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DIY Outdoor Enclosures For Your Cat

Now that summer is here we can go outside and enjoy the sunshine! While the whole family is playing in the garden, we have to leave one member of the tribe indoors: the cat. We love our feline friends and, not only are they missing out on fun family time, they would do just about anything to take a whiff of fresh air and explore the outdoors. But it's difficult to let cats do that and keep them safe at the same time. One solution is to create a DIY outdoor cat enclosure. Here are tips for making something your cat will love.


Size

An outdoor cat enclosure can be as big or as small as you would like it to be, but you want your cat to be able to do as much as possible. When you're designing it, think of how much your cat likes to run around or explore. Setting a cage outside is an OK idea, but having a 2' x 2' space may feel a little confining to a cat. Think about small walkways you can create around your garden or a long platform on your deck that can be covered. Give your cat space to stretch out and walk around and let nature entertain him.

Top

Cats love to jump and climb on anything and they are not satisfied until they get to the highest point they can see. This is why it's important to have a roof for your outdoor cat enclosure. It doesn't have to be sturdy, but it should be tough enough to withstand persistent pawing. However, if your cat really likes to climb, you may want to consider building a cat enclosure that goes up rather than out. If you build around first and second story windows of your house you can give your cat several platforms to climb up and down or use as spots for napping. If you want to keep it simple, you can build a tall cube using chicken wire and furnish it with cat towers or ladders to give your cat something to climb on. You can even make it a family enclosure where your children can take kids toys as well as play with the cats.


Bottom

Wire storage cubes are excellent for building cat enclosures -- cats can feel the breeze and see all the plants and creatures with little obstruction and it has a built-in cover or top. However, you want the bottom of the enclosure to be solid. Cats don't like walking on surfaces covered with wire (gardeners use chicken wire to keep cats out of flower beds). The floor of your enclosure should be a solid surface. It can be as simple as dirt or grass (if your cat doesn't dig) that's already part of your landscape or you can build a wood foundation and either leave it naked or put in artificial turf or carpet to make it comfortable for your cat.


Nature Dangers

There are a few others things beyond the basic cat house design that you should be aware of or keep in mind when you create your cat habitat:

    Fertilizers and Pesticides - Take care where you are fertilizing and applying pesticides in relation to your cat house. They're poisonous to pets and you don't want to take any preventable trips to the vet.

    Diseases - When domesticated cats come in contact with feral animals, it could be exposing them to life-threatening diseases like feline leukemia or FIV. While a cat enclosure may reduce the chances of exposure to alley cats and other animals, it's not a guarantee they'll be completely protected.

    Parasites - Even if your cat is behind the barriers of your yard, parasites like heartworm can get to them through insects. Make sure to talk to your vet about medications to give your cat to prevent heartworm and take a few extra measures to keep bugs out of your yard.


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