What’s the Best Cat Carrier for Maine Coons?

Maine Coons are the largest breed of domestic cat so that’s going to be a big factor  when picking a cat carrier. 

The fact that they keep growing until they’re around 5-years old means they may outgrow a carrier in those first few years.

Maine coon cat against grey background

This can make things difficult especially if you’re traveling regularly by plane as airlines can be strict on carrier sizing for the cabin.

Fortunately, there’s a huge range of large and extra larger carriers available to buy. And don’t forget that you can always shop for dog carriers.

Often carriers are marketed as being for ‘cats’ or ‘dogs’ but really, you’re looking for a pet carrier. The main difference is that cats often prefer smaller carriers to the larger crates that dogs enjoy.

Below, we’ll list some ideas for what we think is the best cat carrier for Maine coons at different prices, styles and designs so you’ll have a good range to choose from or at the very least you’ll leave the website with a better idea of what to look for.

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We’ll add an example of a Maine coon carrier below so you can jump straight into your own research.

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^ This carrier is too big to travel with by plane but would be ideal for a large Maine Coon you need to transport by car. 

According to Mainecoon.org, male cats average around 15-20 pounds and the females are 10-15 pounds. Males have an average height of between 10 and 16 inches and are about 40 inches long with the female being about as long as the male but around 8-14 inches in height.

Your cat may be at the lower or the upper end of these averages.

You’ll need to measure your cat for its carrier and then decide as to whether you want them to grow into it or risk having to replace it in the future.  If you’re Maine Coon is over 5-years old and fully grown, then you can pick out the correct carrier now. 

What should you look for when choosing the best cat carrier for Maine coons?

  • You should double check the sizing dimensions and the maximum weight limit before purchasing.

  • Be aware that some soft-sided carriers can dip in the middle and given that most Maine Coons are big, it could be an issue. Choose one with a solid backboard that will support the cat’s weights when you’re traveling.

  • As Maine Coons are heavy cats, you’ll need to factor in the weight not just for the carrier but for yourself.  Are you comfortable carrying them in a traditional hard or soft carrier or would it be better if you used a backpack, a carrier on wheels or even a stroller? We’ll include examples of these below.

  • If you’re traveling with a cat in a plane, then you’ll need to double-check the requirements with the airline.  Most airlines have a specific set of instructions that you’ll need to follow.  (If you’re flying with cats on Delta, we have a post about that). The internet can be a useful resource but always check with the airline directly because information can change quickly, and the last thing you want is to have problems at the airport.

  • Maine Coons are well known for being loving and gentle cats but if you have one that is anxious about getting into a carrier, then you might be better off putting them in a plastic one.  Most soft-sided carriers have mesh panels for ventilation and are not designed for a sustained attack of claws.  That being said, Maine Coons are known for the gentle personalities so a fabric carrier is probably the most suited of all carriers.

  • Depending on how much your cat sheds its fur, you might want to look for one that’s easy to wipe down or which can be washed.  The inner bedding is often what requires a good vacuum or clean and many are machine-washable but it’s always good to check.

  • We always recommend that owners read the verified reviews before buying as it often gives a better picture of the product rather than just a product description.  Many add a photograph, too, which can be really useful in highlighting pros and cons of each product and it’s always reassuring to see other owners praising your favorite choice. 
  • 12 x 12 x 18 inches and weighs 2.6 pounds
  • Suitable for pets up to 25 pounds

We’re big fans of the Sturdibag because it’s lightweight and it has a collapsible frame that makes it ideal for taking with you on planes as it can fit under the seat below.   We also really like the way you can choose whether to carry it in your hand using the grip handle or on your shoulder using the luggage strap. 

Many owners use this to carrier and it’s marketed as being ‘airline approved’ but we’d always recommend that you double check before you travel.  Remember, too, when looking at the dimensions that this carrier is designed to squash down under the seat in front of you. 

You can check out what else is in the Sturdibag range by reading our previous post. 

    Features 

  • Made from 600 denier polyester
  • Compressible flex-height design
  • Seatbelt straps for vehicles
  • Padded shoulder strap and leather hand grip for carrying
  • Zipper security clips
  • Safety tether included
  • Roll-up front door
  • Mesh windows at the top and rear
  • Side storage pockets

    Benefits

  • TSA-compliant
  • Privacy flaps on the windows to reduce motion sickness or over-stimulation
  • The carrier’s flexible height means it can be pushed under a seat easily
  • It doubles as a car seat thanks to secure straps
  • Pockets to keep paperwork or treats
  • Cat is attached to the carrier for added security and peace of mind.
  • Good all-round ventilation
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STURDI PRODUCTS Pet Carrier, Large, Smoke
  • Durable 600 Denier Polyester and Feather Light Construction
  • Adjustable 4-point padded shoulder strap and leather hand grip
  • Retractable privacy flaps on all mesh windows
  • Interior fleece pad secured by Velcro
  • Zipper security clips and a tether for safety and security is included

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Pros  

  • Reduces to fit under seats
  • Easy to carry
  • Comes in a range of colors
  • Plush fleece pad included
  • Can also be used in the car 

Cons

  • Some people have found it hard to assemble. 
  • 24 x 16.5 x 16 inches

  • Holds cats up to 55 pounds 

We really like how this has 3 access points for your pet both on the top and the front. This makes it much easier for you to get your cat in and out of the carrier.  It’s foldable, too, and easy to store which is really important if you live somewhere without a lot of storage space. 

Features 

  • Includes seatbelt loop
  • Adjustable shoulder straps and carry handle
  • Mesh ventilation on all sides
  • Metal supports

Benefits

  • Folds down for easy storage
  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • It can be secured in a vehicle
  • It’s easy to carry
  • It has good airflow throughout the design
  • Has a stable structure to carry your cat in 

Petseek Extra Large Cat Carrier Soft Sided Folding Small Medium Dog Pet Carrier 24"x16.5"x16" Travel Collapsible Ventilated Comfortable Design Portable Vehicle
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  • STURDY & COLLAPSIBLE STRUCTURE- The inner part is steel support structure. And the steel support is foldable.
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY- This pet carriers is made from Oxford fabric that is wear resistant and easy to clean. And nylon mesh is resistant to tearing and ventilated.
  • SAFETY DESIGN- There are 3 locking zippers for the 3 accesses to prevent pets from opening and one clip inside for additional security.
  • CONVENIENT DESIGN- There are 3 access for pets, top and front. Besides, the fleece pet bed is machine washable.

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Pros

  • Anti-scratch mesh
  • Plenty of room
  • Cat is visible throughout the journey
  • It’s collapsible
  • You can use it for short and long distance car journeys
  • It can fit 2 smaller cats 

Cons

Carrier weighs 8 pounds empty

Carrier sags a bit under a very heavy weight

This carrier is big enough for Maine Coon cats which can be a relief if your cat is still growing.  The metal frame provides a sturdy mode of transportation although, you might benefit from adding a more solid base to the underneath.  This isn’t suitable for plane travel so this is more one for the car. 

28 x 20.5 x 21.5 inches

Weighs 12.5 pounds

This is a very robust and durable carrier suitable for large cats like the Maine Coon but double-check the measurements of your own cat because there’s multiple sizing options. This is the 28-inch carrier but if you click through you’ll easily be able to select sizes on either side of it.  These carriers are regularly used when your cat travels in the hold of an aircraft. There’s some debate about whether the bolts should be plastic or metal (either way they can easily be purchased separately and swapped over), but this is a hard-wearing carrier that comes with a secure fitted door. 

Features: 

  • Durable plastic shell
  • Extra strong steel wire on door
  • Built with non-corroding wing-nuts

Benefits:

  • Strong sturdy carrier secure front door locking mechanism
  • 360 ventilation and visibility
  • Includes accessories required to fly with.

Pros 

  • Made in the US
  • Comes in multiple sizes
  • Includes 2 live animal stickers
  • A clip-on bowl and ID stickers
  • Made from recycled materials

Cons

  • May need to switch out plastic bolts for metal ones to travel in the cargo hold of planes. 
Petmate Sky Kennel Pet Carrier
  • Made in the USA
  • Heavy-duty, high-strength plastic construction
  • Non-corrosive plastic wing nuts
  • Extra-tough steel wire
  • Secure door latches for safety and is easy to operate

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7.7 x 11.4 x 15 inches.

Holds cats up to 26 pounds

It’s a little harder finding a suitable backpack for Maine Coons as most are designed for small to medium-sized cats but they do exist and what we love about the Lollimeow is that it has a bubble window so it’s ideal for cats who like a view when they travel (or for cats with a secret harboring to be an astronaut).

Features

  • Bubble window
  • Security tether hook included
  • Scratch-resistant material
  • Side pouches included
  • Soft mat
  • Comfortable waist strap

Benefits

  • Cat can see the world outside.
  • Top opens so the cat can stick its head out
  • Water-resistant, side pockets for storing paperwork or treats
  • Well-ventilated
  • Straps allow the owner to go hands-free when traveling.
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Lollimeow Large Cat Backpack Carrier with Bubble,Pet Backpack for Fat Cats and Dogs Puppies
  • 🐱【 LARGE SIZE & ROMMY SPACE】 This pet backpack is designed for small dogs and fat cats. It holds up to 26lbs of cats and 20lbs dogs and provide roomy space for them to travel. Dimension: 17.7 x 11.4 x 15 inches. Most airline approved under seat. Important: Please Check your airline requirements before traveling.
  • 🐱【BUBBLE WINDOW】Pets love being able to see from this cat backpack and feel much safer! Bubble window makes it come true that pets are able to see everything in pet backpack and bring travel more fun.
  • 🐱【TOP OPENING FOR YOUR PET TO HEAD OUT】Top has main zipper opening along with smaller mesh opening that you can keep rolled with our snap feature so your cat can hang out from the opening top. Security leash hook attachment provides extra security when using this feature.
  • 🐱【DURABLE & FUNCTIONAL】The cat backpack is made of superior material which is scratch-resistant, Waterproof, Easy Clean and Lightweight. It's sturdy for long lasting use. The side pouches is also perfect for a can of friskies or a bag of treats!
  • 🐱【Excellent ventilation】Plenty of ventilation holes and two side and top mesh panel allow the air to circulate. A mesh window replacement is attached for more ventilated usage. You can also open the top window or take off bubble window for your fur friend. Security leash prevent your pet from jumping out of the carrier.

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Pros 

  • Good visibility for the cat and for the owner
  • Able to attach a harness or leash for additional security
  • Lightweight
  • Great for owners who can’t carry traditional carriers  

Cons

  • May be squashed in packaging on arrival

22 x 11 x 16 inches

If you can get over the weird feeling of pushing a cat stroller, then they’re a great way of getting your cat around especially if you have an injury.  It’s also brilliant for elderly, disabled or indoor cats to get about.  What we like about this carrier is how affordable it is. 

There are other carriers that cost more and which may be more suited to your needs but this is a very reasonable basic version which could be useful if you’re just starting out with strollers. 

  • Inside security tether
  • Safety brakes at the rear
  • Handy storage basket for shopping
  • Easy folding-mechanisms
  • Removable waterproof liner
  • The cat has panoramic views
  • Front shock absorbers on the wheels and swivel wheels
Pet Gear Happy Trails Pet Stroller for Cats/Dogs, Easy Fold with Removable Liner, Storage Basket, Dark Platinum, Model Number: PG8030DP
  • Easy-fold mechanism
  • 600 Denier material, removable waterproof liner
  • Large storage basket with top and panoramic view windows
  • Pocket for storing cellphone, keys, etc. Front shock absorbers and Swivel wheels, and rear safety brakes
  • Interior dimensions/ Pet cabin size approximate 22” L X11”W X 16” H Product Dimensions 25”L X 16.5”W X 36”H

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If you’re looking for a more robust stroller, then you could give the Pet Gear NO-Zip Stroller a try.  It’s more money but it is sturdier and can fit 2 cats. 

19” x 11.75 W x 11.5 

Hold cats up to 22 pounds 

Sherpa is a popular brand name in the pet carrier world and this is ideal for cats that prefer soft-sided carriers to hard ones.  Its advertised as an airline approved carrier but double-check with the airline.  We like that this has a spring-loaded frame making it suitable for traveling by plane but also easier to store. 

Features

  • Spring-wire frame
  • Mesh windows
  • Locking zippers
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Rear pocket
  • Wood stability board

Benefits

  • You can push the rear-end of it under a seat when traveling by plane or bus, good ventilation
  • Easy to get into secure zippers
  • Comfortable carrying strap
  • Pocket for treats or paperwork 
Sherpa 55552 Travel Original Deluxe Airline Approved Pet Carrier, Black Lattice Stitching, Medium (Frustration Free Packaging)
  • Sherpa original Deluxe airline approved pet carrier is perfect for traveling in style and comfort by plane or car, for an adventure or just a trip to the vet
  • Patented spring wire frame allows rear of carrier to be pushed down several inches conforming to under-seat requirements. Mesh windows ventilate, top and side entry with locking zippers for safety
  • Padded adjustable, no-slip carrying strap, Seat Belt/luggage strap, machine-washable faux lambskin liner
  • Don’t select carrier based on weight only. Choose carrier based on pet’s measurements first and stay within maximum weight limit allowing enough space for pet to change positions while in the carrier

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Top and side entry secure
  • Comfortable liner for the cat to sit on
  • Has a hard board to keep the cat stable 

Cons

  • Best for calmer pets 

Can Maine Coons be left alone?

Maine Coons are a gentle breed but they’re also very social so they’re much better off having a companion if you’re going to be out a lot.

Of course, it’s fine to leave them alone for short periods so long as they have things to stimulate them like toys or places to climb and explore.  The great thing about Maine Coons is that they’re pretty easy going with other breeds and even other animals.

What’s the average cost of a Maine Coon kitten?

Maine Coon kittens can cost around $800/£800

We hope you’ve found some useful information in our post on the best cat carrier for Maine Coons – there are a ton of different carriers available online so once you have your measurements, you’re all set.  And don’t forget that you don’t have to go for traditional cat carriers, there’s backpacks, strollers, carriers on wheels and harnesses. 

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