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Outside Cat Enclosures

If you have a cat and are worried about them going outside then it is worth considering buying or making an outside cat enclosure. Having a cat enclosure protects your cat from many things including protection from other cats & wild life & protection from vehicles whilst giving you piece of mind.

Making Your Own Enclosure

If you are into DIY and fancy having a go at making your own enclosure then wire or netting is suitable. With wire the best type to get would be galvanised as this tends to last longer as it withstands weather conditions. To keep costs down try and purchase wire from liquidations sales - we purchased some wire bins that was used to store children’s toys in for our enclosure and cable ties from the dollar store. We secured our enclosure into the ground with a mallet and secured the bins with the cable ties. It is very important when securing the wire with the cable ties that you cut the ends on the outside of the cage so it is no where near the cat’s eyes where they could hurt themselves. We mounted our enclosure against the side of the house next to the back door so our cats can just walk straight out of the cat flap and into the enclosure. The other benefit of having our enclosure on the side of the house is so the cats can come and go while we are out at work.

Make sure there is some shade in the enclosure for protection against the sun. We also put a small tool in the enclosure so that the cats have something to perch / jump on. It is a good idea to keep food & water inside your home and not the enclosure so as not to attract other cats / animals, we also keep the litter tray inside our home.

Buying Your Enclosure

If DIY is not your thing then you can look into purchasing an enclosure. There are a lot of companies that can offer you a free quote for netting or a wire enclosure. Netting is good because you can dismantle it when not in use and purchase extra netting if you want to expand your enclosure. Net enclosures are great for decks, patios and balconies. Although netting is strong and I have not had any problems, always make sure you check your netting for any tears.

Cat enclosures can be really versatile, you can make then as big or as small as you wish and it provides a great solution so your kitty can get fresh air and exercise and you can rest easy knowing your furry friend is safe.


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