Every pet owner knows that pets are part of the family, so of course you want to give them the best. Part of taking care of your pets is ensuring that they are comfortable in their crates and cages, whether your family pets are dogs, cats, birds, or reptiles. This guide will give you advice on how to make your pet's cage as comfortable as possible.
Cats and dogs: Most of the time, your cat or dog will be free-roaming in your house or yard. Many people prefer to put their pets in a kennel or crate during the night or when they're away. To make the crate comfortable for Fido or Fluffy, make sure it contains a comfortable pet bed. Aging pets and oversized dogs will need beds with extra padding, like memory foam, to support their joints. In addition, a soft blanket is cozy for them to snuggle up to, and some familiar toys can help calm them. Make sure your cat or dog also has access to food and water if he's going to be in his crate for an extended period of time.
Birds: Birds typically need two things to feel comfortable in their cage: space and a place to perch. Different breeds of birds have different size requirements as far as bird cages go, so research what is best for the specific type of bird you have. The same goes for perches. A parrot will likely need a perch with a wider base than a cockatiel. To keep your bird happy and entertained, hang mirrors and other toys near their perches and place them in areas where they can easily see and interact with your family. Be careful to avoid placing their cage too near appliances, heat and air conditioner outlets, and windows, as birds are very sensitive to temperature changes.
Reptiles and amphibians: These cold-blooded pets will need a heat lamp and a glass aquarium to keep them warm and comfortable in your home. They'll also require some sort of ground cover, such as wood shavings or chips, and a place to hide and sleep, like a hollowed log. Both reptiles and amphibians will need water, too. Snakes and lizards require dishes of water to drink and regulate their body temperatures, while turtles and frogs need a small pool to submerge themselves in.
Small mammals: From rabbits to mice, small animals need a good place to sleep, burrow, and play. Wood shavings make the perfect ground cover for most small mammals, while wool, tissue, and cotton provide soft bedding material. Rabbits are best kept in a large hutch, while mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, and other small rodents are comfortable in either a small wire cage or a glass aquarium. You'll need to provide your pets with food and water as well as toys to get exercise, like a running wheel or tubes to climb through.