SHERPA Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag, Black, Medium -

Sherpa Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag

By Sherpa
Rated 4.6515 out of 5 stars
Color: Black

$31.29Chewy Price
$119.63Chewy Price

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About This Item


  • Perfect for traveling in style and comfort by plane, car, for an adventure or just a trip to the vet.
  • Patented spring wire frame allows the rear end of the carrier to be pushed down several inches to conform to under seat dimensions.
  • Features include mesh windows for ventilation, top and side entry with locking zippers for safety, padded carrying strap with adjustable no-slip shoulder and a machine-washable faux lambskin liner.
  • Has a rear pocket for convenient storage and seatbelt strap to help keep your pet safe.
  • Approved for use on most airlines and included in an exclusive Guaranteed on Board program: Small is approved for American Airlines, AirTran Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, U.S. Airways, United Airlines, Air Canada Airlines and West Jet Airlines. Medium is approved for American Airlines, United Airlines and Air Canada Airlines.

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About Sherpa Travel Pet Carriers

Sherpa Travel Pet Carriers

Sherpa Travel Carriers are airline-approved carriers that let your pet travel comfortably on the go, in the car or on walks. They are easy to use and durable enough to keep your pet safely contained and protected.

Fits Under Most Airline Seats

Sherpa Carriers with a built-in spring-wire frame allow you to push down the rear side of the carrier several inches. This helps them fit under most airline seats in compliance with airline requirements and FAA regulations. The flexible design makes the carrier in-cabin friendly and airline approved for most airlines.

Fly With Peace of Mind

Sherpa worked with major airlines to make a carrier that is Guaranteed On Board. Sherpa’s Guaranteed On Board program provides you the information you need for future travels with your pet and added assurance that your carrier will be allowed to fly.

Sherpa Makes Travel Easy

Sherpa Carriers feature mesh panels for ventilation, top and side entries, locking zippers for added safety and a seatbelt safety strap.

About Sherpa

In 1989, Sherpa introduced their first soft-sided carriers so pets could fly in-cabin. Today, they continue to innovate to make traveling secure and comfortable for every pet – every day and on every trip. Whether you’re going around the block, across town or on a flight around the world, Sherpa products will help you travel with peace of mind.

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Questions & Answers

38 Customer Questions

Where is the entry door?
Answer by ChewyOct 07, 2017
This Carrier feature both top and side entry points.

What colors does the Carrier come in
Answer by ChewyMay 13, 2022
This carrier only comes in Black.

are there instructions on how to use the car safety belt to secure the carrier in the car?
Answer by ChewyOct 31, 2018
The seat belt may be looped through the seat belt strap on the carrier and secured into the seat belt buckle. Please see the picture below for reference.

Can this be used to transport a rabbit?
Answer by ChewyApr 24, 2019
While this carrier is primarily made for small dogs and cats, many customers have reported using it with other small animals including a rabbit, a Guinea pig and even a hamster.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By BurtsMom007 on Mar 5, 2023

Perfect for long distance traveling!

I saw this carrier at my local pet store selling for $100. Chewy's prices beat that by 50%! We bought this initially to fly with our cat, but we decided to drive instead. This product is sturdy and has enough ventilation to help with nervous kitties. I recommend this size for cats under 13 lbs to help carry up and down stairs.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By ossy on Feb 5, 2023

cats love spending time in it

i haven’t used it for travel yet. but a way to “crate train” to get them more comfortable with the vet, it looks like it’s doing good. i think the hard sided carriers are too intimidating and they rarely will go into them. since getting this, they all love to lay in it and play with their toys. i originally only bought it for my one cat who has terrible traveling anxiety, but i’ll have to buy 2 more for the others. they just seem to like them so much and i bet they feel much more comfortable than the hard sided carriers.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on Feb 4, 2023

No more vet travel trauma

After almost 40 years of cat companions and hard sided carriers we have now entered an era of trauma-free vet visits. We needed one new carrier and this was our choice. Left it out for the cats to explore and they have made it their warm nest..which meant packing them up for the trip to the vet was a breeze. Still have one hard sided carrier which is not as easy to load or carry…will likely be donated for a second one of these.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on Feb 1, 2023

Yes so great for fighters

One of mine fights about being enclosed. Hates it and will panic in carriers. This opens on top which I prefers to put a cat through. And it's roomy for my big girl with still room to move around. The mesh is strong. Saves the hands and arms when you put them through the top. With a little Gabapentin from the vet, easy trips.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Purpose on Mar 13, 2023

Too small for new 10lb pup

Purchased to pick up new pup who is no more than 10lbs. This bag was a bit too small for him. I love the bag and the fact that it has pockets but I now have no use for it

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Joan on Mar 13, 2023

BEST carrier!

We have seven rescue cats and just bought another carrier. The cats all give them two thumbs up (until the vet visit)!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Carol on Mar 4, 2023

Cat Carrier Bag

My cat likes carrier so much that she sleeps in it. I could not get her in the carrier she had. She went in it as soon as I got it set up.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on Dec 14, 2022

Approved by newly adopted cat

I adopted my cat 12 days ago. she's 2 years old and weighs 8lbs. When they gave me her vaccination info, I saw that I was going to have to come back to the shelter's clinic to get her an updated vaccine. As a new cat mom, I was apprehensive: cat crate or cat carrier bag? I read many reviews, including for this one. I saw that some people's pets broke through the mesh, so I almost planned on returning this but decided to give it a try. I didn't know if she would be an anxious traveler. She eased up to me pretty much on day one, so I knew I wouldn't have too much of a bad time, but I dreaded setting up the vaccine appointment. Not sure if this might help some people, but I kept the traveler bag next to her favorite napping site so that it could be familiar to her. I also gave her pet treats inside the bag a few times so she could associate it with snacks/ something that is safe. The mesh is actually VERY STRONG in my opinion. I assumed it would be more flimsy because of those reviews. A pet would have to gnaw at this for a long time before they could break through the mesh. Maybe a dog could do it faster than a cat. Idk. Regardless, she didn't try to bite her way out. I appreciate that she had enough room to turn around, because when she walked in, she was facing the back of the bag which had no mesh. I didn't want her to see black fabric the entire ride (if she didn't have space to move), but she rotated to face the front of the bag which had the mesh. I measured her with a tape measure at first when deciding between medium and large, and she was about 19 inches long (when standing at a comfortable pose). I didn't realize that she would most likely be sitting with her legs tucked in. As you can see in the photos, there was a lot more room in the bag, so when I was walking down the stairs, I had to keep the bag flat or it felt like she would've been sliding around. I'll see if I can return this for a medium. If you're going to be using it often, try not to get one that's too big. but I won't be using this that often, so it's fine if I can't return it. She had plenty of space which helped her feel comfortable. This is sturdy and I love it.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Michele on Dec 27, 2022

Not For Long Trips

My cat put holes in this thing within 24 hours of just having it out in the living room to get used to. They are the perfect size for airline travel, but I would not dare use them unless your pet is extremely calm and accustomed to it. Unfortunately, I threw away the boxes and cannot return them now.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on Dec 8, 2022

United Airlines Approved!

I got this carrier months ago when I adopted a cat in case I would have to fly with her (and because I needed a carrier anyway, and this one was highly rated). I will spare details but ended up having to fly with her recently. I flew United and had absolutely no issues with this carrier. She was comfortable with plenty of room (I got size medium and she is a 7 pound cat). Highly recommend this carrier.