Have you ever considered buying a dog house, but don’t know where to start, or if your dog would even use it? Well, this is the article for you! We will cover four of our favorite products. Dog Houses are a perfect outdoor or indoor home for your pet to adapt as their perfect hideaway and place of comfort.
1) Petmate Indigo Doghouse with Microban
-Protection against bacteria
-Sizes to choose from
-Can be difficult to move
How do you decide if this is the right dog house for your dog?
If you have an outside dog who needs a place to sleep, this is a perfect place to keep them. It will shelter them from strong weather conditions, while also keeping them warm and protected. Even cats can use it! You want to make sure you get the right size, as the dog house shouldn’t be too big, but just a little bigger than the animal so they can be cozy and curl up inside their new home.
What some people also don’t realize is that having their dogs sleep in the same bed with them may negatively affect both the dog and themselves. Dogs can carry bugs which will get in the bed, and it sets them up with a routine that may not always be there. It will be beneficial to start your dog early on by having a bed of their own that they can sleep in, which allows them to have their own space to go to when they need it.
2) Milliard Premium Comfort Plush Cat Cave and Pet Bed
-Currently unavailable on Amazon
How does this product compare to the first igloo dog house?
Igloo dog houses come with a background in Canadian Inuit tribes, with some dogs finding comfort in the Igloo design. Cats do not have such connections to an igloo, and may find more comfort in the cat cave bed. This is a smaller item that is more suitable for keeping inside the house. They are also made up of different materials: the first igloo made with Microban and structured foam, while the second with a rubberized bottom and soft walls and flooring. The first structure is more durable and harder to transport, while the second structure is more comfortable and easier to transport. They are both easy to put together and are machine washable. The cat bed does not have the antimicrobial protections in place, as it is not prepared to be outside. The difference between the two really depends on both the animal, and whether it is going to be kept inside or outside. Many reviews show that cats in particular are found lounging inside their cat beds for lengths at a time, proving that this can form a comfortable home in solitude for pets who would benefit from their own space. If you have a cat or small dog and are looking for an inside bed, this is the perfect product for you to take a look at buying.
3) Petmate Kitty Kat Condo Outdoor Cat House Rain and Snow Diverting Hood Carpeted Floor
-Weather resistant build
-Non-porous plastic surface
-Not extremely comfortable
How does this compare to the two other igloos?
Because this is built as an igloo, it is comparable to the first igloo we looked at. They also are from the same company. The real contrast lies in that this second one is built for cats, and is smaller and cheaper in price. While this product is not as durable as the first one, it still contains the same rounded hood put in place to keep the weather diverted from the animal inside. It also tries to add warmth with the flooring, keeping the house circulated to the correct temperature. Compared to the second house, it is quite different, given the second one is an indoor home, while this is for the outdoors. The Milliard bed has soft walls and flooring, while this one has carpet, but does not quite reach the level of comfort that was acquired with the cat cave bed. The igloo structure design works well to sustain outdoor conditions and keep the pet sheltered. Depending on whether you want an indoor or outdoor home for your cat will help determine which product you should buy. They both are excellent products which your pet will enjoy, just differentiating depending on the circumstances the home will be placed in.
4) Aeromark International Armarkat Cave Shape Pet Cat Bed for Cats and Small Dogs- Waterproof and Skid-Free Base
-Easy to Assemble
-Not very durable
-Not big enough for most dogs
How does this compare to the first three products?
This compares most easily to the second product, as far as design and structure go. It has soft walls and flooring, making for a very comfortable design for the small cat or dog. It does not have an igloo design, making it less durable and not structurally prepared for weather elements. While it could be placed outside in good weather, it would not be good to depend upon the structure during extremely hot or cold weather, or rain and storms. The structure definitely reflects that this is an inside pet home. It’s easy to assemble and transport, making this a great small pet home to buy if you are looking for easy and comfortable.
Wear and Tear
After these reviews, how do I know which one is the perfect fit for my pet?
The answer to this question will really depend upon your pet, and if you are looking for an outdoor or indoor dog home. The structure of the home plays a large role in how it will be sustained in either extreme weather conditions, or in the comfort of your home. The company Petmate makes igloo structures that are prepared to withstand stronger weather forces and invasive bacteria. As we mentioned earlier, please do not forget to bring your dog indoors during unsafe weather conditions. Just because these homes are built to stand up against harsh weather does not mean they will completely protect the dog. Since the igloo is left outside, it must be strong enough to not be damaged by these forces that will relentlessly continue to pursue outdoor structures. Because they are built this way, they are not built with comfort as the number one trait. While they do offer ventilation and a nice flooring, they are not as comfortable as the two other homes that were looked at. The two other beds were meant for cats, and as such, are built with comfort as the higher motivator.
You also need to take into account the size of the animal, and if they will fit comfortably in the home you are choosing for them. The main theme among the beds we reviewed shows that there is an aptitude for smaller cats and dogs. The first igloo structure looked at did have larger sizes, but still leaned towards the small side. If you have a large dog, these may not be the right beds for you. Take into account that you want their home to only be a little bigger than the animal is, so that they will be comfortable and cozy in their new home.
Can I leave my dog outside during the winter?
What specifically should I be looking for when I purchase a dog bed?
One of the first things you want to consider when looking at dog beds is if you have the right size for your dog. One of the first signs that the bed will be uncomfortable is if it is too big or too small. A bed that is too big will make it hard for the pet to get comfortable, while a bed too small will also ensure that the pet will not go in there, as they will not fit. Make sure you look at the size of the bed before purchasing.
A big question you will want to ask before buying the dog bed is: will my pet actually like this bed? Will they use it if I buy it for them? You don’t want to waste your money on a product that your pet may not actually use. While the Igloo style beds are not designed completely for comfort, the cat beds are. They feature soft walls and flooring to keep your cat interested in spending the whole day curled up inside their new home. The comfort level will range high on the list for making them want to stay inside their new bed for the majority of the day.
Dogs can definitely make big messes from time to time, including their tendencies to scratch and chew their toys and beds. All of the beds we looked at are machine washable, which is a great way to ensure that the bed will be kept clean. The Petmate brand dog homes also included antibacterial precautions to ensure that bacteria do not have the chance to invade the pet home. This is more important when these homes are placed outside, as you never know what may be living around the area. As mentioned earlier, some dogs like to chew and scratch their belongings, bringing us to:
You may not be looking for a bed that’s transportable, and if that’s the case, the first Petmate bed is for you. One of the only cons is that it is bulky and not the easiest to move around. If you are only planning on transporting it to your backyard and leaving it there, this will be perfect for you. If you think you may want it inside and outside, it will not be easy to move back and forth. The cat beds, however, are small and lightweight, making them very easy to move around, good to carry from room to room, or move from outside to inside. The Petmate cat igloo is also small and not too heavy, meaning that it will not be too difficult to move from place to place. The only bed out of the four we reviewed that will be hard to move is the first Petmate igloo, as it is larger, resulting in a bulky item that may need more than one person to help move it.
Easy to Find
All of the products reviewed are available online. Choices
Only two of the four options included choices which enabled you to customize the bed you were looking at. The first Petmate bed included three different sizes to choose from, making it nice for people with larger dogs to have the ability to choose from these three sizes. The last bed looked at also contained the ability to pick size, shape, and color, giving the most customizable options when it comes to picking the right dog or cat bed for your pet. Since all animals are different, it really helps to be given a choice in what kind of bed you are purchasing for your pet.