As if the original cat enclosure was not
enough for these lucky British Shorthair cats, Murray has built an
extension to it. Jeanette says "We have extended it to the length of our
house so that we can share the pond with the cats & they can share our
entertainment area. Not always a good idea when BBQ steak is being
Of course not everyone can build such an
elaborate cat enclosure but there are many other ideas on how to keep
your cat safely contained. You could build a more simple cat run
or have one built for you. That could mean anything from enclosing your
patio to keeping your cats confined in their own yard by means of a cat
proof fence. Maybe a series of cat tunnels starting at your
house, and eventually leading to an outside cat house would be more
suitable for you.
Cat runs built outside your house, maybe enclosing the side of your
house may be an option. Go to the main
Enclosures page to see Adrian's cat enclosure and find out how
to put this cat run option into practice. This is such a good idea to
use space that normally would be wasted.
Marianna has a great idea with a series of cat tunnels leading to a cat
play area. See it on the main
There are several Australian companies who
enclosures and cat runs. Cat tunnels are also a great way to let your
cat outside. Netting is another option. You can use the special cat
netting to enclose a patio, the side of the house or anywhere you
require. Links to the professional cat run and cat enclosure builders
are on the main
See the enclosures and cat runs that
the following people have built with tips on cost and materials used.
has a series of cat modules connected by cat tunnels and aerial runs.
She describes how she built this cat enclosure, what it cost and her
plans for the future.
describes how she built her outside cat run from chicken wire and second hand
wood. She outlines the materials used and the cost of building her cat
enclosure. She has also cat proofed her fences with wire.
has cat proofed her entire garden to keep her cats safe.
used wire mesh on her fences to keep her cats within the confines of her
yard. She intends to grow climbing plants over the mesh to give it an
has enclosed her patio with mesh and has lots of shelves and branches
for her cats to climb. A cat flap in the window allows her cats to come
in and out of the house.
Adrian has a
shade cloth fernery along the side of his house. This was easily
converted to a cool and pleasant cat enclosure. He also has enclosed the
back of his house with access for the cats to go from indoors to
outdoors via a cat flap and aerial tunnels.
If DIY is not your forte there are many
companies who specialise in building outside cat enclosures and
cat runs. Photos and links to their websites. We also have links to
sites which have design plans for outdoor cat runs and cat enclosures.
Lots more Photos and ideas on how to build
cat enclosures / cat runs on the main
Different breeds of cats
with pictures, description and information on each of the listed domestic cat