Floppycats’ reader, Erica, emailed me the other day and asked, “I was watching your videos on the sleepy pod air and had some questions (I have been searching searching the internet for an answer but haven’t seemed to have found one). I’m planning on getting a Ragdoll kitten… I will be a 1st time cat owner and have fallen in love with the Ragdoll personality […] I travel at least once every year and I want to be able to take my cat in cabin on the flights but I wonder if the male Ragdoll will be too big to fit in cabin. […] Have you ever traveled or know someone whose traveled in cabin with their heavy male Ragdolls?”
I reached out on Facebook to see what other Floppycats’ readers had to say:
Sharon Shulby, a Ragdoll breeder wrote:
Jill recommended the Marchioro Cayman Pet Carriers. “I use the Cayman 2 for my big guy, Caymus. And a slightly smaller version, Cayman 1, for my Murphy. These are great carriers – very easy to undo at the vet’s office and my vet always tells me how much she likes them. This is a carrier you can get for your kitten and use it through their adulthood. In other words, a carrier that will last 20 years and beyond.”
- Cayman 3 Pet Carrier
(This is Caymus’ carrier – he’s 17-18 lbs. Carrier measures 25 x 17 x 17 inches ; 3 pounds)
- Cayman 2 Pet Carrier
(This is Murphy’s carrier – he’s 11-12 lbs. Carrier measures 22.2 x 14 x 14.2 inches ; 3 pounds )
Martha recommended the Petmate Two Door Top Load 24-Inch Kennel, which is constructed of steel and plastic. It also has a secure carry handle.
Michelle recommended, “I love my Sleepypod! It’s the only carrier that kept my cat relaxed on his many trips to the Vet.”
Kim said , “I love my Sleepypod! It’s very comfy for my cat, and fits in my car seat with places for the seat belt to hold it.”
Cindy recommended, “I really like Sturdibag. It fits nicely under the airlines seat and has springy supports so the top of the bag doesn’t collapse on the animal. It’s very sturdy too!”
Claudia recommended, “The Sherpa American Kennel soft carrier. Meant for a small dog but our cats love it. It is attractive but very comfortable with a furry bottom. The top and end zippers make it so easy to move the cats in and out. Also it is the right size for taking on the airplane if you must travel.”
Sharon said, “Sherpa gets my vote!! Large for the ragdolls. And on wheels to help my back. One of the few carriers I’ve found that rolls flat and doesn’t tip the cat when you’re rolling it. Handle adjusts to a variety of positions. Soft interior. Sheepskin like. The interior removes for easy cleaning. It’s also guaranteed to be allowed on airlines. (At least it used to be). A bit pricey at $110 or more, but well worth it. You can also get replacement wheels. 99891 is the model # for Sherpa!”
Do you love your travel pet carrier for your cat? What brand, size, etc. is it? I would love to feature it here! Have you taken your kitty on an airplane with it? Is it an approved airline pet carrier?