Are Cat Bubble Backpacks the New Black? 

Who amongst us devoted cat parents have not longed for that Lion King moment in the mountains with our beloved puss? Dog-walking is so over-rated when you can go hiking with your buddy in a cool cat backpack, amirite? (Please don’t tell Reina, I said that).

But seriously, have you seen the latest bubble backpack cat carriers? As a short and wimpy cat owner, traditional cat carriers are not comfortable for me to carry.  They are bulky,  heavy and awkward.


I never feel like I have a proper grip or that the cat is secure. It also gets tiring pretty quickly, especially with my youngest tom, Stewy, who is a hefty lump of a thing.   Plus, I don’t drive, so by the time I have lugged my poorly puss to and from the vet by bus, my shoulders ache. My ears too because he has wailed unhappily, all the way, in both directions.

So, given that lugging the cats anywhere is all pain and no pleasure, for me, the cat and the bus passengers, it is not something I ever do for fun.   But, my friends, I do believe that is all about to change …

 

Blown Away By A Cat Bubble Backpack

A couple in a cafe was making such a fuss over a stranger’s brightly colored backpack that it drew my attention. Glancing over, I saw a little face peering out of a little window in the pack, obviously unfazed by the attention he was attracting. He looked just like my Spike, right down to the snooty attitude. 

The cat’s dad turned out to be Mike, and he told me that he was just on the way back from taking Sheldon to the vet. He said the bubble backpack was the best thing he ever bought for Sheldon and that now he was used to it, he got mad when Mike left the house without him. 

After chatting a bit, Mike set the backpack on his back, jumped on his bike and cycled off with Sheldon still calmly looking out at the world.  

Benefits of Catpacking

The first benefit of these cool newfangled cat carriers is obvious.  Being a backpack, rather than sports bag shape, the cat’s weight is spread evenly across both shoulders and back. making it far more comfortable for the person doing the carrying.

Secondly, the backpack shifts around much less than a single shoulder strap carrier so the cat is going to be jostled a lot less.  

There are different sizes available. A couple of brands are made particularly for big cats so you have the option of choosing a size that works best for you and your kitty.

Bubble backpacks are carried high on your back giving your cat a good view of the world and turning what was an unpleasant experience into a jaunty outing.

And lastly, how else are you going to ever have that Lion King experience if you do not go hiking with your cat?

U-pet Innovative Patent Bubble Pet Carrier

This UPET carrier has a hard shell which is good for protecting your cat’s space inside. Some of the softer carriers can collapse in on themselves a bit and that must not be so comfortable for the cat. They are in bright glossy colors, a lemon yellow, lime green, and a bubblegum pink which are guaranteed to make you stand out in a crowd, If that is, the crowd are not already at your little castronaut already.

The U-Pet company started producing cat carriers in 2013. They have a few styles now including versions with a hand strap and shoulder strap but it is this backpack version that gets my vote. Your purchase includes the carrier, a semi-sphere transparent window, an interchangeable mesh panel, and removable and replacement washable fleece pad

Features:

2 interchangeable windows
Scratch-resistant mesh
Comfortable shoulder strap
Back door design
Security Leash attachment
Removable soft pad

 

  • Dimensions: 13.4″L x 13″W x 16.9″H.
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • For pets up to 16 pounds

Lollimeow Cat Carrier Travel Bag Space Capsule Transparent Backpack Breathable 360° Sightseeing Airline Approved

The entire front of the Lolliemeow carrier is transparent. It is one of the lightest of the bubble backpacks, and there is no denying it is super cute. It does seem on the small side though and its described limit of 13 pounds is perhaps on the high side.

The large transparent window is ideal for confident kitties, though if your cat is on the nervous side, you would be better with one which has a covered section.

The shoulder straps are wide and comfortable and the shell itself is lightweight so you could be off on a backcatting adventure for hours without feeling the straps dig in. Also the bottom of the shell is removable for cleaning which is a very handy feature in case of any accidents.

Features:

Lightweight, durable shell with hard top and base
Built-in locking system
Ventilation holes distributed evenly
Breathable cover
Durable and water resistant
Easy to clean
Airline Approved

  • Dimensions: 11.42” x 10.63” x 16.14”
  • Weight: 2.7 pounds (approx)
  • For pets up to 13 pounds

PetAmi Premium Backpack for Small Cats  Designed for Travel, Hiking & Outdoor Use

This is a super popular cat backpack. There’s  no cute bubble for your puss to look cute peering out of, but there is a mesh window to the front and sides so plenty of visibility and ventilation.

The frame is supported so it won’t cave in and there is a safety  strap and buckle to stop any Houdini like escape attempts.

Inside is sherpa-lined for comfort and this reasonably priced cat carrier comes with the added thoughtful touches of a pet I.D. badge on front and a collapsible water bowl.

The PetAmi Backpack comes in a wide variety of colors and is made of durable high grade polyester.

 

Features:

Durable polyester with good ventilation and visibility
Waist and shoulder buckles  for extra support, double padded straps for comfort.
Safety strap, collapsible bowl included
 

  • Dimensions: 12.5 x 10.2” x 16.3 Inches
  • Weight: 4 pounds (approx)
  • For pets up to 18 pounds

Texsens Innovative Traveler Bubble Backpack Airline Travel Approved

This boxy backpack is available in this rose color an ash grey, a dark blue and a brown. It has a semisphere window and switchable mesh screen.

There are different sizes available, with the largest accommodating a small dog or cat of up to 13 pounds at a squeeze.

There are shoulder straps and a carrying handle. Lots of ventilation holes and a built-in security leash make for comfort to carry and security for you cat. 

One thing that would have been nice to see however, is some form of pocket or pouch.

 

 

Features:

Semi-sphere bubble is interchangeable with a mesh window.

Built-in security leash, mesh panels & ventilation holes, soft washable pad, top & side entries for maximum accessibility, easy storage and travel – comfort, convenience and safety.

 

  • Dimensions: 13.39  x 9.84  x 17.32 Inches
  • Weight: 4.4 Pound
  • Fits cat up to 13 pounds. Perfect for 10 pounds cat.

FAT CAT Bubble Carrier for Cats of a Generous Size

Garfield and other generously sized felines are not going to fit into the standard bubble backpacks. If you have Main Coone or just a cat that likes too much pizza, you need a king/size cat carrier.

The original Fat Cat Backpack is  just such a beast. Definitely amongst the most expensive of the options, still this backpack is pretty much the largest you will find on the market.

There are two side pockets, adjustable shoulder straps and an adjustable chest strap. This makes carrying more comfortable and the pockets are very handy.

There is a security leash and clip so if your big boned fur babe has had enough of gazing out the bubble you can open the top and safely let him hang out with his admirers.

Features:

2 interchangeable windows
Scratch-resistant mesh
Comfortable shoulder strap
Back door design
Security Leash attachment
Removable soft pad

 

  • Dimensions: 13.4″L x 13″W x 16.9″H.
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • For pets up to 16 pounds
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