Top Paw Dog House
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
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
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
Sturdy and rugged
We live where it is really cold in the winter and needed a place for the dogs to get out of the elements when they are outside. The dog house is rugged and sturdy and holds up great even when it is below zero. Great price and quality
January 7, 2013