All of these patio gazebos are all very well, but you wouldn’t want your pet to feel left out now, would you?
Well, the good news is that you can get gazebos designed specifically for dogs and cats.
The bad news is that the only kitty gazebo we could find is not one we could recommend, but more of that later on.
So, let’s start with doggie gazebos.
As you may know, dogs are not particularly well designed when it comes to built-in cooling systems, hence their constant panting in hot weather.
While they will want to join you when you sit out in the garden for a while, you really don’t want them overheating, so the Puppywalk Breezy Bed Ultra Royale is an ideal method of keeping them protected from the sun’s rays.
This particular model is built for dogs up to 120lbs, although the same company do make other models for smaller breeds.
This dog gazebo is really easy to set up (and take down again) – you don’t even need any tools, and it can be used on any flat surface.
The sun shade keeps your doggie cool, while the elevated hammock/bed keeps him off damp grass, not to mention any bugs and critters that may be crawling around.
The weather-resistant canvas resists moisture, mildew as well as UV rays, and it can easily be washed down with a garden hose.
In terms of size, then it’s 48 inches x 39 inches, and 39 inches high, and it weighs just 24 lbs.
All in all, we highly recommend the Puppywalk Ultra Breezy Bed, and we know that both you and your doggie will love it.
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Unfortunately, the story here is not so good – the product might look good, but we do NOT recommend it.
So, what’s the deal?
Sadly, that’s not the case.
On the plus side, this cat gazebo, which is fully enclosed, is suitable for any flat surface, is very easy to erect, and if you need, it can be moved from place to place without any problems.
There’s also an overhead zipper which allows easy access to your pet, and it has a safety clasp to prevent your pet from opening it and escaping.
However, there is one major problem with this pet gazebo, as one very unfortunate lady found out the hard way: it is not necessarily safe for your cat, who could have a fatal accident, as hers did!
In summary, she came home from work and found that one of her cats had got into the gazebo and was now dead.
Yes, that’s right!
You can read her full sad story here.
Now, leaving your pet in what basically amounts to a cage is not something we would ever recommend, especially cats, who typically don’t like being enclosed and restrained.
The manufacturer appears to have no specific warnings regarding the risk of animals being killed in these gazebos, although they do state the following: “these products are not toys and should not be used by infants or children, for domestic cats and dogs only; not for hybrids, ferals or wild animals; Kittywalk® systems products are not for pets that chew.”
If you really do need or want to get a cat gazebo for your kitty, and remember, we do NOT recommend this model, then here’s what we would recommend you do.
Firstly, you should get your cat used to this enclosure while she’s still a kitten. Introducing a fully-grown (and independent) cat to this is probably not going to work too well.
Secondly, you should put your kitten in the gazebo for a very short amount of time at first, and then gradually increase the duration each day to acclimatise her to it.
Thirdly, you need to be out there with your cat until you know, for certain, that she’s used to being in the gazebo and is comfortable being in there.
Once you reach this stage, you should leave her alone for a few minutes – not too long, at first – to make sure she doesn’t stress out when you leave, and then increase, gradually, of course, the length of time you leave her alone.
Finally, don’t forget to leave fresh water (filtered or bottled, but not tap) for your cats to drink while they’re in there – remember, they can’t get out (assuming you’ve fastened the safety clasp).
If you’re going to leave your cat in there for more than a half hour, then along with fresh water as described above, they’ll also need some food, they’ll need somewhere to go to the bathroom, so if they’re already litter-trained, then their litter box should be in there with them too. We’d also recommend a safe toy, such as the SmartCat 3836 Tick Tock Teaser – preferably one they really like.
Now, even with these accommodations and precautions, stuff happens. You put the cat in at 9:00am, you walk away for something and at 9:01am, she wants out in a big way. If you are there, you can deal with it promptly; however, if she is out of view, then this is when a tragic mishap can occur in the blink of an eye. Remember, there is no substitution for supervision, by you, in person, yourself
Having said all of that, we really CANNOT recommend the Kittywalk Pet Gazebo – the lady we mentioned above may have been unlucky, but if there’s even the slightest risk of your pet being harmed (or dying), then that’s not a product we would use with our own animals, and if we wouldn’t use it ourselves, then we can’t and won’t suggest anybody else use it either.
With that warning in mind, if you want to find out more (or read the full story of the lady whose cat died in this gazebo) then click here.
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