|Project by woodpezzer||posted 06-20-2013 06:59 PM||3111 views||9 times favorited||22 comments|
It might look like a chicken coop but this is actually a Catio (outdoor patio for cats).
Why have a Patio for a cat? Well.. after numerous cat fights, a herniated disc (twice) and eleven years of bringing live snakes, rabbits, chipmunks, birds etc. into the house, it was time to put this feisty kitty in a safe, enclosed area. I had to keep him strictly indoors for several months after yet another injury and he sure wasn’t happy about being cooped up like some kind of chicken. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him—LOL. I checked around for outdoor cat enclosures and found some nice, but expensive units. Why buy when I can build? I combined elements from several outdoor structures and came up with a plan.
My Catio is roughly 8W X 7 1/2D X 10H with a five foot tall climbing toy. The cat “run” is made in 3 sections to take apart easily for mowing. I plan to build more things for him to climb and play on but that will be down the road. I made a lot of dumb mistakes in the construction/design but all in all it works and looks much better than having a chain link dog pen in the middle of the yard. It cost about $800. Hopefully from now on the only trip to the vet he’ll be making will be for yearly shots.
Thanks for looking and keep your furry family members safe!