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.
First off let me explain why I am such a fan of cat enclosures:
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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 enclosure 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?
Awesome large outdoor cat enclosure
Dan’s cats have easy access to the enclosure through a window just like mine. I love that there is a cage from a second-story window with a ramp leading down along the fence similar to mine.
This is definitely one of the most durable and well-built catios I have ever seen with enough space 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 sweet kitties to climb.
His cats are named Eddie, Max, and Riley. So cute!
The tunnels end in a large patio 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, 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.
If you can’t or don’t want to build a catio structure yourself then you could consider buying one of these free-standing mesh pieces on Amazon. They are pretty inexpensive.
The best outdoor cat enclosures that are prefabricated:
You can purchase one of the above options and connect them to the house with a pet door and tunnel the way I did. Check out my blog post about building a cat tunnel. It’s actually super easy.
I also love this company HERE that has really great large premade affordable options.
Also, check out how to build your own outdoor cat tunnels/walkways because even if you don’t have room for a large catio then tunnels could be another great option.
Also check out more of my cat related DIYs:
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 structure 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.