There aren’t too many cat carriers that include wheels, although any owner that has had to lug a cat from the backseat of the car even just as far as the vet’s waiting room will know that our furry friends can be deceptively heavy once you include the weight of the carrier and its contents.
Below, we have included reviews of 10 of the best rolling cat carriers we could find, taking into account their portability and mobility, quality of build, and cost. Take a look to find the best transporting system for your cats.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites of 2023
|Best Overall||Gen7Pets Cat Roller Carrier||
|Best Value||Pet Gear Traveler Pet Rolling Carrier||
|Premium Choice||Snoozer Roll Around Carrier||
|Sherpa Pet Carrier Bag||
|KOPEKS Detachable Wheel Pet Carrier||
The 10 Best Cat Carriers on Wheels
1. Gen7Pets Geometric Roller Carrier – Best Overall
|Size:||10.5”L x 16.5”W x 19”H|
The Gen7Pets Geometric Roller Carrier has a self-righting platform that ensures your cat is always sitting or laying down horizontally. It has comfort pads, which are similar to cushions, and there are doors on the front and the top of the carrier allowing for quick and easy access.
The bag itself is made from a polyester material with mesh windows. The mesh allows air to pass through easily. Side pockets are ideal for carrying toys, bowls, and even prescriptions and other items. Although the Gen7Pets Geometric Roller Carrier is a good quality carrier, it is only suitable for animals up to 10 pounds, so larger cats may be too large for the roller.
It is also quite expensive for occasional use. However, it is easy to use and does ensure safety and comfort for your cat, making it the best overall cat carrier on wheels.
2. Pet Gear I-GO2 Traveler Dog & Cat Rolling Carrier – Best Value
|Size:||16”L x 12”W x 15”H|
The Pet Gear I-GO2 Traveler Dog & Cat Rolling Carrier is a cheap but good quality carrier. It is large enough and offers capacity for cats weighing up to 15 pounds. While this still doesn’t offer enough capacity for large breeds, it offers more than the likes of the Gen7Pets model. It has a removable comfort pad and its sides and pouches are expandable.
The carrier can convert from a rolling bag to a backpack and a standard carrier, so you can carry it however it suits you. Although it lacks some of the luxury features of the Gen7Pets model, such as the self-righting platform, it is still a very good quality roller and it is a fraction of the price, which makes it the best cat carrier on wheels for the money.
3. Snoozer Roll Around – Premium Choice
|Size:||Medium 14”L x 11”W x 20”H; Large 15.5”L x 12.25”W x 23”H|
The Snoozer Roll Around comes in a choice of colors and sizes, with the larger of the two sizes being capable of carrying 30 pounds in weight. This means that the model should be adequate to carry even the likes of the Maine Coon cat breed.
The manufacturer claims that the carrier is airline approved, although it is worth bearing in mind that this independent of total weight, with the large model being too large. The 4-in-1 carrier converts from a roller to a backpack, car seat, or bed.
Made from polyester with breathable mesh windows, the Snoozer has a telescopic handle but you pull your cat at an angle, which most cats will dislike, and the solid wheels make for a rough ride.
4. Sherpa Dog & Cat Carrier Bag
|Size:||20”L x 12.25”W x 10.5”H|
The Sherpa Dog & Cat Carrier Bag represents a decent compromise between the I-GO2 and the Snoozer. It has a capacity of 22 pounds, which will be suitable for most cats including larger breeds. It is bag-shaped and is pulled on all four wheels, which means that your cat will remain at a straight and comfortable angle, too.
However, it is pulled by the material handle, which is not as secure as a telescopic handle, and even though it has faux lambskin liners that are designed for easy machine washing, it has proven very difficult to give the whole carrier a deep clean to get rid of more challenging stains.
Despite the larger capacity, the horizontal design of the carrier means that there isn’t much room inside and it is likely to be too cramped for most cats. It is expensive considering how much smaller it is than expected.
5. KOPEKS Detachable Wheel Pet Carrier
|Size:||20”L x 13”W x 11.5”H|
The KOPEKS Detachable Wheel Pet Carrier has a telescopic handle as well as a shoulder strap and handle. Made from Oxford fabric and featuring ventilation mesh panels, the bag is designed to offer a cool and comfortable environment in which to easily transport your cat.
However, it only has a 9-pound capacity, which means that it is not strong enough for any but the smallest of kittens. The telescopic handle is thin and flimsy, but it does have a handy side pocket that is large enough to carry any accessories for your pet kitty or pooch.
6. KOPEKS Deluxe Cat Carrier Backpack on Wheels
|Size:||13”L x 17.5”W x 20”H|
The KOPEKS Deluxe Cat Carrier Backpack on Wheels has a capacity of up to 18 pounds, so it will carry most cats, although not larger breeds. The polyester bag has mesh windows that allow air to pass through and provide a breathable atmosphere for your cat.
The telescopic handle makes this 3-in-1 carrier easier to pull around and more convenient to store, although the handle could be stronger so that it feels less likely to bend. Because this is a two-wheel design, it means that your cat is angled while being pulled around and not all cats will like this experience.
The carrier is priced around average, but it is not suitable for flights because its dimensions are too large to be used for carry-on, and airlines do not allow carriers and crates with wheels as cargo.
7. Pet Gear I-GO Cat Carrier Backpack
|Size:||16”L x 13.5”W x 22”H|
Although it has been replaced by the I-GO2, the first iteration of the Pet Gear I-GO Cat Carrier Backpack is still available. It has a capacity of up to 25 pounds, which should be suitable for all cats except the very largest of the largest breeds.
It comes in a choice of two colors and the I-GO converts between a car seat, backpack, and roller, so that you can transport your cat however you want and wherever you want. The telescopic handle makes for convenient storage and the storage pockets on the sides of the bag are great for items like toys and a leash, prescriptions, and anything else you might need.
However, this model is more expensive than the newer I-GO2, it is uncomfortable if you ever use it as a backpack, and the floor could be sturdier. This is another roller carrier that suffers from tilting your cat at an angle when you pull it along, too.
8. Ibiyaya 4-in-1 Pet Carrier
|Size:||15.7”L x 12.2”W x 17.3”H|
The Ibiyaya 2-in-1 Pet Carrier is a backpack that can be converted to a roller, thanks to the fur wheels on the base of the design. Also, thanks to the four wheels, your cat will always remain horizontal while in transit, which is more comfortable and more natural when compared to two-wheeled models that incline the cat.
While this does benefit the cat, it makes it more difficult to move around and pull because it demands an awkward pulling position. The adjustable trolley handle can be fully retracted for convenient storage and for when the carrier is being used as a backpack. It has rear pockets to hold toys and any other items, and the mesh windows offer a breathable and comfortable environment for the cat inside.
However, the Ibiyaya is expensive and while it might be useful for getting to and from the vets, it is just too large to fit under the seats so will not usually be allowed on flights.
9. PetsFit Rolling Pet Breathable Carrier
|Size:||26.6”L x 14.2”W x 17.9”H|
The PetsFits Rolling Pet Breathable Carrier is a four–wheeled carrier that has a weight capacity of up to 28 pounds, enabling it for use for any cat, as well as for small breeds of dog. The four-wheeled design means that your cat will be kept horizontal during transit, which is more comfortable and more convenient. The mesh windows provide good ventilation and ensure that your pet can breathe during the journey. The retractable handle can be fully retracted but the bag is expensive, and dogs and even some particularly determined cats have been able to escape from the bag during transit.
Buyer’s Guide: Selecting the Best Cat Carrier on Wheels
Cat carriers with wheels are easier and lighter to move. They can provide your cat with a better experience because they won’t be getting knocked against your leg and swung around as you try and retain your balance.
They may also benefit from the additional room because if the carrier is easier to move, it means that you can justify having a larger carrier that gives additional space. But there are different styles of carriers on the market, including those that convert between backpack, bed, and roller. While most of these types of carriers are made from polyester, you should consider the weight capacity and also the dimensions of the carrier.
Although the number of wheeled cat carriers is more restricted than other styles, there are still some good options out there. When looking for your own cat carrier with wheels, consider the following options:
The capacity of the carrier is the total weight that can safely be carried in the bag. If you try carrying more than this, the bottom of the bag may be prone to give way, the wheels may buckle, or the handle could bend. The capacity of these carriers is usually around 10 pounds, which is only the weight of a kitten or a small breed of cat.
Some carriers can carry up to nearly 30 pounds, which is more than even the largest breed of cat usually weighs. Weigh your cat, consider whether it is likely to put weight on in the future, and then buy according to your findings.
However, remember that weight only tells part of the story, and you should also look at the dimensions of the carrier section of the bag. Measure the length and width of your cat, as well as its height when standing, and ensure that you choose something that will allow your cat ample room while being transported around.
Virtually all examples of wheeled carriers that we found were made from a combination of polyester walls and base, and mesh windows. The polyester is tough and strong and will support the weight of cats. It is not easily damaged even by cat scratches, and it can be cleaned easily in the event of an accident. The mesh windows allow air to pass through, making it comfortable and safe for your cat. These materials are generally considered the best combination.
Carriers either have two or four wheels. Two wheels are more maneuverable but the carrier itself will usually have a more upright or vertical design. These carriers also mean that your cat will be tilted when you lean the carrier over onto the two wheels. Four-wheeled models allow your cat to stay flat while transporting, but the carrier has a larger footprint and is more difficult to navigate, especially in tight spaces.
Using the information above and our reviews, you can find a rolling cat carrier or a cat carrier on wheels, that is portable and mobile while offering appropriate capacity and decent dimensions. Make sure it is rough and durable, and that it can be used in the ways that you want to use it.
While compiling the reviews for this piece, we found the Gen7Pets Geometric Roller Carrier, with its self-righting platform, was the best overall model, while the Pet Gear I-Go2 was the best value with a good quality telescopic handle, although the 15-pound capacity could be more generous.
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