You like a warm and comfortable place to rest your weary body and so does your animal companion. Doghouses and cat abodes should contain certain amenities that keep them dry and comfortable as well, especially when outside. There are various dog and cat houses, so let’s see which attributes make for the best ones.
The size of the dog or cat house should accommodate the pet in a standing position. Adult cats are generally the same size so most feline houses have adequate capacity. However, dogs come in all sizes, from miniature to giant.
The dog should be able to stand without slouching in the doghouse. He should have ample room to turn around as well. The opening should be tall and wide enough that he can slip in and out without struggling.
A cat house may come with a place for the litter box. Make sure there is ample room for the litter box, and if she wants a place to rest or hide from the family. Some kitties like their privacy.
The construction material of these houses determines if the unit can sustain high winds or tumble away across the yard. Doghouses made from thin or light materials don’t insulate well, nor do will they stay grounded in gusty winds. The units become like ovens in the summer and drafty cold in the winter.
Consider reinforced wood for doghouses. Double-sheeted plywood for the sides, floor, and roof provide sufficient insulation. Add shingles to the roof to protect the wood from rotting.
If you prefer not to build the doghouse, many are pre-built and offered at pet or farm stores. Igloo type doghouses made from Microban material prevent bacteria from forming within the unit. Their long entryway also protects dogs from wind and rain.
A cat needs to sharpen her claws, so providing a house with a scratching post might keep her from using your favorite chair. A cat condo has several levels, allowing kitty to sleep or review her surroundings from high off the floor, or closer to the ground.
You don’t want to lay on a hard surface and neither does your pet. Doggie beds and blankets provide warmth and comfort for Fido. Make sure the bed or blanket is large enough for your pet. Add a straw to doghouses if you live in a cold climate. Straw provides insulation and many dogs like to snuggle into a large pile. Avoid using hay, as it will irritate their nose. Outside cat houses should also contain blankets and straw.
You love your pet and want the best for him. Look at various dog and cat houses to choose the right size, and to protect them from bad weather.