If you want to do more traveling or just overall outdoor activities with your cat a bike basket would be perfect way to do this. You can either attach them to the front or the back of your bike and you can just strap your cat inside.
These are mostly marketed toward dogs but cats can enjoy these baskets as well with a little training. Here are some of the best ones that you could get for your cat that I have come across.
Why Get A Cat Bike Basket?
These things can give you another opportunity to do something fun with your cat and gives them more mental stimulation so they aren’t in the house all day. A lot of them also double as a cat carrier and other interesting things so you get more than one use out of them.
Before Getting a Bike Basket
Baskets are a great thing to add to your bike but before you do that you will need to get a couple of things depending on your setup and the basket that you decide to get.
In order to get the basket mounted onto your bike so you can go riding with your cat some models require that you have a bike rack. This bike rack by “ORIGIN8 Classique Cargo HD Front Rack (click here for the amazon link)” would be a good choice if you happen to need one and its very easy to install as well. It also will support up to 55 pounds so it is more than enough for your cat.
Your cat also needs to be wearing a harness to use the harness hook up correctly. If you attach it to just their collar it can be dangerous for them since cats have very sensitive throats.
If you want an idea of which cat harness to use I would go with the “Kitty Holster Cat Harness (click here for the chewy.com link)” since its the best one that I have used. If you want an idea of what else you could use this is my article on that here “Best Cat Harnesses You Can Buy“.
Things to Look for in a Bike Basket
Some things make a bike basket better than others. Some of these things include:
Harness hook up: You really want a basket that locks your pet in place because you don’t want them to escape while you are riding and you don’t want to damage their throats with just a hook on their collar. It can be potentially dangerous for not only you but your cat as well.
If it doesn’t have this feature then I don’t recommend using that particular basket unless you can secure them in somehow.
Pockets: Its really useful to have a bike basket with pockets on the front or the side because you can hold thing like toys or your water bottle.
Positioning: Some baskets sit in either the front or the back. You want to make sure that you get a cat basket that makes sense for your particular bike setup. Some of them fortunately can be positioned to be in the front or the back.
1: Petsfit Safety Dog Bike Basket
Out of all the baskets I have used this one is probably the best basket that I have used. Its made out of mesh and water resistant cloth. The bottom mat can be flipped over based on the season. The plush side for the winter and the nylon can be used for the summer time.
If you have things that you want to store that your cat needs it also has mesh side pockets to put those things in. The basket also doubles as a pet carrier which is a nice touch. It also comes in Grey/Green which I personally really like. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
2: Snoozer Sporty Bike Basket
If I had a second choice for a cat bike basket it would be this basket by Snoozer. I like this one because it has a nice chin rest and you can remove the inner pad. This basket has a good amount of pockets and it even has a rain cover which can be really useful.
It also comes in many colors including grey/black, red, orange,grey/black and pink/grey/black. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
3: PetSafe Happy Ride Bicycle Basket
If you want to avoid getting your pet wet or you want to avoid sun exposure this one would be a good choice since this one has a sun shield on the top. This one is also really nice because it converts into a cat carrier. It also supports pets up to 13 pounds. Comes in white/black/grey. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
4: Snoozer Pet Rider Rear Bicycle Seat
Another great basket by Snoozer. If you want something that looks more plush looking and that sits in the back of your bike this would be a good basket to go with. This one only comes in black however.
This basket can support up to 24 pounds and the Exterior dimensions are 19″x16″x10″ and the Interior dimensions measure 15″x12″. You also get a 1 year warranty. Click here for the amazon link.
5: Jack and Dixie Traveler 2-in-1 Pet Bike Basket
I really like this basket because it is built to last a long time. it also doubles as a cat carrier and has straps that you can put over your shoulder. This carrier will also hold up to 15 pounds and is black and grey. Click here to check the current price on amazon.
6: PetSafe Solvit Tagalong Wicker Bicycle Basket
If you want a wicker style type of basket you can bring you cat along with this is probably my favorite out of all of them. If your basket liner get dirty The faux-sheepskin basket liner can be removed and cleaned. This basket is basket dimensions are 15 inches x 11 inches x 9.5 inches and this one can hold up to 13 pounds. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
7: Pecute Multi Use Bike Basket
This one is also a another favorite of mine because it has many uses including a bike basket, cat carrier, a cat backpack and a shoulder bag as well. The material is breathable so it nice to have during hot weather. The bottom cushion can be flipped based on the season. one side has velvet and the other side has oxford cloth.
When you are done with it you can fold it up and conveniently store it somewhere and doesn’t take up much room. Its very well build and can hold up to 20 pounds of weight. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
8: Nantucket Bike Basket Co Expandable Rear Pet Carrier Basket
If you want something that is more feminine looking this would be a great choice to go with. I like this basket because it stands out compared to other models that I have seen. It works like a basket but it looks more like a cat carrier. The sides also fold out so they have more room to move around.
To install this carrier it goes on by using four clips that secure it onto the bike. The only con of this carrier is that it only fits onto the back of your bike. This basket can hold up to 15 pounds. The measurements are 16.75″ Length x 10.5″ Width x 11.5″ Height. It comes in only pink/black. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
9: Sunlite RackTop/Handlebar pet Friendly QR Basket
If you want something really breathable this would be a really good choice to go with. Its made out of powdered coated steel and has a rubber handle. This one only mounts to the back unfortunately. You can load up to 22 pounds and the measurements are 15.7 x 16.9 x 12. The only color it comes in is black. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
10: ANZOME Bike Basket
I like this basket because its foldable and very simple looking. Its also a nice choice because its waterproof and its washable as well. This carrier can hold up to 11 pounds and is ideal for small pets. It only comes in black. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
Tips When Using the Cat Bike Basket
Don’t go Over the Basket Weight Limit: You don’t want to get something that doesn’t support your cats weight because it can be potentially dangerous for them. Be sure to check the weight of your basket before making a purchase.
Make Sure They Are Locked In: Almost every cat bike basket has this feature and its a very important one. If they aren’t locked in they could potentially jump out of the basket.
Keep in mind cats really hate doing new things so you may have to ease your cat into biking with you but in time they will grow to enjoy it. Unfortunately, not all cats will adjust to this lifestyle so you might have to leave them home.
Bike baskets aren’t the only way you can ride with your cat. If you want to know other ways how to do this you can check my article about that here “Products That Allow You To Bike With Your Cat” and “Best Pet Bike Trailers For Cats That I’ve Come Across“.