Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 231
Rated 5 out of 5
by LindaE Great for Long-Term Post-Surgical Cat Isolation
We have a cat coming home this evening after a week in the hospital, and ultimately some delicate surgery. He needs to be kept apart from our other cat for 3-4 weeks (aack!) so he can rest and not disturb the incision/stitches. At night we don't want to lock him away in my office (where he'll be during the day, with me), as he's used to being in the bedroom with us and his buddy. So... He needed a crate/kennel kind of thing.
But of course he will need to have a litter box, water, and room to stretch out and sleep. Even our huge dog crate won't work, as there is not enough floor space. What I learned (thanks to UC Davis) is that a two-room arrangement works best - one space for the litter box, another for sleeping and food.
So I picked up two of these (my local stores honored the online price, thank goodness) and figured I would put the end doors facing each other, to make a long, two-room cage along one wall of the bedroom. After a bit of scare it worked out better than I'd planned.
It turns out the doors don't fold back completely flat, and to remove them would mean destroying them (and we'd like to use these in the future, too). So here's what I did:
- Assemble them both as usual (very easy - about 1 minute each). Set the divider panels aside - you'll need them.
- Put them along the wall, on thick towels to protect the floor, with the end doors facing each other, about 1-1/2' apart. Note that the side door for the left-hand cage will now be facing the wall. I can live with that.
- NOTE - At this point put whatever bedding or other things you want in the left-hand cage, since you'll have to undo everything later to get at it. That's not a big deal, but save yourself the trouble. You'll use the right-hand one for the litter box, and as the entrance. By the way, yes, the door is big enough for a small litter box. *whew*
- Open both end doors, and "latch" them open, each connected to the *opposite* cage! This creates a kind of passageway between the cages, but there's no top, and it's not very secure on the front side that's facing away from the wall, either. So...
- Take those two divider panels and use one for the "ceiling" of the passageway, and one on the front. They have little hooks (this will become obvious when you're actually doing it). Push the cages together about 1", get all the hooks lined up so they'll grab the cage walls, then pull the cages away from each other about 1", engaging the hooks. You could also secure them with zip ties or something - if the cages move around the panels could come loose and let your pet escape.
This arrangement will likely *not* be secure enough for an escape artist, and certainly not for anything small, like kittens (although you could deal with the gaps in other ways). But for our middle-aged kitty who just needs a safe hideaway it should be perfect.
A benefit of the gap at the bottom of the passageway is that I can slip his food/water bowls (low-profile, no-tip kind) in there without opening the cage. I hope they work out there, with his cone-head. We'll see.
Incidentally, the doors and passageway seem like they will be plenty big enough to fit the cone-of-shame he'll be wearing for a few days.
I've covered most of it with a sheet to give him a sense of security, and will adjust that as needed. I also put pieces of cardboard and blankets on top because the other kitty keeps trying to walk on the sheet, and of course his paws fall through. Use binder clamps from the office supply store to hold the sheet in place. Make sure there are openings for good air circulation.
The whole thing ends up being a bit under 88" long.
May 25, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by BoogiesGal Less Thrilled
My 8 week old miniature dachshund figured out all he has to do is push up on either door with his nose. To contain him I have to use bread ties to secure the doors.
April 30, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Parpr So far, so good
I only use this crate for rescued cats and it works just fine. But, I believe it's not strong enough for dogs.
March 26, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by DoodleMom Great crate, wish it came in L/R models
This is a great crate. Durable, well made, and with the removable mid-wall, grew very well with our pup. I wish it came in 2 models: one with doors that opened left, and one with doors that open right. The only place we can put this in our house is with the side door against a wall and the front door opening awkwardly towards the wall. It's like having a fridge in the wrong corner. However, unlike a fridge, you can't simply flip the door. If I were to re-engineer this, I'd make it so it was either flippable, or make two versions.
Aside from that, though, we're really happy with it.
March 26, 2016