Each and every time you take your rabbit to the vet, or whenever you need to travel with them in a car, you will need a safe method of transport. Of course, it may be tempting to let your furry friend go unrestrained in the car or to just hold your bunny in your arms on the street, but both of these are terrible ideas.
In the event of a car accident, an unsecured rabbit is more likely to be killed or seriously injured than one in a carrier. Even being on the street with your pet in your arms can be dangerous. It would only take a sudden or unexpected noise, such as a large truck going by, or a blast from a car horn to startle your rabbit and cause them to jump from your arms into the path of danger.
So, whether you’ve been keeping rabbits for years, or you’ve just bought your first one, owning a good quality rabbit carrier is essential.
As with many pet products, there are a lot of different types, styles, and brands of the best rabbit carriers to choose from. Many of them are fantastic, some are better than others, and unfortunately, there are also a few that are just not suitable at all. So, to help you decide which rabbit carrier is right for you, we’ve put together this list of reviews of the best rabbit carriers available in 2021.
A Quick Glance at the Winners of 2022
|Best Overall||Kaytee Come Along||
|Best Value||Living World||
|Premium Choice||HDP Purse||
|Kaytee Take Me With||
|Petsfit Soft Sided||
The 8 Best Rabbit Carriers:
1. Kaytee Come Along Rabbit Carrier Bag – Best Overall
In preparing this article, we’ve had a close look at and compared quite many different rabbit carriers, and we’re quite comfortable in saying that this product from Kaytee rates as the best overall product that we’ve seen.
It is made from tough, durable nylon, has a secure zip front, has a good-sized mesh window for ventilation, and has a robust well-placed handle. We like that this carrier can be easily washed and disinfected, and we found the inclusion of a zippered storage pocket to be quite handy.
The only downside we noticed is that it is quite a small animal carrier. Despite being available in three different sizes, even the largest size may not be big enough for a large breed of rabbit.
All in all, this is one of the best rabbit carrier bags of 2021.
2. Living World Rabbit Carrier – Best Value
If you are looking for an inexpensive and well build carrier for a small rabbit, look no further than this small animal carrier from Living World.
It features an easy to access clear plastic top door, ventilated side slits and is constructed from durable, chew-proof plastic. It also has a textured interior, which will help prevent your pet sledding about while traveling. We also like that it can easily be pulled apart for easy cleaning and sanitizing. All of which adds up to this carrier being the best rabbit carrier for the money.
3. HDP Bunny Carrier Purse/Bag – Premium Choice
If you are looking for a quality product with plenty of style, this HDP Carrier Purse could be your best choice.
It isn’t the cheapest carrier that we’ve reviewed, but it is well built and will allow you to carry and transport your pet in complete comfort. It features a removable and washable inner pillow base for support, a peephole that will enable your pet to stick its hear out and look around, and is constructed from soft, durable, and washable padded fabric.
This may not be the best choice if you have a rabbit that is a little flighty, as they may try to wriggle out through the top peephole. But, if you want a stylish bag type carrier to take your rabbit on a trip, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more practical carrier than this.
4. Kaytee Rabbit Travel Carrier
We really like Kaytee carriers, and this is the second model of theirs that has made or list of top products.
This one is more of a traditional cage-style carrier and is strong, secure, and built to last. It is best suited for a small to medium-sized rabbit and can be paired with our best overall choice, Katree’s Come Along Animal Carrier, to provide additional covered comfort.
On its own, this carrier is quite open. Of course, if you don’t want to purchase the additional external carrier, you could provide your pet with a darker, more private space by placing a towel over the cage.
5. Petsfit DCC0132 Pet Rabbit Carriers
This soft-sided carrier is another excellent choice if you are looking for a stylish product that can be carried over the shoulder. It comes complete with a soft, machine-washable mat, a large zip front opening, ventilated sides, and also folds to be completely flat when not in use.
The carrier is 16 inches long and is designed to safely carry any small or medium-sized rabbit in complete comfort. It has been constructed from PU leather and has an EVA inner, meaning the carrier can be easily wiped cleaned and will hold its shape.
Our only concern with this product is that we’ve read several reports that the zipper is quite flimsy and often gets caught on the sides of the carrier.
6. MidWest 1419SPB Travel Rabbit-Carrier
This carrier is the traditional style pet crate, and as such is a tried and proven design. Constructed from hard plastic, it has a large secure metal grill door, plenty of ventilation, and comes complete and ready for you to assemble.
It isn’t the most comfortable carrier on the market. Still, if you’re looking for a no-nonsense, traditional crate style carrier for your rabbit, this might be the answer for you. It is available in blue, green, or red and two sizes. The largest of which is big enough to carry rabbits of any size.
7. Pet Magasin Collapsible Bunny Carrier Bag
This hardcover collapsible pet carrier is a modern take on the traditional pet crate style carrier. It is large enough to take even the biggest of rabbits, has a soft washable inner mat, a solid plastic base and top, and soft ventilated sides.
This is another carrier that is zippered together, and when not in use, the pieces can be unzipped for cleaning and storage. It is quite a practical design and a little more stylish than a traditional pet crate. It is quite an expensive carrier, isn’t quite as heavy-duty as some of the other carriers we’ve reviewed. In fact, we’ve read several reports of the carrier’s zippered parts falling apart while in use, and we also have some concerns about the quality of the mesh door.
8. Ferplast Atlas 20 Rabbit Carrier
This carrier from Ferplast is another hard plastic style crate style pet carrier. It appears to be solidly built, is available in pink or blue, and will be large enough for even the largest of rabbits. Like other hard crate carriers, it has a secure metal grill door, and a reliable top-mounted carry handle.
It is quite an expensive carrier, and easily the most expensive product on our list. This carrier may be suitable for you if you are looking for a no-fuss, hardwearing create style carrier to transport your rabbit in the car.
Having a suitable rabbit carrier that works well for both you and your pet is essential. Every time you need to take your pet out of the house, whether it is to visit the vet, to have your pet boarded, or for any other reason, you’ll need to put them in a carrier.
As you can see for the products that we have reviewed above, there are quite a variety of different carriers available on the market. Choosing the best rabbit carrier can be difficult, and there are several factors (besides price) that you need to consider, including:
Consider the Size
For the comfort and safety of your rabbit, you must get a carrier that is big enough for your pet to both sit in and lay down comfortably. Depending upon where you live, and how far you are traveling, your rabbit may have to spend several hours at a time in their carrier. The last thing you want is for your pet to be uncomfortable or in pain because their carrier isn’t big enough.
With size in mind, if you have a rabbit that is quite young, don’t forget to consider just how big your rabbit will likely grow. Depending on the type, a good quality rabbit carrier can last for many years, so you need to make sure it will still be practical in the future.
Ensuring your rabbit carrier has sufficient ventilation to allow in plenty of fresh air is essential. Rabbits are used to sleeping in confined dens and hutches, but they require plenty of fresh air to ensure that they are both able to breathe and that they’re comfortable.
Is it easy to clean?
Unless you plan on using disposable cardboard carriers, you need to consider how easy it will be to keep your rabbit’s new carrier clean. Not only do you need to consider the mess that your rabbit will make in a carrier, but, as you will use your carrier to transport your pet if they get sick, you need to ensure it is also easy to disinfect.
Is it secure?
If you own a rabbit, you already know that they like to chew through things. A flimsy carrier that is made from materials that your rabbit can eat won’t last very long and may, in fact, allow your rabbit to escape mid-trip. You should also ensure that it is easy to close and that the fastener can be latched securely to prevent your rabbit from escaping.
Consider the access
Having enough space for your rabbit in your carrier is one thing, but you also need to ensure that the carrier you choose is designed in such a way that it is easy to get your rabbit in and out.
Generally, getting a rabbit out of a carrier is easy, but when they are sick, injured, or just scared, you need a design that allows you to reach right in and lift your long-eared furry friend out. Conversely, if you’ve ever tried to put a rabbit into a box or carrier that it doesn’t want to go into, you’ll understand the need to ensure your carrier is designed to make access easy.
How easy is it to carry?
Rabbit carriers can be awkward things to carry, and when you add a large rabbit, they can also be quite heavy. As such, you find a design that has a solidly built carry handle that is logically positioned and is strong enough to take the weight of your rabbit.
If you have more than one rabbit to carry, you may also want to consider a model that comes with a carry strap of that is on wheels.
Hopefully, our reviews have helped to consider the types of carriers available, and which features are important for you and your pet.
All of the carriers we have reviewed could be a good choice, and before you select one, we recommend that you consider the features of the products, as well as its pros and cons.
We truly hope this guide helps you find the best rabbit carrier for you and your pet. Good luck!
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