Adrian's Previous House
The cat run was originally built for two longhair tabbies one ginger and white (Tim) and one tortoise shell (Tam) Brother and Sister respectively. The shade clothed fernery was originally installed to keep the sun off the house in the afternoon but was easily converted to a run for the cats by installing a gate at the southern end (as seen in the photo's). The northern end currently has a cat door into the garage which in turn is attached to the house via a standard door (no cat door due to the house alarm). From that it grew to a caged outdoor cat run along the fence which also consisted of two small cubby style house one of which has now been replaced by a large aviary style caged area (as seen in the photo's). This came about due to a recent addition to the family, a Birman cat by the name of Rascal.
Total cost about $1500 to build the enclosures for our cats.
The cats access the cat run via a cat flap in the laundry wall.
The cost of materials for this cat run set me back about $1200
And the labor to build it was about 40 Hours.
Photos of Sarah's amazing cat enclosure system. Her cats must get immense enjoyment from using this cat adventure land.
How much did it cost to build this cat enclosure system?
What Sarah has to say All up, I would say that we have spent about $1200 on everything so far. That includes a second hand cat enclosure system, timber for furniture which my hubby made, and actual made-to-measure furniture from an cat enclosure place.
How long did it take you to build?We spent a full weekend outdoors putting the cat run together. Building included cutting of bricks and pulling up concrete. We have a second aerial cat run which will soon go up and we are looking at 2 more modules to connect it up on to the roof!
Overall, we have spent about 3 weekends making cat furniture, putting up the cat run, gardening the modules, laying bricks in the module because of the appalling cat-poo smell!
You can get a lot of things made for you or you can build them yourself. I would recommend making the cat walks yourself and finding an easy plan to make your own hammocks if possible. Mind you though, the cat hammocks we got from South Australia are just amazing. They have metal outers and properly made mesh overlays. The cats just love them!! "
Marianna has made her garden a wonderful safe playground for her family of cats. A series of cat tunnels allow her cats to access the playground and Cat Gym.
Netting is placed on top of the fences to make them cat proof.
How much did it cost to build this enclosure for our cats? I bought two 50 meter rolls of bird wire to cat proof the top of the fence. They cost less than $100. I also bought four 10 meter rolls of chicken wire for the wire tunnels and the cat enclosure in the garage from the reject shop for only $8, what a bargain! I went to the local furniture factory and got off cuts for the wood needed to build the cat run. The indoor wire doors were bought at a demolition place for $10 each. We didn't have a lot of money to spend to create a run for our cats so I was always on the look out for cheap materials. For the cat furniture we got cheap off cuts of carpet. I even got the paint for the enclosure cheap at an auction.
The Safe Garden
A delightful garden in the UK. Read the complete story and see more photos. See how this breeder created a 'Safe Garden' for her cats by visiting her website. The entire garden has been made into a cat enclosure
Rameses Burmese, Tonkinese and
from Oxford, England
This is the cat proof fence and now some of the plants are starting to grow. Eventually it will be totally covered with plants and you won't see the wire mesh any more. We actually tore down and replaced our last fence which was cat-proofed in the same way and where the plants had totally covered the mesh, no-one even knew there was mesh there. I can't wait for the current plants to grow up now...
And here is our front gate, the little monkeys either climbed up it or jumped over it... until we put a piece of clear Perspex at the top. It is now too high to jump over, and the Perspex is too thin for them to get a grip on top, and the smooth surface of the Perspex over the wrought iron means their little paws have nowhere to grip as they climb up near the top. Very effective, and more slightly than putting mesh over the top of the gate. We drilled a few holes through the Perspex and attached it with screws and washers on both sides.
Photos of Christinas Enclosed verandah.
A very effective Cat Enclosure
The verandah is L shaped. This is the other end.
Cat flap is in the window
|These outdoor cat runs are at the side of the enclosed verandah with a walkway between so all cats can see each other & don't get lonely. The 1st half of the cat runs are positioned between 2 sheds & the 2nd half in the open garden. Each run is 8 metres long by 1 & half metres wide. Lots of shelves & branches for climbing.
|It's hard to photograph. It is an L shaped sleeping place & a small run for females if they need to get to know the stud first. This is about 4 by 3 metres to the left. It was all quite easy to build & protected from too much hot or cold.
|My outdoor cats can stay in here full-time as we have mild climate and the enclosure features a covered weather shelter at one end. The blue box in the shelter is a plastic storage box with doors cut into each end, and has a cooling fan for summer (the shelter portion is in the shade ofa tree) and a heating pad for winter.
|For climbing, there are ramps leading to an elevated deck and a natural branch. I will add more climbing features.
John and Joanne
The enclosure is around 4.8m long, 2.25 high and 1m wide. It is attached to one side of our house which we don't have much use for otherwise, and access is through our laundry door so we can let our cat out when we choose. It is constructed out of lengths of 42x19mm pine, and rolls of 900mm wide 50x50mm wire mesh. It took most of a weekend to construct and we have added some shelves for Dari to climb and sit on. We plan to find a tree trunk to put inside for him to climb, as well as some more plants in addition to the cat grass and cat mint already in there
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