There already was fencing or containment? , but this is with two different tags that mean sort of the same thing, but are used synonymously, especially as regards fencing.


For argument's sake, we also have , which is used synonymously with , especially as regards hutches.

I don't know if we should synonym these or not. Thoughts?


Suggestion: keep all three tags, but make their tag wiki entries more distinct and make recommendations to each-other.

regards questions about how to restrict a pet in some fashion, or restrict animals (including non-pets) from each other.

regards the actual device put in place to restrict a pet.

regards a smaller device put in place to restrict a pet, specifically, a cage.

Evaluation of questions by tag (as of this posting):

containment : 20 questions

What is the right height & width for a cat's tunnel? - consider removing

What are the benefits and risks of a wire bottom cage for my pet rabbit? - should be re-tagged

enclosure : 8 questions

What spurs a tortoise to try to climb out of its enclosure? - add

How can I protect my chickens' eggs from snakes? - consider removing , adding

cage : 10 questions

Can a hamster and a tortoise/land turtle coexist peacefully? - possible re-tag to or removal of

Is it safe to use tung oil to waterproof a rabbit enclosure? - remove , re-tag to

terrariums : 13 questions

No issues.

  • I'd say the snake question just needs [snakes][health][skin-conditions] since the focus of the question is the snake's condition. Also, snakes would live in terrariums technically. – Spidercat Mar 19 '15 at 20:50
  • @MattS. Please feel free to edit my answer to reflect any changes made, remove questions if necessary. – JoshDM Mar 19 '15 at 21:05
  • I've updated my answer and several questions, as well as the tag wiki for Containment. The tags on the questions that remain may need revision. Also will need to know where rabbit hutches should go: cages or enclosures? Will need a rabbit expert's input. !summon @JamesJenkins – JoshDM Mar 20 '15 at 5:44
  • I'm not sure what the difference is between cage and enclosure? Can you clarify that? – Zaralynda Mar 20 '15 at 15:33
  • @Zaralynda - I didn't make the tags. I can only assume an enclosure represents a contained "area" such as a pen, walled or fenced land, or larger "area", whereas a "cage" may represents a fully barred container, perhaps for a rodent? – JoshDM Mar 20 '15 at 15:35
  • I just wonder if cage and enclosure (and maybe terrarium) should be synonyms – Zaralynda Mar 20 '15 at 15:50
  • @Zaralynda - no. There is definitely a difference between questions that would have to do with fencing / large tortoise-style habitats (enclosures) and pens, vs handheld cages for rodents. – JoshDM Mar 20 '15 at 19:49
  • If you believe they should be separate, can you clarify the differences? – Zaralynda Mar 20 '15 at 19:53
  • I just did. enclosures: large; fencing, pens, generally outdoor habitats; can have bars like monkey pens; cages: small crate things with bars on them, made of metal, sometimes plastic, generally used for rodents. – JoshDM Mar 20 '15 at 19:56
  • @Zaralynda Cages have wire/metal bars, and terrariums are typically made of glass (sometimes some sides are wood). I think "containment" and "enclosure" could be used for various types of small pet environments (in other words, a superset of cages and terrariums), but after reading Josh's comments I can see the case for "enclosure" being a sort of pen rather than a smaller environment. – starsplusplus Apr 1 '15 at 14:43
  • @Zaralynda If you want to lump them in together, you could make cage, enclosure, hutch, terrarium and aquarium synonyms that all map to something like small-pet-environment. Not sure whether it's better to keep them together or not though. – starsplusplus Apr 1 '15 at 14:48
  • I think keeping terrarium separate is important since those are directly related to each other. – JoshDM Apr 1 '15 at 14:49

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