Petmate Vari Portable Dog & Cat Kennel

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About This Item


  • Perfect for housebreaking, kennel training and travel; meets most air travel requirements.
  • Tough durable construction features vents on the back and side walls with an easy-open squeeze latch.
  • Built-in compartment cover offers added storage for treats and other accessories.
  • Interior moat keeps pets dry and seat belt loop on top allows for car security.
  • Made in the USA and assembles in minutes with no tools required.

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About Petmate Kennels

A Comfy Place for Rest

Give your canine companion an inviting place to sleep and relax with Petmate’s plastic kennels. Each kennel is built with comfort in mind, with rounded edges and a smooth interior designed to help your dog doze as comfortably as you do. Your furry family member deserves the best and nothing less.

A Cozy Canine Safe Space

Dogs have an instinctive desire to be snug and comfortable in a semi-enclosed space of their own. Petmate kennels satisfy that natural denning instinct, giving your pup a place that feels both safe and secure where he can go to relax when he’s stressed, out of his comfort zone or just ready for a restorative snooze.

Secure What Matters

Petmate kennels are built for strength and safety, with durable construction designed to keep your pup in the kennel and out of harm’s way. Whether you’re traveling with your dog somewhere and need to secure him or crating to stop destructive behaviors while you’re gone, you can rely on Petmate to provide safety and peace of mind.

For Pups Big and Small

Whether your dog is pint-sized or extra-large, Petmate has a kennel that’s the perfect size and shape for your best friend. Made with size-specific details like heavy-duty materials for larger kennels and nice touches like top access on some smaller models, you’ll find that each kennel was designed with your pup’s unique needs in mind.

Made Right

Petmate kennels are engineered to stand up to rust, bad weather and rough handling to give you many years of trustworthy use. From their durable plastic construction to the hard-as-nails hardware that keeps them together, these kennels will provide a safe and cozy environment for your pup through thick and thin.

Air and Road Trip Approved

These kennels were built with safety in mind and are made to be fully compliant with air and highway travel requirements. That means you can take your furry friend with you anywhere you need to go! Your best friend will love his comfy home away from home on all your journeys, and you’ll love knowing he’s in a safe and secure place.

About Petmate

Petmate started out making kennels back in 1959 and they haven’t stopped since. They now offer a vast line of different products for all sorts of pets and provide trusted solutions for pet parents everywhere. They care about the environment, too, employing eco-friendly manufacturing techniques at their Edison Green Award-winning facility and embracing new technologies to further reduce impacts.
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Assembly RequiredYesYesYesNoYes
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Questions & Answers

12 Customer Questions

Is this great for road trips for on the road for hours to a hotel
Answer by ChewyJul 11, 2018
The Petmate Vari Kennel Portable Dog & Cat Kennel is perfect for travel along with housebreaking and kennel training.

I have 3 toy poodles is this big enough to put all 3 in together, looking for something in case of severe weather for easy travel
Answer by ChewyMay 29, 2018
For safety reasons, we do not recommend carrying more than 1 pet within a single carrier.

What size do you need for a regular sized domestic house cat?
Answer by ChewyDec 04, 2019
The best way to select the perfect kennel size for your pet is to measure them from the top of their head to the floor, then from the tip of their nose to the base of the tail. The height of the kennel should be 3-4 inches taller and longer than your pet so there's ample space to fully stand up, easily turn around and comfortably lie all the way down. The 19-inch kennel measures 19 x 12.3 x 10.8 inches and can hold up to 10 pounds of weight, the 24-inch kennel measures 24.1 x 16.7 x 14.5 inches and can hold up to 20 pounds of weight.

Does the 19" kennel use screws or clamps to fasten top and bottom halves?
Answer by ChewyAug 06, 2023
The two halves should be secured together with the seven snap latches on the top half. It is advisable to check the latches periodically to ensure they remain secure. For airline travel, use of wing nuts and bolts is required.

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Rated 4.3889 out of 5 stars
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54 Customer Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By 123 on Mar 18, 2023

smaller than expected

My cat out grew it after one use and he’s a small cat

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on Dec 26, 2022

Portable cat kennel

My error. I did not study details about this kennel. It is too small for my cats.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Carley on Nov 5, 2022

Great Carrier

The carrier is made well and my cat loves to hang out in it too.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By RescuedKitties on Dec 12, 2020

Good solid carrier

This seriously has been my best carrier yet. More than enough room for my chonky kitties and when I take multiple of the smaller.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Mypalomino1 on Aug 20, 2020

very disapointed

Not at all happy with this. Only reason we are keeping it is because of how hard it was to put together and how long it took. This is something that should have been very simple, but it was a mess. It was as if the plastic is warped and we had to fight to fit it together. I am not kidding about how bad it was. The top and bottom did not fit together and we had to twist, and shove, and still it was almost impossible to get it. It took us around an hour. This should have simply had the top and bottom fit together, and then snap the latches in place. In addition to how awful it was to get together, it is a very flimsy feeling plastic. Not what I would call quality work nor materials at all.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Trisha on Jul 21, 2020

Cocoa's Kennel

Received the kennel today, got it put together also.. So the kennel's ready for me to take my puppy (Cocoa) to the vet in a few days...And, I do believe she'll be more comfortable in this kennel than she was in the last kennel.. Thank you Chewy

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By sleepless on Mar 14, 2020


Easy to assemble and a secure door, easy to open and close. Already been tested by a trip to Vet for a kitten named.."Bear". He didn't like it, but he is back home and survived his ordeal ! I liked the ease of closing, no time wasted trapping Bear. I purchased a small Blue carrier, which was good for a small animal, but I may need to buy a larger size carrier, for a larger cat. Priced right for its quality.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Melmel on Jul 2, 2020

Puppy Crate

This crate works well for my dog. Perfect size. I put a blanket it it for her to lay on.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Balinda on May 15, 2020

Chewy is so convenient

Just started ordering for my new kitten...all is coming in a short time.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By footster26 on Nov 20, 2019

Clips on the sides break!

Darn this poorly designed carrier!! We lost a foster kitten in our driveway after returning home from spay surgery. Just as we lifted her from the car, two of the clips broke loose and allowed the kitten to jump out and escape. It took us 3 sleepless, terribly stressful days with the help of our neighbors to find her, but thankfully we did. It could have been a terribly different scenario. As a frequent foster, I have never had a carrier fail in this way, and I've owned a lot of carriers, but never one with clips on the sides. I will never again buy a carrier that has clips instead of screws on the sides, and I cannot recommend this carrier AT ALL. We destroyed it. I didn't even feel safe passing it off to a thrift store. If you have this style, bungie cord the sides anywhere you can to avoid a terrible consequence.