If you are going on a hike or just need a way to carry your cat around for whatever reason such as your cat doesn’t really take a liking to being walked on a leash or you don’t really want to use a traditional carrier a cat backpack would be great thing to invest in. Here are some of the best options that you could go with.
Things to Look for in a Cat Backpack
If you want to best experience for your cat when you are using these backpacks here is what I look for in a cat backpack.
Air Holes and Mesh
Its really convenient to have these on your backpack because they can get hot inside of the bag. Having the holes on the backpack can make it easier for them to cool down and enjoy being in the backpack more.
Mesh is also nice to have since they can see outside of the bag and will add more of a cooling effect.
When you are getting a cat backpack most of these can only hold up to 10 pounds so you have to make sure that the backpack can support your cats weight. If your cat is too heavy for the backpack it can cause safety issues.
For instance if your cat weighs too much it could rip the bottom and your cat could run off. The straps on the backpack could also rip which is something you don’t want.
If you are still concerned with safety issues with cat backpacks you can read my article about that here “Are Cat Backpacks Safe?“.
This feature is really important. A lot of these bags have a hook that hooks onto your cat harness so they can’t escape the bag and go missing on you. If your bag does not have this feature I would not recommend using it.
If you need to get a harness the best one to go with is the “Kitty Holster Cat Harness (click here for the amazon link)“.
I also wrote an article on my favorite cat harnesses which you can find at the link here “Best Cat Harnesses You Can Buy“.
Some Things to Consider
Cats are known to not like new things so as a result they hate moving around in bags like this and they have to be trained to enjoy the backpack most of the time. Your cat also may never get used to the backpack. It just depends on your cats personality.
How To Get Them Used To The Backpack
The best thing to do is let your cat explore the bag and let them get used to it being around the house. The bag will also start to smell like your home which will make the backpack more comfortable for them when they are traveling around in it.
If they won’t go in the bag leave things like toys or catnip inside of it and eventually they will find them and go inside of the backpack.
1: Lemonda Portable Travel Pet Carrier Backpack
This is probably one of the best ones you can get on Amazon. Its cheap and it works very well. It has a neat space capsule design and it also has a locking feature so even if the backpack is open your cat won’t be able to run away. It comes in several different colors as well. Click here to see the current price on amazon.
2: Texsens Innovative Traveler Bubble Backpack
This is also another really nice design that you could go with. It’s similar to the design of the Lemonada but it has a slightly different shape and is made out of leather like material and not acrylic. Colors include Black, Blue, Coffee, Pink and Yellow. Click here to see the current price on Amazon.
3: PetAmi Premium Pet Carrier Backpack
I really like the design of this one because it has a bottom hole in the front so you don’t have to pick up your cat to put them in or out of the backpack. They can just walk in and out themselves which is really convenient.
It also has a locking feature so your cat doesn’t get away. This one comes in Black, Grey, Heather Charcoal, Heather Grey, Light Blue, Pink, Purple, Red and Royal Blue. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
4: Keedo Pet Cat Dog Puppy Carrier Travel Bag Space Capsule Transparent Backpack
This one has the same shape as the Lemonada but it doesn’t have a capsule and the entire front is clear. It also has a hole on the left side so your cat can easily walk in when you need to go somewhere.
This one also includes the locking feature so your cat doesn’t run away. You can choose from Green, Red or Yellow. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
5: HBuir Innovative Diamond Traveler Pet Carrier Shoulder Backpack
This one has one of my favorite designs but it’s slightly more pricier than other models. Everything about this one is great and has the locking mechanism as well. If you have the extra money its totally worth it in my opinion. Colors include Black or White. Click here for the current price on Amazon.
6: PetAmi Deluxe Pet Carrier Backpack
This is another one with an interesting design. Instead of hard plastic dome in the front it has a mesh window instead. It also has mesh on the sides which you can put your drinks or other belongings in as well.
Colors include Black, Charcoal, Dark Grey, Heather Grey, Heather Navy, Heather Purple, Heather Taupe, Light Blue, Light Grey, Pink, Red and Royal Blue. Click here to check the current Price on Amazon.
7: Kurgo K9 Dog & Cat Carrier Backpack
I like this one because it has more of an open design which can be beneficial in some scenarios and its completely water proof. This backpack also has a really nice look and quality feel to it and you can even fit your laptop inside of it. This backpack can also hold up to 25 pounds. Comes in Heather Grey as well. Click here to check the current price on chewy.com.
8: Petsfit Comfort Dogs Carriers Backpack
This one is really nice and includes a mesh style window in the front and it has pouches on the sides to put belongings into when you are on the go. It comes in two styles of Grey. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
9: Anzone Portable Space Capsule Pet Carrier Backpack
This is another great option if you want something really basic but also want a choice of a lot of different colors as well. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
10: Xpect Cat Carrier Bubble Backpack
I really like this particular bag because it looks similar to a pokeball. Best of all it is also airline approved. It even comes with bonus accessories including a collapsible bowl, a plush mat and an air permeable honeycomb cover if you want to change the front dome.
If you don’t really like the idea of the pokeball design there are also other colors including Green, Pink and Yellow. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
11: SuYoYo Transparent Pet Carrier Waterproof Travel Bag
This is another really nice bag that you could go with. I like this one because it is completely clear in the front so your cat can see more of what is going on around them.
the sides of the bag also have a mesh material on the bottom. The only con is that it doesn’t come in many colors which are blue and yellow. Click here for the current price on Amazon.
12: ibiyaya Multi function Pet Carrier
This is one of the best backpacks you can get if you want something with multiple uses. It not only works as a cat backpack but also works as a cat carrier, car seat, and a pet stroller which is really nice if you constantly travel with your pet all the time.
As if this thing weren’t good enough it also comes in a lot of colors as well including blue, brown, green, orange and pink. Click here to check the current price on Amazon.
13: Pet Gear I-GO2 Escort Backpack & Rolling Pet Carrier
This is another nice multi functional backpack that you can use as a carrier, car seat, backpack, roller bag and tote with a telescoping handle. Another nice feature of this bag is that you can expand the sides 3 more inches. It also has a tether that attaches to your cats harness and a fleece lining on the bottom.
It comes in copper, and ocean blue. Click here to check the current price on chewy.com.
14: Pet Gear I-GO2 Sport Backpack & Rolling Pet Carrier
This is one is similar to number 13 with a slightly different design. Just like the one above its multi functional and works as a carrier, car seat, backpack, roller bag and a tote. This one only comes in misty blue. Click here to check the current price on chewy.com.
15: Lollimeow Pet Carrier Backpack
This is a really nice backpack because its fully breathable and you can fold it up and store it when you don’t need to use it anymore. I also like how the side of the backpack opens which is really useful as well.
The mesh that the backpack is made out of is also scratch resistant so you don’t have to worry about holes. It comes in black and pink. Click here to check the current price on amazon.
16: The Fat Cat Backpack
This backpack is the best choice if you have a very large cat and you want to put them inside of a cat backpack. It has a front bubble design and it has side mesh windows. This one is also airline approved if you need to fly with your cat.
They also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and if your bag is defective they will send you a full replacement in 10 days. Click here to check the current price on amazon.
As long as the backpack is made out of good material and its the right size for your cat it should be a good choice to go with.