Catification: Jane's DIY Cat Run

Jane and her husband saved a lot of money building this outdoor cat enclosure at their home in Virginia by using plans available from This kind of enclosure lets cats enjoy the outdoors without being exposed to threats. You don't always have to spend a lot of money to create something that will really benefit your cats!

Here's what Jane has to say about their project:

"My wonderful husband built our cat run with the help of  I came across their site after looking at expensive (unaffordable) ready-made runs on the web. I bought a copy of their book, which provided great instructions (even though my husband said he didn't need them!) All the materials were available at our local home improvement store and it cost about a quarter of the pre-made enclosure I had been looking at.

Unfortunately, the only suitable access point is via a window in the house, but my husband created an enclosed ramp and our local glass company cut a hole in the window to fit the cat door and it works perfectly! We currently have six rescued cats and all but one love going out (she's rather timid about the outdoors but likes to sit with her head sticking out of the cat flap!)

We've put a cat house and shelves in the run, and pots of catnip, but there's still some "interior design" I'd like to do. We also have bird and squirrel feeders and a bird bath at the back of the run for their viewing pleasure! The honeysuckle & passion flower are running a little wild at the moment but provide much-needed shade in the summer."

You can purchase the Just4Cats Do-it-yourself manual of outdoor enclosures at for $25 plus shipping. The manual includes 65+ detailed drawings with instructions for building your own outdoor cat enclosure. Thanks to Jane and her husband for sharing their photos!

Notes from Jackson:

Jane and her husband really built a wonderful world for their cats here. I’m sure if there were any territorial difficulties between the cats, that they were diffused by simply adding more territory. This is beautiful, functional and vital for the cats' happiness. Great job!

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The Catification column on is written by Cat Style Expert, Kate Benjamin. Kate specializes in environmental enhancement for living with cats and is the founder and editor of, 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.