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Building A Catio [2024]


Building A Catio [2024]





If you are considering building a catio (a cat patio or outdoor cat enclosure) for your furry feline, you have pounced onto the write blog post! From strutting around town, to lounging around on his cat couch, your feline’s life can improve with a catio. Everything from safety to fresh air and sunshine β˜€οΈ your cat’s life will improve. This post is all about building a catio! 🐱

This content will be super helpful if you are interested in constructing your own feline outdoor kitty cat haven, or if you want to hire a catio builder and have them do it. Either way, I have you covered!


When it comes to crafting the purrfect catio for your furry friend, think pawsitively about the materials! 🐾 Opt for sturdy mesh screens that can withstand kitty claws without snagging, ensuring your adventurous feline can safely explore the great outdoors.

Plus, don’t fur-get about cozy wooden platforms for lounging in the sun or watching birds with wide-eyed fascination. With the right materials, your cat’s catio will be the envy of the neighborhood kitties! 😺🏑

ApplicationSuggested MaterialsNotes
FrameWood or PVCChoose sturdy materials for durability.
Enclosure PanelsMesh or WireOpt for materials that are safe for cats and won’t rust easily.
RoofPolycarbonate RoofingProvides protection from rain and sun.
FlooringOutdoor Carpet or Deck TilesEnsure it’s easy to clean and comfortable for your cat’s paws.
Platforms/ShelvesWood or PVCProvide multiple levels for climbing and lounging.
DoorCat Door or Screen DoorAllows easy access for your cat.
EnrichmentCat Toys, Scratching PostsAdd elements to keep your cat entertained.

Get ready to embark on a pawsome DIY adventure! πŸ› οΈπŸΎ

Will chicken wire work for a catio?

Yes, chicken wire or a mesh sturdy screen is a great option for you an outdoor cat enclosure. The chicken wire will be used for your walls and can even be used as a roof.


LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! 🐱🏑 –applies to your feline’s house too!

When it comes to finding the pawfect spot for your catio, there’s a few things to consider. Check out this table for some cat-tastic tips:

😺Tips for Purrfect Spot Selection
🏑Look for easy access from a window or door, or consider a cat tunnel for an adventurous journey.
πŸ“Measure your available outdoor space and think vertically with shelves and perches to maximize the area.
πŸ’ͺBuild on a flat, level surface to avoid any cat-astrophes during construction.
🌞🌳Aim for a spot with a mix of sun and shade, ensuring your cat can soak up those rays without getting too toasty.
🌿🐦Provide stimulating views of gardens, wildlife, and family activities for endless kitty entertainment.

Remember, the purrfect catio is not just for your cat’s enjoyment, but for yours too! 🐾🏑 So pick a spot that makes both you and your feline friend purr with delight!

RELEVANT: 9 Insanely Cute Cardboard Cat Houses 

Cats love to be outdoors, enjoying nature, soaking up some sun rays, and exploring a new environment. A catio is a purrrrrfect solution so your cat can be outdoors in a stress-free environment with access to all the comforts it enjoys indoors, such as food, water, safety, and warmth. You will enjoy massive peace of mind knowing your cat is living its best life in a secure catio.

WHAT DO CATS LIKE IN A CATIO? πŸˆβ€β¬›β˜€οΈπŸ¦‹πŸ±

Cats have a few purr-ferences when it comes to their catio hangout spot! 🐱 Here’s what they typically enjoy:

  1. Vertical Space: Cats love to climb and perch up high, so provide plenty of shelves, platforms, and tall structures for them to explore.
  2. Sunbathing Spots: Sunny areas where they can bask in the warmth of the sun are a favorite for many cats.
  3. Cozy Hideaways: Provide cozy shelters or hideouts where they can retreat for some privacy and relaxation.
  4. Stimulating Views: Cats enjoy watching birds, squirrels, and other outdoor activities, so having a view of the surrounding environment is essential.
  5. Scratching Surfaces: Include scratching posts or surfaces for them to maintain their claws and stretch their muscles.
  6. Enrichment Activities: Add toys, tunnels, and other interactive elements to keep them mentally and physically stimulated.

By catering to these feline desires, you’ll create a catio that’s sure to be your cat’s favorite hangout spot! 🏑🐾

Kritter Kommunity has a wealth of content that should help you in any of these areas!

Catio Plans: size

Catio Accessories: shade canopies

Catio Decorations

If you are in need of a catio builder, we recommend you review our comprehensive catio builders guide.

Catio Builders Directory



Absolutely! -you can build your own catio.

Building your own catio can be a fun and rewarding DIY project.

With the right materials, tools, and a bit of creativity, you can create a safe and enjoyable outdoor space for your cat.

I am breaking it all down for you.

Learn about permits, whether you’re a homeowner or renter, and explore construction options like window catios or balcony netting. Consider sun, shade, and waterproofing for ultimate comfort. Then, add cozy essentials, toys, and even some decorative touches! When your cat steps paw into their new haven, get ready for purrs of approval! It’s a thrilling adventure for both you and your feline friend! πŸ‘πŸ› οΈπŸ±

Come with me as we pounce around the world of building a catio!

Rules and Regulations

Building a catio, a screened enclosure for cats, onto your home or apartment can be a great way to give your feline friends a safe outdoor experience. However, it’s essential to be aware of the rules and regulations in your area before beginning construction.


For homeowners, the first step is to check city to see if a permit is required. The permit process may vary depending on your location, so it’s crucial to ensure you follow the correct guidelines.

The exact search for Google to bring you to your city application website is something like:

[city name] home building extension guidelines and application

There is usually a phone number and email address to send your permit application. You can also walk right into your city hall and speak with them in person.

In addition to the permit, there may be construction guidelines that you need to adhere to, such as the type of materials that can be used, the height of the enclosure, and the distance from property lines.


For renters, checking your lease agreement before beginning any construction is essential. Some landlords may have restrictions on adding structures or modifications to the property. If your landlord allows the construction of a catio, it’s necessary to consult with them and get written permission before starting any work.

Regarding the actual construction of the catio, many options are available for renters.

Balcony outdoor cat netting can be an excellent option for renters who don’t have access to a yard or outdoor space.

Enclosures can also be used to create a safe outdoor space for cats.

Window catios can be an excellent option for homeowners and renters, as they can be installed on existing windows and provide a safe and secure outdoor space for cats.

Large Outdoor Cat Enclosure Location

Assuming you will build a catio, you want to decide where to put the feline henhouse.

It should be in an area with the best view so your cat can be stimulated by what it sees from within the catio. So a garden area with a view of some trees where there might be birds, flowers and other people passing by can all be ideal options.

Also, ensure the catio is protected from harsh weather conditions, so consider how the weather will be every season. 

If you outfit your catio with canopies, direct sunlight will not be as much of an issue. But too much sun can be a problem, so consider your design layout when choosing the location. 

Access Options

Do you want your cat to access her cat enclosure from inside your home freely? 

If so, you need to put in a cat door or similar entrance so your cat can come and go as it pleases. If this isn’t logistically possible, you can carry your cat out to the catio for outdoor playtime. Again, if you are renting or living in an apartment building, you may not be allowed to put in a cat door.

Measure Space

Next measure the space you have available for your catio. Once you know the size you need you will be ready to start construction. 

Most catios are fixed in place (not movable) but if you are lucky enough to have a large garden area or farm you should consider a moveable catio. Then you won’t need a little box and can change the scenery your cat sees from time to time.

Build Catio

Basically you have 4 options for building your catio. You can build it yourself from scratch, buy a catio DIY plan to make it yourself, hire a builder or buy a catio that is already made.

If you have the skills to build the catio yourself it will be an affordable option. You can buy all the supplies at your local hardware store such as wood, screws, wire mesh and flooring (assuming you own your own tools). You can make it as basic or as elaborate as you wish and be in control of the quality of supplies you use. 

If you don’t have amazing carpentry skills you might like the slightly easier option of buying a catio DIY plan. These can be found online and will basically tell you what to buy and how to put it together with step by step instructions. This is like when you buy a piece of furniture from Ikea and assemble it yourself. 

Or you can simply hire a builder to do the job. You can have a consultation, tell them what you want and customize any special features you would like. This is probably the most expensive option.

Finally you can buy a catio already made online, from a store or from someone who might be selling one secondhand. If you have a small space you might struggle to find the right size. Or you might get lucky and find the perfect catio.

Sun and Shade

It is really important that your cat has areas that are in the sun and shade so it can seek protection from the elements if needed. While cats adore basking in the sun and soaking up the rays they can get too hot and might like to find a shady spot for a cat nap. 

Waterproof the Catio

Creating a waterproof covered area should also be considered if you intend to let your cat stay in the catio while you are alway from home for short or long periods of time. You will not be a popular owner if your cat gets soaked by the rain with no escape.


You should put familiar essentials inside the catio first such as a blanket and pillow and cat litter as well as food and water. Then add in the must-have cat toys so your feline friend has something to play with.


All this effort to create the catio and you may as well go all out and make it pretty too. If you have built a large catio you might want to add shelves so your cat can climb and play. Plants and a scratching post can be nice added extras too.

Expert Testing

It’s the moment of truth when your cat gets to try out the catio. You can expect it may be cautious at first so take your time and don’t force the cat to go in. If your cat is hesitant try putting a cat treat inside to tempt his furry paws to walk inside.


Give your cat time to walk around, smell the area and smooch the insides to put it’s scent on it’s new territory. Once you see it make this smoochy connection with the new space you will know the cat approves of the new catio.

A catio is a great investment into enriching your pet’s life. The time outside will lift your cat’s mood and happiness levels. Studies show cats who only live indoors can yearn to be outside or even suffer from depression. This post is all about building a catio.


In conclusion, by considering the creation of a catio for your beloved furry companion, you’re not only providing them with a safe and enriching outdoor space but also enhancing their overall happiness and well-being. From the joy of exploring new surroundings to the relaxation of basking in the sun, a catio offers a multitude of benefits for your cat.

With this comprehensive guide at your fingertips, you’re well-equipped to embark on the journey of building a catio that suits both your cat’s needs and your own. So, let’s roll up our sleeves, unleash our creativity, and transform your cat’s dreams of outdoor adventure into a reality! 🏑🐱

Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC. She has a tuxedo adult cat and has had him since he was a baby kitten. Before her cat Finnegan, Lisa had had two FIV-positive cats for over a decade. They inspired Lisa to invent a cat enclosure and a portable catio so they could safely sit outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Lisa had a Poodle and a parakeet growing up. She currently loves to pet-sit for her neighbors’ dogs and cats.

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