Last Updated on: October 6, 2020
The idea of walking a cat in a stroller may seem strange, but cat strollers can come in handy. They make it easier to take your pet to the vet, they’re great for travel, and they give you a way to let your cat safely experience the Great Outdoors.
That’s only if you get a good one, however. A poorly-designed cat stroller can be a pain, and some make it easy for your feline friend to escape — not something that you want to happen when you’re a mile away from your house.
Given that you probably haven’t spent much time comparing cat strollers, you can be forgiven for not knowing how to tell a good one from a bad one. In the reviews below, we’ll show you which ones can be trusted to haul your pet around.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Paws & Pals Jogger Folding||
|Best Value||Pet Gear Travel Lite||
|Premium Choice||Gen7Pets Promenade||
|Pet Gear Happy Trails Lite No-Zip||
|Paws & Pals Twin Double Folding||
The 8 Best Cat Strollers — Reviews 2020
1. Paws & Pals Jogger Folding Cat Stroller — Best Overall
The Paws & Pals Jogger is a great way to keep your cat safely contained while also letting them explore.
There’s plenty of room inside the carriage, and you can put your kitty inside from either direction. Once there, the mesh screen will keep them inside (and keep bugs away), and the rain-proof hood will prevent an unexpected downpour from ruining their day.
It’s a fairly lightweight option that’s easy to fold, so you shouldn’t throw your back out pushing it around or putting it up. It can still support cats up to 33 pounds, though, so don’t mistake being lightweight for being flimsy.
It has two cup holders, but they’re not terribly reliable. They tend to lean a bit, which could spill your drink — possibly on your cat.
That’s a minor concern, though, and not worth punishing the Paws & Pals Jogger too much. This is still a fantastic stroller, and it’s a clear choice for the top spot on this list.
2. Pet Gear Travel Lite Pet Stroller — Best Value
If you’re not planning on taking your cat out often enough to justify buying a high-end stroller, the Pet Gear Travel Lite offers most of the same creature comforts as a luxury model, but at a fraction of the price.
This model is tiny and lightweight, so you can easily maneuver it down a crowded street. Its size comes in handy while traveling too, as it will barely weigh you down at all.
Despite its diminutive stature, it’s still capable of protecting your furry friend. The mesh screen zips securely shut, and the safety brakes keep it in place when you’re not moving.
One nice touch that we particularly appreciated was the removable, water-resistant liner. It can be a real lifesaver if your cat doesn’t enjoy the trip as much as you thought they would.
The best thing about it, though, may be the price. It’s budget-friendly, and we think it’s the best cat stroller for the money.
That’s not to say it’s perfect: It won’t stand up to much abuse, and the plastic wheels struggle to navigate rough terrain.
As long as you don’t take it off-roading, the Pet Gear Travel Lite should be perfectly capable of carrying your cat in style. It’s a good stroller at a great price.
3. Gen7Pets Promenade Pet Stroller — Premium Choice
If your cat demands nothing but the best, then the Gen7Pets Promenade may be the only stroller capable of meeting their lofty expectations.
It has all the bells and whistles that you’d expect to find on an actual baby stroller, including shock absorbers on the front wheels, safety tethers, and an accessory compartment.
The shock absorbers make it capable of handling any terrain, so you can take your feline friend through the park just as easily as you can walk down a smooth sidewalk.
The handle is extremely long, giving you plenty of clearance between your feet and the stroller. This can come in handy if you decide to go jogging with your pet, as there’s less risk of tripping.
It even converts to a backpack if you’re in an area (like a vet’s office) where space is at a premium. Your cat will still be able to see out, as it has a mesh-covered window on the back.
Of course, all these features come at a price, and this is one of the more expensive strollers we found. The handle bar isn’t adjustable either, so you may find that one-size-fits-all doesn’t quite fit you.
Other than that, though, there’s little to be upset about with the Gen7Pets Promenade. If you can afford it, this is a wonderful stroller that you and your cat will both likely love.
4. Pet Gear Happy Trails Lite No-Zip Pet Stroller
It may sound terrifying at first, but the Pet Gear Happy Trails Lite is a zipper-free option, giving your cat completely unobstructed views of the world outside the stroller.
That doesn’t mean your kitten can just hop out whenever they feel like it, however. There’s an interior tether that keeps them safely stationed inside.
The lack of a zipper makes it easy to put them in and take them out and lets you get to your cat quickly if you need to. It also means there aren’t any zippers that can break, as zippers tend to be the most fragile part of these strollers.
There’s a large basket underneath instead of a closed compartment. This is both a blessing and a curse, as it makes it easier to get to your stuff but doesn’t offer any protection from the elements.
The carriage is only attached to the frame using Velcro, so it can slip and slide around, especially if your cat is active during walks. Also, while it claims to be able to support a 25-pound animal, the carriage sags under much less weight than that. We wouldn’t trust it to hold a Garfield-sized cat.
Even so, the Pet Gear Happy Trails Lite is still a quality option, especially if you don’t want to deal with zippers. It’s just not quite good enough to crack the top three on our list.
5. Paws & Pals Twin Double Folding Cat Stroller
If you have more than one pet that you want to take out for an evening constitutional, consider the Paws & Pals Twin Double. It has a spacious carriage and a 50-pound weight limit, allowing you to fit two pets inside.
It doesn’t even matter if your pets don’t get along, as each compartment is completely segregated from the other. This makes it great for taking your entire menagerie to the vet, as you can take one out as needed while the other stays securely inside.
Despite its size and relative complexity, it’s remarkably easy to assemble, and you should be able to have it put together within an hour.
However, it’s so wide that you’ll have difficulty fitting through most standard doorways. You can fold it up a bit to squeeze through, but it’s likely that your cat won’t appreciate you doing that. You’ll dominate the sidewalk as well, which may not earn you any points with the neighbors.
There’s not much support at the back of the compartments, and your cats will feel like they’re going to fall through if they put their weight there.
If you regularly need to take multiple animals for a walk at the same time, the Paws & Pals Twin Double is the best option on the market for the task. Besides that relatively limited application, however, it’s a flawed stroller that’s not up to the same standard as some of the others on this list.
6. HPZ Pet Rover Premium Cat Stroller
If money is no object and your cat has to ride in the utmost luxury, the HPZ Pet Rover Premium certainly lives up to its name.
It’s actually designed for large-breed dogs, which means your cat will have tons of room to stretch out. It also boasts dual 360° front wheels, making steering the beast a breeze.
You’ll definitely get plenty of use out of it as well, as the frame is made using stainless-steel tubes. If your cat breaks it, it’s time for someone to go on a diet.
Beyond the exorbitant price, there are a few other issues we have with this stroller. Those stainless-steel tubes make it extremely heavy, so good luck getting it in and out of your trunk (if you can fit it in there in the first place — it’s not exactly small).
It also rides rough, so your cat will be jostled quite a bit, especially if you get off the sidewalk.
The HPZ Pet Rover Premium is certainly luxurious, but we think you can get a stroller that’s equally good (if not better) for a fraction of the price.
7. Petique All Terrain Jogger-Blazin’ Berry Pet Stroller
The Petique All Terrain Jogger is perfect for any cat that wants to make sure their owner gets enough exercise. Not only is it designed for jogging, but you can also buy additional pieces that let you attach it to a bicycle.
Everything about this stroller is designed to go fast, from the oversized bike wheels on the back to the multi-position handle with foam grip. It even comes with a tire pump in case you have a flat.
That brings up one issue we have with it, though — the tires can go flat. That can create a huge hassle if you want to go jogging anywhere besides the concrete jungle.
It’s not well-balanced either. If your cat moves around while jogging, it can tilt, which isn’t exactly something you want to happen. This could cause an injury to you or your cat if you’re not able to recover in time.
That also means you can’t leave it unattended while your pet is inside. If you step away to tie your shoe or get a drink of water, it could easily tip over. It’s also extremely expensive.
But if getting in shape is your main goal, then the Petique All Terrain Jogger may be a smart buy.
8. IRIS Pet Stroller
The IRIS Stroller is basic in design, and the fabric is extremely thin and flimsy, so make sure your cat’s nails are trimmed before putting them inside, as they could potentially claw their way out otherwise.
The zippers are poor quality as well. They’re difficult to open and close, which makes it more likely you’ll try to force them. Don’t do that, though — you’ll only break them.
It’s a nightmare to assemble as well. The instructions are worthless, and you’ll need a microscope to figure out the illustrations they included.
The front wheel doesn’t pivot, and you’ll be lucky to get it to roll at all. As a result, the ride is choppy at the best of times.
It does pop open and closed easily, though, so there’s that.
The IRIS Stroller isn’t much to look at, and it’s not that useful either. We recommend skipping it in favor of one of the other options on this list.
Given that cat strollers are a relatively new concept, you may not have the first idea how to go about finding a good one. In the guide below, we’ll walk you through what questions to ask so you find one that’s perfect for you and your cat.
Why Do I Need a Cat Stroller?
You may not need a cat stroller, but they can still be useful.
If you’ve ever tried to jam your cat into one of those little carriers, you know how difficult — and painful — a visit to the vet can be. It’s much easier to just put your cat in a stroller and walk them inside.
Traveling with your cat is more civilized when you have a stroller. Even though your cat may not weigh much, they can get heavy if you’re lugging them through a crowd. You’ll definitely appreciate how much easier it is to simply push them in a stroller.
Also, a stroller makes it safe and simple to take your cat for a walk. The mesh windows allow them to take in the sights and sounds, while you can rest easy knowing that they won’t be a target for dogs or other animals.
What Should I Look For in a Cat Stroller?
The most important thing is safety, and that comes down to two things: a tether and a reliable zipper.
Most high-quality strollers have an internal tether you can attach to a harness. That way, your cat can’t escape, even if the mesh screen is open.
The zippers are another important consideration. A low-quality zipper can be forced open by a determined cat, and that can lead to a disaster. You want a stroller that has a zipper that stays in place, no matter how much your cat tries to wriggle through.
Beyond that, it’s mainly a question of what you’ll use it for. Some are capable of going off-road, but that’s not useful if you plan to stick to sidewalks.
Other features include storage space, cup holders, multiple compartments, and adjustable handle bars. These can drive the price of the stroller up, so make sure you’ll use whatever bells and whistles you’re paying extra for.
My Cat Gets Extremely Nervous. Should I Get Them a Stroller?
Maybe. Being able to safely take your cat out in public is a great way to socialize them, as it helps them build confidence when they’re in strange surroundings.
However, even if you’re not going to take your cat for regular walks, a stroller can still be helpful. After all, you’ll likely need to take them to the vet at some point, and a stroller can help them feel comfortable and secure.
Many strollers have pads that you can take out and remove, so if your cat has an accident, you won’t have to smell cat pee every time you take the stroller out. That’s an important feature to look for if you have a scaredy-cat on your hands.
How Do I Get My Cat Used to the Stroller?
Start slowly. Let them investigate it on their own terms before you try to cram them inside. Allow them to sniff around and check everything out; if they want to lay down and take a nap inside, even better.
While they’re sniffing around, give them a treat and affection. This positive reinforcement helps them associate the stroller with good feelings.
Eventually, they’ll be comfortable around it, and you may even be able to lure them inside with a treat. Once they’re safely inside, keep praising and rewarding them.
Don’t take them outside at first, either. Just wheel them around the house or other familiar surroundings. Once they’re used to being pushed, you can consider taking them out on the street.
The Paws & Pals Jogger is our favorite stroller, as it gives your cat plenty of room, is easy to get your pet in and out of, and will keep your little buddy safe every step of the way.
A close second is the Pet Gear Travel Lite. It’s lightweight and inexpensive and folds up easily for storage. If you don’t expect to need your stroller every day, it’s a fantastic, budget-friendly choice.
Buying a cat stroller may not be something you ever thought you’d do, but these little devices can come in extremely handy in many situations. We hope that our reviews have made it easier for you to spot a lemon; after all, the last thing you want is to come home from a walk with an empty carriage.
Featured Image: Pet Gear Travel Lite Pet Stroller, Chewy
Roland has been an animal lover all his life, with cats holding a special place in his heart. He is owned by three felines: Wheely, KitzKitz, and Nugget (all rescues) who bring all the laughter and mischievousness one can expect from the feline master race. As the creator of ExcitedCats, his mission is to assist in the search for the best gear to help improve the health and wellbeing of cats everywhere.
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 8 Best Cat Strollers — Reviews 2020
- 1. Paws & Pals Jogger Folding Cat Stroller — Best Overall
- 2. Pet Gear Travel Lite Pet Stroller — Best Value
- 3. Gen7Pets Promenade Pet Stroller — Premium Choice
- 4. Pet Gear Happy Trails Lite No-Zip Pet Stroller
- 5. Paws & Pals Twin Double Folding Cat Stroller
- 6. HPZ Pet Rover Premium Cat Stroller
- 7. Petique All Terrain Jogger-Blazin’ Berry Pet Stroller
- 8. IRIS Pet Stroller
- Buyer’s Guide