Outdoor Fun in a Cat Enclosure!
all know that fresh air, a bit of sun and increased exercise is
healthy for our pets. But most of us are also aware that the danger
of allowing cats outdoors loose offsets any benefits. Cats allowed
outdoors have an average lifespan of only 5 years (vs. 15 for indoor
cats) due to being hit by cars, injured or killed by dogs or wildlife,
rat poison ingestion, diseases caught by fighting with other cats,
and nameless other accidents.
cat can have the best of both worlds! Cat enclosures can offer your
companion safe access to outdoor areas. These can be very small,
cheap and unobtrusive, or they can be extensive additions to a house.
Anyone from apartment dwellers with a window or a balcony to homeowners
looking to build a permanent structure can provide their cat with
an outdoor access enclosure of some type. Read on for more information,
places to buy pre-built, and ideas and plans for your own project!
- The basic:
cover your screen with a security screen grille (often sold at
hardware stores for screen doors to protect the screen) to prevent
him from leaning on it and falling out or clawing it to shreds,
and provide your cat with a window perch or cat tree, leave the
window open for air whenever possible.
Window Veranda or similar products can be installed in a
double-hung window. They resemble a mini-bay window for your
- Window boxes
can be created by attaching a small cage (dog crate bought at
a pet store or home made cage) securely to the outside of the
window frame - of course this will include getting some landlord
- If you have a balcony, deck or patio, try Kittywalk
- a portable net system, or other
Those with a yard or a larger deck
Made from redwood lumber and high quality garden mesh, custom
Modular metal enclosures.
Metal cages and runs can be attached to windows or used on deck/yard.
The Cat's Den
Kits that you assemble yourself, many plans to choose from!
Enclosures for your home, apartment, even your RV!
Gazebo style freestanding enclosures.
Wooden frames, custom available.
Plans for building your own
Plans cost $21 and have step by step instructions with list of
materials and tools needed -anyone with no experience can build
photos and ideas to build your own enclosure
Sally emailed us to say "Once upon a time I was inspired
by the cat enclosures found through links provided at your
site, and now that I have completed my own, I would like to
give back to you for inclusion in your site for the purpose
of inspiring others." Her project certainly is inspiring and
creative cat enclosure
Check out the "cat runs" inside his house, too!
Concern for Cats' enclosure
Built as an addition to the house
Fountains, Bridges, Wow!
very handsome wood construction
to an existing fence to prevent the cat from climbing out. This
is not an enclosure but a modification to existing fences to
help contain cats in the yard. Please note that these
do not prevent some predators from entering the yard. These
systems often require some testing by the cats who will find
various ways to escape until the escape routes are traced and
patched up! These systems are good if you live in an area with
no predators (like hawks coyotes etc) and only allow the cats
out during the day when raccoons and other are less likely to
enter the yard, and you are home to monitor your pets.
Complete kit to cat-proof your existing fenced yard.
It Yourself Cat Fence
An inexpensive solution.
"The Purr...fect Fence is a freestanding cat enclosure/fencing
system. No pre-existing fence is required or recommended for Purr...fect
Fence to function properly to for cats in yards, cats in feral
colonies, in cat rescues, and in animal shelters. We still recommend
that cats are brought into the house at night and always have a
way get into the house when they are outside during the day."