Cats and dogs are bona fide members of the family, so why not spoil them with a little luxury in addition to the bare necessities? Installing a pet door makes life easier, not only for pets but for their owners too, and there are more options available than you may realise. For dogs, a quality kennel is also essential for warmth during the colder months and shelter from summer sun.
Many families enjoy travelling with their pets, especially for short breaks out of town, and pet friendly accommodation is a popular search option when booking holidays. If your pet is a seasoned traveller, or if you simply need a suitable way of taking them to the vet, it’s important to have a sturdy carrier.
Freedom to wander
Pet doors are a cinch to install and offer greater freedom for your dog or cat, and greater convenience for you, as you don’t have to be at their beck and call to let them in or out of the house. Four-way models can be set to allow free access in or out, locked shut, or permit your pet only to enter or only to leave.
Let it slide
Sliding patio doors are no reason you can’t put in a pet flap! Fully lockable inserts made from aluminium and tempered glass are available in a range of widths, and can be adjusted to suit the height of your sliding door.
Give a dog a home
A classic timber doghouse is a popular DIY project idea, and your four-legged friend will appreciate the effort you make for him or her! If you’d prefer a slightly less time-consuming option, there are plenty of cosy kennels available in kit form that can be assembled using basic tools in just minutes.
Resin doghouses are even easier to assemble, with some of them being constructed in two snap-together halves. They’re also weatherproof without compromising on ventilation, and can be hosed down for cleaning.
Travel in style
In addition to making your pet feel safer and more comfortable while travelling, a proper carrier is an important way of stopping your pet from running amok in the car. The rules for transporting pets in cars vary from state to state, but in general, you can be fined if they are not properly restrained.
Take the soft option
If you only need to take your cat or dog to the vet from time to time, or if space is at a premium, a soft-sided carrier is an excellent option that can be folded up when not in use.