Providing an outdoor enclosure for cats

 Cats allowed to roam outside are at risk. There are many dangers for cats that allow them to roam outdoors, including traffic, poisons and disease. Urban, suburban, or rural wildlife are also at risk from outdoor cats. Many cat guardians don't realize the dangers that their feline companions can pose to other animals if they are allowed to roam free.

Our cats have the greatest gift: the promise of a happy, long-lived, and healthy life within the safety of their homes. Indoor cats can be made more comfortable by being outside. This could mean walking them on a leash, or providing them with an enclosed outdoor space.


A variety of commercially available enclosures

Tall cat enclosures range from the simple to the sublime. They can be furnished with old tree stumps and perches for climbing and scratching opportunities; tarps to provide shade and protection from the elements; even enclosed ladders for safe access to and from the house. A variety of pre-made pens, runs, and do-it-yourself kits are available. This list is provided as a resource and does not imply endorsement by PAWS.

 

          C & D Pet Products. Diagrams and commercial kits for enclosures are available at a range of prices and sizes. You can also find kitten enclosures.

          Catio Spaces. Located in Seattle WA. Cats On Deck. Modular indoor/outdoor cat enclosures. Mobile and expandable.

          The Cat's Den. Commercial kits for outdoor and indoor cat runs and enclosures.

          Kittywalk Systems Commercial enclosures available for cats and other small animals. Most enclosures come pre-assembled.

          Pet Enclosures Northwest. Located in Shoreline WA.

          Purrfect Fencing. Kits and instructions for freestanding cat fence systems. Installation services are also available in some areas. Also, now available the "Cat-Proofer," a method of converting existing fencing into escape-proof.

          Safe Cat Outdoor Enclosure. For cats and small animals, we have detailed descriptions and drawings to help you create custom outdoor enclosures.

          SunCatcher Enclosures SunCatcher Enclosures are free-standing outdoor cat enclosures.

Window boxes and perches

          You can also install a windowbox that allows cats to have a great view of the outdoors from a safe perch. These are the sources that can supply window boxes:

          The Cat's Den. Kits for outdoor cat windows boxes. Cats With an Altitude. Handmade window patio enclosures. A variety of window boxes are available at many online and nearby pet supply stores.

Other Options

Here are a number of other suppliers selling outdoor pens, tunnels and tents:

          Kritter Community. tall cat enclosures

          Many of the above pens, tunnels and tents are available to purchase via critterfence.com

 

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