I've been thinking about getting a cage for my boys for a couple of weeks now. As I said in a previous post, we need some kind of cage to keep the boys in while we are doing something that could harm them if they get in the way -- building a bookshelf, organizing a closet, vacuuming, etc.
It seems that there are two kinds of cages in the world -- cat "playpens" and dog "crates." Nobody wants to call them cages, because I guess the word "cage" has negative connotations. My fiancee Liz doesn't particularly like the idea of a cage either, but she understands why we probably need one. "Putting the boys in a cage means that we're treating them like animals and we want to treat them like family members," she says. I understand how she feels, but I think a cage is a more humane place to put the boys for a few hours than packing them into their carrier and putting it on the couch while we struggle to build an Ikea bookcase. The cage can hold water,food, and a litterbox at least.
The problem with the cat playpens I see online is that they are both very large and fairly expensive. It's also unclear how much they would fold down.
Today, I was at the local Petco and I went to look at their selection of cages. They had a wide variety of shapes and sizes and most of the cages were cheaper than the cat playpens I'd seen online. Unfortunately, they were all called "dog crates," but I started to think. Does it really matter whether it's meant for dogs? I walked over to look at the cats they have in the store for adoption. I looked at their cages. They were all "dog crates." Does it matter?