Pockets in carrier for food or toys. Padded strap won't dig into the pet parent's shoulders when carrying. Larger sizes available for bigger pets. Folds easily for storage, and pops right back out when ready to use. Removable pad is easy to clean.
May be too tall for some seats if trying to include with carry-on luggage, so verify with your airline before flying.
Respected brand in airline-approved pet transport. Easy to assemble and includes holes that can be tied together for extra security. Provides space enough for dogs to turn around. Buyers report that dogs who chew through wire crates can't typically chew through this hard plastic one.
Carrier has ventilation openings on 3 sides, and some airlines require ventilation on all 4 sides. May have to drill extra holes before flying.
2 colors to choose from. Extra-wide padded shoulder strap, waterproof nylon shell, and a durable construction that resists chewing. Hook and loop strips on bottom help secure carrier to rugs so there's no sliding around. Short strap and clip inside that latches to collar for more security.
Some consumers feel that the floor of the carrier could be made of harder material. Will only be comfortable for smaller cats and dogs.
Available in both small and large; bigger size houses pets up to 18 pounds. Plenty of windows for ventilation. Pets love the comfortable padding. Side pockets hold treats and vet documents to have at the ready when flying. Folds for storage when not in use.
Buyers have reported that 1 of the sides tends to sink in during use, and would like the top's construction to be sturdier.
Straps include one that attaches to top of rolling suitcase so cases can be kept together, while another clips to car seat belt. Large area of screened-in windows that allow pet to look around and not feel as confined. Comes with a collapsible travel food bowl.
While more than 1 pet will fit when the sides are expanded, only 1 will travel comfortably –unless very small – when sides are closed.
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Flying with pets can be difficult enough, but then you need to figure in that every airline has different regulations covering everything from carrier size to the materials that the carrier should be constructed from. TSA-approved pet carriers take much of the guesswork out of this. When buying one, search for a carrier that is solidly constructed and ventilated. It should have some sort of absorbent pad for accidents, in addition to pockets to store treats, vet info, and other travel supplies. Other features that can improve your trip include padded carry straps and collapsible food/water bowls. Even with an approved carrier, always check with the airline about their specific rules concerning flying with pets.
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