Best dog doors, gates & ramps according to redditors

We found 675 Reddit comments discussing the best dog doors, gates & ramps. We ranked the 145 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/jeanbean42 · 221 pointsr/Eyebleach

Not OP, but I have the same one from amazon. Amazing buy!

IRIS 24'' 4-Panel Pet Playpen with Door

u/epichairekakia · 29 pointsr/Rabbits

Thank you so much! It’s actually a super lightweight x pen made out of plastic and metal that is joined together by little pieces. You can make them whatever shape you want, it’s very versatile! It comes with 12 panels total, you can make a rectangle or a square pen. Super cool.

u/bruxbuddies · 22 pointsr/RATS

This is the Tespo Dog PlayPen (Amazon). I used zipties to put it together, so it folds up flat. It was kind of pricey (I think around $45-50 when I got it off Amazon, free shipping), but it's really convenient and they can only escape by going over the top -- as you can see, lol.

u/brikky · 19 pointsr/Dogtraining

When I first got my dog I found a pen to be much better than a crate. It was roomier, and more multifunctional – you can use it to block off part of a room, contain the dog, or undo the hinges in the corner to use them as barriers for a doorway or hallway. The one I have is similar to this one. It’s very sturdy, but I did end up using a loop of rope under my couch leg to make sure that my dog jumping on it didn’t allow it to slide around (I have hardwood floors.)

I found that the pen helped a lot with his anxiety, a friend of mine thinks it’s because the dog feels ‘responsible’ for the whole of the house when you’re gone, but only the pen when he’s penned. My dog quickly became very comfortable with the pen, I put his bed and food/water inside, and he now goes into it to relax and will also go inside on command if I walk to the door and call him.

Personally, I think that separation anxiety is something that gets better but is really hard to get rid of completely, much like anxiety in humans. Even though my dog has gotten much better over the past year, he still has episodes some times where he eats things that he knows he’s not supposed to.

I also think that traditional approaches to dealing with separation anxiety are kind of BS. For example giving a treat, going away for a short time and coming back to take the treat. People say the idea is to have the dog associate you coming back isn't always a good thing, but people who come home and yell/hit their dog accomplish this as well and everyone agrees that's not an effective approach. (I know people will argue it’s about negative rewards vs positive punishment, but the dog isn’t losing a reward for their own action so I think it still doesn’t make much sense.) In doing this, I feel you’re just conditioning your dog to want you to come back and give more treats – since you only give the treats when you leave.

What I did instead was give my dog his food before leaving. He’s not very food driven anyway, so his food isn’t something he gets excited about at all – I honestly think he views eating as more of a chore, unless it’s raw meats. I also always make sure I clearly tell my dog that I’m leaving, that way he understands that I’m not trying to sneak away (abandon him) or that I’ve mysteriously disappeared (been harmed or eaten.)

Another point is that if the dog is pooping only when you’re not around, it might be because of your negative reactions to their pooping. If you’ve punished them or otherwise reacted to seeing the dog using the house as their toilet, they may think that they’re not supposed to go in front of you – regardless of inside or outside. Try asking your roommate to walk them instead and seeing if the dog reacts the same way?

Smaller dogs need to go more often, it’s digestion isn’t a linear process so if the dog didn’t go now but does three hours later, it’s quite possible the dog simply didn’t feel the need to relieve themselves earlier if your dog is really small. You could try using a puppy pad in a container inside the pen, and then moving the pad to outside the pen, and ultimately moving the pad to outside your house. The idea here being for the dog to associate going to the bathroom with the pad’s container, which will eventually be outside and then removed.

The last thing I want to mention is that potty training and anxiety work both are things that regularly take months, sometimes upwards of a year. If you’re stressing over it now and need it to end now then it might be best to find another way for the dog to be cared for.

u/RedArrowRUS · 17 pointsr/Dogfree

Get one of these bad boys. Now THIS works like a charm. I can step over it if I don't want to open the gate, but it keeps the dog out while my cat can walk through fine. To me, 40 bucks is totally worth keeping my carpet and bed free from dog hair.

Carlson Extra Wide Walk Through Pet Gate with Small Pet Door, Includes 4-Inch Extension Kit, Pressure Mount Kit and Wall Mount Kit

u/dontblink12 · 16 pointsr/JustNoSO

You can get sliding glass door inserts! I hope this helps! Although it sounds like he would find some reason that some solution like this won’t work.

u/designgoddess · 11 pointsr/Dogtraining

Some dogs love crates, some dogs hate them. I have both kinds. For my dog that loves his crate it would be cruel to deny him that space. For my dog who hates the crate it would be cruel to force her into one. There is dispute as to whether dogs think of them as dens or they just like having their own space where they can remove themselves from activity. For me the dog gets a say in the matter.

Rescues can be nuts. I would find another if it was forbidden to try crate training and using it for a dog who likes it. I you said you'd use a crate no matter the dogs comfort level I could see their point. A middle option is using an x-pen. It gives a dog more room if they don't like a crate, but gives you a chance to contain a dog who is destructive or not yet house trained. If the rescue has a dog you're interested in you can ask if they'd be fine with this compromise.

This is a x-pen.

u/hi_from_brian · 10 pointsr/RunningWithDogs

> I scolded her gently

You scolded an animal for emptying a full bladder indoors, when they have no self determined access to the outdoors for that? This is misdirected. We can all make mistakes with food and water intake, and we can all find ourselves waking up to pee in the middle of the night.

> Is 9 miles too much for my dog?

Probably not, but you made zero mention of the ambient temperature and humidity levels. She may have just overheated a bit. I like to use a Ruffwear Swamp Cooler vest with our young Pit Bull any time the temps are 75F, or higher. She can go faster for longer, and I get to carry much less water.

> Did I let her over-hydrate?

Probably, but it was likely her natural reaction to an overheating scenario.

> Did she drink too much at night, trying to recover?

Perhaps, but this ties into everything I said above.

> What can I do differently?

Try running in the mornings, when it is cooler, or look into the cooling vest that I linked above. I would also look into installing a dog door, whether permanently, or as part of an existing sliding door.

u/klarky7 · 9 pointsr/beyondthebump

We actually got this gate Pet Gate before we had our baby. We got it to stop our puppy from eating the cat food (which gave her diarrhea) and also to keep her from trying to eat cat turds. I used some masking tape on the little door connected to the opening so that it's not wide open, just open enough for the cats to get through. Wide open it would swing and seemed dangerous for our ankles! Cats happy, dog can't get to bad things and now it's absolutely perfect with our baby. She can't get through the opening and can't get to the bad stuff either!!

u/pharmaconaut · 9 pointsr/Rabbits

To add a helpful suggestion, this x style pens from Amazon are both cheap are safe for rabbits:

Get the 24 inch version, and go over to uhaul or johanns, better yet both, and get some uhaul moving fabric (recycled denim) and some fleece to put on top. Super cozy, and will protect from accidents.

And get a cheap 6 dollar open top litter box, and some pine litter. You'd be amazed how quickly they pee train themselves. :) Rabbits don't generally pee on the floor, but if you are still nervous, get some pond liner. It's thick plastic, and you can cut it to size underneath the fabric

/u/ruthbigsby is commenting on the fact that wire bottom cages cause sore hocks (word for rabbit feet) which is an infected inflamed foot. Super unpleasant for both you and the rabbit.

Cute babes!

u/alldemboats · 9 pointsr/RATS

Pet Playpen Animal Fence Cage - Tespo...

It comes with lots of panels so you can set up a large area!

u/a-20 · 8 pointsr/Rabbits

Looks like the Iris Pen. My gals have the larger version since they have a second level to their box home.

We got ours at Target online because it sometimes goes on sale for the weirder colors. The pen is super nice because you can get additional panels for a modular setup.

u/ambitious_cuddles · 8 pointsr/puppy101

Sure! Keep in mind it could be a flook still but LETS STAY POSITIVE RIGHT? :D

- We bought these bells from Amazon. They just hang on our doorknob. Some people prefer the nicer looking ones or something that won't scratch the walls -- but our apartment is pretty simple as it is so we don't mind :)

- For a little context, we live on the third floor of an apartment. Our 15-week golden seems to be afraid of the word "outside" but will gladly romp around once he's there. So we knew we wanted to try bell training to give a more formal process around the act. He's pretty small for a retriever still, so we've been carrying him downstairs to avoid accidents in the public places of the building.

- Regarding potty on command: we've been saying the word "bivouac" whenever Monti potties for a while now. Why did we choose "bivouac"? I actually don't boyfriend picked it out lol. But after we got Monti, we quickly learned "Monti" was too close to "potty" for his little puppy ears and we didn't want him to think his name meant "okay go pee." He would perk up and look at us when we said "potty" so we knew that wasn't going to work. Basically the process was whenever we went outside and he squats we say (or more like excitedly shout) "BIVOUAC! Good boy, Monti! Bivouac" and then give him a treat. We stopped giving treats a few weeks ago but we still say bivouac whenever he potties. It helps when he's distracted or in a new place. He knows the word "bivouac" means that he has an agenda to complete outside.

- SO to introduce him to the bell, what I started doing was stopping by the door and letting him hit it with his paw or nose before we went outside. When it made a jingle, I said "OUTSIDE!" and gave him a normal dog treat before exiting the apartment and going outside.

- Once he was comfortable with the new noise-making machine in the apartment (because he WAS definitely scared at first), I upped the ante. If it was time for a scheduled potty break, I would grab half a slice of turkey. I'd get his attention with it and then walk over to the door (I already have my shoes on and our "outside bag" over my shoulder...ready to go!) I put a piece of the turkey on top of the lowest bell (he's too short for the other two right now) and let him eat it off the bells, jingling it. I reward him with praise and say "outside" so he [hopefully] keeps associating bells = outside = potty. After that, I have him sit and give him another bite of the turkey while I put his leash on. Then lure him in the hallway and toward the stair well. He gets the turkey at the stairs...where I then pick him up and carry him the rest of the way. My goal is to get him to hold it little by little until we can make it all the way downstairs and outside without accidents!


So today, I had let him out after he ate and drank -- he pottied and we walked around/played for a while. We came back upstairs for maybe 5 minutes and he rings the bell again. I KNOW he likely doesn't have to potty, but he rang -- so I have to listen. I leash him up (no turkey rewards, just praise because I want to get him OUT as fast as possible) and carry him downstairs and outside. We're walking around where he usually potties and nothing is happening -- which is fine. I'm expecting him to abuse the system at first, and I planned to give him 5 minutes without moving from our potty spot. I say "bivouac" and....HE PEES!!!!!!! Not only did he ring his bell to go outside but he PEED with our command word. I'm so proud of him :D


Sorry this is so long! Hopefully it's a little helpful. and PS Pibble is an adorable name.

u/vigorousflailing · 7 pointsr/Parenting

We got this one to block off the kitchen while still letting our cats in and out. It works pretty well, although the baby has just hit the sweet spot where he's mobile enough to climb through the pet door and just small enough to fit through it. Depending on how young and spry your cats are, they might be able to jump over a regular gate (my chubby cat definitely can't).

u/TheKhaleesi · 7 pointsr/dogs

I would also like to recommend a gentle leader to learn not to pull. It seriously helps them learn not to pull and eventually you can switch back to a regular leash/collar combo.

Also, my dogs learned to use the bathroom by using potty bells. Every time we would go outside, I'd tap the bell and let them out. It took not more than 2 days of consistency to train my crazy, stubborn hound to use them and there were never accidents after that except for the occasional here and there.

Your dog is nervous, testing her environment right now. A gentle but firm leadership is needed from you guys and I know it's really tough and stressful, but the hard work pays off.

Everything the person above me said though is absolutely spot on, especially with the lightweight lead for being indoors while learning to stay off of furniture.

Good luck!

u/guacabowlee · 6 pointsr/beyondthebump

Carlson Extra Wide Walk Through Gate with Pet Door, 29 to 44-Inch

Bought this one and it's great-- high quality and my small dog has no problems going through.

u/doomrabbit · 6 pointsr/beagles

Beagles are not a violent breed, so you are safe for the most part. Where the playful friction gets to hissing and scratching is that beagles like to corner their prey and bay at it. Cats hate loud noises and being cornered, so this generally ends with the cat doing a face scratch. I have declawed cats (adopted that way), so this cycle repeats every few days. The one time we watched a clawed cat for friends, this was over quite quickly.

Also, consider a pet gate like this. Small door lets cats through but blocks dogs, very good escape hatch/tool to keep dog out of the garbage. Handle lets you through easy, great investment even without cats.

u/jennagadski · 6 pointsr/Rabbits
u/LucidDreamer18 · 5 pointsr/Dogtraining

>how do you prevent litterbox snacking?

Litter box is behind a gate in a room the dog cannot get into. At 55 lbs, I assume your dog probably couldn't fit through a little cat door in a gate like this, but if he could fit through, figure out some other way that only the cat can get to the litter box.

>Also where do you feed your cat so that the dog doesn't eat their food?

If you're free-feeding your cat, don't. They have a tendency to not self-regulate their meals well, and that's why so many cats are overweight and obese.

The cat is fed on top of my desk, and his food is taken away the second he's done eating. I do not leave the bowl unsupervised.

u/makethatnoise · 5 pointsr/Dogtraining

sometimes it is really hard to enforce a "you can't go there" rule. We have three dogs, and they do things all the time that they know they aren't allowed to, you can see they feel guilty about, but they do it anyway (like children).

We have a baby gate that has a swinging door we can walk though, and the door itself has a cat door ( like this ) that we use to keep the dogs out of our front room that has the cat box.

Maybe get something like this to use as a training tool or stepping stone until you can fully train your dog? Also, with having the door itself there it is simple to walk though, and the cats can go through the bottom.

Although it's simple enough to say "the dog should know what they can and can't do, why aren't they doing it?" sometimes we have to provide some help to them as well. If this is a new home with new animals it could be a real challenge for her pup. I know when my boyfriend (two dogs) and I (one dog) moved in together, we had a lot of challenges to overcome to get into a happy household groove.


I have been a dog owner my whole life; and most of the dogs I've had have gotten into cat food any chance they have gotten, and will eat as much of it as they can physically handle. Something about it makes them go crazy. Having a gate like this gives the kitties a safe place to be away from the dog if they want (that's one reason we have it at our house) and it keeps the dog from eating the cat food. Some dogs will just always eat it, doesn't matter the consequences.

u/Fibonacci_Sequence · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

Several companies make baby gates with pet doors, this might be a good option for you. I am something of a baby gate expert, as I have four dogs and baby gates have been a part of my life for many years, and I've had clients use these with elderly pets to great success. If the hole is still big enough to be of concern, you can make it smaller with some cardboard.

u/andreablondie · 5 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have six cats that vary from 6lbs to 20lbs. We needed gates that could let them into the areas they needed easily but keep the kiddo from, say, playing in the litter boxes that are in the office and bathroom. After much searching and struggling with standard tension gates that don't fit right in our house, we tried these and they are great. Easy to open & close 1 handed. All of the cats can fit through the opening (we had the doors cut off because they are going to be open all of the time anyway) and kiddo has only tried to go through once. I just put a wrap of duct tape at the top of the cat opening and all of the cats still fit through, but kiddo doesn't even try anymore. With the extenders, it even covers the awkward, wide opening between the our kitchen and dining room.

u/greatdanegal1985 · 5 pointsr/puppy101


Maybe something like this in your living room so the pup can see you? Put puppy pad in the play pen area?

u/aloeflower1 · 5 pointsr/Rabbits
u/Silliwench · 5 pointsr/RATS

I use a Tespo Pet Playpen ( I have been extemely happy with it for the last year and a half. It has held up very well and it was worth what I spent on it. There are others similar and a bit cheaper if you look around, as well.

u/CorbinDallasMyMan · 5 pointsr/RATS

A good cage is the biggest investment. I'd suggest a metal cage with bars that are spaced no wider than 1/2" apart. 7 to 8 cubic feet of interior space is a decent starting size for a pair of rats but bigger is always better. There are lots of cages on the market and they vary depending on your country. You could make a specific post to get cage suggestions. Avoid purchasing directly from pet stores as the selection isn't always very good, some of the cages they sell are downright inappropriate for rats, and online sources often have much better prices.

Not all vets see rats so you'll want to do some research on exotics vets in your area before getting rats. Vet care is often no cheaper for rats than it is for larger animals so be prepared to spend some money if/when your rats get sick. In my area, an exam (just to walk through the door) is $60-70 USD, with any medicine treatment in addition to that. I expect to spend around $300 per rat on vet care over the course of their short lives. Some rats may not need this much, others may require much more.

Food isn't too expensive, maybe $5-15 per rat per month. Toys and cage accessories can be dirt cheap/free. You definitely don't need to buy fancy huts and hammocks from the pet store when your rats will be just as happy with junk from the recycle bin or scraps of old clothes. General care costs can vary depending on your preferences. Between food, bedding, etc., you're maybe looking at $15 to $50 a month for a pair of rats.

You'll want to figure out some sort of out-of-cage play area for your rats. Rats are very curious and can get into everything. They can also be very destructive. Some people carefully rat-proof a room and others purchase or construct enclosed playpens for their rats. Keeping them and your home safe is something to consider before getting rats. I've had rats that have chewed holes in my couch, clothes, bedding, they've gnawed on furniture and woodwork, destroyed countless earbuds/charging cables, etc.

u/royalfrostshake · 5 pointsr/hamster

For anyone in the US whose interested in this, it's sold in America too :)

u/MickRaider · 4 pointsr/homeautomation
u/ski3 · 4 pointsr/dogs

I'm in my 20's and also work from home with a puppy. I am a HUGE advocate of crate training for all the reasons /u/court67 said.

I keep his crate in my room. This is actually a good thing and it serves multiple purposes. That room smells most like you, so it helps to comfort the dog when he is left alone in there. That smell also helps him to build a bond with you. Also, if he has to go potty in the middle of the night, it is easier for you to hear him and get to him before he has an accident (they really don't want to go in their crates but puppies have tiny bladders).

We put the puppy in his crate at night (when we're asleep) and when we leave the house. This is because the crate is the place in the house (well, apartment for us) where he is safest. There is nothing he can eat or destroy in there, and nothing that can harm him in there (make sure to take off the dog's collar whenever crating).

When we are at home and cannot pay 100% of our attention to him (like when I'm working), we put in an exercise pen like this one. This gives him more room to move around and have fun, but still keeps him from getting into things that could hurt him or that he could destroy.

u/Cmadsen1210 · 4 pointsr/BeardedDragons

I got one for my dogs to start out with but Draco uses it more. This one has a mesh top that zips on.

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/puppy101

So, I actually bought the bells at Tomlinsons(?), but they look just like this:

It hangs on the door handle, and we would manually use her paws to jingle the bells before going outside every time. It felt dumb at the time haha, but she picked it up! She started nosing the bells and looking over at us. She will still occasionally have an accident inside, but it’s getting better!

u/klleah · 4 pointsr/hamsters

Not OP, but I’ve eyed this on Amazon forever. I’m not sure if it’s the same one but it’s very similar.

u/K8theGr7 · 3 pointsr/dogs

I ended up with the most energetic and playful Newfie in the world, and she loves to chase the cats so I have some experience in this.

  • First, I never let the puppy out of my sight. She's in whichever room I'm in, if I leave she's in her crate. When I use the restroom or shower she's sitting in the bathroom doorway. If she tries to leave the room I call her back and give her a treat. She's pretty good about that.
  • Second, there are parts of the house she's NEVER allowed in--the kitchen and the laundry room. The kitchen is where everyone's food is prepared and where the cats eat and drink, the laundry room is where their litterbox is.
  • Third, my cats have lots of high places to go to if they don't want to be hassled. They have a cat tree, shelves, and they like to hang out on the back of the sofa (my dog doesn't like furniture, luckily).
  • Forth, I recognize and reward when she ignores the cats, and call her to me if she's gets too close.

    Obviously all of this requires training and conditioning, but it was very worth the time. You can also get baby gates with a little pet door on the bottom. If your pup is especially unruly and disregards boundaries, gates like that are great.
u/Drgns77 · 3 pointsr/pitbulls

Going to be a bit long, bare with me.

Do not directly introduce the dog & cat at first. Keep them completely separated from each other. This will involve a bit of revolving animals, but in the long run it’ll be worth it. Crate the pup away from the cat and let the cat roam, sniff, etc. Hopefully the cat will “scent” some objects. After, say, an hour, crate cat away from dog. Let the dog sniff around. Do this process for 1 full week. During week 2 continue week 1 but add: rub your hands all over the cat’s face (where scent glands are) then immediately rub “scented” hands on dog’s face. This will force the dog to deal with the scent continuously. Do that for a week. Week 3 is week 2 plus “drive byes”. Dog on leash walks by crated cat until dog doesn’t show intense interest. After that you should be good. However it’s always best to have a safe space for the cat to go that the dog can’t. There are pet gates that don’t require any drilling that work wonders.

I hope that all makes sense. If you have other questions just ask.

Source: dog trainer for 10 years, own 2 pits, 1 Rottie, and 2 cats.

u/Sunbrewed · 3 pointsr/April2017Bumpers

We have this for our laundry room where the litter box is (and will be getting more for the stairs) and we really like it! I'm not sure how well bigger boned cats will get through but ours is about 10lbs and he has no problem at all.

u/I_rarely_post · 3 pointsr/PeopleFuckingDying

I have the same gate, it's marketed as a pet gate. I also use it to keep dog away from cat litter/food.

u/freyascats · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

This is the one I plan to get.. But it's just pressure mounted, not screwed to the wall.

u/hadria · 3 pointsr/RATS

We made an enclosure out of foamcore boards and duct tape...they get chewed eventually, sure...but it worked better than this:

Also, I got wire covers for everything like this:

For EVERYTHING...keeps the chewing down and keeps them from getting peed on. Also, every rat loves a buddy....

u/Skywaalk3r · 3 pointsr/chinchilla

Gates I use for anyone interested .. I’d recommend at least two, especially if you want to sit in the gate with your chinchilla(s).

u/Bricteva · 3 pointsr/chinchilla


  • bites hurt.

  • they can take a while to warm up to you.

  • they can have a wide variety of personalities and you're not quite sue what their personality is until they are comfortable with you.

  • they can be bratty and spray you with urine for telling them playtime is over and they need to go back to their cage.

  • you can't take them for walks.


  • they are super soft.

  • when they grace you with their affection, it is all worth it.

  • watching them play happily is very peaceful and relaxing.

  • dust bath time is so cute.

    I've had Poppy for 3 years now, she's always been the adventurous type who prefers people as things to jump on as opposed to beings who want to shower her with affection. It's taken until about this year for her to actually want pets and to ask for them. She can be a bratty little munchkin, but after 3 years, we've mostly worked out how to deal with it. I think the real joy of the relationship with the chinchilla blossoms after about 3 years (I think that's about how long it took with my first chin, Lilly). After that point, they get a lot more comfortable with you and are more willing to put up with snuggles and being held and will actually seek them out.

    As a chinchilla owner, the best supply purchase I made was a playpen. I put the front of her cage at the opening in the pen and then she has access back to her cage during playtime. This makes her a lot happier and relaxed during playtime and also keeps me from worrying about what she could be chewing or getting into.
u/NotSuzyHomemaker · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

A dog training item because I live in a fantasy land where my dogs are totally capable of being house broken.

u/kehillah · 3 pointsr/Rabbits

It’s this one off Amazon! Definitely bought on sale though...

u/mysled · 3 pointsr/DiWHY

The worst part is he could have just gotten one of those dog door inserts that fit into a sliding glass door

Edit: unless it's a French door, can't tell

u/electroplush · 3 pointsr/ItalianGreyhounds

No offense, but this approach seems quite complicated. We achieved some great and lasting results teaching with a doggy door bell trigger, yummy treats and double-bagging belly bands.

Here's the bell we used $8, they also have different/electronic designs for about $30. Our high-value treat/reward was chicken hearts/gizzards about $1/lb, slow cook for 30 mins on med and chop pieces to appropriate treat size. 1 lb lasts about a week in the fridge and the dog. As for bell bands, we just doubled up. Sighthound specialties has some thick fleece bands $10? and two of them are thick enough to catch everything if needed but not too encumbering on the hound. Kept those on while training and just rewarded bell and going outside with treats.

Training totally stuck. Hope this helps.

u/LinFTW · 3 pointsr/homeautomation

What about something like this? It's not quite what you want, but maybe it can give you an idea of what to search for?

Edit: Even better, what about using one of these? and then making a custom echo skill: You'll need an echo close to the button and I'm not sure how it would work long term battery wise (and it seems like Alexa might have to wake up the button instead of the other way around but I didn't look too deeply at the docs), but I think it could be adapted to work for what you need. I'm kind of surprised someone hasn't done it already.

u/kragzazet · 3 pointsr/Rabbits

Xpen! Think something like this

The ones for large dogs are nice because they’re usually tall enough and big enough.

Edit: also in agreement with Dinka’s links

u/beno623 · 3 pointsr/barstoolsports

Could start by just containing them to a certain room at a certain area. We transitioned pretty early from a crate to one of these and then eventually just let our dog roam free and it all worked.

If you’re ever running out for like just an hour you could leave her and see how it works out. Build up confidence to leave her out for longer periods of time

u/cwn24 · 3 pointsr/Rabbits

I have a small and a large of these:

Easy for travel too! They have zip tops, and fit into a slim carry bag. I’ve had them for 5 years now, and they’re as good as new if a bit dirtier!

u/StoneageQueen · 3 pointsr/puppy101

We have an almost 6 month old Standard Schnauzer and he got the hang of ringing the potty bells when he needs to go out within a few weeks. It's nice because we can be in another room and hear if he is at the door and needs to go out. The only downside is sometimes he tries to fake us out and rings them when he just wants to wander around outside and chew on a twig.

u/Hobbs4Lyfe · 3 pointsr/hamsters

There is some debate around the cruelty surrounding hamster balls. What I would suggest is getting a small foggy play pen and putting some chews, hides and a spinning saucer into it and letting them play. Just keep an eye on them when in there as it’s possible to chew through, but only my Syrian. Has ever tried.

Parkland Pet Portable Foldable Playpen Exercise Kennel Dogs Cats Indoor/Outdoor Removable Mesh Shade Cover, Small

u/Avridt · 3 pointsr/dogs

Honestly a lot of what you are describing is normal puppy and adolescent behavior when the puppy isn’t managed and trained. It won’t get be better on its own and it may not be easy but with a little management and crate training it’s all very fixable.

Basically this dog can not be loose unsupervised. Whether this means crate training so you can go upstairs, bringing the dog upstairs with your, or hanging out downstairs is up to you. But if the dog is unsupervised, it goes into a crate to prevent accidents and chewing.

Next it’s back to potty training 101, set a regular potty schedule and train the dog to signal you. At a year old a dog should be able to hold it no problem for 8 hours, but if it’s never been trained to hold it you can’t rely on it. I’d start at taking the dog out every 4 hours and then rewarding it when it goes outside. Slowly increase this time and you’ll eventually get up to a full 8 hours. For training signaling, pick up dog bells or some other dog doorbell if you need something louder. Just ring the bell every time you go outside, GSDs are smart it won’t take long for it to realize ringing the bell gets the door open. The fact that the accidents you are finding are by the door is very encouraging, it means your dog understands it needs to go outside it just doesn’t know how to signal you (or possible how to signal you loudly, many dogs will sit be a door and that is their signal). But no unsupervised time until the dog is reliably going outside and holding it inside.

Same goes for chewing/destroying stuff. This is self rewarding behavior, it’s fun and once a dog discovers it, they will keep doing it unless not given the opportunity. So getting rid of this behavior is twofold, providing appropriate entertainment which it sounds like you are doing and managing the dog when you can’t supervise. Keeping and eye on it for potty training as described above will help a lot with this. Some dogs eventually stop this behavior if prevented from practicing it for a while, others never do and will always require crating or a seriously dog proofed area.

If you think you can do this, try. If 24/7 supervision (and crating when not supervised, which I should add should only be a few hours a day) is not feasible, then it may be best to find the dog a new home now before these habits get worse.

u/bns7 · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

You’ll want to install it through the lower panel, putting it through the bottom beam of the door will compromise it structurally.

If that won’t work for your pet, you might consider one of these options:

u/rayna6782 · 3 pointsr/chinchilla
u/grey-green-eyes · 3 pointsr/RATS

Did you get your pen off of Amazon? Is it this one? Can you tell me if it’s any good? :)

u/Zesana · 3 pointsr/RATS

This is the pen I've been looking at
Tespo Pet Playpen, Portable Large Plastic Yard Fence Small Animals, Puppy Kennel Crate Fence Tent (Transparent White 12 Panels, 60x60x28 Inches)

It will be a while before I get it because my babies are too young for free range time yet. But that's the one I want once they are old enough

u/stratosphericstrwbry · 3 pointsr/RATS
u/Nibbsi · 3 pointsr/ferrets

Get a baby gate and place it in front of the door. Or get a plexiglass playpen. This is the one I own and I really enjoy it. They try to get out but never succeed. I have a fat boy and a small girl both ferrets. Hope this helps.

u/kittybiceps · 3 pointsr/RATS

One of our girls is going to be 2 years old in a few months, and even though she loves to cuddle with us, she still darts away and hides when she's on the floor. Even our most brazen of ratties will hide sometimes. It's just in their nature to be cautious, especially in wide open spaces.

You haven't had him all that long, and if he is willing to be pet and eat fron your hands then it sounds like you guys are doing great with him. It will take him some time to understand that he's safe roaming around, but even so I'm sure he will still hide sometimes.

As for keeping him out of places he shouldn't be, we bought this playpen and not only is it awesome for constructing a play area, but the panels are great for blocking off doorways or areas the rats don't need to get into.

u/caffeinatedlackey · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

Before you first introduce the three dogs, make sure the pit mix is thoroughly tired out. If he's old enough, your friend should take him on a nice long jog to expend his energy. This will make him calmer and more likely to see your dogs as friends rather than playmates (or toys).

Then take them on a group walk together. This is important because it is neutral ground. If you were to bring the pit mix directly into your place, your dogs would likely respond territorially. That puts them on the defense, and puts all the dogs on edge. The group walk will put them on the same "team," so to speak.

Make sure there's a place where the small dogs can escape from the pitty if he's being too energetic or too physical with them. They make baby gates with a smaller door that you can open or close to let your pups through. This is an example of what you would want to get. This way your dogs have an escape route and won't feel trapped with the larger dog.

u/vermiciousknidlet · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I was going to chime in and say that these gates do exist. We have a basement where the stairs are just open to the kitchen, and need a way to keep a crawling baby upstairs but let the cats (all 3 of them!) go down because their litterboxes are in the basement. We're getting this one because of the excellent reviews (and yes it's a small enough opening that a baby old enough to crawl won't be able to fit their head through, one of my concerns about it).

u/gr8__vinez · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

How big is your dog?

Instead of cutting a hole in the door, maybe try this baby gate The only issue I had with this gate was my dog was too small when he was a puppy and could fit right through. Took him a few months to get too big for the cat door

u/alibear123 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

We have the same configuration of house/floors. We use a gate like this, though without the pet door: Carlson Extra Wide Walk Through Pet Gate with Small Pet Door, 37-Inches Wide Our son didn't seem much bigger than our cats when we got them and in thought he would just crawl through the pet door. You drill little cups into the walls on either side and then the posts that extend on either side can't slide away. It's very secure. We don't usually spend much time except for sleeping upstairs, so we only ever close the uppermost gate for short periods, like when we're getting ready in the morning, for bed, or doing chores while our son runs around, to keep from blocking our cats from the box/food, depending. The gate to the bottom floor is always closed but the cats don't go down there anyway.

ETA; one floor has a wooden banister/grate thing on one side instead of a plaster/solid wall, and the gate makes the whole thing sit at a bit of an angle, but doesn't seem to affect the safety.

u/fogobum · 2 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

Whenever she complains, send her links to child-safe cabinet latches, cleaning supplies (mops or floor cleaners) or pet baby gates.

u/SurlyMoose · 2 pointsr/goldenretrievers

I bought this:
Worked really well and you can buy extensions. Don't have to mount it to anything either.

u/SabrinaFaire · 2 pointsr/dogs

I have this one:

Which has a cat door, but you can close that easily so they can't get through. It worked well for us until our 60lb lab mix figured out how to get through the effing cat door. Still can't believe that happened.

u/captainguppy · 2 pointsr/puppy101

My puppy was snatching cat poop, too!! We got this gate to keep her out of the room that the litter box is in, it works wonderfully and she hasn't eaten poop in a couple months now :)

u/TheRealBigBoyRight · 2 pointsr/ferret

Marshall Pet Products Pet Deluxe Play Pen, Small

Marshall Ferret Small Animal Playpen Mat/Cover 11 18"-Panel, Colors Vary

u can do the math to find out the approximate diameter of a circle, of course it can be made into squares or shapes with concavity. i cant remember if i got mine off amazon or 1800petsupplies but the latter does 30 percent off and free shipping on orders over $70 i think so i do my semiannual food and toy hauls through them

u/Ephemeral_Halcyon · 2 pointsr/ferrets

Just an FYI, anything rubber MUST be kept away from them. They WILL try to eat it and there's a good chance it will do big damage or possibly even cause death.

Also, they will hide in your furniture--including recliners. ALWAYS have eyes on your ferret before sitting down. Also before walking anywhere for that matter. If you haven't got eyes on your ferret, try to walk by gently shuffling your feet in case they jump out under you.

I also solved my free-roam and amount of playtime issue by attaching a play pen to his cage so that I could just leave the cage door open. I stuck flattened cardboard boxes above the door of the cage and between the playpen and cage where he would attempt to climb. He's got free roam of his big pen area at all times when I am home, including overnight. He's never had a potty accident with his one litterbox inside his cage, and he's got free access to his water and food.

u/bubonis · 2 pointsr/ferrets

I think it's mostly a matter of personal opinion with a bit of common sense. My ferrets' playpen is defined by two of these playpen fences. Individually each one of those surrounds about 16 square feet; put together in one large area (as mine are) gives them about 60 square feet. Their cage, which has a footprint of 8 square feet, sits inside, but I've incorporated the cage as part of their play area (it's raised off the floor, and the bottom shelf has been turned into a ferret exploration area) so nothing was lost there. Therefore, I would say that a good open play area would be somewhere around 20-30 square feet, plus potentially more depending on your cage.

u/Papag123 · 2 pointsr/puppy101

Trust me try this. Get a doorbell for your dog. This is the one I got one and a half years ago when my dog was 2 months old.

My dog peed on the floor, both hardwood and carpet, a few times a day for what almost 2 months. I got the dog bell and nailed it next to the door that I would use to take him to the bathroom. I hit the bell every time I took him outside to pee/poop and after about a month he finally understood all of a sudden that hitting the bell meant going outside. Took him another month to perfect the craft but once he got the hang of it, accidents only happened like once a week. Now he barely ever goes inside. Get the bell. It may take a while to get your dog use to it but your dog is older and understand that he should be peeing outside so he might get it down quicker. The reason your dog pees inside is because he needs some way of indicating to you that he has to go and he doesn't know how so he pees inside. The bell gives the him a way to communicate to you. Best of luck.

u/ikilleddumbly · 2 pointsr/cockerspaniel

I fostered a cocker for a few months and we trained him to use bells attached to a string on the door. It sounds like he knows he needs to go out, but maybe hes just afraid of the doggy door?

Amazon has them but for less than half of that you can go to your local craft store like Michael's and buy a yard or two of ribbon and some bells and make it for your self!

It's a long process but the pups I've trained to use this method pick up on it quickly! You just lift their paw and tap the bells each and every time you take them out. That way they have a way to alert you that they need to go out!

He might just be scared of the doggy door, and hopefully this helps give him a way to say he needs to go!

u/Coiledviper · 2 pointsr/germanshepherds

We got 8 Different varieties in treats. We got the Toy cup poodle sized treats. They are about the size of gerbil poop to be honest. That way you have to give almost the whole bag of it to make them full. So you don't over do it on treats. Dog Door Bells Helps a lot we have had ours almost 2 weeks now. Our GSD is 8 weeks 1 day today. Get lots of Dog toys stuffed animals you are going to need it. Dog clicker if you plan on training him that way. We will be getting this aswell but not for the shock for the vibration only Vibrator Collar Going to train him with that has beeps and vibrates and shock but will not shock him ever I cant bring that to myself. Boxes A lot of boxes our dog loves boxes he plays with boxes more than he does with most of his toys. Empty soda boxes work just aswell.

EDIT: That collar also has a light so if you take him out at night you can always see him and if you take him on night walks he can be seen. Rechargable aswell.

u/lzsmith · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

I use mine exclusively indoors. It has been jumped on but not body slammed. A door or a tall sturdy gate will be stronger, but xpens usually work okay. For the most part dogs don't try frantically to escape from them like they do crates because there's enough room to allow sleep/play and feel less restrictive. I usually use mine stretched out like a long zig zag fence between two rooms where there isn't a narrow doorway to shut off.

editing to add: I usually use the regular old Precision or Midwest wire xpens, but there are more sturdy ones available. one example. I haven't used that personally, just sharing that that sort of thing exists.

u/ball00nanimal · 2 pointsr/Keeshond

All of the time! He's so nosy. We're renters also and got this: PetSafe Freedom Aluminum Patio Panel Sliding Glass Pet Door, 76 13/16" to 81-Inch, White, Large

u/floodingthestreets · 2 pointsr/chinchilla

My chin can both slip through the bars and climb over standard exercise pens. This pen poses more of a challenge for him.

u/meeooww · 2 pointsr/puppy101

He has un-learned that it's nice to be clean. He needs to re-turn it, so you need to change your set up.

I always tell people to buy the tall Iris pet pen.Then get a mesh potty pad or fake grass pet potty - personal preference here, you just have to get something where they can't get to and shred the pad.

Put the crate in the back of the pen - start without bedding - and then put the potty thing right in front of it. Now we've created two clear zones - a comfy sleeping zone and a pee zone. By sleeping and peeing on both surfaces, their stupid little brain eventually is like "I can pee somewhere other than where I sleep. Huh. It's kind of nice not to sleep in my pee." They sometimes start to sleep on the potty thing, but don't worry about it, it's still part of the process. Eventually, when they seem to have the idea, try introducing a little bit of bedding back in and BE CRAZY ABOUT WASHING IT. If there is a drop of pee on the bed you can backslide. So wash wash wash so it stays clean and fresh (towels or sheets are a good/cheap way to start). Over time, you can introduce good bedding.

Remember, IGs have bladders the size of acorns, so they have to pee all the time, basically. A lot of people have success with the pen set up forever, and others can take them out enough to phase back into crates.

But right now, you need to give them the opportunity to re-learn how nice it is to be clean.

A side note, buying a dog from a good breeder who potty trains them - or at least you are 100% sure they're not raised to pee where they sleep - goes a long, long, long way in this.

u/tinycatface · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

I like this one for my one dwarf rabbit but also have this one at my partner's house when the bun is staying over there. I got the large for the second one, FYI - the others are a bit small.

Both are big enough for my bun to run laps, hop about and binky - the one without a bottom is more customizable but the other is easier to store and travel with.

u/sicilianthemusical · 2 pointsr/cats

If you can unplug the cords or block his access that would keep him safe. You can also try using a kitty [playpen] ( as a temporary solution if he's alone for periods of time.

Edit: Congrats on the new addition!

u/mandym347 · 2 pointsr/dogs

Wow, sounds like he's really nervous with the new addition in the house.

I have a pen like this one which came with metal clips to fasten the ends into the enclosure. You can use those to fasten each end of the pen to each side of the crate door instead, or you can use carabiners instead. If you're handy and can alter the walls, you might also put a screw a few eye hooks into the walls to make an indoor dog run by fastening the ends of the pen to the wall in a similar fashion.

u/punkitschparty · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

I bought this 24" Tall Playpen for my rabbit to keep her in a specific location or to keep her out of places (e.g. away from cat litterbox) and has worked well except when you are trying to keep her in. She has the strength to move the playpen. This works well as a gate as well, which is how I use it to keep my rabbit out of the cat's litter box.

u/curiousdryad · 2 pointsr/puppy101

I got this for my corgi when it was a pup. Actually used potty pads in it too so he knew to only pee in there on the pads then eventually moved the pads to the door.

I think if you’re planning on keeping a play pen you’ll need to size up but that was for us for the first 3 months since corgis are smaller. It is big.


Might be better for later though

u/asundryofserendipity · 2 pointsr/Havanese

I work full time and also have a 4 month old Havanese. Something I found useful was setting up an exercise pen, which has plenty of room for play, potty (using puppy pads), and sleep. It also has a water bowl as well.
I also hired a dog walker through Rover, which I found to be the best, since I do 30 minute checkins, the focus is less on a long walk and more on play/human interaction.
Overall, routine has helped too. Chewy sleeps through the majority of the day, but expects playtime at night. And so I spend my whole evening playing with him and taking him on walks.
I also got an Adapdil Diffuser which emits a calming hormone that helps him stay calm, since that nervous energy can get destructive.
Puzzle toys are also helpful - anything that can distract him or keep him occupied.
So far, so good! When I come home, his ex pen is still tidy, and his disposition is positive. I would be happy to get more in detail if you need! Good luck!

u/starlizzle · 2 pointsr/puppy101

Potty bells are just a belt with bells attached to it. I bought some from amazon for $13. Hang them by the door. When you know your dog needs to potty put a tiny tiny tiny dab of peanut butter on the bells and let the puppy see it. When they lick the bells and they make noise, praise them. Then open the door and go outside. I also would take my puppy's paw and bat the bells before going outside if he didnt' do it on his own. Only during potty time. After a week of being consistent with the bells every single time we went out for potty he started hitting them on his own. He's only had 2 or 3 accidents inside in the past 3 weeks and he's 14.5 weeks old.

u/TheReal-JoJo103 · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

The bell in that article is adorable. We have this one that hangs off the handle. Only issue I have with the tutorial is that at step one we opened the door every time the bell rang. Fastest way to train that bell opens the door.

u/theGreatWizardHowl · 2 pointsr/husky

To help with potty training, I would recommend getting a potty bell. You ring it every time you both go outside to potty at incremental times. Soon it'll be a signal for your dog to come running to go outside. If your dog is smart enough, they might learn to ring it themselves to get your attention.

I also recommend getting a clicker for training. You can start off by using the clicker every time you feed them to get them to associate it with treats. If you've managed to teach sit, then try to get them to sit and wait before each meal, try to incrementally push their patience. You can then replace the clicker with verbal signals like "good boy" or "go".

-Medically, you should try to administer a monthly flea protectant pill (ie. Nexgard) especially useful for an outdoor dog; and a monthly heartworm preventative pill (ie. Heartgard)
-Omega 3 supplements are also awesome for immune health and a shiny coat (I use ZestyPaws)
-Of course, make sure he has all 3 sets of puppy vaccines and rabies shot + tag to register to your county.

I have a 6 month husky, Juliette and I've been doing/researching all the new dog parent things and it can get a little overwhelming when you're trying to be the perfect parent. Some of this may be common sense but you'll get used to seeing how everyone has advice about Huskies🤔. Don't worry that he's not trained, 6 months is still a young, impressionable age to teach new things:)

u/Jiminycricketmuncher · 2 pointsr/chinchilla

Congrats on the new fluffbutt! <3 As a long term chinchilla owner they're wonderful lil guys, but like someone else on here already said, they do like to do stuff on their own terms (when they want to play/etc). I live in a condo now and unfortunately there isn't a whole lot of places that they run around freely (bc of electrical chords) so I got them (I have two currently) a play pen designed for puppies! They both really enjoy it and since it's pretty large/the zipper top and bottom are machine washable it works out really well. As long as they have a lot of toys in there to play with the little one should be fine! Since it's large enough for a person to sit comfortably inside it is also a great way for your fluff to get used to you at their own pace. (Also might I suggest rose hips as treat? They're very high in Vit C and are a much healthier treat than raisins)

u/invadergrimm · 2 pointsr/puppy101

Ok so I have one of these for my Chihuahua puppy and it is AMAZING. It's flexible so I can take it with me, the bottom and top zip out so you can wash them or use it outside or whatever. I'm not sure how big your puppy is, but this thing is a great size! You can fit a pee pad in there plus food/water bowls, toys and bed.

u/5a55yninja · 2 pointsr/RATS

Parkland Pet Portable Foldable Playpen Exercise Kennel Dogs Cats Indoor/outdoor Removable Mesh Shade Cover there is a top you can zip on so they can't jump out

u/Pablois4 · 2 pointsr/dogs


That will be fine for containment when you are there to supervise but IMHO, any pup is going to quickly realize that he can chew right through it. It's not serious containment for when you are out of the house.

I'm slow in allowing my pups to have freedom when I'm not there. They start out in crates, then move on to wire x-pens (I have the 36" version of this: ), and then the gated kitchen and finally the whole house.

u/anxious_onion · 2 pointsr/cats

yeah, i would because the kitten i'm assuming is much smaller in size. I would only have them together at short intervals and gradually increase that time. As with the pouncing– I put my kitten in one of these that I had: with my cat outside and vice versa. This way their interaction was safer if the cat decided to swat the kitten. i also recommend watching "thecatdaddy"'s youtube video on cat introductions if you haven't already!

u/rickearthc137 · 2 pointsr/ItalianGreyhounds

You're going to want to crate-train your dog while you're out. It's the safest thing--Iggies are very intelligent and curious, daring and adventurous. While these are awesome qualities, you wouldn't want to come home to a chewed power cord, your dog trapped under something that fell on him after climbing on it, or a broken leg because your dog climbed high and jumped down. I'm still amazed at how tiny Morty's little leg bones are.... He's never had any issue, but the breed is notorious for delicate legs, especially during the puppy years.

Iggies are super sensitive--way more than most other breeds. More than just about any other dog, they will only respond to positive reinforcement--which can be a challenge as a first-time dog owner. Additionally, they are highly social and do not like being alone. When we got Morty I was running a Startup from home, I've been speaking with some folks about picking up another full-time job and not looking forward to the transition.

We have a chihuahua and some cats and Morty's bonded with each of them. He can spend hours in his crate with our chihuahua, they just snuggle up and sleep--but he really dislikes being crated by himself. So depending on the hours you work, the alone-time might be a challenge and could lead to nervousness or other bad behavior.

Small apartment shouldn't be too big of a deal as long as you're walking your dog and providing open space for running like a dog park. IGs are crazy fast when they run. They like cozy spaces and sleeping with/on/under their people.

This is close to the IG potty bible:

The Belly Bands from Sitehound Specialties really helped with Morty's potty training:

You may also want to consider getting a doorbell for your dog to signal that it's time to go out, these work really well:

One thing you may want to consider depending on how well you know your neighbors is paying a retiree to sit your dog a few days a week. The dog would love the company and a senior would make a little money having a part-time lapdog.

Good luck with your new Iggie!

u/DreamLoveLive · 2 pointsr/puppy101

Hi! I got these from amazon.

They are pretty loud and I don’t think they would sound anything like your cat’s bell. These are kind of like sleigh bells. By the way, it’s not so much about the sound being for the puppy, but rather the sound is for me to be able to hear it and respond to it. I feel like for my puppy it’s more about the action of going to the door and hitting the bells. Hope this makes sense! Good luck!

u/VaderIsTheOne · 2 pointsr/Dogtraining

First off, thanks for fostering. It’s one of the hardest, and most rewarding things I’ve ever done. You will get your heart broken, and each animal will take a piece of your heart with them, but it’s so amazingly worth it.

Couple things. First, read about The Two Week Shut Down, it’s a thing and it’s real. The animal you pick up will often be extremely different from the animal you will have in your home 2 weeks later.

Second, get this door doohickey and install it somewhere to give the cats a safe space where dogs won’t go. Put their food, water, boxes in there and create a safe space. If they’re not used to dogs, plug in a feliway diffuser too.

Good luck!

u/roseandunicorns89 · 2 pointsr/blogsnark

My cat is super picky about litter boxes so I bought this door stop for when we have dog friends visiting so she can still do her business and they don't go into the litter box.

As far as cats with FIV or FeLV, I would talk to the shelter. I am not super familiar with either but I've had friends who've adopted cats with it (including their first cat) and it doesn't seem to be a big deal.

u/PVequalsnRT3 · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

Tespo Pet Playpen, Portable Large Plastic Yard Fence Small Animals, Puppy Kennel Crate Fence Tent (Transparent White 12 Panels, 60x60x28 Inches)

u/Sways-way · 2 pointsr/ferrets

I've been looking at this

You could trim the grass, partially bury (maybe 1 inch) and create a play area for them. Looks like you could get multiple sets and link them together to create a large area.

u/Zyuuei · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

I've got the same problem coming up. I'm planning on leaving for Thanksgiving for about a week and taking my bun to my friend's place to bunsit. I put down a large washable puppy pad and fleece on the floor at home to protect my floors and I'm planning on getting these as they are far lighter and easier to assemble than my metal pen at home.

u/heartchkra · 2 pointsr/RATS

You can use plastic play pens like these: or
so it’s harder for them to climb or chew and you can build them however you like. Just make sure you have enough toys and stimulation for them and always supervise them.

u/baker271974 · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

I found this on Amazon. It's $50, the panels are plastic to help contain messes, and large enough. 12 panels can be shaped how you like.
Tespo Dog Playpen, Portable Large Plastic Yard Fence Small Animals, Popup Kennel Crate Fence Tent, Transparent White 12 Panels, 60"x60"X28'' (Transparent White)

u/Panamoose · 2 pointsr/RATS

I am so bummed no one answered this. Here's my extremely DIY suggestion that I do not have the opportunity to test myself.

Get this dog playpen.

Tie them together with zip-ties (I think they come with zip-ties now). Set it up, put some hides in, and cover the whole thing with some sort of fine netting. The netting should be loose enough that you fit under it, but it should stop your rats from getting out/ wild animals from getting in. I'm not sure what the best way to secure the netting would be, but you should be able to close the whole thing from the inside. I recommend a rat or cat carrier for transport in between, so you can let them out when the playpen is fully secured.

Let me know if you try it.

u/grey_sky · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Nope, as others have said, cats and high quality items are not compatible. Until I get my dream home with my own sealed off man cave, I have my rig set up in my living room. I've had $30 large mouse pads get picked on. I've had cords get chewed through on my $50 mouse. My chair they will pick on the back. I had enough after buying my 3rd mouse pad. I bought this on amazon. I surrounded my desk and remove the front every sit down session and replace it before bed. Takes me an extra 10 secs a day but worth it to keep my little shit heads out of my expensive area. Also, I put a pillow on my chair and a blanket over my key board cause sometimes my super skinny, agile cat can make it over the gate but luckily she isn't the one that chews cords.

u/chapterthree123 · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

Haha no zippers (but that would be cool), but I did want see through plastic panels because this rabbit is quite the character and I like to capture his antics without disturbing him lol.

Tespo Pet Play Pen

u/MsChrissikins · 2 pointsr/kittens

I got it on amazon here! Suuuper easy to set up and can elongate it one more time if needed :)

u/sesame785 · 2 pointsr/RATS

I originally started out with cardboard too, but my girls are jumpers and I couldn't get it tall enough without making it too hard to easily fold or maneuver. I ended up with 2 sets of these plastic fence panels. They're two panels high so the rats can't jump or climb over. Corners are tied with zip ties so I can fold it up when needed and it's easy to wipe down.

u/Queen_of_Swords_ · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

Check this out: SONGMICS Pet Playpen,Fence Cage with Bottom for Small Animals Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Bunnies,Rabbits, Pet Exercise Run and Crate, Transparent Plastic Panels, ULPC02W

u/Lucia_Jing · 2 pointsr/hamsters

Awesome!! It's the SONGMICS pet playpen??

u/Euqah · 2 pointsr/Hedgehog

It's this right here: link :)

We love it! It's perfect for holding our hedgehogs and our Shiba but terrible at holding our Husky, lmao. :p

u/Rooser100 · 2 pointsr/RATS

My rats never got used to the wheel. Even the large one just didn’t seem to suit them well. My one boy used it as a hammock only 😂

I would think maybe a hedgehog wheel (think a plate on an angle) would be best to accommodate tail.

Other wise- you could create a play pen and let them out there for exercise.

I bought these clear wall things that will make any size box and tunnel and i let my guy out there and he goes back and forth a ton.

u/stormeegedon · 1 pointr/dogs

Get a baby gate that has a pet door in it. Assuming your dog isn't the same size as your cat, you can leave the pet door open so your cat can eat in peace and your dog cannot enter that room. It doesn't have to be the mudroom, it can be a bedroom, bathroom, etc. Basically anything with a door frame for you to attach the gate to. Most cats will just jump over it anyway, but the convenience of the door is pretty nice.

u/treeshugmeback · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We have this one:

We use it at the top of our basement stairs so kitties can get to their litter boxes and baby is locked out. Sturdy and easy to operate.

u/lizzyborden42 · 1 pointr/dogs

I like this kind:

You can
screw in these cup things to the door for more strength or you can just use a good amount of pressure to keep them up. My cats like to launch themselves over the gate and just using pressure is enough. Plus, I don't have to keep putting them up and taking them down.

u/Roserie · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Cats will just jump over but they do make gates with a small pet door at the bottom. Check here

u/calyx13 · 1 pointr/Parenting

We use this one at the top of our stairs and have for several years. I am not sure if it is technically supposed to be for the top of stairs but we have a very insistent, 40-pound toddler and the gate has held strong without budging.

u/cklein0001 · 1 pointr/DIY

My sister in law has a newfoundland and a big old lovable mutt in her house, and to allow the cat access throughout the house she installed these baby gates.

As for DIY'ing it, if the cats still have all their claws, I would just drape some remnant carpet over it and tether it to the gate. Its amazing how well our geriatric cat has shredded anything permeable that she wants to climb that we haven't put a cat ladder on. We are such obedient servants to our master...

u/DorkasaurusBBQ · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

Poop, this is the one I was talking about but it’s pressure mount not hardware
Carlson Extra Wide Walk Through Pet Gate with Small Pet Door, 37-Inches Wide

u/BwabbitV3S · 1 pointr/dogs

First off is to remove temptation as much as you can. The more they can practice the behaviour the harder it is to get them to stop. This is especially true with self rewarding behaviour like snacking out of the forbidden cookie jar. In this case keeping it out of reach will be faster and more reliable then training them to keep out of a room.

  • Block off the room the litterbox is in with a gate, something like this is nice if your dog can't fit thru the cat flap.
  • Place the litter box on an elevated surface your dog can't reach but the cat can.
  • You could also try using a hidden litter box that will move the litter box out of reach of your dog. Though some cats dislike them.
u/CallMeMrsSlender · 1 pointr/puppy101

Amazon sells [Mesh baby gates] ( that can work since the holes are tiny and harder to get a foot hold on. A towel or blanket draped over and secured via zip ties or anything else could be a DIY makeover version for your existing baby gate.

I also ordered one of [these] ( for my house since a dog I frequently watch can jump a regular baby gate like an agility champ. I don't know how large your pup is going to get or how large they are now but I really love my gate. My cats can come and go if need be and my dogs don't bother it.

u/hrgoodman · 1 pointr/funny

Here it is on Amazon.

u/ToySpyder · 1 pointr/cats

I have a setup very similar to what you are describing for Scooter. He may not be too old (13 yrs) but he is FIV+ so I could lose him at any time. I have a small table set in front of the windows in my BR. I put a queen comforter folded in 8ths (read: nice and fluffy) on top of it. When it is cold out, I put this under the top layer. Since he is tripawd (missing left rear leg), I do have kitty stairs next to the table so he can get up and down on his own.

As for the sterile room, I say open the room to him. He may not even like it but if he does and he spends his final days happily basking in the sun and watching the birds on a warm comfy blanket, knowing that you were able to do that for him will be the best feeling ever. If you want to make his last weeks, months, years the best possible, make him priority. They were always here for us when we needed them so as they age we need to be there for them. As for the dogs? Get one of those pet gates with a cat access door.

u/theshadybird · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

This is the type we have and while our dogs (26 and 40lbs) can fit through the door, only our kitten can fit through the bars, making the other side a kitten only safe spot. Plus it is on super sale right now!

u/Kcwilcox · 1 pointr/Assistance

Bringing a new puppy home to your cats is a lot easier than one might think!

We recently "fostered" a puppy for 3-4 days. Our three cats (aged 2-3 yrs) have NEVER been in contact with a dog. Ever.

We read a lot of stuff, and the best way to go about this is...

Gates. Invest in gates. We bought 3 of these which worked wonders. Obviously depending on the size of the puppy, he/she might be able to fit through the cat door at first. But our cats were more than comfortable jumping over them to escape from the puppy.

The most important thing is to give your cats space. They need 1-2 "safe" rooms. They need a place to escape from the puppy after their few minutes of contact with the new puppy. This is so important, because your home IS your cats home. It's where they feel safe!

Also, I don't know how your cats feel about squeaky toys... but our cats HATE the noise. Try to ease the puppy onto squeaky toys (if you want). The more squeaking the puppy does with the toys, the more the cats might become frightened of the puppy. Squeaky toys are so fun for dogs because the squeaker imitates an animal (they squeak it, it's like them 'squeaking' a small animal of sorts... hence they LOVE them). If the cats hear the noise and see the puppy shaking it around, they might become more stressed out.

Edit: Forgot some other important things...

Keep your cat's nails trimmed as well. There is guaranteed to be a LOT of swiping. The puppy will realize what's going on, and will want to play with the cat. So just be cautious!

Also, do NOT hold a cat and walk them towards the dog. Do not in ANY way force them to go near the dog. If one of the cats gets scared and comes towards you to be picked up, pick them up and walk them to one of the gated off rooms. (I don't know if other cats do this or not... but my cats are literally like dogs) You need to let your cats be the curious kitties that they are. No matter how long it takes, the kitties will learn to love and care for the puppy. Just remember... Some dogs remain "puppies" for over 2 years (personality-wise). So... prepare yourself!

Good luck, if you have any questions - feel free to ask!!

Edit #2: If you can deal with a puppy (~6 months or younger), I personally think it's the way to go. Even if you're looking to get a BIG (70+ lb) dog, they start out at about 20lbs at ~12 weeks. The smaller the dog is when you bring him/her home, the more relaxed your cats will be. If you bring home a HUGE dog (no matter how sweet), I think your cats might be more frightened. In my personal opinion it's best to get a puppy that the cats can get used to while they're relatively still small in size. Oh, and the puppy will get used to the cats. Puppies will generally NOT care. But when you're adopting, be sure that the foster parents/rescue lets you know how they are with kitties. Generally most puppies are fine with cats though!

Sorry for rambling... I keep thinking of more things!

u/Cleo_Queen_of_Denial · 1 pointr/JUSTNOMIL
u/bio_lol_gist · 1 pointr/Pets

Bummer. I wonder if it would make any difference if you put something draped over the gate (like a towel or something) so he couldn't see through to the other side. Sometimes out of sight/out of mind works.

Not sure if this will help your situation at all, but I got this as a barrier between my living room and kitchen area (where I have all my cats' food). It keeps the dogs out but lets the kitties through.

Best of luck, I know how extremely frustrating it can be when your dog is getting into things s/he isn't supposed to have.

u/devecon · 1 pointr/RATS

They do like to spend as much time as possible out their cage, but you can also provide toys and enrichment in their cage to keep them stimulated. Your idea of bowls with bedding is a good one - most rats love to dig. They enjoy actual soil even more. You can fill planters with sterile soil and bury treats or seeds or cat grass (not catnip!). You can fill containers with shredded paper or pom poms and bury treats in that too. Simple dog or rabbit toys are good for rats, and you can keep them entertained with treats wrapped up in paper or inside toilet roll tubes. These can all be used in a play pen or in their cage.

For the actual play pen, you could try this one. It folds up for storage or travel and I've found it very compact and user-friendly when I travel with my rats. The bathroom or bathtub is also a good idea, but remember to put down towels/blankets and things for them to hide under - otherwise you're going to have them pooping and peeing from fright.

u/tcorts · 1 pointr/ferrets

So, I use this thing in my living room. You can unattach the pieces and make a gate. I just attached one side to my wall, and stuff the other side behind a chair. It's 8 panels, each panel is 18" wide, so it should be plenty of width.

u/octopusdixiecups · 1 pointr/ferrets

Get either the ferret nation 241 (?) or get a large playpen and a large piece of waterproofed canvas. I own both the big fancy cage and the playpen. In my opinion the playpen is pay more humane and allows them to feel more a part of the action. We keep ours in the corner of our living room.

I don't know why I've never seen anyone recommend a playpen before. Everyone always recommends the ferret nation cage, which is still excellent, but I feel like the playpen is more practical. It's huge and all of their stuff fits nicely. The canvas goes on the floor under the pen to keep any accident from leaking onto the hardwood floors.

I have this playpen

And I have this canvas mat . It comes in a ton of colors and works very well as a water resistant liner

u/skwaaats · 1 pointr/Rabbits

I have this one:

And you can add additional panels to it to make it larger:

It's 30-inches high which can be a little short if your rabbit is a jumper or an escape artist, but there are a lot of ways to modify it to prevent it.

Here's an image of how I currently have mine set up. I definitely recommend it.

u/Aunty_Fascist · 1 pointr/chinchilla

There are several styles of small animal pens on Amazon, some of which you can expand by buying two or more sets. Like this one

u/spud_simon_salem · 1 pointr/puppy101

Don’t know your budget but I got this one!

u/Emeroder · 1 pointr/Rabbits

BestPet Heavy Duty Pet Playpen Dog Exercise Pen Cat Fence B, 40-Inch, Black

This is ours and we love it! we have two buns and they don't escape and it's easy to add/remove sides to make bigger or smaller pen. It's also big enough that if we can't let them roam one evening they don't miss out on much.

u/v3rtex · 1 pointr/puppy101

We bought something really similar for our puppy to use in the house. It's available on Amazon.

u/Blashkn · 1 pointr/Pets

Would you be able to gate her in a small room that doesn't have furniture, such as a powder room? Or would it help to use an indoor kennel that is more open than the crate but will still keep her out of the rest of the house? You could even combine confining her and using Benadryl.

u/CA_Dreamer · 1 pointr/Greyhounds

I had a PetSafe model, the Large - Tall.

[This is the door] ( on Amazon. They have a very good chart on the page that shows the dimensions and "rise".

It's important that in addition to the right door/flap size that you get one that has a decent "rise" on it so they don't have to stoop to get through it. The 8 inch rise/step over is perfect.

The only problem I had with the door was that it was single pane glass which made the room cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

I will be getting a new door soon and I'm looking into the dual pane models. They are much more expensive than the single pane doors, but I don't want to suffer the temperature extremes.

u/Librarycat77 · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

They do!

Honestly this could make a huge difference for her - if she could choose to engage or have space she'd likely feel MUCH safer. Plus, you'd know that when she started choosing to interact with you more she's doing it because she really wants to, not because she feels trapped. :)

u/DJSparksalot · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

My ideal scenario was on a higher level apartment with a balcony and sliding door that I installed one of these in.

It was awesome, cats were safe as they couldn't escape the higher level balcony and the box and all the kicked and hopped out litter stayed outside.

My boyfriend did the same on his lower level and then secured the patio with chicken wire so they couldn't hop up.

Of course this does only work if you have a balcony that can be secured with a sliding door :(

u/lambhearts · 1 pointr/dogs

I'm finding a few doggie doors of this style that fit your size requirement, but they're all pretty pricey, and seem to be from the same manufacturer.

u/thesmellnextdoor · 1 pointr/dogs

Most doggy doors have a plastic flap with a magnetic bottom that keeps them closed unless your dog is pushing on them. It's not a perfect seal, but it works pretty well and I don't notice any draft from mine. I don't know if there is one that closes any better than that.

5ft sliding window, do you mean a sliding glass door? Something like this might be what you need. If it's truly a window there are smaller ones with a similar design.

u/blackqueenphoenix · 1 pointr/dogs

They have inserts that let you have the glass opened or closed like the below:

PetSafe Freedom Aluminum Patio Panel Sliding Glass Dog and Cat Door, Adjustable 76 13/16 in to 80 11/16 in - Large White Pet Door

u/dimesfordenim · 1 pointr/goldenretrievers

Congrats!! If you've never had a puppy before, my #1 recommendation is to get a trainer who will come to your house and work with you. They are more for you than for the dog. We did that and while it was really expensive, it was a blessing!

One thing our trainer told us is to let the puppy have access to only a little bit of the house at a time. A crate helps with that, but we didn't want it to feel like punishment and we wanted to be able to let him play around just as a dog in a controlled area. So we bought this playpen and zip tied it to the crate. You can also get linoleum to put underneath the playpen area, but make sure it's all one sheet (otherwise he'll chew on the ends). That also helps clean up potty mistakes!

Speaking of potty, we got a little bell to put on the door. We made him nudge it with his nose or paw (basically picked him up) every time we went out. Then when we finally let him explore more, he knew how to let us know he had to go. Of course, he also used it just as an excuse to go outside, so there's that.

You mentioned you're good to go on crates--did you get one that is life stages and lets you adjust how much room is available? Not a huge deal if not, but if you did, make sure you use it. They don't need a whole lot of room in the crate because they'll just pee on one end and sleep on the other.

For grooming, you don't really need a lot for a puppy (at least in our experience, and our older dog grew up to be a HUGE fluffball). You're more likely to hurt him and turn him off. For our grown up guys, we use a pin brush, a rake brush, a de-matting comb, grooming scissors, and dremmel. We also do your normal ear cleaning solution (we get ours from the vet, so I don't remember the brand offhand, it's the same thing as online) and shampoo. This is what we used when they were puppies. Another essential is puppy wipes for pesky danglers and muddy paws.

For a puppy, though, I really wouldn't use all that stuff. We used a little kong brush to get him used to a brush on his fur, but we didn't even use that until his fur was a little longer (but still too short to use the other brushes). The big thing with grooming a puppy is getting him used to you touching him EVERYWHERE. Stick your fingers in his ears and mouth, rub all over his paws, make him lay down on his back in your lap, etc. Definitely start on nails asap--even if you don't actually trim them, just holding the dremmel up to their nails and getting them used to it helps A LOT. Also the ear cleaner is an essential for golden puppies. Our trainer and vet both told us to drop it in their ears, let them shake their heads, then use q-tips in all the nooks and crannies.

Other essential products are LOTS of toys. You'll figure out real quick what your guy likes. Our first dog was more of a casual chewer, so fabric toys worked, but our second dog LOVES to eat fabric so we had to go with hard toys only. I highly recommend toys by West Paw! As you know, golden puppies will chew on LITERALLY EVERYTHING so you need a backup distractor toy at all times to replace the flavor of the minute. Keep in mind that if you give up trying to stop them chewing on something (say, for example, your computer chair), they will think it's ok to chew on that for the rest of their life. :(

We also got a slow-feeder bowl because our guys gobble down their food like it will disappear if they don't. And if your guy is really annoying with the water bowl (i.e., repeatedly knocking it over), don't worry too much--he'll grow out of it. I recommend keeping a towel under it until he learns all he wants to know about water!

Have fun with your little guy!!!! I'll add anything else I can think of later but feel free to ask if there's anything else you're curious about!

u/awyeahmuffins · 1 pointr/puppy101

I used this one and liked it a lot for what I was looking for:


  • plastic and has rubber nubs on the bottom so won't scratch floors.

  • Each panel can be separated and you can buy additional panels in sets of 2 (or buy a whole second pen and connect them together).

  • Has a door so you can let dog in/out easily without separating panels.


  • Plastic, so if you have a chewer they might be able to get through it.

  • Only 34" tall, so it'll depend on the height of your dog and if they like jumping.

  • Not as thin as the wire ones, so takes up more space when storing.
u/trulyunruly · 1 pointr/puppy101

I have this [bucket booster seat] ( for my pup, and she loves it. When visiting other people's houses, I take it out of my car and bring it inside and she uses it as a bed. I also have a [puppy playpen] ( that is super easy to disassemble and take with me.

u/SoulEater_ · 1 pointr/Rabbits

*she haha

And I got it on amazon. Here's the link:

IRIS 24'' Exercise 4-Panel Pet Playpen with Door, White

I bought her 2 of those and put them together.

u/tow66 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

hahah, that is awesome. How do you cope, will she lay in the same place after you move her?

These helped me while my dogs were smaller. It confined them to their own little area while they were being house broken. Good luck! Here's a link to the /r/Dogtraining/ sub.

u/shoangore · 1 pointr/labradoodles

Get him immunized. Avoid contact with other dogs, wash your hands before contact until he's in the clear. Better safe than sorry!

Buy vinyl flooring from Home Depot (one roll can be cut into two squares) and this to keep the puppy in one area to avoid getting accidents around the apartment. Don't let him get to the edges of the vinyl though, or he'll rip it up in no time. Gradually introduce him to other rooms of the apartment, making sure you enter first and show that it's YOUR territory. Helps tremendously in the future. Let him wander around but always return him to his pen area. within 15-30 minutes of when he might possibly have an accident, and then take him out when it's time. Praise him a TON when he pees/poops outside. Great re-enforcer.

Get earplugs. The first 3 weeks were terrible with barking at night. We did the cold treatment (ignoring his yelping in the crate overnight) for about a week before some other neighbors with doodles suggested knocking on the crate each time the dog barked. After two more nights, our puppy stopped barking at night, and as soon as he did a full week without barking we got a second crate for him to sleep in our bedroom with us.

Get some enzyme cleaners for the inevitable messes that'll occur.

Wouldn't hurt to also get a can of pumpkin in case your puppy has diarrhea at some point.

As soon as they're able to, start taking them to obedience classes. You really only need to do the first 2-3 courses for basic obedience, then keep reinforcing what you learned to the dog. They learn FAST. Also, expose them to lots of people so they're sociable. My house is a block away from an elementary school, we spent 2-3 days a week standing at the street corner letting kids and parents pet Boomer (after he was fully immunized) and now he loves people.

u/GreyReanimator · 1 pointr/Rabbits

24 Tall Dog Playpen Crate Fence Pet Kennel Play Pen Exercise Cage -8 Panel Black
Something like this is easy to find and cheap.

u/ixrd · 1 pointr/Pets

We got a lab puppy not too long ago and ran into a lot of the same issues you're facing now. I'm not a dog expert by any means, but this is what we've found to be useful from experience and reading online.

1). When we first got our puppy, it was important for her to learn what she considers "home". Depending on how big your house is, you may want to partition off part of it for the puppy to get accustomed to. We got a large puppy fence (something like this and a crate for her, as well as puppy pads for her to pee and poop on. The crate and a bed is what she considers home. And the fenced in area around her crate is her play space. The puppy pads were placed furthest from her crate/bed. Dogs naturally like to keep their home and play area clean, and she quickly realized to relieve herself on the pads since it was furthest from her bed. Otherwise, your pup might start peeing and pooping in random corners of your house.

We slowly expanded her play area and moved her pads further away for her to become familiar with the rest of our house one step at a time. If the initial area was too big, she considered the living room (where her bed was set up) her home, and started peeing and pooping in the kitchen.

2). Like ananomalie said, do not let your pup bite you. He will start teething soon and it can be itchy/painful for him so he wants something to bite on to sooth his teeth. If you let him form a habit of biting you (even playfully), it will start to be annoying fast. Get some toys for him, and every time he starts to bite you, act like it hurts by saying OUCH really loudly in a high pitch, and give your pup a toy to chew on instead. This will teach him it hurts you, and toys are for biting instead. It will save you a lot of grief later to get these habits in check early.

3). Our pup actually never went up stairs because we didn't let her. We had her fence closed off at night and she slept in her crate, so this wasn't much of an issue. You can try blocking off the stairs with a baby gate or pet gate, or just block it with some boxes or any barrier you have around the house.

4). Our pup was actually pretty independent. We slept downstairs with her for the first 2-3 nights. Sometimes she'd yelp a little if she couldn't see us, and we just dropped a leg down off the couch. She was ok as long as she could curl up next to our leg. But in retrospect, it wasn't very necessary. We went back to sleeping upstairs after just a few nights.

5). There are a lot of do's and don'ts and guidebooks for new dog owners online. Spend a weekend looking through them, and you'll see a lot of patterns emerge in people's advice. My own personal advice is:

A). Try to keep a strict schedule. Dogs have great internal clocks, and try to keep your schedule the same from day to day. When to sleep, when to wake up, when to play, when to eat, etc. This will help set expectations clear.

B) Train them out of bad habits early. The biting, the crying, the need for attention. Crate training is useful for training them out of crying for attention. You can look it up online. Look up how to potty train them outdoors once they get all their vaccines.

C) It is important for them to socialize, especially at a young age. Since your pup is young, you can see if friends or neighbors have pets (must have all their vaccines), and you can have a puppy playdate with them. Have friends over, introduce them to your pup, give him treats. It's good for him to learn to trust other animals, pets, and people.

D) Find a good vet and get him on a vaccination schedule. Depending on your area (if you are in a more rural area or metropolitan area with greater chances of wildlife or diseases, I would not walk him until all his vaccines are done (~4months). If you live in a higher-income suburban area, this is less of a problem. However, most vets do not recommend letting them walk around outside until they've got all their shots. I'd say the main risks are drinking dirty ground water, eating random stuff, sniffing other dog and wildlife poop are the main risks.

Hope that helps! And as always, there are a wealth of resources online. Good luck!

u/wCygnes · 1 pointr/chinchilla

I bought this.

They need to be watched while they are in there, or they may start chewing holes in it. Do not use the zippers on the side or they will be much more motivated to try chewing the mesh.

u/shakesmyfist · 1 pointr/cats

We got a 45” puppy playpen off Amazon for $40 when we took in a stray this past July. She’s only two months old so she’s smaller than yours but there’s plenty of room for all necessities and even a playmat with hanging toys. Your kitten is bigger .. ok I just did a little video so you can judge but maybe this will help.
It’s enclosed, the top is mesh that zips closed.

u/SuckinLemonz · 1 pointr/Rabbits

It is not the best situation, but if you get them a sun-lamp (sold as "SAD lights" on amazon) or "full spectrum light bulbs", that will help a LOT. If you get the sun lamp, be sure to protect the cord so they can't chew it. Also, you can get multi-vitamins from oxbow and those will help too.

You can also get a portable play pen to set up outside for a few hours every day so they can have sunlight. Make sure to get one with a top AND bottom so that they don't escape or get attacked by animals.

u/Seagullsiren · 1 pointr/Pets

If you can get two kittens (are there others in the litter?) instead of one thats ideal, they will socialize one another and are less desctctive/annoying since they play together.

For a kitten this young, a pen or crate is an absolute must. The kitten would be a danger to itself & your belongings if left to roam unsupervised for hours. There's also no gaurentee it will find the litter box in a large house. You don't want to start developing bad habits right off the bat. A pen like the one I linked below is great, and cheap. I use it for all of my foster kittens. That way they are safe & contained and it helps with litter box training. Also make sure you are purchasing a short/small litter box because a kitten of five weeks old has stubby little legs and probably can't climb into an adult sized box.

If you put her in the bathroom make sure it's warm and has plenty of bedding & toys. I love giving my fosters little hideaway beds. Make sure you are feeding her 3-4x per day (as much as she will eat), kitten food only. I would check out for lots of additional information about neonatal care. As others have mentioned, a kitten of five weeks old is very young, some kittens are not yet weaned from the bottle at that age, bottle babies often have special needs as well.

u/Meowzarts_symphony · 1 pointr/Animals

Get one of these:

I use them for my foster kittens and it works great. There's enough room for a bed, litter box, and scratcher.

You could also try a heating pad. The warmth is comforting to them.

u/emmyjag · 1 pointr/cats

"All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers." Lol I don't know why I thought of Sophia when I read this post, but that movie quote was my first thought 😂.

You've taken the cat to the vet to presumably rule out uti, kidney stones, etc that would cause your cat to pee, and I'm assuming he is spraying and not urinating.

The first thing to remember is that cat spraying is a normal behavior. Humans have been moderately successful at suppressing this so we can have indoor kitties, but sometimes the instinct is strong. Particularly in your boy's situation as a formerly outdoor kitty amongst other pets who had reason to avidly mark all of his territory. It is very difficult to get cats to stop spraying once they have started. Your cat will not instantly understand that he is now sole king of all the land he beholds in your house, and that he has no need to mark territory. You didn't mention whether you tried changing to a different litter brand.

I'm not sure how many homes this poor baby has gone to in his life, but he needs stability and to feel welcomed. You say he's only doing it when you're home. Can you keep him in the room with you when you're relaxing, and close the bedroom/ bathroom doors? Maybe get him a big playpen so he feels comfortable in a smaller space? I have this playpen I turned into a kitty fort that my brats love to play in. All of my cats started their introduction to my home in this playpen, and I give them more space slowly rather than throwing the whole house at them to explore at once. There's enough space in there for a bed and a litter box with plenty of room to play. You can line it with pee pads and save yourself clean up time.

u/_Lucky_Devil · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

Have you taught her to let you know she needs to go out? Like with a bell?

u/cryptozypto · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

We trained our pup to ring a bell when he wants to go out to pee/poop. It takes about a week, take them out regularly for that week on a consistent schedule, especially after feeding and drinking. Every few hours should be sufficient, but the age of your dog might change this. Ring the bell as you say “outside” or some other command (use the same command consistently). Also, reward them for doing the deed to create an association with potty time. Inside accidents dropped significantly during that week, and now the only accidents are from being sick.

Here’s what we’ve used:

u/e_lizbit · 1 pointr/puppy101

We got [this] (
playpen for our Shiba pup before bringing him home at 9 weeks. We still use it when we leave the house and for meals etc. He's now 6 months.

We have it in our living room over is super waterproof and washable.

He did escape a few times (after 2-3 months of use) by chewing/scratching a hole in the bottom, but we turned that side against a wall and that has worked since!

[Puppy tax and picture of the pen in use] (

u/_PuzzleheadedFox_ · 1 pointr/dogs

We had this problem with our puppy going in the house until we put bells on the door!

This is the one we bought from amazon.

u/pribnow · 1 pointr/Atlanta

While some people have opinions about kennels, kennel training and dog door bells have been super effective for house training our puppy. We have two kennels, one we keep in our family room and never shut the door and the other in a room that we use when we leave for work. Our older dog goes and chills in the one in the family room and the puppy has picked up on that and now does the same thing. Also, don't use the kennel as punishment and always give treats when they go in. The puppy still has occasional accidents but they're usually more when she gets super excited rather than full on relieving herself because she isn't able to get outside

u/kelliecat · 1 pointr/cats

This is what i use
Door Buddy Door Latch Plus Door Stop. Keep Dog Out of Litter Box and Prevent Door from Closing. Easy Cat and Adult Entry. Installs in Seconds. Perfect Pet Gate and Cat Door Alternative! (Grey)

u/iamOshawott · 1 pointr/puppy101

One of these should work.

u/erren-h · 1 pointr/Rabbits

I use this one and have seen it on the subreddit quite a few times (which is why I got it). The panels aren't perfectly clear but you can still see what your bun is up to.

You can also just ziptie the panels together and make it more circular.

u/borgchupacabras · 1 pointr/Rabbits

Also does anyone have the transparent panel play pens? Would you recommend it?

u/flwrcatgoddess · 1 pointr/catcare

I think the playpen you have linked will do the job. I, and other foster parents I know like this one . It has solid walls so kitties can not climb it and tall enough that kitties cannot jump over it. Make sure they have PLENTY of toys, but don’t keep any in there that they could get tangled up in or hurt themselves. I don’t like to keep the string toys in there with them. A litter box, access to a water bowl, I like to stick stuffed animals in there as well. Kittens this age, especially in a litter, are pretty good at entertaining themselves. Play time should still happen to burn out some energy. This is my favorite age! Good luck and enjoy the kittens! Also, if you’re on Facebook and are looking for more resources, join the page “Orphan Kitten Bottle Feeders and Fosters.” It’s full of very knowledgeable foster parents. Feel free to message me with any other detailed questions.

Edit: I realized you said you did already buy the playpen, which I think will work perfectly fine at this age. Same setup, pretty much. Just make sure they have some things to do, a place to go potty, and a water bowl.

u/penny_dreadful_mess · 0 pointsr/dogs

Unless it's under direct supervision or for under a few minutes, my dog does not have access to my kitchen (which by default means the rest of my house). She isn't even bad about chewing or counter surfing. I just decided her need to be near me is less than my need to keep her safe by keeping her out of the kitchen. There are dangerous things to eat, knives, and hot things along with the safer, but annoying things to access. It was hard to begin with but now when I go to cook or clean, she just flops down onto the couch and has a snooze. Not saying that you can't safely have a dog in the kitchen, just my dog is not that dog!

For your pocket door issue, I would recommend a baby gate with a cat door. Pepper might be be able to shimmy through this if she can get through a regular cat flap but it seems like it would be harder. Also, you can set it far to one side and allow smaller animals through the gap on the other side (discovered this trick when my sister visited with her small dog and would escape daily)

u/GHMariner · 0 pointsr/DIY

Could have just bought one of these: