In the Fall of 2002 I built a fairly large cat enclosure in a portion of my backyard that
I rarely used. At the time Tiger was 12 years old and Linda was 8 - I didn't have any other
cats at that time. The enclosure is located under two beautiful elm trees and is
approximately 15 feet wide, 24 feet long and a little over 6 feet tall. I built this thing to
last a long time - hopefully. I sunk several treated pine 4x4 posts in
concrete and then ran treated 2x4 stringers off the posts. The sides and the
roof are made of very strong 16 gauge galvanized fencing material. To
minimize rotting, the 2x4's near the ground rest on top of bricks which I
partially buried in the ground. The shelves and ramps are made of big 2x12
cedar boards. Cedar boards aren't cheap but even untreated cedar boards last
very well in the outdoors and they have more texture for the kitties' claws to grip.
There are plenty of ramps, shelves and carpeted posts to keep the kitties
busy in here. I might add a large tree trunk or limb in the near future for a
more natural feel. I put hooks in a couple of the 4x4's so I can hang a
hammock between them. It's a great place to relax!
Linda just entered the cat enclosure via the entrance in the right hand
portion of the picture. That entrance is connected to a fenced-in walkway
leading to a catrun that I built (with help from dad)
seven years prior to my building this one. The older cat run has a kitty
door leading into my house.
Above, Tiger is leaving the older catrun and entering the walkway leading
to the new cat enclosure. Below, the walkway connects the older catrun (lefthand
portion of picture) to the new enclosure.
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