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Which Crate Should I Get?

#1
I'm looking to buy Vienna a crate before she comes home (have never needed/wanted one for my current kitties). I'm not sure what to get: a wire one, or a plastic one.

I like the look of the wire one much better, like this one: (I'd get a size S http://www.walmart.com/ip/Midwest-iCrate-Folding-Single-Door-Dog-Crate/17629028)

But I have a feeling that the plastic one would be a bit sturdier, like this one: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Travel-Ai...iate-multiple-colors-available.-Dogs/13909795

I want to crate-train Vienna so that she knows it's a safe place for her to be, so I'll probably keep it in my bedroom. The wire one seems so much more portable and attractive. Do you think it would be sturdy enough for an F2?
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#2
Wire crates are definitely more durable than the plastic ones, but if you want a 'safe place' for Vienna you probably want something that has solid sides or is covered for her to retreat to, rather than an open crate that you can see right through the wires.
 
#4
Wire crates are definitely more durable than the plastic ones, but if you want a 'safe place' for Vienna you probably want something that has solid sides or is covered for her to retreat to, rather than an open crate that you can see right through the wires.
I could probably just get a cover for the wire one if needed. I just think the plastic ones look cheaper and not as nice.
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#5
Yes, you can easily cover the wire crate with a blanket or tarp. I think some places even sell crate covers, but it would probably be cheaper just to make one yourself.
 
#6
I have the classic style dog carrier for my F2 Xumi:
http://www.petco.com/product/11074/Petco-Classic-Kennel.aspx

I got the 500 series. It was large for her at first, but now it's just the right size. Remember, they only get bigger. We use it for timeouts and vet trips. I leave the door open so she can go in whenever she wants, too. The mostly solid sides give her a sense of security. I don't think a blanket over an open wire style of crate would work as well - she'd just pull the blanket or cloth through the wire and chew on it :)

Someday I'd like to get one that looks more like a piece of furniture, like one of these:
http://www.petco.com/product/113873...ts-Chestnut-InnPlace-Table-And-Dog-Crate.aspx
 
M

MK Anderson

Guest
#7
I have one like that, it really nice! I used mine when introducing my cats.