When you want to keep your pets close to you, housing them indoors is an option. For some pets, it’s the only option. Here are some examples of different types of indoor pet enclosures that work indoors.

We love our pets like family. But, if you have ever owned a dog, cat, or other pet, then you know that they are all animal. They have their own mannerisms and instincts and that can lead to costly damage in your home.

A solution is an indoor pet enclosure. Whenever your pet is inside, or, if they reside inside on a permanent basis, they can be restricted to certain areas when you are not at home. It also works for the purpose of training your pets.


cat on the stairs behind the pet gate
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Let’s begin with temporary enclosures. Gates restrict access for pets left home alone. This not only protects the furniture and your other belongings but also protects your pet. They could knock something over or eat something they shouldn’t and get hurt. No one wants to come home and find their pet ailing or mortally wounded.

Pet gates come in a variety of finishes and heights. For small pets, choose a gate that is as low as 20 inches high. This prevents them from jumping over and leaving the area you placed them in. Taller gates are available for large dogs and rambunctious pets.

Choose your features. Gates can be made of solid construction with small spaces between railings so pets don’t get heads caught. Some have walk though doors to easily release your pet. Gates work best for dogs.


Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppy inside the crate
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Training your pet can take a bit of time. One device to use is a pet crate. Your dog or cat may not want to use it at first, but you can outfit it with comfy accessories to entice them to give it a try. Be sure to choose one that allows room for your pet to turn around in as well as sit down. Giving them too much room can result in your pet using the bathroom there.

Crates keep pets safe. During the day when you are not at home, your pet is kept from harm. It can also double as a place to house your pet while you are cleaning or hosting events in your home.

Crates also give pets a place of retreat from the family. They need their own space as well.


cat enjoying the DIY cat patio at home
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These are made for cats and dogs. A cage can be an alternative place for your pet to sleep. Crates are often used for training purposes, but a cage can be used as their hang-out spot.

This is often true of cats. Their cages can come equipped with scratching posts and perches for climbing and jumping.


parakeet birds in a cage with birdhouses
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Let’s move away from cats and dogs for a moment. Other pets need a place to call home inside the house. For birds, building an aviary allows room for socialization. You don’t have to build anything yourself. A large cage with room for flying and perching will work for one bird or several.

If you want to keep your pets safe indoors, try an indoor pet enclosure.

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