Petmate Sky Kennel
- Meets most airline requirements
- Made in the USA. Ample 4 way ventilation
- Made of 25 percent recycled materials
- Please check the dog weight and refer the chart provided below to choose the ideal kennel for your dog
- The height of the kennel should be 3-4 inches taller and longer than your pet so there's ample space to fully stand up, easily turn around and comfortably lie all the way down!
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The Petmate Sky Kennel is the ideal kennel for your pet’s comfort and security. This heavy duty kennel offers high-strength plastic construction, 360 degree ventilation and secure door latches for safety.
Petmate Sky Kennel
The Petmate Sky Kennel features vaulted door that provides your pet with comfort and security. The door has a four-way latching system to provide optimal safety and security for your pet.
The Sky Kennel is considered the Gold standard for pet travel. Each kennel includes ‘Live Animal’ labels, identification stickers, and absorbent materials and food and water cups. Pet parents should always confirm the airline travel requirements prior to travel.
- Durable plastic hulls
- Reinforced steel doors
- Metal side vents
- Vault Door
How to pick the right size kennel for your dog
When it comes to kennels, size matters. Whether you select a plastic or a wire kennel if its too small, your dog will not be comfortable. On the other hand, if the kennel is too large, house training may not be effective, as your pet may go to the bathroom on one side and sleep on the other. To properly size your dog for a kennel, measure him from the top of his head to the floor and from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail. the height of the kennel should be 1-2 inches taller than your pet when they are standing and sitting down, and there should only be enough room for your pet to stand up, turn around, sit and lie down.
Petmate is passionate about pets and their families. As a worldwide leader of solutions and excellence in the pet industry, we are committed to providing fun, trusted quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families every day. Petmate is an international company, that produces many of our products in the USA at our manufacturing facilities in Arlington, TX. We utilize green manufacturing techniques to ensure that our pets and their families have a beautiful world to play in.
Take to the sky with your mind at ease with petmate's sky kennel. perfect for airline travel, each kennel features a heavy duty plastic shell, durable wire doors that interlock for added security, wire ventilation windows to promote healthy air flow and plastic wing-nuts that won't corrode for durable assembly. sky kennels meet the requirements for airline travel and come with "live animals" imprinted directly the exterior for added awareness. meets most airline requirements. be sure to check with your airline well in advance of your travels to learn about their individual requirements. the sky kennel is eco-friendly. this kennel is for use of dogs up to 15 pounds.
Size: 21" L X 16" W X 15"H
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|Item Dimensions||16 x 21 x 15 in||12 x 19 x 10 in||3.5 x 6.3 x 1.6 in||16.76 x 24.05 x 14.5 in||16.73 x 24 x 14.5 in||16.64 x 29.32 x 21.32 in|
|Item Weight||6.02 lbs||3.13 lbs||1.28 ounces||—||—||8.75 lbs|
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This kennel has 11 plastic bolt holes- This is the only requirement that this kennel does not follow. It came with plastic nuts. Metal nuts and bolts are required now for every flight. This carrier has 11 bolt holes plus an additional 4 tie down holes. My airline specifically said that every hole must have a bolt. So we needed 15 metal nuts and screws for the carrier. Some airlines let you leave the 4 tie down holes empty but check to be sure and order the bolts ahead of time to get the right amount. We dind't do this and had to buy 3 kits because of shipping time limits. Metal bolts on amazon did not have prime option. But these are what you need Pet Carrier Metal Fasteners Nuts Bolts (1-1/4" Medium Bolts, 16 Pack) 16 pack will ensure a better safe than sorry amount.
Has Pre drilled zip tie holes- Hard to find kennels with this already done. It is a requirement to zip tie the kennel doors shut. Quick release are best. Helping Hand Assorted Quick Release Nylon Cable Ties, 8-inch Make sure you insist on zip tying your dogs yourself! I watched the security guy do it wrong and had to redo do it myself. So glad I got the quick release. Same thing happened to a friend only they didn't catch that the attendant only thread it though the hole and not the door. Their dog got loose in the belly of the plane after ripping off the door. This brings me to the next feature.
Has single piece metal door- Be sure to follow this guideline, a metal single piece door. No plastic allowed! Some larger kennel doors have a fold in the middle of the door to make packing easier. Some airlines don't specify the type of door needed and some forbid the fold. It gives the dog the ability to pull the door in which will then collapse and allows for escape. This kennel door is a solid one piece.
Has protruding bar/side handles- This follows the requirement of "a spacer rim protruding at least 3/4 on all sides with ventilation openings"This is so the airline can carry and move the kennel without using the handle (known to fail on some kennels) and prevent a dog from being able to bite or contact movers hands. This kennel states that the rim is designed to work as side handles.
Has 4 sides of air holes- Requirement is air holes must be "on all four sides at least halfway on each side". This kennel has it and even better metal grates! I had a friend whose dog chewed the space between the plastic holes during flight. Some kennels show in the picture that they have air holes in the back but come to find after ordering they didn't have the air holes on the backside in the smaller sizes. Especially for cat carriers. Note- Domestic flights only requires 2 vent sides but they stack and pack kennels like baggage and airflow will be restricted. Go with ventilation on all sides.
Food Dishes- These were actually deep enough to be functional. Kennels with dishes attached inside on the walls are not allowed. Airlines must be able to "access dishes attached to door without opening the kennel door" they do this through funnels. On my main international flight with 2 layovers and a total of 20 hours travel they did not feed or water my dogs once. Even though it's the law. My advice freeze water ahead of flight so it doesn't make a mess or even better get a lixit water bottle to ensure your dogs don't dehydrate. We got Lixit Small Dog Water Bottle 16-Ounce
Stickers- This kennel came with stickers and that is a requirement but airlines have them and will use their own as well. The stickers included are crap and leave an awful residue. The airlines put the sticker packet of paper work over the " "Live Animal" in 1-inch letters on the crate's top" required sticker. Upon removal of that it lifted the sticker below mucking up the brand new kennels. My advice, bring the stickers and apply at check in where they are needed once the paperwork covers the entire top of kennel and use airline stickers if possible.
Note for size- The length requirement for international travel is [their length + half their leg] so there must be ample room in front and back. This made us need the larger kennel which is much larger than our previous kennel. Some will say that the rule of thumb is as long as they can turn around it's okay. But that is the length rule for IATA. Height for IATA includes ears and ears cannot touch top of kennel while standing. Again, why we had to go up a size (dang chihuahuas). After traveling with my pets on over 6 different flights I can say that most airline attendants are clueless about the pet requirements needed. I had one tell me they don't even receive training on the requirements and offered to let both dogs go into one kennel (a international no no). But I did have had one who knew their stuff and used a tape measure. So better safe than sorry!
Traveling with your pet no matter how far is stress full. With international flights being long dogs get anxious and try to escape, sometimes successfully in cheep kennels. So get this one! Airlines have different requirements and regulations. It's better to buy new then to try to modify existing kennels. Save yourself the time! Get this kennel and you only need to purchase zip ties (hand release are best), metal bolts, and some puppy pads. I realize this is much more info than necessary for a review but I know how hard it was getting this information. Please check this as helpful so that it may help others in the complicated kennel requirement process. Safe Travels!
The kennel itself appears well made and arrived in perfect condition. Attaching the top to the bottom only took a couple minutes. The kennel comes with two "Live Animal" stickers already on it and an additional three stickers for you to add if needed.
I won't be traveling for several months, so I haven't attached the door to my crate yet. I put some blankets inside with the hope that my cat will enjoy hanging out in her new "cat fort" and thus be slightly less traumatized when she has to stay locked in it for hours during the flight. So far so good! I'll update this review after using it for travel.
Update: This kennel was great for my cat's flight overseas. She had to be shipped in pet cargo from the USA to London Heathrow, with a layover and a long wait in customs. The kennel itself was up to standard for international pet transport once I replaced the plastic nuts and bolts with metal nuts and bolts. Prior to her journey she had to ride in the car for several hours, and she HATES the car. Usually she yowls and throws up and is absolutely miserable. In this kennel, she was silent for the entire 4 hour trip! She was napping and would wake up periodically if we drove over a bump or something, but seemed very at ease the entire time. I think that this kennel really made her feel more secure than previous carriers.
The true testament to this carrier, though, is the fact that even after her undoubtedly traumatic experience flying overseas she still loves hanging out in it.
My final recommendations would be to definitely consider this kennel if you're shipping your cat anywhere, don't forget to replace the hardware, and don't underestimate the benefit of letting your cat acclimate to the carrier prior to traveling.