We crate our barn cat at night in the office. Now that it's getting warmer, we leave the window open a bit but are reticent to keep the door open, figuring that a coyote might wander in. Don't want to leave a fan plugged in over night as I don't truly trust the electrical wiring. So I thought of battery-operated fans and a Google search revealed the crate fan sub-category.
Anyone have any experience with these WRT durability, battery life, efficiency, etc. What about using a small personal fan that was battery operated.
I have also considered a timer in conjunction with a regular fan and a wall outlet, figuring that we could set it to go off so it wouldn't run all night unattended.
I'm not familiar w/the model, but I've used them in the past and love 'em - Kryswyn mentioned using crate fans regularly during summertime terrier trialing--I'll bet you'll get an informed answer from her.
Are you sure that the cat needs a fan or do you feel more comfortable in thinking that the cat wants a fan?
For example: my mom's inside/outside cat, comes in at night. she stays in the utility room that gets the least amount of cool air and has no ceiling fan. One of her routines is to nap in my mom's lap every evening but when she has had enough cool from the ac or ceiling fan , she goes to the ultlity room and gets in her bed.
Cats do not always appreciate air being moved around them or at them.
jcotton - Could be one or the other. Hard to tell with cats what they want/like or don't especially since it's often a moving target. In this case, we were hot after sitting in the office with the door shut for awhile and were worried about the cat. Not so much so yesterday as thinking about how hot it will get in the next few months. But this could well be a case similar to "a sweater is a garment worn by a child when its mother is cold."
My cat at home will sit in front of a not-to-powerful fan. I also think you could also determine what the temperature is inside the house just by looking at her configuration.
I too have the crate fans from Petedge and wish I knew about the Ryobis before I bought. The latter can create a stronger breeze, is more durable, and has rechargeable batteries. It is on my wish list .
If concerned about kitty not enjoying the moving air, a crate fan could be a good option: the circumference is smaller so kitty could evade the breeze, which is weaker.
Read product reviews: a brand of battery operated fans from the big box stores were catching on fire !
If you are crating the cat overnight, why not just bring him in the house with you?
I do use the Pro Select crate fans for my dogs , but only on a limited basis so I cannot address the durability of them.. I have 4 right now and they have lasted for 3 years so far. But I do not run them all night long... Since I use the 100 crates, they are a perfect size for my dogs.
We do not have an overpopulation of dogs, we have an under population of responsible dog owners!!!
^^^No problem. There is someone at the barn every day so he generally gets out at the crack of dawn and then is out most of the day. The crate is a dog crate so pretty big. This morning he was out of the crate and the door was shut so he was reaching in it to pull out food. Then he went off and killed a bird. At least he wasn't helping with the office painting project.