling far from home into unfamiliar territories BUT some really do love the great outdoors.  If that’s your cat, then it’s especially important to look for a durable pack with a robust and secure loop to attach a leash or harness to.  

If you’re taking your cat with you in a car, then you may need to buy an additional box for the journey.  We have other posts that might be useful; one of which looks at the best cat carrier for long car trips. Worried that your cat is too highly strung or aggressive for a backpack? We have a post on the best cat carrier for difficult cats, too.

Backpacks for Cats Available to Buy Online at Amazon

etAmi Deluxe Pet Carrier Backpack for Small Cats

Measures approximately 12.5″ x 10.2″ x 16.3″ (L x W x H).

This carrier is suitable for cats weighing up to 18 pounds.

There’s plenty of ventilation.

Two-way entry gives easy access into the backpack.

A zip-up mesh window which will give more space and allow the cat to have increased visibility.

The backpack is lined with sherpa bedding so the cat is able to stay warm and comfortable during transit.

Its durable design is reinforced so that it won’t collapse in on your cat.

This has both a safety strap and buckle to keep your pet secure and safe from escape.

One reason we really like this carrier is that there’s plenty of support for the owner, too, through both the back and shoulder straps which have thick padding as well as additional support around both the waist and chest.

It comes with the handy addition of a collapsible pet bowl making it ideal for a long journey or trip away.

Side pouches and a front pocket mean easy storage and access for anything you need close to hand.

There’s a good range of colours to choose from, too.

There has been a lot of 5* reviews on Amazon from satisfied customers but what we love is that lots of reviewers use this backpack for dogs which is a testament to its strength and durability.

Texsens Innovative Traveler Bubble Backpack Pet Carriers for Cats and Dog

Dimensions: 12.99″L x 9.05″W x 15.74

This backpack fits cats under 13 pounds but the optimum weight is 10 pounds and under.

We wrote earlier in the post that there was just something too adorable about seeing a cat in an astronaut bubble backpack, and we weren’t kidding — take a look.  

The semi-sphere window gives the cat a secure place from which to view the world and see what’s going on around them without the risk that they’ll bite or claw through the soft fabric.

There’s a built-in security leash for added security.

There’s good ventilation as well as mesh panels around the backpack.

The adjustable shoulder straps are great for added comfort and for supporting the weight of the cat against your back.

The top and side entry of the backpack allows for easy accessibility.

It comes with a plastic bubble dome that has 3 ventilation holes and a mesh cover.

Pet Gear I-GO2 Roller Backpack

The cat backpack measures 16″L x 12″W x 15″H

This isn’t just a backpack but a car seat, carrier, roller bag and a tote all-in-one.  This is especially ideal if you’re also using a cat carrier for long car trips and are looking for a space-saving way to travel with your pet.

Its telescopic handle allows you to pull it along like a suitcase.

You can add an additional three inches of space by expanding the sides.

The side storage pockets are useful for things that need to be kept close to hand.

It’s worth noting that a few reviewers on Amazon have recommended it as ideal for trips to the veterinarian’s office but less so for use in airline cabins.

There’s a removable pad which is washable.

KritterWorld Pet Carrier Backpack

Dimensions: 11.5” (L) x 9”(W) x 16” (H)

This carrier is suitable for cats up to 7 pounds.

Its breathable mesh provides both good all-around ventilation as well as allowing the cat to have a good view of where it’s going.

A built-in collar buckle helps secure the cat.

The easy clean fleece bed provides both warmth and comfort during your journey.

The adjustable straps will help manage the weight on the owner’s back and shoulders.

A number of reviewers on Amazon have chosen to wear the backpack on the front of the body, so they’re able to keep an eye on their pet and for some people, this may be more comfortable.

Prefer Pets: Original Pet Backpack

Dimensions: 17″L x 12″H x 10″D

Suitable for pets up to 20 pounds

This backpack can be used as a carrier as well as a backpack. The backpack’s straps can be converted into handles for when it’s not ideal to have the carrier on your shoulder or back. It’s also airline approved BUT we’d always recommend that you check with your airline before purchasing.  

This backpack has good ventilation.

There’s a privacy cover, too, which will help reduce the anxiety of any cats who don’t like seeing outside when they’re traveling.

The interior is lined and padded for comfort

The mesh windows are highly durable

Backpacks for carrying cats can be a great alternative to more traditional carriers.  Some cats will love them and others won’t but if you’re feline has a taste for adventure then they’re a great way to include your pet on hiking trips and even walks in your local area.

It can also make all the difference to an owner, too — being able to distribute the weight over both shoulders and back rather than holding the weight of the carrier at the end of an arm.


  1. Nice list of backpacks for cats! The first time I heard of this idea I bought one lol. I got mine from but the brand’s you mention also sound pretty cool! Have you seen the carriers with transparent windows? My baby loves it!

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