4 DIY Cat Enclosures Ideas and How to Make Them


A cat sitting in a blue bowl

Introduction

A cat enclosure, also called a catio, is a great way to give your cat some outdoor time without worrying about them getting lost or into mischief. You can buy cat enclosures, but they can be expensive. A cheaper and more fun option is to make your own! With a little bit of planning and some basic carpentry skills, you can build a cat enclosure that will be a perfect size and shape for your cat (or cats).

Here are three cat enclosure ideas, ranging from simple to complex:

1.  Basic Box Catio

A cat sitting on top of a metal fence

This is the simplest catio to build, and it can be adapted to any size space. You will need:

  • 4 wooden panels (the size will depend on the space you have available)
  • 1 door panel with a cat door installed
  • 8 corner brackets
  • 16 screws
  • 4 eye hooks
  • 2 hinges
  • wire mesh or cat netting

Instructions:

First, create a box frame with wooden panels by securing them together at the corners. Use the corner brackets to reinforce the joints. Next, install a cat door in one of your panels so your cat can enter and exit easily. Then, attach wire mesh or cat netting over the entire frame, using the eye hooks and screws to secure it in place. Finally, add hinges to one side of the cat door panel and attach them to the box frame.

2.  Wooden Pallet Catio

A cat sitting next to a window

This catio is a bit more complex than the basic box, but it can be customized to any size or shape. You will need:

  • 4 wooden pallets (upcycled or new)
  • 1 door panel with a cat door installed
  • 8 corner brackets
  • 16 screws
  • 4 eye hooks
  • 2 hinges
  • wire mesh or cat netting

Instructions:

First, create a frame with two pallets by securing them together at the corners. Use corner brackets to reinforce the joints. Next, install a cat door in one of the panels so your cat can enter and exit easily. Then, attach wire mesh or cat netting over the entire frame, using eye hooks and screws to secure it in place. Finally, add hinges to one side of the cat door panel and attach them to the frame.

3.  Complex Catio

This catio is the most complex to build, but it will provide your cat with the most space and amenities. You will need:

  • 8 wooden panels (the size will depend on the space you have available)
  • 1 door panel with a cat door installed
  • 16 corner brackets
  • 32 screws
  • 8 eye hooks
  • 4 hinges
  • wire mesh or cat netting

Instructions:

First, create two box frames with four panels each by securing them together at the corners. Use corner brackets to reinforce the joints. Next, install cat doors in two of your panels so your cat can enter and exit easily. Then, attach wire mesh or cat netting over both box frames, using eye hooks and screws to secure it in place. Finally, add hinges to both sides of the cat door panels and attach them to the box frames.

4.  Multi-Level Catio

This catio is perfect for cats who like to climb. It can be as simple or complex as you want, depending on the number of levels you include. You will need:

  • 4 wooden panels (the size will depend on the space you have available)
  • 1 door panel with a cat door installed
  • 8 corner brackets
  • 16 screws
  • 4 eye hooks
  • 2 hinges
  • wire mesh or cat netting

Instructions:

First, create a box frame with four panels by securing them together at the corners. Use corner brackets to reinforce the joints. Next, install a cat door in one of your panels so your cat can enter and exit easily. Then, attach wire mesh or cat netting over the frame, using eye hooks and screws to secure it in place. Finally, add hinges to one side of the cat door panel and attach them to the frame.

Conclusion

These are just a few cat enclosure ideas – there are endless possibilities! Whether you want a simple catio made out of chicken wire or a more elaborate structure built from wood, there are plenty of options when it comes to making cat enclosures. With a little bit of planning and some basic carpentry skills, you can create a space where your cat will feel happy, safe, and secure – without breaking the bank! So what are you waiting for? Get started on your catio today!

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