This post is for those of you who like my cat enclosure. I thought it was really cool when a reader who had found me online messaged me to show me his own awesome large outdoor cat enclosure. He built it for his indoor cats in his backyard inspired by what I built and he just happens to have a blog himself.
Awesome large outdoor cat enclosures
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Dan’s cats have easy access to the enclosures through a window just like mine. I love that there is a cedar enclosure cage from a second-story window with a ramp leading down along the fence similar to mine that leads to another large outdoor cat enclosure.
This is definitely one of the most durable and well-built catios I have ever seen with plenty of room for the multi-cat household. Every time I look at the photos, I want to add another feature to my structure. I really wish our yard was bigger.
Look at this cool climbing construction out of the window which leads to a tunnel. I love all the shelves and levels for these feline friends to climb.
His cats are named Eddie, Max, and Riley. So cute!
The tunnels end in a large outdoor catio that was framed with high-quality black wire mesh to create a large outdoor enclosure that is way bigger than mine. There are different platforms, cat trees, toys, catnip plants, and even a chair for the humans to hang out as well. What a perfect spot for the kitties to enjoy some fresh air, greenery, and bird watching.
And to top things off everything is covered with clear polycarbonate roofing panels, so the precious kitties don’t get wet when they are exposed to the Seattle weather.
Isn’t Dan a wonderful cat owner? Make sure to head on over to Paper Mache Blog to see more photos of this fantastic large outdoor cat enclosure and how it is even lit up at night. Pretty, pretty cool I have to say. Kind of makes me want to redo mine now.
Benefits of having a large outdoor cat enclosures
First off let me explain why I am such a fan of large outdoor cat enclosures. Well, the number one reason is that keeping your precious fur babies confined to your house and backyard will protect them from busy roads, predators, and other dangers presented by humans. There is a reason that when you adopt from an animal shelter they make you promise to keep your new family member inside. Having a catio is the next best thing to being able to run free. Of course, the larger the outdoor enclosures are the better.
Even with limited space, you can come up with a version to make your kitties happy. Consider building one upwards along the side of your house to increase the square footage. Cats love being up high where they can overlook their domain.
Or if you only have a balcony or front porch then you can enclose that with some chicken wire or even just some window screen mesh. Which kitty doesn’t like a screened-in porch?
The best large outdoor cat enclosures for sale
If you can’t or don’t want to build a catio structure yourself then you could consider buying one.
You can purchase one of the below enclosure options and connect them to the house with a pet door and tunnel the way I did. Check out my blog post about how to build an outdoor cat tunnel. It’s actually easier than it sounds.
I also love this company Omlet Catios that sells really great premade large outdoor cat enclosures.
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