Outdoor enclosures are a great way to keep your cats safe, while giving them a little fresh air. Dave from New Jersey custom built this fabulous enclosure for his cat, Aslan, who seems to be enjoying it! Here’s what Dave has to say about how he created this custom catio:
“This is a catio I built for my cat Aslan. Everything is custom, hand built, using no plans. The frame is 1″ square aluminum tubing sold at sign shops or home improvement stores. It is riveted and screwed together with 1″ 90º angle brackets. The floor and roof is aluminum. The cage or kennel is sold at Petco and PetSmart, that is held on with several pieces of cut and filed 90º angles, and screwed into place.
The overall size is 6′ x 4′ x 2′ and gives Aslan room to chase bugs and look at birds and get some outdoor fresh air without me worrying about him running off. He can enter in and out as he pleases through a pet door in the window. This is made from 2 pieces of PVC panels that expand into the window frame, the PVC is held together using more aluminum 90º angles. Aslan enjoys the hammock in the warmer weather and often spends the afternoon sleeping outside. His hammock was made from a small banner I purchased at a sign shop with D-rings in the corners. I used S-hooks to attach the hammock to the walls of the kennel. The catio is secured with anchors to the foundation of the house.
I included a sisal carpet, a scratching post and assorted toys to amuse him; I may try growing some cat grass out there this year.”
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The Catification column on JacksonGalaxy.com is written by Cat Style Expert, Kate Benjamin. Kate specializes in environmental enhancement for living with cats and is the founder and editor of hauspanther.com, the premiere online magazine for design-conscious cat people. Kate’s design expertise and Jackson’s cat behavior know-how combine to create cat-friendly environments that are sure to please both human and feline family members alike.
We regret that Jackson does not answer questions posted in the comments. This is due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives. But most importantly, since he has not met your cat, it would be contrary to his approach for him to give specific personalized advice for your specific situation. That being said, general questions and issues are addressed throughout this blog, in his book CAT DADDY and of course, the show My Cat From Hell.