Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 16
Rated 4 out of 5 by Leeny Great for cats, but needs some mods
My feral showed up 11 years ago. He's not too feral any more, and lives on my deck because he refuses to come inside. Previous to this house, I made a house for him out of 2 Rubbermaid containers that I nested and insulated in between. That worked well but it was UGLY. I've had this dog house for him for 6 or 8 years now and it's been great. I also have a problem with leaking, so I was happy to see the suggestion about the insulation tape and will definitely try it. It's not insulated at all, so I put a piece of foil backed Styrofoam board on the bottom and also glued a pc to the inside of the roof with the foil facing inside the house to reflect his body heat back to him. The insulation on the floor also keeps him out of any puddles if the roof leaks. In addition, I've put a heat mat inside for him to lay on, which I plug in in the fall and don't unplug until it warms up in the spring. After a few years of being outside it faded and had stains on it so last year I picked out a couple of cute, bright colors of rustoleum and spray painted it. It looks so awesome on my deck that I wish I had done it years ago. After all these years mine is still in great shape, but the plastic door flap ripped, so I'm just on here to see if I can buy a replacement. Lucky for me, I can!
March 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by MZCAZ SATISFIED
THE PRODUCT ARRIVED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.
I AM VERY HAPPY WITH IT.
I AM USING THIS FOR A HOUSE FOR MY 4 CATS. THEY LOVE BEING ALL CUDDLED UP TOGETHER IN THIS COLD WEATHER.
February 19, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by KK729 Needs some modifications for cats
Last summer I bought this house as a relatively inexpensive option for two outdoor feral cats. I put a fleece cat bed inside and placed it under the carport to keep it out of the rain. The house was fine for the summer months (in Western NY) and one large cat did use it regularly. But the lack of insulation, rear vents and huge doorway make it terrible for wet and cold weather. Although the interior stayed pretty dry under the carport, it's an icebox in winter. I made a few improvements. I covered the rear vents both inside and out with waterproof Gorilla tape and attached a thick piece of plastic (cut down from a litter box) on the inside of the bottom section to make the entrance smaller, raising it up about four inches. Then I cut and taped sheets of Reflectix insulation on all interior sides, floor and ceiling of the house to make it warmer. Not easy to do because of the design of the house, so it took some time and patience. I also turned the entrance to face towards the house for some kitty privacy and to keep out the wind. The house is now much warmer and the male cat has returned to it. So overall I would say that with a great deal of modification this plastic house will work for outdoor cats. Pros are the cost, sturdy plastic and roomy interior. Cons are the lack of insulation and large entrance. Further improvements might be to use straw for bedding or raise the house up off the ground. A door flap might also work, but many feral cats don't like them so it's a gamble. I still would not place the house in an exposed area, or the interior will get wet from rain/snow blowing into the entrance or leaking through the joint where the top and bottom sections meet, as other reviewers have found.
February 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SydneyArizona Not spectacular but does the job!
First off, I see some reviews regarding Cats .... Cats!?!? This is a Dog House! Sure Cats can lay in a Dog House but this was made for Dogs. Use straw inside or some similar material, not pillows and blankets, and elevate it at least an inch from the ground and you should be fine. Wood or bricks work great. Use common sense and position the house where the entrance will recieve less rain, snow, sun, etc. 99% of Dogs don't mind getting a little wet whereas 100% of Cats despise getting wet! So unless you are using this inside your home for a Cat or Cats it will fail with Cats.
Finally, those of you complaining about your pet getting cold, if the Dog is getting cold then he/she shouldnt be an outside pet at all. This Dog House has a vent in the back so it was designed to keep your pet cool not warm. If you have a true outdoor pet you will need to spend some more money on a better Dog House preferably made of wood with some protection over the entrance. :)
May 11, 2013