Product:
PetMate Vari-Kennel Traditional Pet Crate
Rating: 4.3

Average rating from 35 reviews.

More Products By Petmate:
Petmate Bakery Delights Nutta Butta Biscuits
Rating: 5.0

Average rating from 3 reviews.

Petmate Fool-A-Bug Ant Free Pet Bowl
Rating: 5.0

Average rating from 8 reviews.

Petmate Large Hooded Litter Pan

Rating: 5.0

Average rating from 13 reviews.

See all (332) ›

Similar Products:
Better Buy Home Training & Travel Series
Rating: 5.0

Average rating from 14 reviews.

General Cage 4-Roller Base for Fiberglass Cages
Rating: 5.0

Average rating from 9 reviews.

TownHaus
Rating: 5.0

Average rating from 2 reviews.

Products We Are Testing:
Readers' Reviews add review

18 reviews

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |

  • Sort by:
  • Most Helpful |
  • Date
Cindy1
Flag
Rating: 4

Nice, durable crate

posted 6 years ago

I think this is the crate I have in my office for my dog. The latches look a bit different but everything else is the same. It's nice if you don't have to move around a lot. It doesn't fit in the car very well (it's a medium size). But it's sturdy and decently priced. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to crate train a dog. Cleaning is pretty easy as you can just take the top off and wipe out. Sometime, on mine, the latches are a bit of a pain, but nothing too difficult.

Pros: Durable, economic, easy to assemble

Cons: A bit hard to move around

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Did you?

|

Debra B.
Flag
Rating: 5

Great kennel for air cargoing animals

posted 5 years ago

These kennels are designed for dogs, but I use them for cats. I bought 3 of these kennels to ship 3 cats via air cargo from Anchorage, Alaska to Minneapolis, Minnesotta. I spent a lot of time shopping for the right kennel for this shipment of my very special cargo. I wanted a sturdy and very hard plastic kennel with ventilation on 4 sides. I also talked with a dog breeder friend of mine who shipped dogs from Alaska to as far away as Australia, and she gave me tips on what to look for and potential problems that I may have when it came time to check the cats in for the flight.

For air cargo shipments, the animal needs to be able to stand up and turn around easily inside the kennel. Also, the animal's ears must not touch the inner roof of the kennel when sitting/standing. For a floppy eared dog, this is probably not as big of a problem as it would be for a dog with long, pricked-up ears. I could have gotten away with the smaller sized kennel (medium) for two of my cats, but I was shipping the heavy weight Triscuit and wanted all 3 cats to be in the same shape and sized kennels as each other. Didn't want to give airline personnel a reason to question me on that. Air cargo prices are based on weight, so the smaller kennels would have been cheaper to ship my cats in.

When it came time to check in the cats for their flight, the kennels had to be inspected for anything suspicious, so I had to remove and hold the cat while airline personnel checked it out. I also had to sign a form basically stating that I hadn't placed any explosive devices inside this shipment. (I was hardly on the terrorist watch list.)

I also use this sized kennel for transporting a momma cat and her kittens up to about 3 months of age. With older kittens, the kennel gets pretty heavy with mom in it also. I like that the door is a large size that I can place the cat inside without too much of a struggle.

Given the dimensions of this kennel, trying to walk with it and animals inside from the one handle located on the top is difficult as the kennel will bang against your legs. The next sized up kennels have a hand hold on each side of the kennel to carry it by 2 people with 1 on each side.

The screws and bolts and nut lock mechanism is kind of a pain to assemble to top and bottom together, but they can be tightened down tightly and I didn't have too much concern about the kennel coming apart at the screws during shipment.

The was a two compartment dish that attaches to the front cage door for water and food. They aren't very deep and can't hold a lot, but it is better than nothing.

Pros: Large sized door for easy animal access

Cons: Handle on top for intermediate size difficult to grip and hold

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.

Did you?

|

judy
Flag
Rating: 5

Lasts forever!

posted 6 years ago

Always used it in the car when my dog was still a puppy so she couldn't chew. Also used it as the training device for potty-training and for when I had to leave her when she was young and still got into a lot of trouble.
Now I use it for my foster dog(s), visiting friends, and have loaned it out to my niece to train her puppy. It never wears out!!!
LovE IT !!

Pros: comfy cozy place for my doggie to feel safe!

Cons: a little bulky for in the car

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Did you?

|

Rlhime
Flag
Rating: 5

Durable

posted 6 years ago

My dogs love their plastic crates. They have their own space from the others. Keeps them quieter than a wire crate.

Pros: dogs love their space

Cons: plastic on the door falls off easily

9 of 9 people found this review helpful.

Did you?

|

Debra
Flag
Rating: 5

Good privacy

posted 6 years ago

I have several of these crates that I use to transport dogs to rescues. I also use them to crate puppies in when I am fostering them. They come in all sizes and are sturdy and easy to take apart and clean. I have also taken the largest one apart and put the open end towards a wall and had a mommy dog and her puppies in it. Mommy can get out easily but puppies can not get out and are protected from wondering around when they are very young. I have also bought replacement doors for them that I keep on hand incase the knobs break. I purchased the ones I have at Petsmart and have ordered a few from Petedge magazine. These crates come in handy.

Pros: sturdy

Cons: non

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

Did you?

|

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |

You might also enjoy:

Want to review a product, but not finding it? Just add it and review it!

Advertisement

Advertisement

Recent Product Reviews

July 14, 2013 | By Xiaoxiao111

Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Adjustable Cat Safety Collar

Pink is my favorite color these are wonderful.I will recommend a good website fou you: www.9footballshirt.org

June 28, 2013 | By Kittymom314

Freshpet Select Roasted Meals for Cat

I introduced this food to my two cats, one is a senior at 13 years and the other is about 7 years. Both females. The 7 year old is a new addition, recently adopted :) Because of their age differenc… more ›

June 21, 2013 | By Jheiyapark

PetsBestRx Sulfinex

We spent hundreds of dollars with a veterinary skin specialist to no avail. Our Cat scratched out every hair he could get to. He was hairless except for what was left on his head. One day we were in f… more ›