The Fluffy Kitty

The Best Cat Travel Accessories (Adventure Kitty Approved)

By: Author The Fluffy Kitty

Posted on Last updated: August 3, 2022

Categories Cat Travel

Is it possible to travel with a cat? Heck yes! We are proof that it’s possible & Yoda makes our adventures around the world even more meaningful.  

But we have definitely found that having the right cat travel gear can make all the difference when it comes to helping your furry explorers feel safe & comfortable. 

In fact, it’s one of our top tips when asked how to get a cat used to traveling. 

So we’ve decided to create a cat travel equipment list for new adventure kitties, recommending all the top items you’ll need for flying, driving or hiking your way around the globe with your fur-friend by your side. 

These items can help train your cat to travel like a pro & make your life as a pet parent 100x easier. 

Table of Contents

The Cat Travel Equipment List

cat carrier

Every cat travel kit should include: 

  • Travel dishes (& food)
  • Water carrier (& fresh water)
  • Cat travel litter box/tray
  • Cat backpack with window
  • Leash & Harness
  • Travel friendly toys 
  • First aid kit 
  • Essential documents 

We’ll be sharing our personal favorite options for these below, covering all the top travel gear for cats, plus a few top tips along the way. To set you and your feline friend up for a calm & enjoyable trip!

But first – how do we pick our travel favorites? Paul, Yoda & I have a certain criteria that we like to stick to:

  • Cat-centric – We choose products that are made specifically for cats, with their wellbeing in mind. We choose items that are geared towards their safety & happiness, allowing them to fulfill natural urges in healthy ways. 
  • Eco-friendly – We always try to find the most sustainable options we can, with Earth’s health in mind. While no one is ever perfect, our choices can make a difference – so we reflect this in our suggestions. 
  • Accessible – We all love to spoil our pets, but that can mean something different to each of us. So we include a range of options at different price tags, to include all cat lovers in our community. 

1. Cat Carriers 

While you may not think you need a carrier if you are heading off in your RV, even when you aren’t traveling by plane a cat carrier can come in real handy. You never know when you might need to visit the vets, or need to contain your cat for some other reason. 

This is why I like super sturdy yet lightweight options. Bonus points if they fold down too!

Our favorite all-rounder is the Mr. Peanut’s Airline Approved Soft Sided Pet Carrier . A great fit for pet parents looking to get a good value-for-money, a collapsible & expandable option, and also airline approved!

If you want more airline & portable options, check out our Guide To The Best Cat Carriers.

My other top tip? If you are traveling super lightweight, a cat backpack could double as a carrier…see our cat backpack recommendations below. 

cat backpack on beach

2. Travel dishes 

For travel dishes, you want something light, easily packable & sturdy enough to keep up with your adventures! 

If you are hiking or out on the road, a collapsible bowl will be your best way to go. I like the Simple SLSON Collapsing Bowl , again because it’s lightweight, really durable (so it will last) & super easy to clean. Plus it’s got a handy clip, so if you want it easily accessible or can’t squeeze it in anywhere, you’re covered! 

If you’re in a campervan or RV, you might want a more permanent solution that’s still travel friendly. For this I’d recommend a light, non-slip bowl. This option from Beco is cool because its low rim is whisker friendly, and it’s made from durable & sustainable bamboo. Grippy rubber pads secure the bowl from below too.

Read our tips for feline road trips 🚐

  • Car Travel With Cats – 10 Easy Steps
  •  RV Travel With Cats – The Ultimate Guide
  • Ultimate Guide to Van Life with a Cat

For an extra dash of travel security, I sometimes add a non-slip mat too – for those rockier journeys! This Bohemian Pet Food Mat is a winner on all fronts. It’s made from recyclable materials, is waterproof and grippy & it’s super cute too (Bingo!).

3. Water Carrier

Having fresh water on hand is always important when traveling, especially on longer trips. So a good pet water bottle is top of my list for cat car travel accessories.

I love this Pet Water Bottle , because it’s got a huge capacity & easy carry options. Meaning you’ll make the most of every refill without it weighing you down. 

More importantly, it’s BPA free, the parts are easily detachable for cleaning & it’s recyclable too. 

Though it’s designed for dogs, I also love the Kong stainless steel options – especially for hot climates. These are a little bulkier, but they keep water cool for a super long time, which can really help a furry kitty on a hot day! The clip means you can attach it to your belt for hiking too. 

P.S – It’s always a good idea to confirm the cleanliness and hygiene level of drinking water before filling your bottle.

A long day’s traveling leads to plenty of naptime ahead. Comfortable, non-bulky yet supportive bedding is key to helping your cat feel cozy, wherever they are. 

This handcrafted Wool Pet Bed is a great option for campers & RVs as it’s small, lightweight & washable. But it’s also sturdy enough to offer support and soft enough to offer lots of comfort for your kitty.

If you need something even more adventure friendly, this Travel Pet Blanket rolls up into a tight ball. Another bonus is that it’s water resistant on one side, should you need it! 

gray tripod cat sticking tongue while laying in cat bed

5. Cat Travel Litter Box

Probably the trickiest part of traveling with a cat is toilet time, right? Well we’ve got you covered! Check out our RV & Camper guides for those recommendations. But for everything in between..

This Portable Stress Free litter box looks like a game changer. It’s another lightweight must-have, and collapsible too, so you can bring it anywhere and open it up as needed. 

Plus, a durable waterproof liner makes for easy cleaning and leak-free usage. Phew! 

Disposable boxes might sound like a big no no, but KITTY SIFT has boxes that are made from recycled paper, meaning they are compostable when you are done with them – amazing right! We also reviewed the Nature’s Miracle disposable litter box, and loved it! It’s super long-lasting and uses integrated baking soda to keep odors at bay. 

Really want to keep the mess to a minimum? Read our guide to The Best Cat Litter Mats .

6. Cat Backpack 

Perfect for seeing the sights together, we like a cat backpack with window options or an opening so your kitty can watch the world go by. Yoda loves it!

We own the Mister Peanut Backpack and we love it because:

  • It can hold up to 15 lbs, so even larger cat breeds can enjoy a ride on your back.
  • It has a harness clip, so your cat can hang out/pop their heads out safely.
  • It’s comfortable to wear, even for longer hikes and trips.

At around 50-60 dollars (as of 2021) it is great value for money! We even use it as a carrier in the plane. 

Don’t forget, your next option for outdoor exploration is coming up next…

We’ve got plenty of other backpack options to suit your style & budget here: 10 Best Cat Backpacks for Adventurous Felines .

And our 12 Do’s and Don’ts of Backpacking with a Cat !

7. Leash & Harness

When it comes to travel, we are always on the hunt for the next best cat harness so Yoda can join along on our local exploration. We look for harnesses that are safe but easy to slip on, durable, non-bulky & comfy but always stylish! 🙂

Recently we reviewed the Supakit Vegan Cork Cat Harness , because for us it checked all our boxes. We used it extensively while visiting Guadeloupe and it worked very well

Materials that are gentle on the environment, a company that gives back to the cat community & products specially created for adventure cats. Plus we loved how it fits – allowing Yoda loads of freedom and comfort. 

Supakit also makes hardy & durable leashes that are comfortable to hold and allow for all kinds of adventures. They even have a super cool retractable option which is great for allowing your kitty a little more freedom. 

For more options, check out our guide to The 5 Best Cat Harnesses for Adventurous Felines .

a gray cat wearing blue harness by supakit

8. Travel Friendly Toys

Keeping cats entertained is just as important when you are on the road. Especially if you are in a confined space for a short, or longer period of time. 

It’s great to bring a few of your kitty’s favorites with you , as this can help them feel more at home wherever you are. But pick wisely – it’s probably best to leave anything hefty behind and just take your smaller toys. 

A compostable or recyclable scratching pad, like these 3 in 1 Scratch Pads , is a great way to keep your packing light whilst also allowing your kitty to do that all-important claw sharpening!

On your way, you can also use any cardboard leftovers, such as toilet rolls or boxes, to create eco-friendly fortress toys or treat dispensers for your feline sidekick. 

 9. First Aid Kit 

It always pays to be prepared, and adding to your own first aid kit with a few feline specific supplies is always top of my packing list. 

Including some pet-safe bandages, antiseptic & tape are a must. 

If you’d rather have a whole dedicated pack for your furry friend, the Pet Products Pocket First Aid Kit comes in a really handy clip bag. It’s designed to be easily transportable, but contains enough essentials to help you feel calm and prepared in the event of an accident. 

10. Essential Documents 

The biggest packing nightmare? Trying to find your passport as the boarding gate is closing – right!?

This is why we keep everything concerning Yoda in a safe water proof document holder, so I can keep both mine and Paul’s & Yoda’s important information easily accessible & super safe. 

Want more detail on what documents to pack?

  • What Documents & Vaccinations Do Cats Need to Fly?
  • What Is a Pet Passport & Does Your Cat Need One?

Depending on your chosen location, whether it’s a mountain trail or a city beach break , and how you plan to get there, road trip in the RV or flying with a pet-friendly airline – your kit list might change. 

The above list covers all the essentials, but for those with specific destinations, activities or needs in mind, here are the extras you might consider adding to your cat travel kit list:

  • Pet wipes – biodegradable wipes can be a great eco-friendly option for keeping your kitty clean and hygienic on their travels. 
  • Life jacket – kayaking or boating? Your cat will need a life jacket too!
  • Cool bag – if you feed to keep things fresh, it’s a great idea to have a cool bag to keep meals at a safe temperature. I like these mini washable bags as they are super easy to pack. 
  • Stroller – uber handy for senior cats or local breaks. We’ve written a blog about why cat strollers rock , with a buying guide included too!
  • Relaxing music & natural supplements – in our post on 10 Ways to Calm My Cat Down for Travel , we discuss how training and natural aids can help keep your feline friend much happier than sedation can. Calming aromas like pet-safe lavender oil or CBD drops can help if you have a nervous kitty.

And there you have it! Our ultimate guide to the essential cat travel accessories. We hope you find the perfect addition to your packing list, that will see you through lots of amazing adventures together. Any questions? Or travel tips of your own? We’d love to hear them 🙂

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Best Spill-Proof Cat Water Bowls (Weighted & Untippable Dishes)

Updated on October 5, 2022 By MrBossCat Team

Best Spill-Proof Cat Water Bowl

Are you fed up with your cat tipping the water out of its water bowl? This is a common issue amongst cat owners but one that isn’t discussed much. Compared to cats not using their litter trays and clawing the furniture, crying over spilled water seems trivial. Nevertheless, it’s exceedingly frustrating when you’re frequently mopping up spills and replenishing your cat’s water.

Luckily,  this is a problem that comes with an easy fix ; simply replace your regular water bowl with an anti-spill cat bowl! However, as with all products, there are both incredible and terrible options out there. While some untippable water dishes do a fantastic job, others are a waste of money.

Having a playful cat myself who thinks splashing around in her water bowl is a great idea, I made it my mission to find the best spill-proof cat water bowl that actually works. In my opinion, the Modern Artisans Heavy-Weight Splash Free Water Bowl is by far the best, but I have also reviewed 11 other options so that you can choose the dish that is right for you!

Keep reading to discover all the best no-tip cat bowls and spill-proof dishes, a handy buying guide and reasons why your cat loves playing with their water.

My Top Pick

Modern artisans heavy-weight splash free water bowl.

cat travel waterer

I also have some other great alternative products to recommend to you, so keep reading for the low down on these so that you can make your cat’s drinking habits hassle-free.

Best Spill-Proof Cat Water Bowls

Before I go through my favorite non-spill water bowls for cats, I just wanted to highlight exactly what I was looking for in my ideal product. Here are all the features that the best untippable and splashproof cat water bowl should have.

  • Weighted: The top quality of a no-spill pet water bowl is that it is weighted. Weighted cat bowls make it near impossible for your cat to tip over by themselves, so the heavier, the better! Your cat also won’t be able to push a heavy bowl around the room as easily.
  • Non-Slip: Bowls with special non-slip material on the bottom also helps to keep the bowl in one place and prevent spills from being pushed around the room. Usually, rubber or silicone bases work well for this.
  • Shape: The shape of the bowl also helps to reduce spillages. Some have a wider base which makes it harder for your cat to tip over, and others have a lip over the top to protect against splashes from going all over the floor.
  • Easy to Clean: You need to keep your cat’s water bowl clean so that no bad bacteria or mold starts to grown, so opting for a design that is simple to clean is a must. For this reason, bowls that are dishwasher safe are preferable.
  • Material: When it came to material, the dish has to be durable to ensure the product would last, and BPA-free so that is safe for cats to drink from. Stainless steel or ceramic are two of the best options, but durable plastic also works okay for a water bowl.

With all these factors taken into consideration, here are the best spill-proof water bowls available today.

1. Modern Artisans Heavy-Weight Splash-Free Water Bowl (Best All-Rounder)

Firstly, this is a weighted water bowl for cats  weighing in at 2lbs . This is much too heavy for cats to tip over by themselves, no matter how hard they try! The reason the bowl is so heavy is that it is made from solid stoneware clay. This is an effective solution if your cat frequently tips their water bowl over.

As the bowl is made from clay, it is also extremely long-lasting. You may be worried about chipping a clay bowl, but the water dish has also been  covered in a chip-resistant glaze,  making it survive the wear and tear of everyday life, as well as being scratch-resistant. Plus, it is lead-free, calcium-free, and food-safe.

What I love most about this bowl is that the clay has been crafted into a smart shape with an inverted curved lip. So long as you don’t fill the water level up to beyond the interior rim, if your cat does splash around with their paws, the water will simply hit the lip and fall back into the bowl!

The only downside of this product is that it is hard to thoroughly clean the underside of the lip. Nevertheless, there are three draining holes to help water escape the rim, and the bowl is dishwasher safe, making cleaning more convenient; simply put the bowl in to wash along with your other dishes.

  • Made from durable and long-lasting clay
  • Smartly designed lip to prevent splashing
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Chip- and scratch-resistant glaze
  • Untippable cat water bowl weighing 2lbs
  • Lead-free, calcium-free, and food-safe
  • Handcrafted on the potter’s wheel
  • Difficult to clean under the lip

2. Petmate No Spill Water Bowl for Cats (Best for Traveling)

cat travel waterer

This bowl is pretty lightweight and so, in theory, can still be tipped over. However, because of the intelligent lip design, the lighter weight doesn’t make a difference. The lip is large and makes it difficult for cats to hook their paws underneath and tip the bowl over.

I also love the lip as it is incredible at protecting against splashes, so if your cat likes to dip their paws in the water as mine does, this could be your ideal product. Because of this design, it is also amazing for car journeys or when traveling. You can set the bowl in the car and know that there will be minimal spillages regardless of how windy or bumpy the roads are.

This spill-proof cat water bowl is also easy to clean as the lid comes off, meaning you can wash inside just like any other bowl. It is also dishwasher-safe for added convenience.

  • Durable and long-lasting plastic material
  • Lip to prevent splashing
  • Removable lid for easy cleaning
  • Not weighted, so there’s a possibility it can be tipped over
  • Made from plastic which can harbor bacteria

3. Bonza Double Cat Bowls With Non-Spill Silicone Base (Best for Food & Water)

cat travel waterer

These bowls work to avoid mess as they fit snuggly into a silicone base that  has a raised outer lip and catches all mess  that falls outside the bowl, whether that’s dry food or water splashes. This means it is a great water bowl for cats that splash water! If you’re bothered about your cat causing water damage to your flooring, this product offers excellent protection.

While catching spills, the silicone mat also does a great job at preventing spillages too. It is non-slip, so your cats won’t be able to drag the bowls around the room with their paws, and as they sit snuggly inside the silicone base, they are untippable. This makes this water bowl an ideal solution, whether you have a tipper or a splasher!

Both the bowls and the mat are made from high-quality material; the bowls are made from  stainless steel and the base from high-grade silicone. In addition, they are BPA-free and food-safe, so you can rest assured knowing it is safe for your cat to eat from these dishes; plus, they’re long-lasting.

When it comes to cleaning, you can pop out the bowls from the base and wash all three parts separately, either in the sink or the dishwasher, due to them being 100% dishwasher safe.

I think the only downside to these bowls is that the silicone could be thicker to make the base more sturdy. I’ve found that if your cat manages to spill a lot of water that accumulates in the base, it doesn’t take much effort for them to step on the silicone lip and create a small puddle on the floor.

  • Ideal for multi-cat households or as a feeding station
  • Non-slip design helps prevent spillages
  • Silicone base captures and contains any mess
  • 100% dishwasher safe
  • Bowls made from durable stainless steel
  • Sturdier base needed for determined cats

4. Bergan Stainless Steel Non-Skid Pet Bowl (Best Budget Buy)

cat travel waterer

This untippable cat water bowl is great if you have a cat that likes to drag its bowl around your kitchen, leaving a trail of water behind them. The bowl has a  non-slip rubber seal on the base , making it difficult for your cat to push around.

Due to the rubber seal, you’ll also find this product successful if you have a cat that tips over its entire water bowl. Besides, the shape of the bowl makes flipping it more challenging, as it is wide and flat at the base and curved on the inside. This makes it harder for your cat to hook its paw and cause a mess!

Unfortunately, if you have a cat like mine that likes to splash in the water and create ripples with its paws, I’ve found that this bowl won’t cut it. There is no splash-proof lip nor any silicone base or protection for the floor.

Anyone considering this option will also be pleased to know that the bowl itself is made from stainless steel. This material is designed to last and will not rust. It is also scratch-resistant, meaning no harmful bacteria will be able to grow in deep grooves, and it’s easy to clean.

  • Very affordable price
  • Prevents flipping and spillages from dragging the bowl
  • Non-skid rubber seal
  • Made from hygienic and long-lasting stainless steel
  • Easy to clean material
  • Available in multiple sizes (1 to 9 cups)
  • Does not prevent splashes

5. Seoul Homeware Raised Ceramic Cat Water Bowl (Best for Cats That Vomit)

cat travel waterer

A raised design such as this elevates the bowl so that  your cat doesn’t need to bend down to drink  in it. This is ideal for cats that splash the water in their bowls, as elevating the dish will discourage splashing.

What’s more, this raised water bowl also makes drinking more comfortable for cats and helps to reduce the chance of vomiting. Furthermore, older cats will benefit from an elevated bowl; you will probably see their water intake increase as it may hurt them to continually bend down for a drink.

Aside from the height, this product is also a heavy water bowl for cats, weighing in at 1.2lbs. Therefore, this bowl also helps to prevent your cat from tipping its water dish over or dragging it around the room.

These weighted cat water bowls are more high-end than my previous recommendations and are made of premium porcelain. While easy to clean, this material is also 100% safe and more hygienic than plastic due to its scratch-resistant properties. Porcelain can easily smash if dropped, though, which is the product’s only downfall.

  • Made from premium porcelain
  • 100% safe for cats and hygienic
  • Raised design discourages splashing
  • Heavyweight (1.2lbs) to prevent tipping and dragging
  • Helps make drinking more comfortable
  • Can reduce vomiting
  • Easily smashed if dropped

6. Comsmart Cat Water Fountain (Best No-Spill Cat Water Fountain)

cat travel waterer

Often, cats splash in their bowls to see ripples in the water’s surface and get the water moving, helping them feel more comfortable drinking from a still pool of water. By purchasing a cat fountain or water dispenser, you may find that this splashing behavior disappears altogether. Plus, with this fountain, the water does not pool in the tray and instead flows through the holes directly back into the basin, further avoiding spillages.

This specific cat water fountain is fantastic; it has a water level window so you know when it is time to refill, an ultra-quiet pump so you can hardly hear it working, and three different flow settings so that you can find one that your cat likes. It also has a capacity of 2.4L!

In terms of material, the bowl part of the fountain is made from  stainless steel , which is safer compared to plastic fountains. The water also has a triple filtration system ensuring it stays fresh for your cat, and the pet fountain is BPA-free.

I found the only downside of a water fountain over a bowl is that they are more difficult to clean. With this cat water fountain, you must clean the bowl and inside the pump once per week and purchase replacement filters when necessary.

  • Flowing water deters cats from splashing
  • Cannot be knocked over
  • Made from stainless steel & resin
  • Changes cat’s behavior rather than physically preventing spills
  • Deeper clean required once per week
  • Filters need replacing

7. All Fur You Splash Proof Water Bowl (Best for Cats that Splash)

cat travel waterer

The floating cover goes over the top of the water bowl and lowers as the water level decreases. This means  your cat cannot possibly get her paws in all the water  and can only drink the small pool at the top. This new way of drinking can take a little while for cats to learn. However, it won’t be long before your cat does know how to use this bowl; you just need a little patience.

I love that this product is easy to take apart and clean, and the setup is intuitive. It’s also great for cats with whisker fatigue as the bowl is wide and flat, plus the water levels are easier to see than in a regular cat water bowl.

The only downside is the size. This is intended for cats and dogs and holds 1l of water, so it is a fair bit larger than a regular water bowl. Therefore, small cats and kittens may struggle to drink from it, especially when the water level is low. On the other hand, the larger capacity makes it great for a multi-cat household where your kitties will all be sharing.

  • Ideal for splashing cats
  • The floating cover prevents all splashes and spills
  • Large capacity ideal for multi-cat households
  • Easy to take apart and clean
  • Can help with whisker fatigue
  • Can make water levels easier to see
  • Large so unsuitable for small cats and kittens

8. JUNSPOW Pet Water Dispenser (Best for Busy Owners)

cat travel waterer

This water dispenser holds up to 2.5l of water and is  extremely heavy  when full. It will not be possible for your cat to knock over the dispenser, thus reducing mess. However, I found that cats can still splash the water using their paws, so it isn’t a great solution for this issue.

Water dispensers are an excellent option for busy owners, though. It will take your cat several days to drink this amount of water, so you won’t have to remember to refill your cat’s water bowl as regularly, and you’ll have more time back in your day.

What I love specifically about this water dispenser is the clear bucket enabling you to conveniently see the water levels and the large, wide drinking tray, which helps with whisker fatigue. Moreover, it is made from food-grade ABS material, is super easy to disassemble and clean, and means your cats will always have fresh water.

  • Great for busy and forgetful owners
  • Holds up to 2.5l of water
  • Too heavy for cats to move or knock over
  • Made from food-grade ABS material
  • Easy to disassemble and clean
  • Wide water dish which avoids whisker fatigue
  • Always gives access to fresh water
  • Doesn’t stop pets from splashing water

9. AG-UNICORN Ceramic Pet Bowl with Stand (Best for Stylish Owners)

cat travel waterer

This is a marbled ceramic cat bowl that  comes in a wooden stand . Ceramic is a heavy material and thus much harder to tip over than lightweight plastic bowls. The stand then further secures the bowl to prevent your cat from spilling water all over the floor while raising the bowl slightly so it is more comfortable for your cat to drink from.

Ceramic is also a great material in terms of hygiene and cleanliness. It does not get scratched easily like plastic and is less likely to harbor any harmful bacteria. You can even pop this bowl straight in your dishwasher. Plus, with its straightforward design, there is no need to clean multiple parts.

Of course, the downside of ceramic is that it does break easily if dropped from a height. So, if you’re clumsy like me, maybe give ceramic bowls a miss! It is also quite a deep bowl measuring 2.6” high. This is great as it can contain a lot of water without it spilling over the edges but can cause whisker fatigue.

  • Heavyweight and hard to tip over
  • Made from durable and hygienic ceramic
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • Wooden stand elevates bowl for comfort
  • Beautiful and stylish marble design
  • High sides to prevent water from escaping
  • Cats can still paw at the water and splash
  • High sides can cause whisker fatigue
  • Ceramic breaks easily if dropped from a height

10. iPettie Tritone Ceramic Pet Drinking Fountain (Best Ceramic Water Fountain)

cat travel waterer

I think that this fountain is perfect for cats that splash as the water bubbles and ripples on its own. This removes the need for your kitty to put her paws in the water to create a splashing effect. Water fountains can also help cats with whisker fatigue and help those that find it difficult to see the water level in a bowl.

Moreover, this product is made from ceramic, making it hygienic, safe, durable, and easier to clean. I love that it also has a three-stage purification filter which helps to keep the water in the fountain clean and fresh. Additionally, this removes foul odors and tastes, helping to encourage fussy cats to drink more water.

The ceramic construction also means the fountain is heavy and cannot be tipped over. It is even heavier when filled with water and takes up to 2.1l, enough water for a cat to drink for several days. This means you’ll benefit from this fountain too, and you can leave it to run all week.

This product is also incredible as it is whisper quiet and is virtually inaudible when running. You can leave the fountain running at all hours with zero disruption. Plus, it won’t scare off timid cats.

  • Made from heavy ceramic so difficult to tip
  • Moving water is easier for cats to see
  • Hygienic and durable ceramic material
  • Three-stage purification
  • Whisper-quiet so it can run throughout the night
  • Filters need replacing regularly
  • More aspects to cleaning than a simple water bowl

11. Neater Feeder Express Elevated Pet Dish (Best for Catching & Preventing Spills)

cat travel waterer

The feeding station essentially consists of two bowls that sit inside an elevated platform. Already the elevated platform can help to discourage splashing while making it more comfortable for your cat to drink. By combining the two bowls, the unit is also larger, heavier, and untippable. The rubber feet further prevent your cat from sliding the feeder around the room, again minimizing spills.

If your cat manages to get its paws inside the water bowl, the high back and sides will  keep it all contained in the surrounding tray . The water will then drip through the holes into a reservoir below. I really like this feature, as it means the water can be easily emptied rather than you needing to continuously mop your floors.

The bowls themselves are made from stainless steel. As already mentioned, this is a much better option than plastic as it is scratch-resistant, doesn’t cling to nasty odors, and is 100% dishwasher safe. The two bowls are also perfect for providing food and water for one cat or making a water station that two cats can share.

  • Elevated to help prevent splashing
  • Rubber feet to stop skidding and sliding
  • High sides and water basin to catch any spills
  • Successfully saves time cleaning up
  • Safe, hygienic, and dishwasher-safe stainless-steel bowls
  • Available in multiple color options
  • Platform made from plastic which damages easily

12. Emfogo Wall Mounted Cat Dishes (Best Wall Mounted Design)

cat travel waterer

I think the main selling point of this product is that it is wall mounted. Because the holder mounts to the wall, it is impossible for your cat to tip the bowls over. They also cannot nudge them around the room as they drink, splashing water onto the floor. Moreover, the shelf can be installed in an elevated position which makes it more challenging for your cat to paw at the water as well.

In terms of aesthetics, I love this product. The pet bowl shelf is made from  natural solid wood  with black metal anchors. Plus, there is a second shelf included which acts as the ideal spot to store your cat’s food or treats.

The bowls are super easy to clean as well. Simply pop them out of the holder and wash them as usual. They can also go in the dishwater! The  stainless-steel material  cleans easily, doesn’t hold onto nasty smells or odors, and is much more durable and long-lasting than plastic alternatives.

The main downside of these spill-proof cat water bowls is that they need to be wall-mounted. This is great as you can position them at precisely the right height for your cat. However, it means they’re not portable and could be a pain to change the height as your cat grows. They’re also not a great option for rented apartments.

  • Fixed position so cannot be moved or tipped
  • Height can be customized for any cat
  • Bowls made from safe and hygienic stainless steel
  • Easy to clean and 100% dishwasher safe
  • Comes with an additional shelf for food storage
  • Attractive natural wood design
  • Fixed position once installed
  • Might not be suitable for rented apartments

Spill-Proof Cat Water Bowl Buying Guide

Although I think these are some great products, the best non-spill water bowl for you may be totally different. This is because we each have different things that are important to us and different reasons why our cats are making a mess.

Therefore, I have written this buying guide so that if you do decide to shop elsewhere, you can find an amazing product. Here are my tips for finding an incredible anti-spill cat water bowl that works.

Shop Within Your Budget

Cat water bowls come at a range of different prices. Therefore, before you even start reading product reviews, set yourself a price range and only look at products that fall within this bracket. You do not have to buy the most expensive bowl for it to be effective. Likewise, some of the cheapest options out there may be all you need!

If purchasing something like a cat water fountain rather than a bowl, you’ll need to consider future costs too. For example, I often forget that these will have filters that need regularly replacing. Plus, there will be the cost of the power needed for the fountain to run, be that electricity or batteries.

Choose The Right Design

What design is right for you will depend on what your cat is doing to make a mess in the first place. Are they splashing their paws in the bowl to create spills as my cat does? Are they pushing the bowl around the room, causing water to spill over the sides? Are they tipping the bowl over completely?

Choosing a water dish whose design is specific to the issue is key. Here are the different types of anti-spill cat water bowls you can buy, and in which situation I think each will be effective:

  • Weighted Cat Bowl:  These are heavy bowls that weigh over 1lb and help prevent spills caused by your cat tipping their entire water bowl over or pushing it around the floor. However, they don’t protect against splashes.
  • Lipped Design:  To protect your floor from cats that love to splash, bowls with a lip around the top can help prevent the water from getting on the floor. These bowls are also great for travel or long journeys.
  • Silicone Base Bowl:  Bowls with a silicone or rubber base are great for cats that drag their bowl and help prevent it from tipping over. They won’t stop your cat from splashing in its bowl, but if you choose a product with a large base, it can effectively catch spills.
  • Elevated Bowl:  Elevated cat water bowls are raised above the ground and can help deter cats from splashing as they’re higher up. By opting for a heavy raised bowl with grips on the bottom, you can avoid spills from tipping the water bowl over and dragging it along the floor.
  • Water Fountain: Although not technically a bowl, water fountains are a great solution for cats that love to splash. By providing them with flowing water, they’re less likely to splash and cause a mess. If you do opt for a fountain, consider whether you want a  battery-operated cat water fountain or one that plugs into the mains.

Of course, you can buy a combination of these products. For example, my top-rated product is a heavy and untippable cat water bowl that also has a lip to protect from splashing. Similarly, my 5 th recommendation is an elevated cat bowl that is also weighted.

Whichever type of cat water dish you opt for, make sure it matches your needs.

Select a Safe & Durable Material

As cats will be drinking from their water bowls, the material the bowl is made from is also important as it needs to be safe. Always look for products that are  BPA-free and food-safe . The best products are made from stainless steel, ceramics, or BPA-free plastics.

Of these three materials, either  stainless steel water fountains  or  ceramic bowls  are preferable. This is because these are both scratch-resistant, whereas plastic could easily get claw marks on its surface which can act as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. However, this is more important when choosing a food bowl for your cat, as these must withstand more wear and tear. Therefore, plastic water bowls are safe, just watch for scratches and replace the bowl if needed.

The material also needs to be durable so that the product lasts a long time. Thankfully, all three materials are long-lasting. However, ceramic is the most easily breakable as, if dropped, it is prone to smashing. That said, it’s still a fantastic option unless you’re clumsy like me.

Why Do Cats Splash Water Out of Their Bowls?

You may be interested in why your cat keeps splashing water out of the bowl, especially as cats have a reputation for being scared of water. Don’t cats want to avoid getting wet?

There are a few reasons why your cat could be splashing water everywhere. These include:

  • Boredom: Naturally curious Cats may see their water bowls as a fun toy, especially if they are bored. If your cat has real toys, they will likely realize their bowl is not that entertaining. Try purchasing a few  exciting toys for your cat and making sure you take the time to play with them each day.
  • Poor Vision: Cat’s up-close vision is weak, and so find it difficult to tell whether there is water in their bowl or not. Splashing the water will make it easier for them to determine if the bowl is empty or not. My cat paws at her water bowl , but as soon as she realizes something is in there, she happily takes a drink.
  • Preference for Flowing Water: The most common reason cats splash their water is that they prefer to drink fresh running water. But  why do cats like running water ? This stems from instinctive behaviors, as a pool of still water is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria in the wild. So splashing the water in their bowls could be your cat’s way of trying to simulate fresh running water as it’s found in nature.
  • Whisker Fatigue: Whiskers are one of your cat’s sensory organs and are hypersensitive. When directly touched, this can lead to a sensory overload, making them feel anxious and stressed. You can purchase specific  whisker fatigue bowls , which are wider and shallower than regular cat bowls. This way, your cat’s whiskers won’t touch the sides when it takes a drink.

Q: How do I get my cat to stop tipping over their water bowl?

A: The easiest solution is to swap their dish for a weighted water bowl for cats that is too heavy for them to tip. Ideally, you want a bowl that weighs at least 1lb.

Q: How can I stop my cat from splashing in its water bowl?

A: If your cat splashes the water in their bowl using their paws, you can either purchase a splash-proof bowl with a lip to help contain spills or swap to a cat water fountain and see if this helps the issue.

Q: Why do cats move their water bowl?

A: Cats move their water dish to see whether there is any water in it. Once they see ripples on the water’s surface, they usually stop moving their bowl and start to drink. Cats also play with their bowls when bored.

Q: Why does my cat tip over their water bowl?

A: Often, cats tip over their water bowl as the water is not fresh enough. However, it could also be that they are trying to get their owner’s attention or that they see their water bowl as a toy and flip it over for enjoyment.

Q: Can cats see water in a bowl?

A: Cats struggle to see still water in a bowl as their close-up vision is weak. This is often why they splash in their bowls or move them around; they are trying to make the water ripple so that they can see it better.

Q: What is the best spill-proof cat water bowl?

A: In my opinion, the best spill-proof cat water bowl is the Modern Artisans Heavy-Weight Splash-Free Water Bowl . It is too heavy to tip and prevents mess from splashing due to its curved lip design. I use this bowl with my cat and I’ve not had to clean a puddle up since!

Q: Is ceramic or stainless steel better for cats?

A: Both ceramic and stainless steel cat bowls are a great choice, and veterinarians recommend both as they are harmless to cats and scratch-resistant. However, stainless steel is your best option if you’re clumsy or are worried about the bowl smashing.

Q: Can cats drink from plastic bowls?

A: Cats can drink from plastic bowls, but the plastic can get scratched, and the grooves can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. That being said, drinking out of plastic bowls tends to be fine; it is using plastic bowls for food where the real issue lies.


Whether your cat splashes in its water dish, pushes it around the room or flips it upside down completely, there is a spill-proof cat water bowl out there that can act as an effective solution! The most important thing to consider is how your cat is making a mess and select a product that works to stop it.

The Modern Artisans Heavy-Weight Splash Free Water Bowl is my favorite product as it protects against all kinds of spillages, but if you do choose to shop around, my buying guide will hopefully make the job easy. Water spillages may seem trivial compared to other problems, but it has a super simple solution, so I’d swap your bowl and rid yourself of these frustrations today!

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7 Best Spill-Proof Cat Water Bowls in 2024 – Reviews & Top Picks

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Last Updated on May 17, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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It’s time to stop cat splashing in its tracks! We’re here to help with reviews on the best spill-proof cat water bowls to hopefully help make your life a little less messy. Let’s get started!

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  • A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2024
  • The 7 Best Spill-Proof Cat Water Bowls
  • 1. Hepper NomNom – Best Overall

Hepper NomNom Cat Bowl

The Hepper NomNom is the best overall spill-proof cat water bowl this year. It is extremely wide and low to the ground making it stable and sturdy, and completely spill-proof, even for cats who paw their dishes or step inside the tray. The NomNom is comprised of three parts: two stainless steel bowls set within one PP plastic tray that features a wrap-around design created to catch crumbs and water drips. The shallow dishes are about 1 inch deep and sit snuggly within a raised platform to promote comfortable eating. This dish combats whisker fatigue, a condition in which your cat becomes overloaded with sensory data from their whiskers becoming overstimulated. The NomNom comes apart for easy cleaning and is also dishwasher-safe.

The versatility of the dual dishes allows you to use them both as water bowls, two food bowls, or both. One thing to note is that the bowls hold 10 ounces each, so if your cat likes a constant source of water, you may have to refill the bowl throughout the day.

At Catster, we’ve admired Hepper for many years and decided to take a controlling ownership interest, so that we could benefit from the outstanding designs of this cool cat company!

  • Trough to catch drips and crumbs
  • Easy to clean
  • Combats whisker fatique
  • Shallow bowls need to be refilled often
  • 2. Hepper Stainless Steel Cat Water Fountain

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The best way to encourage a cat to drink more is to provide them with flowing water, and you can accomplish that with the Hepper Stainless Steel Cat Water Fountain . It’s made from stainless steel, which makes it more hygienic, and it is also dishwasher safe (except for the filter and pump). The water basin holds nearly half a gallon to keep your cat(s) hydrated and healthy for several days. Plus, multiple cats can drink at once without running the risk of messy spills or tipping.

Hepper’s Fountain also has a triple filtration system that cleans your tap water, filters out pet hair and dirt, and filters out harmful heavy metals. The filters can be cleaned several times before they need to be replaced, and replacement filters come in convenient multi-packs to save you a few bucks.

Lastly, this top-shelf cat water fountain from Hepper is quiet and makes less than 35 decibels of sound. With excellent features and health benefits for your cat, we can highly recommend the Hepper Stainless Steel Cat Water Fountain.

  • Made from durable stainless steel
  • Ultra quiet operation (<35 dB)
  • Triple filter system
  • Most parts dishwasher safe
  • Encourages cats to drink more water
  • High-capacity tank
  • Only 1 set of filters included
  • 3. Frisco Double Stainless Steel Pet Bowl & Silicone Mat

Frisco Double Stainless Steel Pet Bowl with Silicone Mat

The Frisco Double Stainless Steel Pet Bowl with Silicone Mat is our choice for the best spill-proof cat water bowl for the money. The bowls are 6.5 inches in diameter and are 1 inch deep, which helps to combat whisker fatigue. The stainless-steel bowls are nestled securely within the silicone mat to keep your curious kitty from moving the bowls around your floor. The mat also will catch any water or food spillage, saving you from stepping in puddles or on bits of dry cat food. As a bonus, the bowls and the silicone mat are both top-rack dishwasher safe.

Large, determined cats may still find a way to push the bowls around despite the silicone mat so it will be important to monitor your pet during the first few uses. The silicone mat may need to be aired before use because of a strong silicone scent.

  • Shallow bowls
  • Silicone mat to keep bowls from moving
  • Silicone lip to catch water drips
  • Large cats may be able to move it
  • Strong silicone scent possible
  • 4. Ethical Pet Stoneware Crock Pet Dish

SPOT Ceramic Stoneware- Pet Bowl

If you’re just looking for a single bowl instead of a double bowl option, the Ethical Pet Stoneware Crock Pet Dish is a good bet. This bowl is the heaviest single spill-proof cat water bowl on our list. The 1.5 cup stoneware bowl weighs just over 2 pounds, ensuring that your cat will have a hard time pushing it around and tipping it over. The bowl also comes in 6-cup and 9-cup sizes so if your cat drinks often, you can order a larger bowl. The bowl is easy to clean and is dishwasher-safe.

The bowls are wide and shallow with a small dome in the middle so order a larger size if you need to leave more water out for your cat while you are at work. The interior of the bowl is a bright blue which can make it appear that there is more water in the bowl than there actually is and you must remember to check the water level frequently.

  • Heaviness helps prevent tipping
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Shallow bowl
  • Water level needs to be checked frequently
  • 5. Neater Pets Feeder Elevated Cat Bowls

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The Neater Pets Feeder Elevated Cat Bowl is the best elevated bowl for cat owners looking for a spill-proof water bowl. The raised walls of the feeder keep water from spilling as it flows through drainage holes and is collected at the bottom of the stand. The raised walls also prevent food from spilling onto the floor as it collects in the top of the feeder. It comes with a 1.5-cup water bowl and a 1-cup food bowl. An elevated feeder will help older pets with joint and neck issues as it helps to prevent strain while also improving digestion. The elevated design also helps keep pests from getting into your food and water bowls.

The water that collects in the bottom of the Neater Feeder will need to be drained and cleaned properly and often if your cat is a very messy drinker. Determined cats may figure out how to flip this feeder over, but most shouldn’t have an issue. The Neater Feeder comes in multiple sizes (the larger sizes are marketed as dog feeders) and you can pick the best size for your cat.

  • Elevated design prevents neck strain
  • Separate area collects spilled water
  • Needs to be cleaned often
  • 6. Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain

PetSafe Stainless 360 Pet Fountain

The Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain is another great spill-proof cat bowl option. Perfect for the cat that likes to drink directly from the faucet, this water fountain offers 350-degree access to fresh, free-falling water. This fountain is ideal for multiple cats, or for cats and dogs that like to share their water bowl, as it holds up to 1 gallon of water. The fountain has adjustable flow control and a receiving ramp to curtail any splashing of water out of the fountain.  A submersed pump keeps the water circulating and a filter cleans the water, so your pet always has fresh water.

This fountain has 5 options for the water streams. Three clips hold the fountain together, which can be a bit difficult to get to lock into place. You will need to make sure to keep the fountain full to avoid any issues with the motor. Most of the fountain can be taken apart and cleaned in the dishwasher. Users need to make sure to take apart and clean the interior of the pump by hand when they deep clean the fountain to ensure the pump continues to function properly.

  • Continual running water
  • Large capacity
  • Filter for the water
  • Pump must be cleaned by hand
  • Clips can be difficult for some users
  • 7. Petmate No Spill Bowl – Best for Travel

Petmate No Spill Bowl

The Petmate No Spill Bowl is the best spill-proof bowl for travel. The bowl has a lid that looks like a donut with a hole in the middle for your cat to drink out of it. This same hole helps prevent your pet from playing in their water bowl and from spilling their water all over your floors. To clean the Petmate No Spill Bowl, remove the lid and clean it with soap and water before refilling it. It is also dishwasher safe. If you’re planning a trip and are worried about spilling your pet’s water, this bowl will help keep the water where it belongs – in the bowl!

You may have some trouble separating the top lid from the bottom bowl. Put the bowl on a flat surface, hold firmly, and then put your hand through the hole in the middle and pull the lid off.

  • Lid removes for easy cleaning
  • Lid prevents splashing
  • Made of durable plastic
  • Not weighted to prevent tipping over

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  • Buyer’s Guide: Selecting the Best Spill-Proof Cat Water Bowl

As anyone who has ever owned cats knows, each cat has their own distinct personality and, well, quirks. No one knows your cat’s needs better than you, but it will be important to think about a few things before you decide to purchase a spill-roof water bowl.

Cost is always a consideration when making any pet purchase. Choosing a cheaper cat water bowl may end up costing you more money in the long run if the item doesn’t work properly or it’s easily damaged. On the other hand, spending money on a more expensive item can also end up being cost-prohibitive if the item requires extra parts that need to be replaced often, such as filters. Always determine what your actual needs are and then find an item that meets those needs within your price range.

Quality is important when choosing a spill-proof cat water bowl. If you choose a cheaper option, you might end up with a product that breaks easily, or that doesn’t meet your needs. Paying a little extra for an item made of heavier materials or silicone could save you time and money in the long run because it doesn’t break or need to be replaced often.

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Water bowls need to be cleaned often. Pieces of food settle at the bottom and disintegrate to make a mushy mess. A thin biofilm often spreads across the interior of a water bowl that doesn’t get cleaned often enough and this can make your pet sick. Choose a spill-proof water bowl that you know you will have no problem cleaning regularly. For example, the cat water fountains often need to be taken apart to have all their nooks and crannies cleaned to prevent mold. If you know you don’t have the time for that, pick a different spill-proof water bowl that is easier to clean but still helps to prevent water from ruining your floors. You can even choose a spill-proof water bowl that can run through the dishwasher for ease of cleaning.

Some cats spill water by just nosing their water bowls around and others are “tippers,” knocking their bowls over to watch the water flood the floor. What fun! When you decide to purchase a spill-proof water bowl, pick one that is made of the best materials to deter your cat from making a watery mess. For some pet owners, a cat water fountain may be their best bet because it is heavy, but it gives your cat the water movement they want, which will deter them from splashing and encourage them to drink instead.

Choose a spill-proof bowl that meets your cat’s daily water needs. Choosing a cat fountain that holds a gallon of water, but your cat drinks only a little water each day just means more work for you as it needs to be taken apart to be cleaned.

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For some cats, their issue with their water and food bowls is the bowls are too low to the ground. Discomfort in the joints or neck may cause a cat to lash out in frustration by spilling the water bowl. Cats may also bat their food out of their bowl to try a different surface to eat on to make it more comfortable on their neck. An elevated feeder with water and food bowls helps naturally resolve neck and joint issues and it also keeps your floors free of water and food.

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  • Final Verdict

There are plenty of spill-proof water bowls on the market, but we believe that the Hepper NomNom is the best overall for cats with its wide-lipped plastic tray to catch spills and crumbs. And for the fancy feline that likes a premium product, the Hepper Stainless Steel Cat Water Fountain  provides fresh water and is nearly impossible to tip over. The Frisco Double Stainless Steel Pet Bowl with Silicone Mat is another good choice. Choosing a spill-proof water bowl is never easy, but we hope our reviews helped you make the right decision for you and your cat.

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7 Best Spill-Proof Cat Water Bowls for Your Feline

by Ben Roberts | Aug 28, 2023 | 1 comment

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Need help finding the best spill-proof cat water bowls? You’ve come to the right place.

I’ll discuss seven of my favorite options and provide a detailed buying guide. 

Let’s see what can finally cure your cat’s bad water bowl behavior.

Top Picks at a Glance

1. winner: urpower cat water bowl, 2. best raised option: upsky raised cat water bowl, 3. most durable: modern artisans cat water bowl, 4. best for multi-cat households: neater elevated cat water bowl, 5. best spill-proof fountain: catit cat dringing water fountain, 6. best for travel: petmate cat water bowl, 7. best for splashing: indipets cat water bowl, purpose and type, construction materials and design, ease of refilling and cleaning.

  • Winner: URPOWER Cat Water Bowl
  • Best Raised Option : UPSKY Raised Cat Water Bowl
  • Best for Multi-Cat Households: Neater Elevated Cat Water Bowl
  • Best Spill-Proof Fountain: Catit Cat Dringing Water Fountain
  • Best for Travel: Petmate Cat Water Bowl

7 Best Spill-Proof Cat Water Bowls

Now, let’s really dig in and find you the perfect bowl for your feline friend, starting with my personal all-time favorite.

URPOWER Cat Water Bowl

  • Full Dinner Set - Set of 2 Dog Bowls (30 OZ for each bowl). Double...
  • Non-Skidding & Flipping - Silicone stand keeps the bowl from skidding...
  • No-Spill Silicone Mat- The extra large base of the silicone stand...

Stainless steel options don’t get much better than URPOWER’s Stainless Steel Water Bowls. 

Its durable construction and anti-slip mat will stop various trouble-making cats. 

Your favorite feline friend will have no choice but to drink their water commonly. 

  • Set of two water bowls
  • Made with high-quality stainless steel
  • Features an anti-spill silicone mat
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Three color options (black, gray, and pink)


  • Three size options (612 oz ea., 1312 oz ea., and 26.4612 oz ea.)
  • Durable construction with rust-resistance
  • Easy to clean
  • Proven effective against spilling, slipping, and flipping
  • Complete dinner set (food bowl and water bowl)
  • Suitable for various pets 
  • Mat could be more durable.
  • The mat is also a bit small.

The stainless construction provides these bowls with durability most can’t match. Plus, it won’t break down quickly as it’s proven to withstand both rust and corrosion issues. 

You’ll also love its easy cleaning process. You’ll only need to put it within their dishwasher whenever cleaning is necessary. 

You shouldn’t sleep on its anti-slip mat, either. This aspect allows the bowls to withstand flipping, spilling, and slipping under extreme duress. 

Moreover, it’s always nice when one of these brands includes more than one bowl. You don’t have to adventure out and find a suitable food bowl with this option. 

These bowls do a solid job when it comes to versatility, as well. The customer reviews are filled with people praising them for stopping spilling issues with dogs, so imagine how well they work with cats!

One Amazon reviewer raved about the size as well, writing that the bowls “…are deep enough to give my fur baby at least a weeks [sic] worth of food (he’s a free-eater) and water.”

This option’s only major issue is the mat’s material could be more durable (although size is a secondary concern, but not as major). It was mentioned more than once as an issue among other customers. 

As a result, you do need to be a little careful with this piece. You shouldn’t place anywhere in an area where there could be complications. 

How it Compares to Others and Why

This product’s durable construction and rust resistance is its main calling card. There’s no reason to believe it won’t provide solid performance for a long time. 

But its three color options aren’t too shabby, either. It’ll ensure you can select a food and water bowl set that meshes with your cat’s personality.  

Tips From Other Users

Be careful taking the dishes out as the holders are snug.

UPSKY Raised Cat Water Bowl

  • [0-30°Free Tilt Design] The unique magnet designed allows adjusting...
  • [Perfect Raised Stand] Comfortable 2.5inch raised stand design lowers...
  • [Easy To Clean] The cat bowls are removable and easy to take it out to...

Tilted options can make it a lot easier for a cat with spillage issues, and none do it better than UPSKY’s Raised Cat Water Bowl!

It makes for a much more comfortable and cleaner drinking experience. Plus, you can also use it for food when the need arises.

  • Raised stand, tilted design 
  • Made from food-grade melamine
  • Four non-slip rubber mats
  • Wide base 
  • Five color options (black, blue, pink, grey, and white)
  • 2-cup capacity
  • 6.3 x 6.3 x 2.5 inches
  • Modern design
  • Comfortable drinking with tilting ability
  • Suitable for food and water
  • Prevents slipping and spilling with ease
  • Easy to adjust with magnets
  • Takes a little while for cats to understand it
  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • Magnets could be stronger

The most obvious difference is this product’s raised, tilted design. It’s a crucial aspect because it provides a much more cat-friendly drinking experience.

More importantly, it prevents any vomiting from occurring with the angled approach. It’s a godsend for both cats and their owners.

Modern Artisans Cat Water Bowl

  • Ideal for small dogs that slosh their water, cats that tip their...
  • Sturdy water bowl is handcrafted on the potter's wheel from solid...
  • The shape of the clay helps keeps the bowl upright while the wide,...

Modern Artisans Splash-Free Stoneware Cat Water Bowl is our most heavy-duty option.

It’s made from stoneware clay and provides durable, long-lasting performance. Your cat will be drinking from this beautiful, handcrafted bowl for many years.

  • Handcrafted from stoneware clay
  • Inverted curved rim
  • Heavy, stable construction
  • Dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe
  • Made in the USA
  • Two size options (24 ounces or 48 ounces)
  • Beautiful design
  • Scratch-resistant and spill-spoof
  • Extremely durable construction
  • Remains in place
  • Usable with cats and dogs
  • Imperfect glazing

*The overall style of the glaze didn’t live up to one professional artist’s opinion in the Amazon reviews.

The product’s beautiful design and handcrafted craftsmanship are second-to-none. You won’t find a better-crafted option available on today’s market.

But it does cost a lot more money than other top-tier spill-proof water bowls. So you’ll need to determine whether its performance is worth the extra cost. 

One user says, “To prevent splashing or sloshing, fill the bowl so that water stays below the rim.”

Neater Elevated Cat Water Bowl

  • MADE FOR ALL CAT BREEDS - Designed for all cats and kittens. The...
  • MESS PROOF & SPILL PROOF - Spilled food is separated and contained at...
  • GENTLE ON WHISKERS - The Neater Feeder comes with shallow food and...

Multi-cat households should take a long look at Neater Pet Brands’ Spill-Proof Water Bowls. It comes with a high-quality elevated plastic frame that holds two water bowls. 

Your cats will no longer spill or fight around the water bowl anymore.

  • Elevated design
  • Frame built with high-quality plastic material
  • Two bowls 
  • Six color options
  • Six size options
  • 14.5 x 9.5 x 6 inches
  • Promotes solid digestion
  • Stable and reliable against kicks or spills
  • Comfortable drinking and eating height
  • Suitable for dogs and cats
  • Long-lasting construction
  • Design could be more visually appealing
  • Some say they received bowls not made in the US

Its elevated design and high-quality plastic frame make the product stand out. The various size and color options aren’t too shabby, either. 

Catit Cat Dringing Water Fountain

  • Cat fountain features 3 different water flow settings for picky...
  • Can hold up to 3L in the cat water bowl and takes up little floor...
  • Includes triple action softening cat water filter and small...

This next option, Catit Senses’s Cat Drinking Water Fountain, is a bit different than others. It has a fountain design made to ensure drinkable, clean water at all times.

Your cat will never find itself with anything but quality drinking water.

  • Made from BPA-Free materials
  • Two color options (Blue and Green)
  • Small energy-efficient pump
  • Catit Triple Action filter included
  • Three water flow settings
  • 3 L (100 fl oz) capacity
  • 8.27 x 8.27 x 7.7 inches
  • 0.6 Kilograms
  • Keeps water clean and fresh
  • Simple to clean 
  • Low power usage
  • Straightforward using process
  • Comfortable drinking height
  • Adorable flower design
  • Only usable with Catit Triple Action filters
  • Flower is a bit low for some larger cat breeds

One Amazon reviewer did say that they had luck just using coffee filters, but doing so may void your warranty.

This Catit Flower fountain design helps ensure clean and drinkable water at all times. So your cat will never have to drink anything but top-tier water. 

Moreover, the compact construction helps keep it stable. There’s no reason a cat will have any luck pushing this one over and spilling it.

Petmate Cat Water Bowl

  • Splash-proof design to keep floor neat and clean
  • Constructed of sturdy plastic, made for long-lasting use
  • Great for travel or at home

Traveling with a cat can be pretty frustrating without a suitable cat water bowl. Petmate No-Spill Cat Water Bowl makes it easier with splash-proof construction. 

It’s also lightweight to offer easy movement when traveling inside vehicles.

  • Build with sturdy plastic material
  • Splash-proof construction
  • Removable lid
  • Lightweight design
  • Holds 6 cups or 48 ounces
  • Effective against splashing
  • Great for traveling
  • Reliable and stable construction
  • Affordable price
  • Straightforward, uncomplicated design
  • Unattractive design
  • Some feel that later models aren’t as durable as earlier ones.

How it Compare to Others and Why

Most heavy cat water bowls don’t work well away from the house. But this product’s lightweight design and splash-proof capabilities are terrific for traveling. 

It’s also surprisingly durable, which is another nice touch. Petmate did a solid job making a cat water bowl that doesn’t spill straightforward.

Yes, it’s not the prettiest bowl on the block, but hey, it’s supposed to be a water bowl, not a statement piece!

Indipets Cat Water Bowl

  • Unique splash free design
  • Spill proof
  • Scratch resistant

The Indipets Stainless Steel Splash-Free Cat Bowl is great against splashing issues. It was built for this exact purpose and offers stellar results. 

Additionally, the bowl does a solid job of resisting tipping and spilling. Your rambunctious splashing cat won’t know what hit them. 

  • Unique splash-free design
  • Constructed from stainless steel 
  • Anti-skid ring on its bottom
  • Equipped with a grip handle
  • Flat and wide base
  •  Three sizes options (1 lb, 2lb, and 4lb)
  • Proven effectiveness against splashing
  • Durable, scratch-resistant construction
  • Easy to move and hold
  • Straightforward cleaning process
  • Potential rusting issues when left uncleaned
  • It’s kind of light, so not great for really big cats

Its effectiveness against splashing and affordable price are excellent benefits. You also have to point towards its portability as being impressive. 

After all, it has a comfortable grip handle that offers easy holding and movement. It could be a reliable companion when traveling with your cat.

 Order a bigger size than needed as sizing runs small.

How To Choose The Best Spill-Proof Water Bowls For Cat?

Choosing the best spill-proof water bowl is a lot more involved than people realize. You’ll need to take into various considerations before making a perfect choice:

Your first task will be deciding the purpose of your ideal bowl and its type. For instance, a cat with a splashing issue would benefit greatly from a splash-proof cat water bowl. 

Pet owners can expect a splash-proof water bowl to have a lid or covering on its top. As a result, it prevents fresh water from getting outside the drinking basin or bowl. 

However, cat owners with a sloppy cat who likes to play with their bowls should consider spill-proof or no-drip water bowls. These options will ensure the days of water spilling all over your floor come to an end. 

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Some pet owners overlook water bowl design and construction when buying them. But it’s a mistake as these qualities impact its overall performance significantly. 

You need to look for options with flawless designs and effective spilling prevention. However, the bowls have to consist of non-toxic, BPA-free, and safe materials.

Pet parents don’t want anything to put their cat in danger, especially a water or food bowl. I’d also suggest researching each bowl’s durability as they should offer long-term use.

Any worthwhile spill-proof water bowl for cats will hold at least one cup. If your cat’s a big water drinker, pet bowls containing two cups of water should be more than enough. 

It’s essential to look at the bowl’s opening size, as well. It needs to be big enough so that your cats can drink from the bowl comfortably.

Otherwise, they might avoid the bowls and look elsewhere for their fresh drinking water.  

A high-quality spill-proof cat water bowl doesn’t only make your cat’s life easier. It’s supposed to bring a bit more convenience into your life, too, especially when refilling and keeping the bowl clean.

In other words, a water bowl’s shape and size should allow for easy filling up. There’s no reason why getting your cat water needs to be stressful.

You’ll come across some dishwasher-safe options that help lift the cleaning burden. After all, a cat water dish doesn’t require any manual labor, which is always a positive. 

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How do I stop my cat from knocking over my water bowl?

In most cases, this behavior is one that cats grow out of after their kitten stage. But if it remains an issue, try to redirect their focus to a better outlet for play “by offering another toy to play with.”

Why do cats spill water bowls?

The most common reason for water bowl spillage is a cat having “difficulty accessing it.” 

What size should cat Water Bowl be?

As I mentioned previously, a bowl that can hold 1 cup of water should be ideal. You might want to get a 2-cup bowl for heavier water drinkers.

I hope our discussions about spill-proof bowls answered all your questions. But if you have any more, please feel free to use our comment section. Thanks for reading!

My recommendation would be to purchase URPOWER Stainless Steel Cat Water Bowls. These bowls shouldn’t have any issue stopping your cat from spilling their water.

What is your favorite spill-proof cat water bowl for cats? Let us know in the comments below!

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How We Tested Cat Water Fountains

What to look for in a cat fountain, why trust the spruce.

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A cat water fountain provides fresh filtered water to encourage a cat to drink more water throughout the day, and studies have shown that running water is more appealing to some cats. Dehydration is a common issue among domesticated cats resulting in lethargy, a loss of appetite, and other negative effects. If this sounds like your cat, upgrading their water bowl to a water fountain and feeding more wet food are simple swaps to make that will help your cat consume the hydration they need.

We tested 19 of the top cat water fountains in our New York Lab and in homes with enthusiastic feline volunteers. Each hydration station was scored in multiple categories, including ease of cleaning and design attributes, with at home participants noting when a fountain was difficult to set up or noisy.

Our favorite overall cat water fountain is the  Cepheus 360 Ceramic Pet Fountain , which uses dishwasher-safe ceramic parts for an attractive water bowl with a lot of different ways for your cat to drink from it. But we found several other cat water fountains that may work better for your specific needs.

Best Overall

Cepheus 360 pet fountain.

Multiple water streams

Dishwasher safe

Quiet operation

Surprisingly affordable

Fun color options

Assembly instructions are vague

No AC power cord adapter

With accessible streams of water, easy-to-clean ceramic construction, and fun color options, the Cepheus 360 Ceramic Pet Fountain is our top choice.

True to its name, the Cepheus 360 has a round reservoir with a 71-ounce capacity—more than half a gallon—which is fed by three different fountain spouts arranged around a circular top reservoir. The design not only allows for multiple cats to drink from the Cepheus at once, from any angle they can get at it, but also creates a few different ways for your cat to hydrate. Cats can drink from the main bowl, lap water from the spout streams, lean in to drink from the bubbling top reservoir, or lick up the thin layer of water that splashes over a flat second tier.

Setting up the Cepheus is straightforward, but we felt instructions included could be more detailed. The fountain is primarily made of two different pieces, with the ceramic fountain unit inset in the center of the bowl. The fountain's pump is affixed to the bottom with suction cups, then the power cable snakes up and through a passage leading out the bottom of the fountain (an included waterproof cap is used to seal off this exit).

The Cepheus comes with three filters, which are rectangular cartridges stuffed with activated carbon and cotton. On visual inspection, the cartridges are less full of absorbent material than some other cat water fountains we tested, though we were unable to find any detrimental effect on its cleaning capacity or longevity. Cepheus recommends changing the filter once a month, which is comparable to other fountains we tested. We especially appreciated that the filter fits into a bracket that places it directly in front of the water intake on the side of the fountain's pump, which means water is forced through it. In several other filters tested, water merely burbles over a filter layer, creating a less thorough water cycle.

Since the Cepheus seals its pump mechanism under the ceramic fountain piece, it operates remarkably quietly. You mostly only hear the waterfall sound. That ceramic construction has several other advantages too. For one, it makes the Cepheus 360 incredibly stable. It doesn't matter how excited a cat or even a small dog might drink from it, they won't be scooting it around the floor and splashing everywhere. But our favorite ceramic advantage is that it's dishwasher safe.

But there are a few small downsides to the Cepheus 360 Ceramic Pet Fountain. The most obvious is the lack of an AC power cord. Instead, the pump cable ends with a USB plug, so you'll need your own adapter. And with long-term maintenance, there are internal elements that are trickier to clean than the two main ceramic parts.

But reservations aside, we highly recommend the Cepheus 360, and we especially liked that it was available in a bunch of fun colors and patterns. In addition to gray and white models that could fit in with any kitchen decor, there are also two cheerful pattern designs and a gradient "Gradual Purple" version.

Dimensions : 9.4 x 14 x 4.68 inches | Weight: 5.92 pounds | Capacity: 71 ounces | Material: Ceramic

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Best Splurge

Petsafe drinkwell pagoda.

Made of high-density porcelain

Available in multiple colors

Cats love the tiny top reservoir

Noisier than other ceramic fountains tested

The PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Ceramic Fountain is remarkably similar in many facets to our overall favorite, the Cepheus 360 . It includes a similar ceramic design, using two separate pieces to house its internal fountain pump. It also has a comparable 70-ounce capacity and comes in four fun colors. What mainly separates the Drinkwell Pagoda from our favorite cat water fountain is a higher price and a rectangular—rather than round—design.

The Drinkwell Pagoda combines dishwasher-safe ceramic components, a smaller top reservoir (which tester cats loved), and a dual-fountain design that enables multiple cats to drink from either end of the fountain. We also like that it comes with a proper power adapter rather than just a USB cord.

There are some minor downsides to the Pagoda Ceramic Fountain, including a complicated internal water pump set-up that is a pain to disassemble and clean. And while the pump motor has a barely discernible hum, the spouts dropped water directly into the bowl from a significant height, making it a little noisier than similar water fountains. Finally, while we love the look of the Drinkwell Pagoda, we should note that the flared-out rim makes it easier to spill water when moving the fountain.

But none of these are dealbreakers, and we found the Pagoda fountain to be as high quality and well-designed as our top pick. If the price difference doesn't deter you, then ultimately the decision between the Cepheus 360 and the Drinkwell Pagoda should come down to your aesthetic preference.

We also tested—and loved!—the  PetSafe Drinkwell Avalon , which is the same as the Pagoda but with a round instead of rectangular design. It's well worth your consideration as well.

The PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Ceramic Fountain is available in four colors: white, red, taupe, and Himalayan blue.

Dimensions : 10.63 x 12.25 x 8.38 inches | Weight: 7.05 pounds | Capacity: 70 ounces | Material: Ceramic

PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Pet Fountain

Adjustable water flow

Made of durable stainless steel

Most parts are dishwasher safe

Fill lines are hard to read

The PetSafe Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain was our previous Best Overall pick, and it's still one of our favorite pet water fountains. Its main downside is also an advantage for many pet owners—this fountain is gigantic! If you have cats and dogs willing to share a bowl, then this is likely to be your best option.

Similar to our Cepheus, the PetSafe Drinkwell 360 is designed to fill a round reservoir that can be approached from any direction. Unlike the Cepheus, however, the Drinkwell is strictly utilitarian in its design, with plastic clips that distract somewhat from its clean, stainless steel lines.

While it has fewer surface areas for cats to lap water from, the Drinkwell offers extra customizability, with a plastic cap that can be used to adjust the size of the fountain streams. Several swappable caps are included for different configurations, allowing you to customize the number of individual water streams—up to five.

We also like the long power cord.

The setup is a bit tedious and includes the need to connect several small parts in a formation we felt was unintuitive. Still, the instructions were decent, and after 15 minutes, we had the fountain up and running without issue.

The stainless steel design makes it easy to clean in a dishwasher for the most part, but the Drinkwell's primary components, the internal mechanisms are a little more delicate and require handwashing. In addition to replacement filters, PetSafe also sells a fountain cleaning kit with pipe cleaner-style scrubbing brushes.

Dimensions : 14.3 x 9.3 | Weight: 4.28 pounds | Capacity: One gallon | Material: Stainless steel, plastic

The Spruce Pets / Sharon Lehman 

Best Stainless Steel

Pioneer pet raindrop fountain.

Stainless steel design

6-foot power cord

Setup is a little tricky

If you prefer stainless steel (and don't need the massive capacity provided by the PetSafe Drinkwell), we recommend the Pioneer Pet Raindrop Fountain.

The Raindrop Fountain resembles a standard (albeit a little oblong) stainless steel pet bowl, except for the curved water slide design, which creates a sluice of water to attract your cat. It has a 60-ounce capacity, or just under two quarts, and operates very quietly.

It's a simple, no-frills fountain at a reasonable price, especially compared to cheaper-feeling plastic models.

Dimensions : 11.5 x 9 x 4.5 inches | Weight: 1.76 pounds | Capacity: 60 ounces | Material: Stainless steel

Best Plastic

Petlibro capsule cat water fountain.

Made of BPA-free plastic

High capacity in a compact design

Ergonomic and easy to take apart

Translucent reservoir makes it easy to see whether the fountain is full

Not dishwasher safe

Only two fountain options

Most of the water is inaccessible if the unit loses power

The PETLIBRO Capsule Water Fountain has a 71-ounce (2.1-liter) capacity but retains it in a surprisingly compact design.

The filter is especially beefy and did a great job catching the crumbled kibble we sprinkled in the fountain while testing. It was also one of the quieter fountains we tested, behind only the ceramic models that smother the pump noise under heavy housing.

The Capsule is made from BPA-free plastic. It's easy to take apart and reassemble, which makes it easy to clean. Sadly, the fountain is not dishwasher safe, but it does come with its own scrub brush.

It's an attractive design, but could benefit from having a longer power cord (the cord is USB, but a power adapter is included). Another compromise the compact fountain makes is a lack of water flow choices. While other models offer customized streams and the ability to adjust water flow, the Capsule can only be used with the spout or without. The choice is between a stream of water like a water fountain or a low burbling.

The Capsule Water Fountain also shares limitations common to the "flower" style of the cat water fountain ( read more here about the style with our Best Flower choice). Most notable is a top tray that separates the fountain from the water reservoir, which means if the pump stops working or the power goes out, your cat won't have access to most of the water. But unlike flower-style fountains, the Capsule has a broad drinking area that retains about 2.7 ounces of water on top of the dish in a shallow pool.

The PETLIBRO Capsule Water Fountain comes in blue, purple, orange, or green. There's also a stainless steel version.

Dimensions : 8.9 × 5.6 × 5.5 inches | Weight: 1.54 pounds | Capacity: 71 ounces | Material: BPA-free plastic

Best Budget

Cat mate pet fountain.

Multiple levels with different ways to drink water

Enough surface area for multiple cats

Easy to disassemble and reassemble for cleaning

BPA-free plastic

Long power cord

Not great at filtering out pet food crumbs

The Cat Mate Pet Fountain is the cheapest fountain we recommend, but it has more going for it than just a low price. Its design offers a lot of drinking options, with water spread across three different levels, so your cat (or cats!) can pick whichever pool or stream they prefer. And while far from our quietest model, we didn't find the low hum from its pump very noticeable at all.

While the Cat Mate is an excellent fountain that is likely to engage your cats, it's less effective as a filter. In theory, water is supposed to pass through a screen-like filter on its way to the pump intake, which then shoots the water back up to the top pool. But in practice, bits of kibble and other impurities (like fur, slobber, etc.) slipped around the edges of the filter, which is held in a plastic bracket. Or, if a piece of food or other contaminant is heavy enough, it's likely to stay in the main bowl area and not circulate back through the plastic grille.

If you're primarily considering a cat water fountain as a way to entice your cat into drinking more water, the Cat Mate is a great way to try one out. However, if you're more interested in a water fountain that you can fill up and forget for days at a time, you might want to consider our other recommendations because the Cat Mate requires a little attention to keep clean. In our tests, it also demonstrated a smaller practical water capacity than advertised: It's closer to 50 ounces than 70. Luckily, the Cat Mate is easy to disassemble and reassemble, plus its BPA-free plastic is dishwasher safe, so cleaning is easy.

Dimensions : 6.75 x 10.5 x 8.75 inches | Weight: 4.37 pounds | Capacity: 70 ounces advertised, but we found its capacity closer to 50 ounces | Material: BPA-free plastic

Best Flower

Wonder creature flower cat water fountain.

Stainless steel parts are dishwasher safe

Multiple fountain options

Good accessories, including extra filters and a scrub brush

Cat loses access to water when power is out or pump isn't running

Hard to tell when water is low

If you've done any research into cat water fountains, you've almost certainly run into the flower design. They all share in common a plastic flower resembling a daisy, which divides the water pumped up from the reservoir beneath, forming multiple streams that tumble into a shallow drinking tray. Beneath the drinking tray is a filter, which the water passes through as it falls back down into the reservoir.

We tested six of the most popular flower designs, including the ubiquitous  plastic Catit Flower Cat Fountain , and mostly found them to be of similar quality. Many even shared identical components. Overall, we weren't too impressed by any of the flower fountains, which were mostly flimsy and have a divider between you and most of the water bowl, making it difficult to tell when they were running low. Plus, if the bowl loses power, your cat won't have access to the water.

It's a design with some compromises, but if you're still interested in a flower fountain, we recommend the Wonder Creature Cat Water Fountain with Stainless Steel Lid.

True to its name, the main difference between the Wonder Creature and other flower fountains is the stainless steel lid, which can be run through the dishwasher and provides the flimsy plastic frame with a more durable feel than similar plastic models. It also had a backlit fill line, which made it easier to tell when the water level was getting low. The Wonder Creature came with a floor mat, three filters, and a scrub brush.

Oddly enough, the Wonder Creature was virtually identical to another model we tested, the  Comsmart Cat Water Fountain , right down to an identical instruction manual. But the Wonder Creature version had a maximum/minimum fill line printed on the front and came with a better scrub brush.

Dimensions : 7.48 x 6.29 inches | Weight: 1.83 pounds | Material: Plastic, stainless steel

Best Wifi Connected

Petkit eversweet 3 pro.

Can be controlled via app

Stainless steel water tank

Takes some cats a while to warm up to the device

The EverSweet 3 Pro from PetKit is designed to provide 1-2 cats with fresh water for 5-7 days and it can be controlled and monitored via the PetKit app on your mobile device. We have not yet tested the EverSweet 3 Pro, but PetKit is the brand behind two of our top tested automatic litter boxes , PetKit PuraMax and the PetKit PuraX Self-Cleaning Litter Box .

The wifi-connected, bluetooth-enabled water fountain has a stainless steal water tank and a wireless pump that is detached for easier cleaning and maintenance. In fact, the entire structure is easily dismantled for cleaning and then locks in place to prevent leaks. The device is designed to run quietly while circulating water to entice your cat to drink without disrupting the flow of your household. The app will indicate the status of the water level and the filter, making it easier to ensure your cat has sufficient clean water for consumption at their leisure.

Dimensions : 7.7 x 5.8 inches | Weight: Not provided | Material: Plastic, stainless steel

Final Verdict

Our favorite cat water fountain is the  Cepheus 360 Ceramic Pet Fountain , which has enough spouts for a multi-cat household and comes in several attractive designs. It also operates quietly, with an effective filtering system. If you're looking for something a little more compact (and friendlier on the wallet), check out the  PETLIBRO Capsule Water Fountain , which has a clean, contemporary design and is made from BPA-free plastic.

We purchased and tested 19 cat water fountains in our  New York Lab , setting up each and then running them through several tests. Our methodology guided testers through multiple scores while also gathering their subjective impressions along the way.

Beginning with  setup , our testers timed how long it took to assemble and start a cat water fountain. If the directions were confusing or the pieces were hard to fit together, our testers let us know. Testers also evaluated the  design  of each fountain, letting us know which ones they'd want in their own homes or noting when a fountain felt shoddily constructed.

We then evaluated a fountain's  effectiveness , using several tests, such as sprinkling cat food crumbs into a fountain and evaluating how well it did at filtering them out. We also looked for a fountain's  stability , so we could determine whether or not they'd be likely to splash all over your floor or get jostled around in a multi-cat household.

Finally, our testers looked up the price of the fountain they were testing and gave us their impressions of the product's overall  value .

After testing in a lab environment, water fountains were mailed out to at-home testers for further evaluation, which joined a library of insights provided by past tests and reviews. The scores and impressions provided throughout this roundup are a synthesis of our lab-tested ratings and at-home experience with the fountains.

Research indicates that cats have different preferences when it comes to their water sources. Our favorite cat water fountains offer multiple ways to drink water so that your cat will find something to entice them. For example, many cats don't like their whiskers touching the edge of a bowl while drinking and so prefer access to a wide surface area of water. (See our list of top bowls for whisker fatigue here .) Other cats might prefer drinking right from a spout or licking up shallow, flowing water from a smooth surface.

A water fountain with many different options will help you pinpoint your cat's favorite ways to drink, so you can learn how to provide for their hydration.

While many cat water fountains use very similar electric pumps, different design choices can result in a louder or quieter experience. We found ceramic models did the best at insulating the pump, so the fountain's operation can barely be heard. "Flower" style fountain designs operate relatively quietly but get progressively noisier as the water level lowers.

In addition to the pump motor, noise also comes from the trickling of water. While some people find burbling water pleasant, if you suspect to be annoyed by the constant sound, look instead for a model where the water lands on a smooth surface instead of splashing against more water.

Size and Capacity

Cat water fountains can be surprisingly large and often take up much more space than a standard water bowl. It's a good idea to measure the space where you might place the water fountain in advance, so you're not caught by surprise when your new fountain arrives.

Size also matters to a fountain's capacity, which we've noted for all of our recommendations. Many of our favorite fountains hold around 70 ounces of water, which should enable you to leave the fountain for several days without a refill.

But one feature to consider in advance of purchasing a water fountain is what happens to the water when the power is disconnected. For some fountains, the water reservoir is always accessible as a standard water bowl. But some models give your cat access to a "dish" surface, with water constantly flowing over it and back into a lower reservoir. These models may satisfy your cat's hydration but could be less appropriate picks if you're looking for a water fountain for use while away on vacation since your cat will lose access to the water if the power goes out.

The scientific research on whether or not cats will drink more from a water fountain is equivocal, with studies finding that cats drink slightly more from flowing water sources, but not to a statistically significant degree. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior found that cats had a strong individual preference for either a fountain or a bowl.

In other words, there doesn't seem to be a definitive answer to whether or not cats prefer drinking from fountains and running water. Instead, your cat has an individual preference. If your cat is reluctant to drink from a bowl, then a fountain might intrigue them.

While cat water fountains have filters that keep the water free of cat saliva, food crumbs, hair, and other contaminants, your fountain will still need regular maintenance. Most manufacturers recommend changing the filter and thoroughly cleaning a fountain once a month.

Cleaning typically involves disassembling the fountain, wiping down all surfaces with soapy water, then rinsing thoroughly. Many models we recommend have dishwasher-safe components as well.

With many models, you will also have to clean the pump periodically since internal propellers and other areas can get clogged with your cat's hair, reducing the flow of water. Pipe cleaners and narrow, stiff scrub brushes are often best for cleaning smaller components.

Cat water fountains don't use a lot of electricity, and are safe to leave running 24/7. Because your pet may very well drink during the night, it's best to leave the fountain plugged in and running overnight. However, be sure that the fountain has enough water to keep the pump submerged, and that the water looks clean. If necessary, add more water to the fountain before going to bed for the night, or discard old water and refill the fountain with fresh, clean water.

This roundup was written by  Andrew Whalen , an editor for The Spruce Pets with hours of experience testing pet products in our labs. Whalen lives with two rescue cats, Church and Wally, who have wildly different water drinking habits. Their input and emotional support were crucial to the testing process.

A previous version of this article was written by  Theresa Holland , a freelance writer who has been contributing to The Spruce Pets since 2020. Her work has also appeared on MyDomaine and Byrdie. For this list, Holland considered each fountain's price, design, and material, in addition to incorporating feedback from cat owners who tested the fountains at home.

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Grant DC. Effect of water source on intake and urine concentration in healthy cats .  J Feline Med Surg . 2010;12(6):431-434. doi: 10.1016/j.jfms.2009.10.008

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8 Best Cat Carriers With Litter Box for Traveling Cats

Cat in a carrier in the car

Traveling with your cat requires a lot of preparation to pack everything your cat will need. A cat carrier and travel litter box are two important travel accessories you won’t want to forget.

I’ve reviewed available cat carriers with litter boxes across several popular retailers to find the best combo for traveling with your cat based on carrier size, safety, and customer reviews. You can read my entire review process here .

Below, you’ll find my eight top picks for the best cat carriers with a litter box.

The Best Cat Carriers With Litter Boxes

If you’re getting ready to travel with your cat, one of the first things you should do is purchase your cat carrier . The sooner you can introduce your cat to their carrier, the more likely they’ll be to get comfortable in it before the trip.

If you’re traveling for a long distance, you’ll also want to bring a travel litter box for your cat to use as needed. Buying the two together is one way to save time and money.

Based on my research, here are the top eight cat carriers with a litter box: 

  • Best Overall Cat Carrier With Litter Box: Necoichi Portable Stress-Free Carrier
  • Best All-in-One Cat Carrier Combo: Kitty Obsession All-in-One Cat Carrier
  • Best Large Cat Carrier With Litter Box: Porayhut Mispace Portable Twin Carrier
  • Best Cat Backpack With Litter Box Bundle: The Whole Kitten Kaboodle Bundle
  • Best for Long Distance Car Travel: Prutapet Large Cat Carrier
  • Best for Large Cats: Pet Fit for Life Large Cat Carrier
  • Best Cat Carrier for Two Cats: One for Pets Portable 2-in-1 Double Kennel
  • Best Large Cat Travel Crate: Sport Pet Kennel

In the table below, you’ll see each of these top picks for the best cat carriers with litter boxes along with their sizes, whether or not they come with a travel litter box and their customer satisfaction rating based on a 5-star review system.

Below, you’ll find more information on each cat carrier including what it comes with, a breakdown of customer reviews, and where you can buy it.

Necoichi Portable Stress-Free Carrier

Necoichi Portable Stress Free Carrier With Litter Box

Best Overall Cat Carrier With Litter Box

Size : 20″ x 20″ x 31.8″ Customer Satisfaction : 4.6/5

The Necoichi Portable Stress Free Carrier is the best overall cat carrier with litter box. The carrier is large enough for more than one cat to comfortably travel, and it includes a litter box that fits inside.

Here are a few of the Necoichi cat carrier and litter box set’s best features: 

  • Two mesh panel sides for ventilation and visibility
  • Waterproof liner for easy cleaning and leak prevention
  • Foldable litter box that snaps shut for portability
  • Zipper locks for additional safety
  • Includes a removable fleece mat and storage bag

You can get the Necoichi cat carrier and litter box set at Amazon where over 3,500 customers have given it an average rating of 4.6/5 stars. You can also find the same Necoichi carrier at Chewy where customers have rated it 4.5/5 stars. 

Kitty Obsession All-in-One Cat Carrier

Kitty Obsession All-in-One Cat Carrier Litter Box Set

Best All-in-One Cat Carrier Litter Box Combo

Size : 19″ x 12″ x 14.75″  Customer Satisfaction : 4.9/5

The Kitty Obsession All-in-One Cat Carrier is another great choice for traveling with your cat. While this carrier has a compartment for the included litter box, your cat can’t access it during travel. However, this all-in-one set is practically designed for easy travel, convenience, and comfort. 

Here are a few of the Kitty Obsession All-in-One Cat Carrier’s best features: 

  • Includes a carrier, litter box, containers for food and water, a scooper, and trash bags
  • Labeled pockets for easy organization (plastic-lined pocket for scooper)
  • Felt lining and mesh front side for comfort and breathability
  • Separate compartment for litter box during travel

At the time of writing, this carrier had a rating of 4.9/5 stars on Amazon . Plus, it includes free delivery!

Porayhut Mispace Portable Twin Carrier

Porayhut Mispace Portable Twin Carrier

Best Large Cat Carrier With Litter Box

Size : 39.3″ x 21.7″ x 23.6″  Customer Satisfaction : 4.6/5

The Porayhut Mispace Portable Twin Carrier offers extra room for your cat(s) and included litter box. The twin compartments can be opened in the middle to create maximum room, and it includes cat hammocks for each side. The carrier also features anti-scratch mesh panels and removable mats. 

Here are a few more of the carrier’s best features: 

  • Durable waterproof coating
  • Removable interior hammock hooks
  • Outside pockets for cat accessories
  • Double large size zipper for safety and access
  • Transparent cat cart display window for travel

You can get the Porayhut Mispace Portable Twin Carrier at Amazon , where customers give it 4.6 out of 5 stars. Reviews highlight how easy the cat carrier litter box set is to assemble and store, how much space it offers, and how convenient it is during travel.

The Whole Kitten Kaboodle Bundle

The Whole Kitten Kaboodle Bundle cat carrier litter box set

Best Cat Backpack With Litter Box Bundle

Size : 15″ x 11.4″ x 17.7″  Customer Satisfaction : 4.5/5

If you’re looking for a cat backpack with a litter box, The Whole Kitten Kaboodle by Your Cat Backpack is a great bundle to buy. While you won’t be able to fit the litter box in the cat backpack with your cat, it’s made for portability and use on the go. 

In addition to the cat backpack and travel litter box, the bundle includes the following accessories: 

  • Harness and leash set
  • Retractable leash
  • Convertible cat bed and cave
  • Portable cat food and water dish
  • Hands-free clip-on cat treat pouch

The cat backpack itself holds up to 25 pounds, and features an interior clip for attaching a leash, a bubble attachment, screen attachment, side pockets, adjustable shoulder straps and chest strap, strong mesh sides and top, air holes, and a removable mat. You can purchase the bundle from Your Cat Backpack where customers give it an average rating of 4.5/5.

If you’re looking for a large cat backpack, you can check out my full list of top picks here .

Prutapet Large Cat Carrier

Prutapet Large Cat Carrier litter box

Best Cat Carrier With Litter Box for Long Distance Car Travel

Size : 24″ x 16.5″ x 16.5″  Customer Satisfaction : 4.6/5

If you’re going to travel a long distance in a car with your cat, the Prutapet Large Cat Carrier is a great accessory to check out. It’s large enough for your cat to be comfortable in the car and holds pets up to 55 pounds. In addition to the cat carrier, this bundle also includes a travel litter box and a collapsible travel bowl.

Here’s what makes the Prutapet Large Cat Carrier great for car travel: 

  • Seatbelt loops for securing the crate in your car
  • Locking zippers for added safety
  • Safety strap to attach to your cat’s harness
  • Three access points for you to get to your cat
  • Mesh windows for ventilation on all four sides
  • Washable upholstering for comfort and easy cleaning

Out of five stars, customers give the Prutapet Large Cat Carrier an average rating of 4.6. You can read full reviews and purchase the cat carrier right now at Amazon .

Pet Fit for Life Large Cat Carrier 

Pet Fit For Life Large Collapsible Portable Cat Carrier Litter Box

Best Cat Carrier With Litter Box for Large Cats

Size : 32″ x 19″ x 19″ Customer Satisfaction : 4.5/5

The Pet Fit for Life Large Cat Carrier is big enough to comfortably fit two adult cats. You can get the same cat carrier in a smaller size, but only the large carrier comes with a portable litter box. In addition to the cat carrier and travel litter box, this bundle also includes a collapsable water/food bowl, a reversible soft-sided floor mat, and a stick toy for your cat. 

Here’s what I love about the Pet Fit for Life:

  • It includes two side windows and a zippered front door for ventilation
  • Integrated seat belt straps for securing the carrier in your car
  • Four included stakes to secure the cat carrier outside

At the time of writing, the Pet Fit for Life Large Cat Carrier had over 3,200 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

One for Pets Portable 2-in-1 Double Kennel

One for Pets Portable 2-in-1 Double Kennel cat carrier litter box

Best Cat Carrier for Two Cats

Size : 20″ x 20″ x 39″  Customer Satisfaction : 4.8/5

The One for Pets Portable 2-in-1 Double Pet Kennel is perfect for traveling with two cats as it includes attachable twin cat carriers. Unfortunately, this cat carrier doesn’t come with its own travel litter box (you can check out our top picks for travel litter boxes here ). However, there’s plenty of room to insert your own travel litter box, especially if you’re only traveling with one cat. 

In addition to the twin compartments, here are a few of the best features of the One for Pets Portable 2-in-1 Double Kennel: 

  • Built-in straps to safely connect to a seatbelt
  • Removable, washable pad cover
  • Three ways to use: connected but divided compartments, one big space, or two single kennels
  • Lightweight and spacious with three zippered mesh doors for ventilation

This carrier has earned a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 750 customers. You can check out the full reviews and purchase the One for Pets 2-in-1 Double Pet Carrier at Amazon .

Sport Pet Kennel 

Sport Pet Kennel cat carrier

Best Large Cat Travel Crate

Size : 45.25″ x 17.25″ x 18.75″ Customer Satisfaction : 4.4/5

The Sport Pet Kennel is another great option for giving your cats extra space while traveling. While this cat carrier doesn’t include a travel litter box , you can purchase the matching travel litter box for $15 at Amazon . The carrier itself offers the biggest amount of space for your cat(s) compared to other carriers on this list and stretches across your back seat during travel. 

Here are a few of the Sport Pet Kennel’s best features: 

  • Durable gate entry on each side
  • Mesh panel sides for ventilation and visibility
  • Adjustable security leash for clipping to a harness
  • Headrest straps and seatbelt loops for secure transportation

The Sport Pet Kennel has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 based on over 5,000 customer reviews at the time of writing, and it’s an Amazon’s Choice product. You can check out the Sport Pet Kennel at Amazon .

Can You Put a Litter Box in a Cat Carrier?

This list contains several cat carriers that come with litter boxes; some are designed to fit inside while others are designed to be used alongside the carrier. In either case, can you (or should you) put a litter box in a cat carrier?

You can put a litter box in a cat carrier if it comfortably fits along with your cat. A traditional litter box is not going to comfortably fit in any traditional cat carrier, so be sure to buy a smaller travel litter box and a larger cat carrier. 

That being said, you may not have to travel with your cat’s litter box in their crate with them. If you’re traveling with your cat for less than 2-4 hours, you may not need a travel litter box at all. Assuming your cat is healthy, they should be able to wait that long before using the litter box. 

If you think your cat may need to use the litter box more frequently than you’ll be able to stop, consider getting a cat carrier with a travel litter box that fits inside. Still, be sure to give your cat breaks from their carrier as often as possible. 

How To Travel With a Cat Litter Box

If you’re getting ready to travel with your cat over a long distance, you may be traveling with a litter box as well. Here are a few things you can do to make the trip easier:

1. Choose a travel litter box .

The litter box you use at home is likely too big to fit in your car comfortably, so be sure to buy a travel litter box. These are typically much smaller and collapsible for easy travel. 

Some cat carriers (like the ones above) come with their own travel litter box that either fits inside the carrier itself or folds for portability.

2. Make sure the litter box is secure in the car .

Once you have your travel litter box, secure it in the car for travel. If it will have loose litter in it during the trip, you don’t want it dumped all over the back floorboard. 

You can secure a travel litter box into a cat carrier, cover it and secure it in another section of your car, or fold it down while empty and store it in an easy-to-access place in the car for your next stop. 

3. Bring extra litter, bags, and a scoop .

Be sure to bring everything you’ll need for your cat’s trip including extra litter for the travel litter box, plastic bags to clean it out with (we use recycled grocery store bags), and a scoop that can be kept in an easily cleaned space during the trip.

Whether your cat’s litter box is in their carrier or you plan on letting them use it when you stop driving, you’ll want to have everything you’ll need to keep it clean and securely stored during the trip. That being said, you may even want to bring emergency cleaning supplies for the car just in case.

You can check out our full guide on how to travel with a cat litter box in the car here .


While I was researching the best cat carriers with litter boxes, I did the same things I would do before making a purchase for my own cats. I read customer reviews, I looked at the manufacturer, retailer, and price of the cat carrier, and above all, I considered the comfort and safety of the cat and the driver.

Here are the main factors I considered while choosing the best cat carriers with litter box sets:

  • Size . Each of the cat carriers on this list is at least 15″ x 11.4″ x 17.7″ to ensure enough room for cats to be comfortable.
  • Travel Litter Box. Each of the cat carriers on this list either comes with a travel litter box that fits inside the carrier, comes with a travel litter box that collapses for portability, or is large enough to fit a travel litter box along with your cat.
  • Safety.  Each of the cat carriers on this list is made from durable materials with proper ventilation. I also considered additional safety features including secure fasteners, included leashes, space to attach a leash, seatbelt loops, and any other car-specific features for travel.
  • Comfort.  In addition to proper size and ventilation, I also looked to see if the cat carriers included interior mats for your cat’s comfort. For the driver, I considered the space available in the car and easy visibility so that you can check on your cat throughout the trip.
  • Customer Satisfaction.  Before I make any purchase, I always take the time to read customer reviews and consider the overall product rating. For each cat carrier litter box combo on this list, I checked to make sure that customer reviews are overall positive and that each one had an average rating of at least 4/5 stars. That helped me to understand how accurate the cat carrier description was as well as the reliability of the seller.

Final Thoughts

There are hundreds of cat carriers and travel litter boxes available now, and finding the best one can be time-consuming and expensive. However, it’s important to make sure you’re getting what you and your cat need for any travel.

If you’re looking for a large cat carrier that comes with a travel litter box to fit inside during the drive, I recommend the Necoichi Portable Stress Free Carrier . If you’re looking to maximize space in your car for a move, the Kitty Obsession All-in-One Cat Carrier offers a perfect balance of comfort and compactness.

No matter which cat carrier and litter box you choose, be sure to give your cat plenty of time to get used to them before the trip. Whether you’re moving across the country or visiting a friend , buy your cat carrier early and plan for litter box breaks during the journey. Finally, don’t forget to bring or buy additional travel accessories such as a litter box scoop, plastic bags, extra litter, and emergency cleaning supplies.

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8 Tips For Traveling with a Cat

Jennifer Grota, DVM

If you are lucky enough to live with a cat, you are most likely aware of their desire for routine with as few surprises as possible. Cats are generally attached to their home environment, where they feel safe and secure. However, it may be necessary to travel with your cat, and there are many things you can do to ensure that it is as pleasant as possible for both of you. Preparation is definitely the key!

Make Sure You Have the Correct Cat Carrier

There are many types of cat carriers available , but an ideal carrier has a front and top opening to give you and your cat options for entry and exit.

It is also nice to be able to remove the top of a hard-sided carrier for a couple of reasons:

It offers a less stressful way to remove your cat from the carrier (do not “dump” your cat out of the front opening).

You can place a cozy blanket in the bottom of the carrier and place the carrier in a quiet spot in your home with the top off.

Allow your cat to check out the carrier before you travel; this can make going into the carrier just another part of your cat’s normal routine.

Get a carrier large enough for your cat to stand up and turn around in. If your cat is a larger breed, such as a Maine Coon, you may need to use a carrier designed for dogs to ensure that it’s big enough. Many cats also like having a blanket draped over the carrier to block out stress-inducing visual stimuli when traveling.

Cat Carrier Travel by Car

If you are traveling by car, try to make sure that the carrier is level in the vehicle, as this will feel more secure to your cat. It is also a good idea to buckle the carrier in the car with a seat belt if possible. Some carriers come with small dishes for food and water. If your trip is going to be several hours long, it is a good idea to offer small amounts of food and water in the carrier.

Cat Carrier Travel by Airplane

If you and your cat are traveling by airplane, a soft carrier with a waterproof bottom is preferred, but more than one entry and exit option should still be available.

You will be required to remove your cat from the carrier to go through TSA security screening, so be sure to have your cat wear a harness that you can attach a leash to, so you can safely hold your cat during this time. Airports can be loud, scary places, and you wouldn’t want your cat to get startled and run off.

 The carrier should not be larger than a typical carry-on bag—17.5 x 12 x 7.5 inches in some cases. Check with your airline for other requirements before you travel.

Chat With Your Veterinarian About Anxious Cats

If you know or suspect that your cat will be anxious during travel, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian well in advance of your trip to discuss options for preventing and treating anxiety. If your cat does not seem anxious, you can still get your veterinarian’s input on whether they recommend a medication or supplement. Your veterinarian will consider your cat’s age, demeanor, and overall health when making such recommendations.

If medication is prescribed, it’s a good idea to try it at home before you travel to make sure your cat tolerates it and does not have any undesirable side effects.

Examples of supplements and medications used for travel anxiety include:

Calming Care

Feliway Spray


Ensure You Have Cleaning Supplies for Your Cat

Despite your best efforts, accidents may happen when traveling with your cat. Pack some extra blankets or towels in case one gets soiled. It can also be helpful to place a disposable absorbent pad in the bottom of the carrier.

If traveling by car, bring along some paper towels and a cleaner in case you need to clean up urine, stool, or vomit. If you will be flying with your cat, unscented baby wipes or wipes designed for cats will help with any cleanup needed.

Pack Their Own Litterbox if Possible

When going on a road trip, it’s helpful to bring a familiar litterbox and litter from home if you can. Cats are very sensitive to scents, and asking your cat to use a different type of litter or litterbox may lead to accidents on the road or at your destination.

Bring Along Favorite Toys and Blankets

Just like you, your cat will appreciate having some of their favorite items from home when traveling. A favorite blanket or bed, familiar toys, and their own food and treats will make your trip more enjoyable and less stressful for both of you.

Additional Tips

Make sure to ask your veterinarian if your cat needs any vaccinations, bloodwork, or special documentation before you travel. This is especially important if you plan to travel outside of the United States. Requirements imposed by some foreign countries may require several months of advance planning, so do your research.

Whether traveling by car or airplane, take along proof of vaccinations and ask the airline or state/country of destination what other documentation is needed, such as a health certificate or certificate of veterinary inspection.

Always be sure your cat has identification in case you get separated. Having your cat microchipped and wearing a collar with an ID tag with your contact information will aid in reuniting you if you become separated.

Remember that traveling with your cat can be quite enjoyable for both of you, with the right preparation.

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Air travel with a cat is stressful, but one of the best airline-approved cat carriers can make it easier. When a cat is flying at your feet in the plane cabin, a durable soft-sided carrier with some key features will ensure your pet's comfort and safety, and your peace of mind.

To select the best carriers for flying with a cat, we spoke with a veterinarian and pet travel experts and tested 24 different airline-friendly pet carriers. Our top pick, the Sleepypod Air , is as durable as it is comfortable for pets and humans alike. If you're looking for a more affordable airline cat carrier, the simple Frisco Premium Airline Compliant Quilted Carrier Bag will keep your kitty comfortable from the beginning to the end of your journey.

Keep in mind that carrier size requirements vary by airline. Delta , American Airlines , and United allow pet carriers up to 18 inches (L) by 11 inches (W) by 11 inches (H). Some airlines have smaller maximum sizes, so make sure to check the airline's website before embarking with your pet.

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Our top picks for the best airline-approved cat carriers

Best overall: Sleepypod Air - See at Chewy

Best expandable: Mr. Peanut's Gold Series Expandable Carrier - See at Amazon

Best stylish: Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier - See at Amazon

Best budget: Frisco Premium Airline Compliant Quilted Carrier Bag - See at Chewy

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The crash-test-certified Sleepypod Air has plush bedding, optimal ventilation, and a roomy interior to keep cats calm and comfortable in the air and on the ground.

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Optional privacy screen
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Double-layered mesh
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Crash-test certified
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Ample storage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Padded carry handle
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Washable interior mat
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Unzips into bed or car seat
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Carry handle may cause discomfort for those with larger hands due to its small size
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Expensive

Our cat testers weren't shy about expressing their clear preference for the Sleepypod Air. During a recent trip to the vet, they both piled into the carrier, opting for its cozy sanctuary over their other carrier. The Sleepypod Air's plush bedding, just-right ventilation, and spacious interior proved calming and comfortable. For skittish fliers, the carrier includes a privacy screen you can slide through the mesh top, though this significantly reduces your cat's access to fresh air.

The carrier stands out for its innovative design and commitment to pet safety — it's certified by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that researches and crash-tests pet carriers to ensure their safety. Rather than doors, it features one continuous zipper that runs end to end. With one pull of the zipper, the carrier transforms into an open bed, converts into a car seat, or rolls up for convenient storage. It's also designed to fold in approximately 2.5 inches at each end, meeting the size requirements of most major airlines. We recommend practicing compressing the bag before your trip. 

The padded cross-body shoulder strap felt supportive, and the carrier rested comfortably against the body without collapsing inward. With the luggage strap, the carrier easily stayed balanced on a suitcase when rolling over curbs and rough sidewalks.

The Sleepypod Air isn't cheap. However, given its versatility, comfort, and impressive safety features, we believe it's well worth the investment. You can return it, used or unused, within a year, and Sleepypod guarantees a replacement if it's damaged in an auto accident.

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Mr. Peanut's Gold Series Expandable Carrier unzips to almost double in size, providing a cat with extra room on long travel days.

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Front and top-loading carrier
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Expandable compartment for more space
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Secure luggage strap
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Padded detachable shoulder strap
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Washable interior bed
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Easy to store
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Limited pocket space
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Expandable section can't be used in flight
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. No warranty

On long travel days with time spent in airports, Mr. Peanut's Gold Series Expandable Carrier offers jet-setting cats extra space to stretch out. It includes a zippered panel on its right side that unfolds into a mesh atrium that nearly doubles the carrier's interior space. While the expandable section can't be used in flight, this feature makes it the best airline-approved cat carrier for cross-country flights with layovers and extended stays away from home.

The spacious carrier is front- and top-loading with a roll-up privacy flap over the top door, and it offers plenty of ventilation to keep a cat from overheating. Inside, there is a soft plush bolster bed and safety tether. Outside, it has an adjustable padded shoulder strap and a faux leather carry handle. There is one 10-inch by 4-inch mesh pocket on the backside. 

With sturdy mesh screens and smooth zippers, Mr. Peanut's carrier excelled in our testing. It was easy to spot clean, and although the bed is labeled hand-wash only, it came out of the washing machine looking nearly new after air-drying.

When we tested the luggage strap, the carrier remained mostly balanced on our suitcase, slipping only about an inch to one side. Carrying it on the shoulder was comfortable, and the strap was easy to adjust to the correct length.

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The Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier stands out for its eye-catching design that prioritizes safety in the air and at your destination, all without compromising on convenience or comfort.

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Multiple pockets
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Side panel opening for easy access
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Offers the least ventilation of the carriers tested
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The Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier not only looks great but also prioritizes safety. Like the Sleepypod Air, it is crash-test certified by the CPS . It also has an interior safety tether and a zipper-locking mechanism to prevent unintentional openings during transit.  

The cushy interior mat provides maximum comfort for your kitty copilot while the padded cross-body and secure luggage straps ensure that your precious cargo has a smooth journey from point A to point B. We also appreciate the thoughtful conveniences for human travelers, including three pockets for storing your or your cat's belongings, including a large 16-inch by 6-inch front zipper pocket. There's a D-ring to clip your keys too. 

In case of accidents, the carrier comes with one custom-fitted pee pad (more sold separately) that you can access via a side panel to minimize disturbing your pet. The nylon fabric carrier has a moisture-resistant quality that causes liquids to bead up on contact, so bigger messes won't readily adhere. However, the mat has a bolstered edge where gunk can get stuck, so you'll want to thoroughly spot-clean the interior cushion once you reach your destination. 

Despite the carrier's 20-inch length, each side compresses by an inch, ensuring it meets most in-cabin airline regulations. Despite the carrier's 20-inch length, each side compresses by an inch, ensuring it meets most in-cabin airline regulations. The width of the carrier also exceeds airline regulations by a half inch but as long as you don't overstuff the side pocket, it can compress. 

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This Frisco cat carrier is a cozy and budget-friendly option that holds up well to wear and tear.

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Two loading doors
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Velcro-secured pocket
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Holds large cats
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Comes with ID tags and collapsible travel dish
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Shoulder strap lacks padding
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Luggage strap not as secure as other carriers
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Only one color option

Although this carrier is a fraction of the price of our other picks, it still performed well in durability testing. At home, it was also the carrier our tester cats consistently chose to lounge in time and time again. Simply put, the cozy Frisco Premium Airline Compliant Quilted Carrier Bag is an excellent budget airline cat carrier.

Susan Nilson , a cat and dog trainer and behavior specialist, recommends leaving a carrier with the doors open at home so your cat can get accustomed to it before travel. We did just that, and the carrier quickly became one of our cats' favorite spots to nap. Even after machine washing the interior fleece mat, it didn't lose its softness or cat appeal.

The carrier has two doors, top and side, and two storage pockets: a secure Velcro pocket to stash your keys and phone and a mesh pocket to keep your cat's treats and travel documents easily accessible. The included collapsible silicone bowl and ID tag ticks two essentials off your packing list.

The adjustable shoulder strap and carry handle lack padding and may become uncomfortable on longer journeys. Similar to pricier options, the Frisco carrier includes a luggage strap designed to attach the carrier to the telescopic handle of your suitcase. However, the strap doesn't keep the carrier well-balanced on curbs and sidewalks, so you'll want to have a free hand for added support. 

What to look for in an airline cat carrier

Cat carriers come in many different styles at varying price points. To ensure you get the best value for safety and comfort, our experts recommend considering the following factors when shopping.

Safety: Unlike child car seats, there are no universal safety standards or inspections for cat carriers. However, some brands go the extra mile by subjecting their carriers to rigorous testing by reputable third-party or nonprofit safety organizations. Among our recommended picks, the Sleepypod Air and Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier have been crash-test certified by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that studies the safety of pet products. 

Currently, CPS studies do not extend to air travel and flight safety. Despite the absence of standardized air travel safety tests, crash-test certification remains the gold standard. As Lindsey Wolko, founder and CEO of CPS, points out, you'll want to consider your entire journey, including driving from your home to the airport and transportation at your destination. 

Wolko says carriers are most susceptible to failure at seams where the mesh connects to the carrier body. She recommends inspecting carriers for any signs of loose threads, weak spots, or faulty zippers to ensure their overall safety and reliability throughout transit.

Size: A carrier should be roomy enough for your cat to comfortably turn around and lie down while still being compact enough to fit under the seat in front of you. Carrier size requirements vary by airline, so double-check your airline's specific requirements.   

Fortunately, size isn't usually a limiting factor for cats. More often than not, they prefer to curl up in a small ball and hide during the trip, says Dr. Jo Myers , a veterinarian with Vetster. She says extra room for playing, eating, drinking, or using the litter box during the flight is typically unnecessary. However, if you anticipate a long layover and want extra legroom for your cat, an expandable carrier like Mr. Peanut's Gold Series Expandable Carrier is a good choice.

Weight restrictions: Many in-cabin cat carriers are suitable for cats weighing up to 15 or 18 pounds. If your cat is on the heavier side, double-check the weight limit for the carrier you're considering purchasing and make sure your cat has room to comfortably move around in the carrier.  

Ventilation: Most carriers are designed with enough ventilation (at least 16%) to meet the International Air Transport Association (IATA) minimum requirement . Some carriers may have less or more, so the amount of ventilation you choose depends on you and your cat's preferences. 

Since Myers says most cats prefer to hide in stressful environments, carriers with privacy walls and flaps may be beneficial. Alternatively, she recommends bringing a towel or blanket that you can place over the carrier if your cat becomes stressed. "Even if you cover the carrier with a towel, it's far from airtight," she says. "Simply check on your cat occasionally, without disturbing them any more than necessary."

How we tested airline-approved pet carriers

We developed our selection and testing criteria for this guide to the best airline-approved cat carriers with advice from our experts. The 24 carriers we evaluated underwent the tests described here.

Feature comparison: After conducting interviews with our experts, we created a point rubric for scoring each carrier based on the following features:

  • Shape and design
  • Interior mat
  • Loading doors
  • Carrying straps and handles
  • Ventilation
  • Privacy flaps
  • Interior safety tether
  • Luggage strap
  • Dimensions and in-cabin airline capability
  • Safety certifications
  • Ease of storage

Scrape test: We scraped a mesh section of each carrier 50 times with a fork to test its durability, noting any damage or discoloration. 

Zip test: To test the durability of each carrier's zippers, we completely zipped and unzipped one of its loading entrances 50 times. In the process, we observed changes in the zipper's ability to smoothly run its course.

Luggage test: If a carrier included a luggage strap, we evaluated how well it remained balanced on top of a suitcase. We placed a 10-pound weight inside and attached the carrier to a suitcase handle so it rested on top of our luggage. Then we rolled it over a curb, up a ramp, and along the sidewalk and street of a city block. 

Ventilation test: According to Wolko, ventilation is important to prevent a cat from overheating during travel. We measured the dimensions of each carrier's mesh panels and calculated the percentage of the total surface area they comprised. We favored bags with more ventilation. According to IATA live animal regulations, pet carrier bags must have a minimum of 16% ventilation. 

Walk test: We took each soft-sided carrier containing a 10-pound weight on a 15-minute walk around a neighborhood. Each was carried using the shoulder strap and held at the front of the body the way a person would if they had a real cat inside. For the last block of the walk, we switched to using the hand-carry straps. The backpack carriers were taken on the same walk but were not carried by hand. With each one, we paid attention to how comfortable it was to carry, how much it bounced, and whether it collapsed inwards.

Goop test: We devised this test to determine how easy it would be to clean the carriers if a cat vomited or defecated in transit. We mashed together cat kibble, canned food, and water with a mortar and pestle to make the goop, then spread a tablespoon on an exterior wall and interior mat of each carrier. After 48 hours, we wiped the goop from the exterior using dish soap and water and cleaned the mats in the washing machine. 

Drop and stomp tests: We brought the carriers to a local park, loaded each one with a 10-pound weight, and threw them off of a 10-foot play structure, looking for any damage that occurred upon landing. We then rolled the bags several times on the ground with the weight still inside, looking for damage to the stitching, mesh, or zippers. Later, at home, we placed each carrier on a rug and stomped on it a dozen times with bare feet, noting whether its frame changed shape or the bag suffered any other damage.

Airline cat carrier FAQs

What is considered an airline-approved pet carrier.

To fly with a cat in the cabin of a plane, you'll need a soft-sided carrier that fits within the allowable dimensions of the airline, which vary a little from airline to airline. Regardless of the carrier you use, Wolko says to make sure your cat has enough room to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Additionally, there should be at least 2 to 3 inches of clearance from the top of their ears to the interior roof of the carrier.

How much does it cost to fly with a cat? 

Fees for flying with a pet in the cabin of a plane vary between carriers. At United Airlines , a one-way flight for your cat adds $125 to your ticket price. At Delta , there is a $95 fee for domestic flights. Flying a cat in the cargo hold on a domestic flight is typically about $300 per trip. Sending a cat on an international flight can cost up to triple that amount.

How much ventilation should a carrier have? 

For soft-sided carriers, Wolko says mesh ventilation should be on at least three sides of the bag. In cargo, airlines require that a kennel is ventilated on all four sides. According to the IATA live animal regulations, both soft- and hard-sided pet carriers must have a minimum of 16% ventilation. 

Do cats need to go to the bathroom on a flight? 

Unless a cat has a medical condition, they will be fine without access to a litter box for the duration of a flight. "Just based on the physiology of cats, they could probably go from Boston to Hawaii without needing to void," says Dr. Bob Murtaugh , a veterinarian and chair of veterinary medicine for the National Academies of Practice.

In the cargo hold, kennels cannot be outfitted with a litter box or anything other than an absorbent liner and a soft bed or blanket. "If the travel day will be more than eight hours, during a layover pet owners can arrange a comfort stop for cats to be let out of their carrier," says Elaine Mathis, pet travel specialist and project manager at Happy Tails Travel . When you let your cat out of their carrier, you'll want to make sure your cat is safely secured with one of the best cat harnesses attached to a leash.

Do cats need food and water on a flight? 

On shorter in-cabin flights, it's unlikely your cat will require food or water. However, if you're flying your cat in cargo, Mathis says a food bowl and water bowl should be in the carrier regardless of the flight length. She recommends using dishes that fasten to the crate's door and can be refilled easily from the outside, such as Lixit's Quick Lock Crock 10-ounce bowls .

What are the signs that my cat may be in distress in flight?

According to Murtaugh, a few obvious signs may indicate your cat is in distress during a flight, either due to fear or excessive heat. A cat that is panting, restless, and vocalizing could be experiencing significant anxiety or overheating. If the membranes in their gums turn bright red, the latter is most likely, and it's important to cool them off quickly. If a flight attendant approves, placing the carrier on your lap so they can feel the air blowing from the vent above your seat or wiping them down with a wet cloth may help lower their body temperature. Before your travel, Nilson recommends lightly spraying the carrier with calming pheromones. 

In the weeks before their trip, introduce your cat to their carrier or kennel in a positive way. "Make the carrier feel like a cave or a home or something that's comfortable, something that they're not just jammed into the first time they're on their way to the airport," says Murtaugh.

Place the carrier in an area of the home where your cat spends a lot of time and encourage them to explore it by placing catnip and treats inside or by playing with them in and around the space. 

Murtaugh says that taking your cat on a car ride or other forms of transportation while in their carrier may also be helpful in the weeks before the flight. He recommends placing a bed or blanket that smells like home inside the carrier and using a pheromone spray or collar to help take the edge off. 

If your cat has a history of experiencing debilitating stress during travel and will be flying in the cabin, you can speak to your vet about prescribing an anxiety-relieving medication. However, it's important to test medication out before your flight. "Make sure there won't be any untoward side effects," says Murtaugh. "Your vet can help you tailor that to your cat's needs."

The IATA recommends against sedating a cat before flying in the cargo hold. It can be fatal for older, chronically sick, or highly stressed animals. Nilson says calming pheromones such as Feliway or Pet Remedy are safe alternatives.

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Whether you plan on moving abroad or domestically in the US, you probably wonder how much you should budget for your cat's part of the move. It's important to keep in mind that there are many pieces to moving a cat that determines the costs.

Even if you choose not to hire a professional service to organize a safe move plan for your cat, the individual expenses can add up to a hefty price tag. To help give you a better idea of what to expect with the costs of your cat's move, we've put together some items to remember when budgeting for your travels. 

Attention: The below estimates only provide a general idea of how much it costs to ship a cat without hiring a service provider to help. Involving a service provider or adding various conditions to your move will vary prices. Contact a PetRelocation Consultant here to determine what your cat's move will cost with our services.

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Expenses for Domestic and International Cat Shipping

Travel crate.

Is your pet traveling in-cabin or in the cargo hold? Either way, you must purchase a kennel that meets the airlines' requirements. We have some tips and tricks for finding the right kennel for your cat for cargo travel on this page .

Research the costs of travel crates beforehand, and don't forget to purchase two water bowls to attach to the door!

Example Estimate: A medium PetMate Sky Kennel, what most airlines consider to be the best size for cats traveling in cargo, can cost anywhere between $50 USD and $200 USD.

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The amount you'll need to spend at the veterinarian depends significantly on where you travel. If you are flying across the country, a simple health check and general vaccinations will be all you need. However, some destinations will require blood tests, like a Titer test , a veterinarian must perform that with USDA accreditation. Titer tests and other possibly required blood work can cost hundreds of dollars. Read the pet import requirements for your destination and discuss the process, including the related costs, with your vet.

Example Estimate: Vet costs will vary greatly. We've seen a simple health certificate for domestic travel range from $75 to $200. However, the more complicated the import requirements and the more pets you have, expect the costs to rise. We have seen international health certificates and required vaccinations come up to $1,200 for one pet for destinations like Singapore . 

Airline Ticket and Fees

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Additionally, you must consider how the costs will be affected if your cat's routing requires a layover. Layovers for pets that last more than a few hours can add additional fees, which ensure they are well looked after at an animal lounge until they are put on the next flight. While you may be able to jump on a discount flight to your destination without worrying about routing or stops, pets have to be carefully routed to ensure they're only flying in and out of airports that have pet-friendly airlines.

Lastly, it is important to note that some airlines will not allow you to book directly with them to fly your cat internationally to some countries. Instead, you'll be required to hire a pet-shipping company with an airline account. This is because they want assurance that the import procedures and paperwork were completed correctly to avoid penalties or fees.

Example Estimate:  The cost of flying your cat as manifest cargo will depend greatly on the destination. The cost of flying one small cat domestically as manifest cargo will likely range between $275 to $300. However, the further the destination, the more the rate will increase. For example, flying a typical house cat to Australia may be closer to $1,000. 

Other Transport Services

Ground transportation .

If you're moving with your pet within the continental United States, ground transportation may need to be an option you consider. Due to COVID-19, there are not as many airlines accepting pets as there previously were. 

Example Estimate: The cost of ground transportation when needed will vary based on the length of the journey.  PetRelocation's ground transportation rates start at $2200 - $2400 for a 10-hour drive and increase to around $6000 - $6400 for a cross-country journey.

Pet Taxi 

Considering that your cat's travels may not align with your travel plans, looking into hiring services to transport your cat to and from the airport may be a good idea. Hiring a professional pet taxi or driver with a climate-controlled vehicle may not be as inexpensive as you consider the time spent on the drive, the distances traveled, fuel costs and traffic.

Also, if you plan on having someone check in your cat at the airport, it may take a few hours to ensure that all of the paperwork is in order and that your cat is weighed and prepped for departure.

Example Estimate: Animal transportation costs vary based on the city, distance from the airport, number of pets, and time of day the travel takes place. The transport of one cat in a major US city (like New York) during regular business hours to an airport within 10 miles of your home may cost you up to $275 USD.

Additional International Expenses

Government approvals or endorsements.

Depending on where you are moving, you may need to take your cat's veterinary paperwork to get government approval or endorsement before travel. Some countries even require multiple endorsements, such as Consular and USDA.

Again, knowing the rules for importing a cat to your destination is important.

Example Estimate: USDA endorsement fees can be found on their website here  . If your cat does not require blood tests, your endorsement fee may be as low as $38. However, if your destination country requires blood tests, the cost will be raised to $121, along with additional fees for each pet. Keep in mind that this does not include the time spent to book and attend an in-person appointment or the cost of mailing in paperwork to be endorsed.

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Import Permits

Some countries will only allow pets to enter with an import permit. As you can imagine, getting formal approval from the government to bring your pet overseas can often come at quite a price.

If your destination requires an import permit, try looking for these fees on that country's government website.

Example Estimate: The fees for obtaining an import permit for a pet going to Australia can be found on the DAFF website here . For just one cat, the import permit fees will cost $480 AUD.

Customs Clearance

Once your cat arrives, clearance steps need to be taken. These can include brokers, taxes, tariffs, and other country-specific fees that need to be paid for your cat to be released to you.

Most airlines will gladly share any of these customs fees with you when you book your cat's flight. If that's not the case, check your destination country's government website to see if any customs fees are indicated there.

Example Estimate: New Zealand’s governing body over pet imports, MPI, lists their border clearance charges on their website here . Depending on the country your cat is traveling from, this fee can range anywhere between $28.19 NZD (fixed) to $186.30 NZD (hourly).

If you're moving to a country requiring a quarantine period, like New Zealand, Singapore, or Malaysia, you must consider the fees required to keep your pet at the quarantine facility. Remember that these facilities offer more than just accommodations for your pet. They provide food, outdoor time or walks, and medical care if needed.

Example Estimate: The quarantine fees for pets moving to Singapore can be found on the AVA website here . In short, it will cost at least $242 SGD (roughly $200 USD) for a cat to stay in quarantine for 10 days (the typical minimum period for pets).

DIY vs. Hiring Professionals

While some people choose to handle their pet moves independently, many owners eventually decide to have a service organize it all. Managing the costs and logistics of a pet move can be complicated and stressful, so hiring an all-in-one service relieves most. Hiring a pet shipping professional to arrange your pet's move is more expensive, but since the pet pros will be managing your cat's move, you have one less thing to worry about! 

Don't just take our word for it! Here is some insight from other pet owners who are happy they sought PetRelocation's assistance with their cat's travels:

"The first time I was trying to figure out how to move Charlie and Chloe by myself, I found you, and everything fell into place so seamlessly." Read More

"We made the decision to use a pet relocation agency very late in our travel planning process due to misinformation from the airline. With 10 days to move our cat, Cosmo, Jon, and Julia were amazing!" Read More

"Moving countries is no easy feat, let alone if you have other precious goods to relocate. But after working with PetRelocation, and specifically Maegan and Linda, I couldn't have been more impressed nor comforted with the entire process. " Read More

"We contacted PetRelo in February, and they guided us through the process. Our biggest concern is the safety of our pets, and later we realized the pets had a much smoother flight than we did!" Read More

Ready to start planning your cat's move?  Contact us to discuss your safe pet move options.

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How much does it cost to Fly a Cat Internationally?

The costs associated with moving overseas with cats .

Moving overseas can be such an exciting time; whether you are moving to Australia to paddleboard in pristine oceans or headed to England to spend your weekends exploring historic towns. It can also be quite stressful, and we know how much organizing and planning that comes along with it!

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It becomes even more complicated if you have a furry friend or two that you need to bring with you. There are many moving pieces and different costs involved when it comes to flying a cat internationally . It can be very overwhelming when trying to research, especially as the costs and regulations can vary significantly between countries. Whilst it is difficult to generalize anything regarding pet travel , we hope this cost breakdown can provide you with a bit of insight into the type of things you may have to consider when moving overseas with cats.

Please note that each destination and your own unique travel circumstances and needs will vary significantly from one person to the next. This should simply give you a general idea of some of the most common costs involved when flying a cat internationally.

If you would like a customized travel itinerary and quotation you can contact one of our pet travel consultants.

Travel Crates

Whether your cat is flying in-cabin with you or in the cargo hold you will need to purchase a travel crate . The travel crate must meet certain airline, industry and government regulations and it is important to note that many travel crates available online do not meet these ever-changing regulations. 

We have a handy Crate Calculator you can use to see exactly what size crate you will need to get for your cat. Essentially, your cat must be able to turn around and be able to stand without their ears touching the top of the crate.

Always consult an expert before purchasing a crate online, as your cat may be denied travel if you show up to the airport with a non-approved travel crate (even if it is the right size).

Pet Express Travel Crates

The travel crates we supply are all approved by the airlines and IATA. We can also send you the crate as early as possible so that you can start getting your cat used to their travel crate. This will make the journey far more comfortable for them and will ease some of your stress as well!

We also have some second-hand crates that, if they are the right fit for your cat, we can provide to you at a discounted rate.

Example cost:

The price of an N200 travel crate, which is the standard size for a small cat, is approximately $120 USD.


International flights.

The international flight will end up being a large portion of the overall costs. This is because airlines charge additional fees for live animals due to the extra care and attention they must place on handling and looking after the pets. Tickets can be even more expensive than your own passenger tickets.

The cost of the flight will depend largely on your cats’ crate size. The cost of the flight can also depend on the destination as some countries will have less incoming flight options than others.

IMPORTANT: Please note that some airlines will not allow you to book flights directly with them and will require you to book through an IPATA certified Pet Transport Company. This is because the airlines understand how complicated the process is. Small mistakes in paperwork or veterinary procedures can cost passengers large sums of money and delays for months.

A direct flight from LA to Melbourne can cost between $1,200 – $1,600 USD (dependant on the size of the crate).

Other Transportation

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Depending on where you are currently located in the US, you may need to transport your cat to a city where the international flight will depart from. You may need to arrange a domestic flight within the US or if your cat is a snub-nosed breed , ground transportation will be the only option. If you need to transport your cat on the road you will need a temperature-controlled vehicle with plenty of space to secure a travel crate in.

It is also important to keep in mind that most airlines will have embargoes on domestic flights during certain times of the year when they deem it too hot or too cold for your pet to fly. In summer, sometimes the only option is to fly your cat early in the morning or very late at night due to the heat.

Example Cost:

A domestic flight in the US for a small cat to travel in cargo can cost between $300 USD – $600 USD.

Boarding & Comfort Stop Fees

Your pets’ travel plans may not exactly align with yours and sometimes it is necessary for your cat to travel on separate flights and even board overnight at a pet transit lounge.

As well, if your cat’s flight has a layover it may be necessary to organize a comfort stop between flights. A comfort stop allows your cat to get out of the travel crate, stretch their legs, have a toilet break and be given some love and attention before the next leg of the journey. These comfort stops can be organized by the airline or you can utilize the services of a Pet Shipper in the local area.

Boarding at Pet Express:

When you arrange your pet’s travel with Pet Express , we provide your cat with a complimentary night of boarding the evening before the international flight. We have pet transit lounges in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. We will also provide you with daily pet updates and photos whilst your furbaby is in our care.

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Airlines can charge up to $500 USD for a comfort stop, depending on how long the layover is. 

Veterinary Visits

Depending on the destination, your cat may need to have a couple of veterinary visits to ensure your pet’s health meets the import requirements. The types of veterinary treatments that may be required include rabies vaccinations, blood tests, health certificates, and general health check-ups. For international trips, there is the added requirement of the vet needing to be USDA accredited (i.e. government-approved).

It is important to note that the timing of these vet visits to your departure date is critical, and again, each country will have its own set of regulations around this. This is the most difficult part of organizing pet travel and requires knowledge of both veterinary procedures and different countries’ import regulations.

If you plan your travel with Pet Express, we put together a customized vet schedule for your cat which lists the exact treatments that will be needed to be completed on specific dates. We will also get in contact with your vet to ensure all procedures and paperwork are compliant so that your cat is able to fly as planned.

Example cost: costs can vary greatly depending on your vet. For example, a general health exam for your cat can cost between $70 USD – $250 USD.

Government Expenses

Import permit.

Some countries require your pet to have obtained a pre-approved Import Permit before arrival. These permits can be quite costly, and applications can usually be lodged online.

For example, for arrival in Australia, you will need to apply for an Import Permit from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. This will set you back about $480 for the first pet and $240 for each additional pet.

Some countries, such as Australia and Malaysia, require pets to be placed into quarantine upon arrival for varying lengths of stay. The quarantine will need to be booked ahead of time and can also be very costly.

For example, pets will be required to board at the Quarantine facility in Melbourne upon arrival into Australia for a minimum 10-day period. Fees are outlined on the Department of Agriculture website and will vary, however, you can expect to pay approximately $2,000 for one cat. There can be additional fees if your pet requires veterinary treatments or an extended stay.

USDA Endorsements

Prior to departure from the US, certain documents will need to be endorsed by the USDA. You will need to make an appointment and either take the paperwork to a USDA office or mail the paperwork in. 

Fees for USDA endorsements can be found on their website and can range from $38 USD to $173 USD. This of course does not include the costs of attending the appointment, of filing or of mailing in the application.

It is also important to note that the USDA endorsement can only be completed the day before the flight, so if you are completing this step yourself you will need to pay additional fees for priority posting to wherever your pet is flying out of as they will need this paperwork attached to their crate to board their flight.

Clearing Customs

Upon arrival into the country, your pet will need to clear customs, just as you would if you were arriving at an international airport. The various charges for clearing customs can include brokers, taxes and tariffs fees. Most countries will also give your pets a veterinary exam upon arrival.

Example costs:

For example, upon arrival in the UK the expected entry fee should be minimum £450 which includes the ARC and VAT fees if entering England.

PLEASE NOTE: The above-mentioned fees are always subject to change (and do frequently) and do not include the costs of applying for the permits, lodging the applications and other administrative fees. For accuracy and assurance, we always recommend looking at country-specific government websites whilst doing your research.

Using a Pet Shipping Company VS. doing it on your own

Call us biased but we cannot recommend highly enough going through an IPATA certified Pet Shipping company. You may not have a choice in some cases as many airlines and even veterinary practices will not allow you to book their services without going through an agent.

However, if you do decide to tackle it on your own, I would recommend doing thorough research on the government import regulations of your destination country, relevant airline and industry regulations as well as the necessary veterinary requirements.

Don’t just take our word for it – here is what some of our customers have had to say about our services:

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“We had an inexperienced vet, if not for Pet-express’s help our dogs would be at risk of denied entry. A situation like this really highlighted the importance of having a responsible relocation agent at your back” Bucky & Lucca

“I called multiple pet transport agents and Pet Express was the only one that had a person answer the phone and someone get back to me with answers to any questions I had. Highly, highly recommend!” Minerva

“Pet Express went above and beyond to help us. The crate we provided was the wrong size, but this company worked around the clock to get our dog a different crate and a different flight. Only company I would want to use in the future.”

“They’ve been great at dealing with local partners at each stop as well as coordinating any vet paperwork involving overlapping international laws” Scrubs

Read more of our happy customer stories here.

Pet Travel FAQ’s

Read common questions about Travelling with pets here.

Further Questions?

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