If you want to give your cat a safe taste of the outdoors with a great view, you can build a large cat enclosure for your yard. You can also build an enclosure for your cat if you want him temporarily contained in a safe area inside the house. Whether for fun or necessity, with a few supplies and a couple of hours of your work, your cat can have a large indoor or outdoor enclosure.
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Things you need
- 20 feet and 24 square feet of metal screen or chicken wire
- Staple gun and 1/2-inch staples
- Four exterior-grade, pressure-treated wood posts, 2 inches by 3 inches by 3 foot
- 4x6-foot exterior grade, pressure treated plywood board, 1/2 inch thick
- Eight 1.5-inch exterior-grade screws
- Screw gun
- Wire cutters
- Cat food and water
Select the best place for your cat enclosure. If it will be inside, place it near a window for your cat to have a view. If the enclosure will be outside, build it in an area that is comfortable, cleaned off and well shaded, recommends Thecatsite.com.
Screw the four 2x3-foot exterior-grade wooden posts to the four corners of the 4x6-foot exterior grade plywood board with the screw gun. Use two 1.5-inch exterior-grade screws in each corner. Flip the posts right side up so the plywood creates a bottom for the enclosure and the posts are sticking up.
Attach the 24 square feet of metal screen or chicken wire to the tops of the four posts with a staple gun, stretching across the top of the enclosure to create the roof. Use 1/2-inch staples.
Cut the 20 feet of metal screen or chicken wire into two 6-foot and two 4-foot sections. Attach the sections to the corresponding sides of the posts with a staple gun and 1/2-inch staples.
Add a blanket, food and water, and one of your cat's favourite toys if your pet will be inside the enclosure for a long period of time, or just for her enjoyment.
Tips and warnings
- For an easier-to-build enclosure, Happy Living recommends purchasing a prefabricated gazebo. You can fasten the metal fencing or screen around it to create an enclosure.
- You can increase the size of your enclosure by using larger posts, longer lengths and larger widths of metal.
- Happy Living suggests putting a door flap in your cat enclosure. If you have an indoor cat, you should use a door flap only if the enclosure is attached to the house, to ensure your pet's safety.
- W.V. Cats warns not to use any large link fencing or metal on the enclosure, to keep your cat's paws or head from becoming stuck.
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