THIS POST WAS UPDATED ON FEBRUARY 9TH, 2024
CONSIDERING BUILDING A
If you are considering building a
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
WHAT IS THE BEST MATERIAL FOR YOUR
When it comes to crafting the purrfect
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
|Wood or PVC
|Choose sturdy materials for durability.
|Mesh or Wire
|Opt for materials that are safe for cats and won’t rust easily.
|Provides protection from rain and sun.
|Outdoor Carpet or Deck Tiles
|Ensure it’s easy to clean and comfortable for your cat’s paws.
|Wood or PVC
|Provide multiple levels for climbing and lounging.
|Cat Door or Screen Door
|Allows easy access for your cat.
|Cat Toys, Scratching Posts
|Add elements to keep your cat entertained.
Get ready to embark on a pawsome DIY adventure! 🛠️🐾
Will chicken wire work for a
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.
FINDING THE RIGHT SPOT FOR YOUR
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! 🐱🏡 –applies to your feline’s house too!
When it comes to finding the pawfect spot for your
|Tips for Purrfect Spot Selection
|Look for easy access from a window or door, or consider a cat tunnel for an adventurous journey.
|Measure your available outdoor space and think vertically with shelves and perches to maximize the area.
|Build 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
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Cats love to be outdoors, enjoying nature, soaking up some sun rays, and exploring a new environment. A
WHAT DO CATS LIKE IN A
Cats have a few purr-ferences when it comes to their
- Vertical Space: Cats love to climb and perch up high, so provide plenty of shelves, platforms, and tall structures for them to explore.
- Sunbathing Spots: Sunny areas where they can bask in the warmth of the sun are a favorite for many cats.
- Cozy Hideaways: Provide cozy shelters or hideouts where they can retreat for some privacy and relaxation.
- Stimulating Views: Cats enjoy watching birds, squirrels, and other outdoor activities, so having a view of the surrounding environment is essential.
- Scratching Surfaces: Include scratching posts or surfaces for them to maintain their claws and stretch their muscles.
- 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
Kritter Kommunity has a wealth of content that should help you in any of these areas!
If you are in need of a
CAN I BUILD MY OWN
Absolutely! -you can build your own
Building your own
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! 🏡🛠️🐱
Come with me as we pounce around the world of building a
Rules and Regulations
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
Regarding the actual construction of the
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
It should be in an area with the best view so your cat can be stimulated by what it sees from within the
Also, ensure the
If you outfit your
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
Next measure the space you have available for your
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
Basically you have 4 options for building your
If you have the skills to build the
If you don’t have amazing carpentry skills you might like the slightly easier option of buying a
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
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.
Creating a waterproof covered area should also be considered if you intend to let your cat stay in the
You should put familiar essentials inside the
All this effort to create the
It’s the moment of truth when your cat gets to try out the
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
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
With this comprehensive guide at your fingertips, you’re well-equipped to embark on the journey of building a
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
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