It is natural for a cat to go on an adventure every day, to walk, to hunt some small preys, in short, to be free as the air! It can also expose itself to the dangers of the road, to the attacks of other animals, to an accidental fall, it can get lost in nature or even worse, be stolen. In order to avoid all these risks, our experts wish to inspire you to make an outdoor cat enclosure. Zoomalia has selected 11 clever ideas to help you build your catio, a cat patio worthy of your pet.
And if you are not a handyman, no problem, we offer you a outdoor cat enclosure at the best price. Before building a catio, it is important to think carefully about the available space, the access and the solidity of the fence. Then, it must be arranged for the well-being of your animal by adding everything necessary for its comfort: cat tree, bowl, stairs, perches, scratching posts, toilet house, water fountain, bedding, interactive toys.
1. An aviary transformed into an outdoor cat enclosure
Lover of pets, you are the proud owner of dogs, cats, birds or rodents. In this case, it is not the material that is lacking! You can also get an aviary from a flea market or from a private individual that is no longer used by its former owner.
Regardless, know that the acquisition of a large aviary (usually designed to house several birds or large birds), fitted out with cat accessories, then becomes a perfect enclosure for your feline. Consider arranging it near a window or some cat flap-type opening so that your cat can enter it freely and transit from the inside to the outside without necessarily supervising it.
2. A renovated henhouse in catio
Like an outdoor aviary, a chicken coop which no longer shelters its laying hens can also serve as a catio, provided it is adapted for the cat. If your shelter needs to be renovated, a little sanding and varnish is required.
Add inside some comfortable equipment for your cat: bedding, litter, bowl of fresh water and kibble. Create an opening through the existing nest of the chicken coop that joins a window in the house. And here is a renovated catio henhouse, stylish and original, perfectly fitted out for the occasion.
3. A Japanese cat garden
Small fans Japanese gardens will be royally served! An American couple in Florida made a superb catio for their cats, embellished with sumptuous Asian decorations. The traditional red bridge, Japanese steps, a miniature temple, a budhha, etc. Something to delight owners and cats to fully enjoy their outdoors in safety and adopt the Zen attitude 🙂
4. A terrace or veranda extension
More traditional, if you live in a house or a large apartment with a balcony, you will appreciate this outdoor enclosure which gives you and your cat a good freedom of movement without risk of flight or theft. The bigger your patio, the better.
If you have a table, chairs or a bench for your comfort, add a cat tree, a niche, a scratching post and something to perch on high for your feline’s pleasure. And why not put on a hammock to take naps together? Climbing roses or a parasol will provide the necessary shade in midsummer. Do not forget to provide your cat with continuous fresh water thanks to a water fountain for example.
5. A tunnel in the garden
Simple and efficient, this long tunnel with nets gives your cat an escape route to the garden. At the end, a small space in the shade will allow him to rest under the melodious songs of the birds of the sky. It is also possible to set up an anti-UV camping or beach tent and remove the ground so that the animal rolls around in the freshly mown and refreshing grass.
6. A catio treetop adventure course
Tree climbing enthusiasts will love this idea of catio for cat to be installed in the garden and to be connected inside. For this, you must have or less one tree on your property. Or, you have to create one with a solid wooden post that will support a landmark for your cat. From the top, that’s for sure, he’ll keep watch throughout the day and watch your comings and goings. In addition, the bridge which connects this “perch” and the access to your terrace offers an accessible passage for your cat, secure and ingenious to his house.
Finally, such an imposing catio at home will take no place since it occupies its surface in the air. This saves space in your garden and your cat’s favorite corner.
7. A small patio at the window
What could be better than a window to install a small catio for cat ! The fixings must be strong to support the weight of your cat and its accessories. This kind of model is suitable for both a house and an apartment. The downside is that it offers little space, but enough for safe fresh air every day.
8. A cat enclosure on the balcony
Not everyone lives in a house with a garden and a large terrace. This does not mean that your cat will be unhappy in your apartment as big as your heart! If your home allows it, screen part of the balcony by surrounding it with a safety net, fix one or two small bar tables on the railing for example and hang a hammock for cat and kitten underneath. This cozy corner looks like cat paradise, that’s for sure.
In front of a patio door, exit door or bay window, you can build a catio for cat to the dimensions you want and create a unique and ergonomic space for your pet.
A sturdy chicken wire, wooden planks, ikea shelves, a small cat tree, all painted in white, stone or cream that blends in perfectly with the plaster of your home.
Not available for tinkering? Do not want or not a handyman at all? Never mind, Zoomalia suggests you in its AliBaba catalog a outdoor cat enclosure ready to assemble yourself easily in “Ikea” mode.
You will just need to equip it with litter, bowl, scratching post, cushion and toys, because it already has a locked cat flap, a door with a hook closure, and essential platforms for perching or jumping in the park.
A touch of woodstain is strongly recommended so that it is protected against bad weather outside. You can also paint it in a trendy color or leave it natural, in raw wood or varnished.
11. A catio pergola or arbor
A pergola for you and your cat or a wooden or aluminum arbor, here is a genius idea! Built on a raised terrace and isolated from the ground, this cat enclosure is intended to welcome her in your company if you wish. On the other hand, do not play cat and want to go through the window, the door is easier to access.
Rest on a rocking chair, on a bench or chair, read a book or daydream as much as possible. You may like it, but be careful not to appropriate this beautiful place reserved for your feline, conducive to daydreaming and relaxation.
TO REMEMBER ! Nothing is impossible, in an apartment or in a house, there is always a way to make an outdoor cat enclosure more or less spacious, and to incorporate it in length, in width or in height. To each his own space, the cat particularly adores his and needs independence as much as hugs.