Cat Enclosure Plans

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Cat Enclosure Plans. Hi Julia, I love your cat enclosure. I just lost my second cat to coyotes in five years. I just don’t feel that I should get another cat, given the circumstances, although I have had cats all my life. I came upon your cat enclosure and I thought perhaps this is possible. Would it be too much of an imposition to ask if you could walk through your yard and video the cat enclosure. I would love to see more of it in “real” life. Forgive me if this is asking too much as I am sure you have a very busy schedule. Thanks again,KarinP.S. I lost my first post, so forgive me if this is a duplicate.Karin
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Step 16: Finally, Peace of Mind and a Great Place for the Cats.Show All Items As I was preparing this instructable, my wife photographed this fox on our back hill. This year we cleared our pine trees and now see fox more often. Note the location of the shed in the fox image and the shed in photograph of the cats (which was not taken recently but is used here as a reference). The fox, less than 200 yards away, is looking at one of the cats in the habitat. Over the last few years we have seen fox approach within 10 yards of the habitat. As I said at the beginning, we have many cat predators in our neighborhood that keep it clean of strays. Fortunately Spanky likes the habitat, and although we watch him very carefully, we are happy that he is content to lounge outside in the safety of the catitat. Good luck and happy DIY’ing. November 24, 2012. After lots of comments about the dangers of using chicken wire for an enclosure to protect the cats from predators I need to remind readers that if you plan to leave your cats in the enclosure without any route of escape, then this construction may not be safe for them. Many have indicated that a fox or raccoon can get through chicken wire, and once inside, with no escape for chickens, it is a disaster. The primary purpose of my cat habitat is to keep the cats inside the habitat. Only secondary is it an enclosure to keep an aggressive predator out, or to at least slow it down while our cats can safely retreat inside the house. We never seal the cats outside with no escape back into the house.
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As I was preparing this instructable, my wife photographed this fox on our back hill. This year we cleared our pine trees and now see fox more often. Note the location of the shed in the fox image and the shed in photograph of the cats (which was not taken recently but is used here as a reference). The fox, less than 200 yards away, is looking at one of the cats in the habitat. Over the last few years we have seen fox approach within 10 yards of the habitat. As I said at the beginning, we have many cat predators in our neighborhood that keep it clean of strays. Fortunately Spanky likes the habitat, and although we watch him very carefully, we are happy that he is content to lounge outside in the safety of the catitat. Good luck and happy DIY’ing. November 24, 2012. After lots of comments about the dangers of using chicken wire for an enclosure to protect the cats from predators I need to remind readers that if you plan to leave your cats in the enclosure without any route of escape, then this construction may not be safe for them. Many have indicated that a fox or raccoon can get through chicken wire, and once inside, with no escape for chickens, it is a disaster. The primary purpose of my cat habitat is to keep the cats inside the habitat. Only secondary is it an enclosure to keep an aggressive predator out, or to at least slow it down while our cats can safely retreat inside the house. We never seal the cats outside with no escape back into the house.
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Hi, Love your enclosure. You did a great job! In 2010 we only had two boy cats who I would walk outside with a harness and leash. Then a stray mama cat came around and had four babies under our house, My wonderful husband of 28 years went from “we can’t keep them”, to building me a large outdoor cattery attached to my work shop. Obviously, we kept all and now have the SEVEN cats! They all live in the house, but I take them out to their enclosure most days. It’s about 50 x 10 and, with access to the shop, and I have a table and chair in the enclosure so I can just sit with them. They love being “outside” but they are safe. We used an existing chain link fence and netting for the top, so they can’t get out. Will be adding a tunnel from our house soon. Your tunnels are beautiful! The things we do for the love of pets!! Sad to hear about your Harry. He sounds like he was a special guy. And you can be happy knowing that he spent the best years of his life with you, and because of you. Thanks for your site. Crazy Cat Lady and Catman in New Mexico
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I always felt bad about keeping my cats inside but I also know that there are so many dangers awaiting them outside. We happen to live in an area where there are numerous busy streets and also an outdoor shooting range. Unfortunately a lot of people hate cats and do unspeakable things to them. So as they reached the senior citizen stage, I couldn’t take it any longer because I felt so bad about them never lying in the sun, breathing the fresh air, watching birds, squirrels and butterflies… so I started to think. After searching the net I saw that there are several professionally made outdoor cat cages and some home made ones. And I started to wonder if I would be able to do the same in our small neighborhood without it sticking out like a sore thumb. It’s not the prettiest design decision to have a chicken wired enclosure in your back yard and I’m sure a lot of my neighbors thought that I had finally lost it. I certainly got enough questions about what the heck I was doing now in our backyard (you can see more of our garden here). It took me pretty long to come up with the exact plans and materials on how I was going to build the enclosure. I had many trips to Lowes and Home Depot to look around for what type of wire mesh, hardware and wood I was going to use. I started with drawing out some plans and after finishing the cage and comparing the childish looking plans to the actual cage, I came pretty close to what I dreamed of doing. I wish I could find them so I could post them here to show you.
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A new cat craze is giving felines a unique window on the world. The catio —  that’s a cat patio — is a screened enclosure that allows your pet to see and sniff the outside from the safety of a structure extending from a window, doorway or porch. For city-dwelling cat owners and others who lack backyards, the catio offers a cat-friendly dose of fresh air. Catios were spotlighted on an episode of Animal Planet’s hit series “Must Love Cats,” in which program host John Fulton — who admitted he’s no expert carpenter — helped construct a large catio. Even “The New York Times” has explored this trend. And really, what cat wouldn’t enjoy an exciting 3-D vista?
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Cats naturally want to be outside where they can breathe fresh air and experience the sights, sounds and stimulation of the natural world.  A catio, an outdoor cat enclosure or “cat patio,” is the purrfect solution to solve the indoor/outdoor dilemma and keep your cat safe, healthy and happy. Designed to complement your home and suit your feline’s fancy, our catios provide peace of mind knowing your cat is always safe while protecting birds and wildlife.
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Welcome toCatio Spaces!Cats naturally want to be outside where they can breathe fresh air and experience the sights, sounds and stimulation of the natural world.  A catio, an outdoor cat enclosure or “cat patio,” is the purrfect solution to solve the indoor/outdoor dilemma and keep your cat safe, healthy and happy. Designed to complement your home and suit your feline’s fancy, our catios provide peace of mind knowing your cat is always safe while protecting birds and wildlife.Life is good in a Catio!
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Step 11: Assemble Jumps and Runs.Show All Items At this point you are mostly on your own as to what you might provide for the cats to use for jumps and runs, but this is probably the most fun to design based on your cat’s personality and needs. I used 2×2 supports as well as additional 1×6 decking lumber and 2×4’s. Because a 2×4 is almost (1/4 inch difference) the same height as a 2×2, they can be sandwiched between two 2×2’s to make a small ledge or cat walk (although most cats should be able to walk a 2×2). I provided a walk out pad and several runs and jumps in my original design, then over the years I added a handicap accessible lower jump pad for a wounded kitty and a second perch for when we had visiting cats. I would recommend that you complete as much inside work as possible before attaching the chicken wire because it gets a bit cramped when the enclosure is complete. Also keep in mind that you will have to navigate inside the structure for maintenance and cleaning. See photograph of how ours is currently set up. Note that one side is open enough that I can get in and out, and that is where we put a pvc and polyester cat jungle gym (discussed later).

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