Saturday, February 6, 2021

Lil Paws - 5-in-1 Premium Pet Carrier (with giveaway)

There will always be a need to transport your cat, whether it's to carry it to the veterinarian or to travel on road trips. There are so many different types of carriers: hard-sided, soft-sided, backpack, travel bed, and others. The type of carrier you use when traveling with your cat depends on how you are traveling, your needs, and your cat's comfort. 

Lil-Paws reached out to us about reviewing their 5-in-1 Premium Cat Carrier. I was happy to receive this product because we believe in sharing items to our readers that may help make their daily lives with their cats a little better.

The Lil-Paws 5-in-1 Premium Cat Carrier arrived in a small, flat box and Truffle was immediately curious.

silver shaded Persian Cat, Truffle, beside Lil Paws cat carrier

Truffle impatiently waiting for Mom Paula to open the box

Lil-Paws Pet Carrier Features

The Lil-Paws Pet Carrier was recently launched in August of 2020. The carrier is designed for Essential Pet Travel instead of just general or leisure travel only. Lil-Paws promotes this carrier as as a premium quality product with a focus on maximizing value (bonus collapsible travel bowls).  

Lil-Paws advertises this carrier as a 5-in-1 pet carrier. The 5-in-1 functionality refers to:

  • Pet carrier
  • Pet backpack
  • Car seatbelt loops
  • Anti-anxiety and waterproof cover
  • Luggage perch for airport check-in
There are really a lot more than 5 functions for the Lil-Paws pet carrier, but 5-in-1 refers to the ability to cover to a hand carrier, a shoulder bag, a pet backpack, with an anxiety cover/waterproof cover, designed for car seat safety, and includes a luggage holder strap.

Features of the Lil-Paws pet carrier

Graphic credit - Lil-Paws

The Lil-Paws Pet Carrier also features two extra-large pockets for storage, a padded and removable shoulder strap, two washable fleece pads, and two bonus slow-feeding, collapsible silicone bowls.

The anti-anxiety cover is tucked into the bottom sleeve with a zipper and attached with an elastic piece.

The carrier features high resistant mesh on three sides.

The material of the carrier and fleece pads are easy to clean. You can wipe it out or toss it into the washing machine.

The box includes the 5-in-1 pet carrier, 2 washable fleece pads, a waterproof anxiety cover, adjustable shoulder straps, and a bonus collapsible silicone bowl.

The pet carrier is airplane approved and amply sized (17 x 11 x 11 inches or 43 x 28 x 28 cm) and weighs 4.3 pounds. The carrier holds a pet up to 19 pounds.

Lil-Paws provides a money back guarantee. If you aren't happy with the carrier, they will provide a full refund.

The Lil-Paws Pet Carrier retails for $69.99, but is currently on sale for $59.99 on the Lil-Paws website. You can also purchase the Lil-Paws carrier on Amazon where it's on sale for $49.95..

Our Review

Two persian cats with Lil-Paws pet carrier (one inside and one outside)
Truffle enjoys resting inside the Lil-Paws Pet Carrier

Truffle climbed into the carrier as soon as I took it out of the box and opened up and placed the fleece pads inside, so it was definitely Persian approved!

The carrier appears to be very sturdy and well made. I knew there wouldn't be a problem with the carrier supporting both Truffle or Brulee because they each weigh a little over 8 pounds. 

When traveling with my girls, I can secure this carrier in the car with the built-in seatbelt loops. This is an important feature to consider with purchasing a cat carrier because we want our pets to be safe when traveling. 

Safety in vehicles of the Lil-Paws pet carrier
Photo credit - Lil-Paws

I liked the idea of this carrier also being used as a backpack. I doubt I'd be able to use it as such because I've had surgery in both of my shoulders and have a slipped disc in my back which would make it difficult to get the straps over both of my shoulders. I also prefer seeing my cats when I take them out in the carrier. However, this feature would be very handy if there was an emergency and I needed both hands free.

I did place Truffle in the carrier in the "backpack mode" and she was okay with it. I'm not sure how she would like it if I tried to "swing" it onto my back. I imagine there are many people who have adventure cats who would love this feature.  

I've left the carrier out in my living room (as I always do with their cat carriers) and Truffle tends to take evening naps inside while I'm watching TV. I've left the side and end openings open and she likes to spread out where she doesn't feel trapped but does have a cover over her. Brulee hasn't ventured inside the carrier yet so I can't respond to how she'd react.

I was very interested in the anti-anxiety cover because many cats are stressed when placed into a carrier. I was a little disappointed that it was made from plastic and it make a crackling noise when handled. The reason for my concern is that a cat who is already stressed or anxious may become startled by the sound, which would make him more stressed. My recommendation to the manufacturer would be to replace the plastic with a more porous soft cloth material which would be quiet and allow cats to breath easier. 

silver Persian Cat, Truffle, demonstrating the Lil-Paws carrier as a backpack
Truffle in the carrier in the "backpack" mode


Lil-Paws is allowing us to give away one pet carrier to one lucky reader! The winner will receive one 5-in-1 Premium Pet Carrier from Lil-Paws. Simply enter a blog comment below (required) and then enter the giveaway for additional opportunities to win.

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. One winners will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The giveaway closes on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. 

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  1. Very cool! I usually skip entering the more cat focused giveaways since I don't have any cats, but this looks like it would be great for small dogs too.

    1. This carrier would be ideal for dogs under 18 pounds

  2. That does look like a nice one and we agree on the anti-anxiety cover.

  3. These carriers look so cozy. I'm curious whether your kitties use it only when travelling or also as a den when at home?

    I remember, when I used to walk Jasmine, we often joined a lady with a Spaniel and a parrot. She carried the parrot in a similar type of a carrier and took it for walks.

    1. I leave their carriers out all the time so they do rest in them as well as traveling in them.

  4. That is a nice carrier. I like that you can put it on your shoulder as I sometimes have 3 carriers to deal with when going to the vet.

  5. What a great review you kitties.
    I think my favorite feature of the carrier is the anti anxiety covering. Daisy Mae isn't a traveler therefor this would be perfect for her. She needs a carrier like this
    Hope I Win

  6. That sure looke like a great carrier! We love that Truffle walked right in. :)

  7. This looks really awesome and handy!

  8. I like that it can be made into a backpack. That could come in handy in an emergency.

  9. This sounds like a great product. Good luck to those who enter the giveaway! I don't live in the US, but I'm definitely going to search out this carrier and see if I can get it here. We need to replace one of our carriers, so this might just be the perfect solution. I love that there are so many safety features incorporated into it.

    1. This carrier is sold on Amazon, so perhaps you can get it

  10. I like the overall design and functionality of the soft carrier. However, like you, I was disappointed to read that the anxiety cover is made of plastic for the same reasons. That may be something they can adjust in their product down the line. Good luck to the participants! I'll have to pin this post for the cat moms!

    1. This company is very open to recommendations on their products

  11. Beautiful carrier! It looks very durable and safe which is so important. I love how Truffle liked it so much she just climbed right inside & made herself at home! Great giveaway.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  12. I like the anti-scratch mesh. It would make me feel much more secure when a panicked cat tries to dig a way out.

  13. I love that it is rainproof which is so important

  14. I like the mesh side window so the cat does not feel cramped and closed in. Things like that matter when you transport a nervous cat..

  15. What an amazing carrier - it looks roomy and the fact that it has mesh windows will allow a pet to feel much more comfortable. I'll share the giveaway with our readers!

  16. It looks like a nice affordable option. I'd love to get something similar for my dog. Do you know if it passed car crash testing like some of the other carriers?

    1. I don't believe it's been tested in car crash testing.

  17. My favorite feature is that it also works as a backpack. This is so important to free up your arms when traveling with your pet.

  18. The backpack feature on this would be great since I often take both boys to the vet at the same time. It would be easy to put one on my back and carry the other. :)

  19. I like that it works as a backpack because my oldest dog has degenerative disc disease so this would be great to carry her when out and about. I also like that the sides fold down

  20. I like that it works as a backpack because my oldest dog has degenerative disc disease so this would be great to carry her when out and about. I also like that the sides fold down

  21. I like that the carrier has so much area the cat can see out of. My cat loves to watch what's going on around her. At home it's bird or squirrel TV from the window in the TV room. In the car it's watching everything going by as we drive.

  22. I love how it opens up in more than one area.

  23. I like that i can toss it in the washing machine to clean.my cats make a mess on road trips knocking food and water over constantly.

  24. I like that it is both comfortable for the cats and that the pads are machine washable makes it easy to clean!

  25. being able to carry the carrier multiple ways is cool when carrying heavy cats and also makes it a change of scenery for the cats.

  26. The backpack mode feature for my back.


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