Hi everyone. Island Cat mom here. My cats don’t travel much. Most of their traveling is to the veterinarian which I’m sure they would like to avoid if they could. But when they do go anywhere, it’s always in the safe confines of a pet carrier…or how the cats refer to it…the PTU…the prisoner transport unit. But no cat should feel like a prisoner in their carrier. That’s why it’s important to find one that they feel comfortable and safe in.
Recently, we had the opportunity to try out a new pet carrier from Smiling Paws Pets.
The Smiling Paws Pets carrier is a soft-sided pet carrier that can be expanded out on all 4 sides to give your pet more space and comfort. It’s recommended that a pet carrier be big enough for a pet to be able to stand up in and turn around. For a small cat like Zoey who weighs around 8 lbs, the Smiling Paws Pets carrier, unexpanded, is a good size. However, for Ernie, who weighs almost 14 lbs, it is a little too small. But when I expand the back end of it, there’s plenty of room for him.
That’s what makes the Smiling Paws Pets carrier so unique. It can be adjusted to fit almost every cat or small dog.
Smiling Paws Pets carrier expands on all four sides
Not expanded, the carrier measures 17”x11”x9”. When totally expanded on all four sides, it measures 34”x25”x9”, giving your pet a lot more room and helping to reduce their anxiety and discomfort.
In addition to expanding, here are some other great features of this pet carrier:
It’s extremely well made. I found every inch of this carrier to be reinforced so that even the most rambunctious pet can’t escape. It uses high grade rotating metal clips and safety self-locking zippers to prevent the doors from accidentally becoming unzipped. There’s a leash on the inside that can be attached to your pet’s collar for added security.
It’s a soft-sided carrier, but unlike some other soft-sided carriers, it has a metal frame so it keeps its shape. I previously had a soft-sided carrier that wasn’t framed, and my biggest complaint about it was that the top of it would cave in. It didn’t keep its shape even with a cat inside. But that won’t happen with the Smiling Paws Pets carrier.
Some of the features of the Smiling Paws Pets Carrier
It opens on top. I know all you cat parents at some point have struggled to get your cat into the carrier through its front door, right? With an opening on top, this carrier makes it so much easier to get your cat into it. In fact, I won’t use a carrier unless it has an opening on top.
The inside fabric is laminated and leak-proof in case of “accidents.” The soft pad that is included can be removed for washing. This should come in handy if you have a cat like Ernie who has been known to pee in the carrier (don’t tell him I told you that).
It has a sleeve on the side so you can easily attach a luggage handle or a car seat belt. It also comes with a removable shoulder strap.
There are side pockets for storing personal items or treats. Of course, the cats prefer the pockets to be filled with treats.
It’s airline approved. This pet carrier meets all TSA and IATA requirements and is sized to be able to fit under in-cabin seats. I’ve never flown with my cats but if I ever did, I would never allow them to travel in cargo…always in cabin…so a carrier like this is necessary.
When not in use, it can be folded up and stored in the storage case that comes with it.
But here’s a little tip. Do your cats run the other way when they see the carrier come out? If you want your cats to become less afraid of the carrier, leave it permanently out with the door open. By leaving the carrier out, they become more comfortable with being around it, realizing that it’s not a scary thing. I leave our carriers out all the time, and it’s not unusual for me to find either Ernie or Zoey sitting…or even sleeping…in one.
The Smiling Paws Pets carrier comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you’re not happy with it, Smiling Paws Pets will do whatever it takes to make you happy.
I found this pet carrier to be exceptional both in design and function…and I’m confident that my cats will be safe, secure and…most of all…comfortable when using it.
The Smiling Paws Pets expandable pet carrier is only available on Amazon. Right now, you can get 25% off of your purchase by using this discount code: 4L8BYUDV. This discount is good through June 15, 2019. Click HERE for more information.
Disclosure: We received the Smiling Paws Pets expandable pet carrier for free when we agreed to do this review, but that did not influence our opinion at all. We will always give a fair and honest review, and will only share information that we feel is relevant to our readers.