A lot of people ask me about my cat enclosure and tell me that they want to build a kitty jungle gym themselves. But I never really get to see if they do actually go to the length of building one. So far I only had two people send me pictures of their own outdoor cat jungle gym and I love them.
So when Mark contacted me with some questions, I asked him if he would send me photos when he is done. And of boy, did he send me photos. Lots of photos and I’m super excited to show them to you. His cats are a lucky little furry crowd and are really enjoying their new homemade cat jungle gym with long tunnels and cage coming right out of the house. The long tunnels along the fence are leading to two kitty jungle gym structures with one of them perched high up in the trees.
Just see for yourself.
Outdoor Cat Jungle Gym with long wire mesh tunnels
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Mark really catered to his cats natural instincts by giving them a lot of high places to sit and watch birds and squirels.
I absolutely love how high up the cats can sit in their cat jungle gym structure that even has a roof on it!
Cats love sitting up high and being able to look down on things. I’d love to extend mine and have something for them to sit up high as well.
Below you can see the top observation platform to the left.
Long wire mesh tunnels
Doesn’t his kitty look happy lounging in the sun? It looks like it has a big smile!
Mark built really long tunnels along the fence that are leading to his two cat jungle gym structures.
There are frequent traffic jams in the tunnels. The cutest traffic jams I have ever seen, am I right?
In this enclosed play structure are some perches, platforms, toys and even a cat tree in the center with a sisal scratch post at the bottom.
His cage really is a cat jungle gym because they have so many different perches to chose from. He even placed their litter box out here which is possible due to the roof which I don’t have.
This is the area where you could add some more cat furniture and scratching surfaces.
And here are some of the details on how he built it but I don’t have any specific instructions:
Cat door set-up
Mark chose a flap in the window instead of the insert that I am using in our enclosure.
Beyond cool isn’t it? I love the cat jungle gym on the old chimney!
Next he said is a lot of landscaping around the structures.
I’m so thankful that he sent me the photos.
Also check out how to build your own outdoor car tunnel like I did.
Why is an outdoor cat jungle gym good for cats?
An outdoor cat jungle gym provides a space for cats to exercise, play, and explore the outdoors safely. It provides opportunities for physical activity, mental stimulation, and a change of scenery, which can be beneficial for a cat’s overall well-being and mental health. They can also satisfy a cat’s natural instincts to climb, scratch, and hunt, which can help prevent behavioral issues that can arise when cats are not given enough opportunities to express their instincts.
Especially in a multi-cat household a lot of stress can arise between the feline relationships and an outdoor structure like that diverts their attention away from each other.
Where to buy outdoor cat jungle gyms
Not everyone likes to DIY things. If you can’t or don’t want to build a cat structure yourself then you could consider buying one of the below ones. They are pretty affordable actually.
Talk to you on Friday my friends.