Cat Crates and Gates
Cat Crates and Gates
It's always important to contain your pet to certain areas whether you're traveling or at home especially when acclimating an untrained animal into your home and with little children around the house. Cat and Dog Gates are the perfect type of containment device that do this as well as playpens for dogs and cats. Pet Gates are designed to keep your pet out of specific areas that are meant to divide living spaces such as in a specific room used for pets or even staircases in case you don't want your pet climbing up the stairs or walking downstairs and Crates are designed for those looking to establish a temporary home both indoors and outdoors such as something you may need that doubles into a cat house or something needed to prevent them from wandering while playpens are suitable for those looking to keep their pet confined temporarily in smaller spaces while owners are multi-tasking and need a smaller space so that they can keep eyes on their pets, their are multiple usages and they're typically made from Metal, Nylon, Polyester and Plastic materials, some are lighter than others and some are bulkier and more sturdy.
Shopping for the right Cat or Dog Crate can often times be challenging as there are a plethora of options to browse through. Before making this decision it's important to properly research what type of functionality you're looking for as plays a major factor in influencing your decision. Whether you're in the market for Crates for Cats, Dog Kennels and Crates used for both Dogs and Cats it's always important to know what you're looking to accomplish and what purpose they're for. Let's go through that process together to better assist you in making sure you're making the right decision.
Cat and Dog Gates:
Most Pet Gates are designed to work for both Cats and Dogs. Gates are designed to help separate your pets living space from your household living areas, they're especially useful when buying or adopting a new dog or cat especially with those that aren't yet trained. When being introduced to a new animal in the home it's imperative to set up your gate in area's of the home that will eventually become their own living spaces or a temporary space for them nonetheless that is used to help them train such as teaching them how to use training pads or how to use their litter boxes. It's important they first become accustomed to the home as pets need to slowly acclimate to their new surroundings. Gates are also important for those pet owners that aren't always home or for those owners that aren't able to constantly keep a watchful eye on their pet while they're home. Pet Gates come in handy when you have little children around the home whom aren't yet ready to be introduced or children who have smaller little devices in and around the home that are considered to be choking hazards for kittens and puppies. Many pet owners have homes with dining room areas and food is likely to get on floors and it's very important to make sure to keep your pets away from your eating areas temporarily until floors are cleaned, those with newborns or smaller babies are known to leave messes in those areas and it's always a great idea to keep your pets temporarily confined to their living areas so that they don't eat foods that they can be unsuspectingly allergic to since many pets are known to have allergies to foods such as Soy, Wheat and Corn among other food allergies.
Some Gates are drilled into walls for added stability and there are others out there that are made or both plastic and fabric-based materials that affix to walls without having the need to drill. Not only do pet gates provide adequate safety but they also safe guard your children from entering areas or locations they shouldn't and when placed in the right locations such as above stair cases that can also prevent your kids such as those that have yet to learn how to walk from stumbling down staircases. Before buying a Cat or Dog Gate it's important to first measure the opening areas and properly make sure those measurements work for you.
Travel Pet Gates:
Gates that are meant for Travel are relatively new to the market and are becoming more and more popular and come in a variety of widths and lengths. Most Travel Dog Gates are adjustable in width to a certain degree and fit most conventional door sizes and widths, they're also available in multiple measurements and sizes. People that opt to go with Travel Pet Gates are those that are looking for a lightweight and easy travel setup solution for those that don't want to drill holes in their drywall or sheet rock as they have thick rubberized ends that are meant to grip to walls. Travel Gates for pets are also adjustable by simply twisting the bars with rubberized ends that affix to such walls. The tighter they're affixed to walls the more secure they become.
Gates that are designed for travel are also perfect for those pet owners that aren't yet so sure where they want to place their permanent gates in their homes or those that are looking for a temporary solution during periods of training and are even great for those that are traveling with their pets such as hotels or others homes for those that don't want to impose by drilling into their walls. They're such a great temporary solution. Many Travel Gates are made of Nylon or Polyester with a transparent mesh netting or any type of of enclosure material and some even have zippered entrances such as the Pet Life Porta-Gate. The only drawback with owning a travel pet gate is that for those that are looking to walk past these gates need to un-adjust or walk over these type of gates, there's always a trade-off however being able to carry something that weights a fraction in weight to those sturdier and more permanent gates these are definitely the perfect solution for those pet owners.
Metal and Plastic Pet Gates:
Pet Gates that are more permanent are typically composed of all Metal or Plastic, these types of Pet Gates require drilling into Drywall or sheet rock. These gates are sturdier and safer and some are even better for smaller kids and children around the home as well. These gates are better for owners with more aggressive animals or those climbers and high-jumpers. These gates allow easier passage as they hinge opened and closed like gates made for children and are especially recommended for those in need to constantly walk through such areas. Plastic and Metal Gates for dogs have been commercially sold for many years and are beneficial for those with smaller kids and recommended to be installed in higher areas within the house such as staircases above those that are designed for travel. They do leave a mark when un-installed which will require Spackle and re-painting when removed but they provide a longer term solution. Before buying and installing make sure this is something you're looking for when it comes to long-term placement. Scout your home and make sure this is the direction you want to go in before you move forward with this option.
There are Pet Gates made of Plastic and Metal out there that don't require any drilling and those are most costly than buying a Travel Gate however those tend to use felt padded materials or tougher-grade rubberized materials that still can leave a mark on your drywall or banisters on your stair-cases but better than drilling, they're not designed for travel however they hinge opened and closed for easy passage. If you're looking to buy a heavier gate first check to see if they offer both drilling and non-drilling options.
Cat and Dog Doors:
Dog Doors have been more commercialized sometime around the mid-20th century and require drilling and installation that those that are handy can install or something a contractor can install it requires cutting out a piece of your door and properly affixing that pet door onto the door of your choice. There are some doors that are already pre-installed and companies that exist that'll come to your home to properly install. Pet Doors are designed to allow pets in and out of your home at will and provides them the freedom or capability to both walk inside and outside at will. These are great for cats and dogs that are already trained and typically installed to back and side doors that are connected to yards. Dog Doors are available in all sizes and options for instance there are dog door flaps and those that are automated and those that feature motion sensors that open as the pet approaches and provide a longer-term value than inexpensive door flaps as they properly keep in hot or cold air.
The drawback to installing a door are those that are concerned with burglaries or home invaders or perpetrators as they do tend to be vulnerable openings within your home. It might be wise to set up motion sensor cameras in those areas of your home. Most dog doors also come with a lock and key, when your door is inactive always make sure to lock your pet doors and there are some that even feature timers that lock automatically at specific times, always make sure your dog is home before locking those doors.
Pet Crates and Kennels
Cat and Dog Crates are available in a variety of materials and widely sold in Rectangular shapes. Crates are meant to keep your Dog or Cat secured in confined areas when traveling or for those looking for something they can both carry around and setup with ease when in the park and they provide the perfect solution to those that don't own or wish to purchase an expensive dog house. Some Crates are perfect for travel or transporting such as plastic kennels for dogs and cats while others are also larger in size that are also perfect for travel but lighter in weight and roomier that collapse such as folding dog crates. They each serve different purposes so lets go through the list to help you make the best decision possible.
Wired Folding Dog Crates and Tents:
Wired Dog Crates provide the ultimate pet travelers need for both travel and space. These travel dog crates are also perfect for cats, they zip opened in a matter of seconds and they fold to merely 2 inches thin and are extremely lightweight. They're usually available in both Polyester and Tougher-grade Scratch-proof Nylon materials with multiple zippered entrances and even roll up privacy windows.
They're the lightest form of Pet Crates available and featuring specially designed wired framing that is both bendable and durable and provide the perfect temporary home anywhere you travel whether in parks or traveling with kids. Wired Pet Crates provide the ultimate form of travel due to the fact there's never any assembly requires and they often times features a Velcro pouch for placement of belongings and even stakes or sticks that dig into the ground or soil so it won't blow away with wind. They're sold in a variety of size ranges from Extra Small to Extra Large and they're also great for placement inside homes as temporary living quarters and many even come with travel carrying cases.
Soft Folding Dog Crates:
Make no mistake about the title of this category as they're not soft but rather composed of fabric with a metallic or plastic folding frame mechanism that folds and collapses. Soft Folding Dog Crates are also known as collapsible dog crates and they're not just for dogs but many feline owners love them as well. These types of Dog Crates collapse and fold to around 2 to 4 inches in width and are sturdier and heavier than those that are wire-framed. These crates feature Metallic or Plastic folding bars that snap into place in mere seconds making these assembly-free and highly popular among pet owners.
All, if not most pet crates feature a leash-protector inside and include machine washable and removable inner crate pads that are reversible and provide comfort and lounging areas. Soft Folding Crates for Dogs are also great for both dog and cat owners constantly traveling as they're also a lighter alternative to those heavier metal crates that are a hassle to carry around. They're heavier and more durable than Wired Crates and they can hold up against most winds. Many crates of this type feature surround Micro-Mesh panels for complete ventilation with zippered and Velcro pouches for added belongings such as placement of their dog treats and cat foods and are available in a wide variety of fabrics, color options and sizes.
If you're looking for something soft folding with additional room check out our Expandable Dog Crates that expand on one side or both sides for double or triple the lounging areas large enough to fit multiple pets or provide added room or space such as the Pet Life Hounda-Accordion Dog Crate. There are a host of options and designs out there to meet your palette.
Cat and Dog Kennels:
Kennels are highly popular and were first introduced before Soft Folding and Wired Crates became available and they're still highly effective and great when transporting your dog or cat. Dog Kennels are also widely used among cat owners and are composed of either Metal or Plastic-grade materials and some even have grids and urine trays located at the bottom to collect liquid and fecal matter. due to their design and purpose they're smaller than crates and only meant or designed for transportation, they're durable and entirely scratch-proof and some are even airline approved.
It's important to note than kennels aren't designed or meant for pet owners looking for a space to establish their home or place of living due to their size and materials they're made of, however they do serve a great purpose.
Cat and Dog Playpens:
Playpens for dogs and cats are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes meant to contain your pet without having to make them feel confined. Pet Playpens are available in Metal, Plastic and even Fabrics for those looking for something lightweight. They offer the ideal solution for those pet owners that can't always keep a watchful eye on their pets while they're out in the yard or at home and provide and many are large enough to even provide a smaller living areas and offer protection in spaces from larger or domesticated animals that can attack smaller puppies and kittens and a fantastic way to acclimate your pet to their newer living areas.
Playpens are also extremely popular for those visiting others homes that they're not so familiar with, it provides a space they feel comfortable with no-matter where they are. Those that are Metal Framed or composed of Plastic are indestructible and sturdier and used for outdoor spaces and yards that can be placed in such locations for longer periods of time and then there are Travel Pet Playpens that are both soft folding and wire-framed that are perfect for travel and basically pop-opened in two to three seconds with fabric-mesh surrounded wiring for complete ventilation and visibility for the outdoors. So let's delve into both options to see what works best for you.
Cat and Dog Travel Play Pens:
These have just become newly introduced to the market and have caught on like wild-fire. Travel Dog Playpens for instance like the Pet Life All-Terrain Travel Dog Playpen are widely popular due to the fact that they don't require any assembly at all and are extremely lightweight usually around 2 - 3 pounds in weight or less. These Dog Playpens are usually wired so they're extremely lightweight and perfect for pet travel, they're convenient to use and they collapse in seconds as well and are perfect for Cat owners as well. They provide 360 degrees of visibility so you can constantly keep tabs on him or her and they're an exceptional solution for those owners that are in their home either doing work or chores around the home and need to keep them out of certain areas or locations temporarily especially for pet owners that are busy or have hectic schedules.
Many Folding Travel Pet Playpens also feature a zippered panoramic zippered sunroof so they can't jump out or escape with added stakes for proper placement in the ground. They're perfect for those training or introducing newer pets into their homes or those looking to take their dogs or cats to other homes without constantly worrying whether they'll urinate or defecate on their furniture of home and and further phenomenal when traveling or camping as they're roomy so they'll have less of a need to wander around areas that others might not want them to. They feature mesh zippered entrance enclosures and are perfect when establishing their homes and surroundings. There are so many additional purposes these are great for hence the reason they've become extremely popular.
Metal and Plastic Playpens
Cat and Dog Play pens that are composed of both Metal and Plastic materials are predominantly set up in outdoor spaces such as yards and are sturdier than those that are soft folding or wired. They're larger in size and heavier in weight and great for larger dogs and multiple cats that owners in many cases need to contain. These form of playpens have been around for well over a hundred years in not usage of these types of playpens or forms of such date back to the 15th century when wooden gates were used, many of use have fenced in yard however many pet owners that want to keep their younger siblings and children away from those more aggressive species of animals tend to lean towards setting up a metal playpen. They're often expensive in cost due to the materials used however they're easier to setup.
For those with Mid-sized but aggressive breeds we recommend going with a plastic playpen since those are lighter in weight than those that are Metal-grade yet they're known to be durable and stand their ground.
We hope we've provided you with adequate information to assist you with making the right decision. Whether you're a new or experienced pet owner it's always a great idea to ask around what other pet owners use to contain their pets and get a feel for the type of usages you're looking for. We do our best to take all of the stress out of making the best decision possible. It's always a great idea to read and educate yourself as much as possible when deciding what to buy.