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  1. #1
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    Default Is there a 'no dogs allowed' kitty crate

    I am searching for a nice roomy kitty crate so I can feed my kitties and give them room to sleep...

    BUT one that has small access doors so my aussies can't get in.

    I have had to transition my kitties outside-I have a very roomy completely covered deck that they love.

    The trouble is I want to have a safe place that I can feed them where the dogs won't get the food AND someplace I could contain them comfortably if I need to.

    I was even thinking of something I can cover to create warmth for winter.

    When it gets bitter cold I will put them in a small room inside.

    I was thinking if I had this and fed them inside they may learn to find this place 'safe' if the need to feel protected.

    I have seen several 'playpens' but some of the doors look big or they reviews are poor (parts don't fit, etc)



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    I've never seen one marketed that way, but when we had our barn cat we had a little dog house for her and we blocked off part of the door with a board so the opening was big enough for her to comfortably get in and out but too small for the dogs to get in.
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    You can buy a large dog crate and either a) cut a hole in the closed door or b) cover the entrance with wire mesh or a board and cut a hole in that. I'm pretty sure you can buy or easily make crate covers

    If possible, a) is best because you can just open the full door to clean or feed.
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    Ayup, I like BGH's idea. Just buy a regular wire dog crate a cut a hole in the door. Similarly, I cut some kitty-sized holes in a 4' baby gate to allow for EASY old kitty ingress and egress while keeping the dogs out of the room.



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    Sometimes the most obvious answer is the easiest one.

    Thanks!

    OK now what brands of cages are sturdy?

    I found good reviews on this one:

    http://www.amazon.com/IRIS-Pet-Wire-...6495101&sr=8-1


    A breeder suggested these:

    http://www.cde-animalcages.com/cageindex.htm

    Obviously the price difference is huge...but is the more economical one going to be sturdy? I would hate for it to be flimsy and the kitties not feel safe jumping up in it.



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    How about a Kitty Condo Cage, specifically for cats, multi level, smaller doors. Since there is a top & bottom door, you could have a ramp to the top one.

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    Fancy, fancy. I was thinking a plastic vari-kennel since you asked about warmth. If the cats will not be confined for long periods, I would lean towards something smaller than the enclosures you posted so it retains their body heat in winter.

    Keep the wire door shut -no Aussies- and cut a kitty-sized hole in the plastic wall. But that's keeping it really simple.

    You can make or buy a crate cover. Some hunting catologs sell waterproof, insulated covers designed for crates in the back of pick-up trucks. Like this: http://www.gundogsupply.com/mud-rive...el-covers.html

    http://www.flushandpoint.com/product...&ID=44&pID=296



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    You could make a nice square cat box with plywood, then line it with styrofoam, then mount the whole thing on a pole and provid or provide a small ramp. I don't see cats how cats would find a wire cage comfortingly safe when the Aussies can still see them, pant at them and generally harass them. Cats like to be high, and invisible but like to look down on things. I'd add a few archery holes (long slits) so they can see through and down on the inferior dogs and be smug.
    Oh and make a second door (maybe a hole in the roof) so they have another exit.



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    OH sorry if that was unclear-the kitties love the aussies...

    The trouble is the aussies love the kitty food!

    But I can see how any open cage would not provide a feeling of 'safety'



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    Look under feral cat houses on the web. There are many comercially made for outdoors, but that can easily be put on a deck.

    We are take care of a provide shelter for a a colony of about ten, so we've used a variety of shelter made from differnt containers, to large coolers.

    Commercial variety vary in costs, here are a few sites

    http://www.cedarwoodfurniture.com/cathouse.html

    http://store.stabobspethouses.net/

    http://outdoorpethouses.com/

    http://www.catsplay.com/outdoor_pet_houses.php3



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    7HL-PERFECT!!!

    Those are exactly what I had in mind.

    For all of our differences, thank you very much for sharing those links.



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    Don't you mean Purrrfect!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bank of Dad View Post
    Don't you mean Purrrfect!




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    Check out Craigslist for playhouses. Some of the Little Tyke and Step 2 models
    can be completely closed with their shutters, etc. They usually run used about
    $100 to $125. A friend uses a log cabin style one for her "woods" kitties.

    Those links 7HL posted had some really cool ones....didn't know anyone made
    any like that.
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    Just saw this: http://meowspace.biz/



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