Outdoor Catio

vansX2

TCS Member
Thread starter
Top Cat
Joined
Jan 10, 2022
Messages
1,822
Purraise
1,282
Location
Iowa
Last summer I purchased a collapsible catio tent with a attaching tunnel. It's ok. I would purr fur a more permanent structure. I'm aware that there's a company selling Catio building designs online. I have looked at those design plans but they don't fit my needs. Has anyone built a permanent Catio?
 

Father of furbabies

TCS Member
Alpha Cat
Joined
Nov 25, 2017
Messages
447
Purraise
1,805
Location
Alabama
Depending your space, you might be able to find a shed framing kit and turn that into a catio, otherwise you will have to look into purchasing the lumber and doing the work yourself (or hiring someone) to build a custom catio.
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #3

vansX2

TCS Member
Thread starter
Top Cat
Joined
Jan 10, 2022
Messages
1,822
Purraise
1,282
Location
Iowa
Depending your space, you might be able to find a shed framing kit and turn that into a catio, otherwise you will have to look into purchasing the lumber and doing the work yourself (or hiring someone) to build a custom catio.
My space lies on a raised 1 floor up wood deck. My biggest issue is figuring out how to best attach a raised tunnel to accommodate a crank out window.
 

Father of furbabies

TCS Member
Alpha Cat
Joined
Nov 25, 2017
Messages
447
Purraise
1,805
Location
Alabama
You might need to build a small platform under the window (similar to a window AC platform) and box frame it so you can install wire mesh around it (think a small chicken coop) then run the tunnel off it.
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #5

vansX2

TCS Member
Thread starter
Top Cat
Joined
Jan 10, 2022
Messages
1,822
Purraise
1,282
Location
Iowa
You might need to build a small platform under the window (similar to a window AC platform) and box frame it so you can install wire mesh around it (think a small chicken coop) then run the tunnel off it.
Thanks for your thought ideas.
 

amethyst

TCS Member
Super Cat
Joined
Nov 25, 2016
Messages
802
Purraise
2,283
Location
Alberta, Canada
I made my catio just going right up to the windows. Chicken Wire Ok For A Catio? I have two sliding windows (I call them drive thru windows), and just use a mesh fabric as cat flaps to limit the amount of bugs that come in. I'm not sure if something like that would work for you though.
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #8

vansX2

TCS Member
Thread starter
Top Cat
Joined
Jan 10, 2022
Messages
1,822
Purraise
1,282
Location
Iowa
I made my catio just going right up to the windows. Chicken Wire Ok For A Catio? I have two sliding windows (I call them drive thru windows), and just use a mesh fabric as cat flaps to limit the amount of bugs that come in. I'm not sure if something like that would work for you though.
I'm OK with chicken wire as Jackpot can't bite through it. My crank out windows are in my bedroom where I have a built in 10 inch wide shelf running the width of a triple window.
 

Snicker123

TCS Member
Kitten
Joined
Jan 13, 2022
Messages
1
Purraise
0
I used chicken wire and bird netting and enclosed my deck with high "walls" so my cat could be outside. Then I went further and sectioned off a large 15 x 15 area of grass with garden fencing and bird netting and made sure that it was virtually escape proof. I used to let him in the grass while I was at work so that he could run through the cat door. The only problem with that was he went on a chipmunk rampage - four within a 10 day period . . . but, that is all another story!
 

amethyst

TCS Member
Super Cat
Joined
Nov 25, 2016
Messages
802
Purraise
2,283
Location
Alberta, Canada
I'm OK with chicken wire as Jackpot can't bite through it. My crank out windows are in my bedroom where I have a built in 10 inch wide shelf running the width of a triple window.
Oh in case it wasn't clear (I realize now how it's posted might be confusing), I was linking the thread that has the pics I posted of my catio, not asking about chicken wire.
 

tarasgirl06

TCS Member
Top Cat
Joined
Sep 19, 2006
Messages
21,341
Purraise
56,888
Location
Glendale, CATifornia
Last summer I purchased a collapsible catio tent with a attaching tunnel. It's ok. I would purr fur a more permanent structure. I'm aware that there's a company selling Catio building designs online. I have looked at those design plans but they don't fit my needs. Has anyone built a permanent Catio?
Have we built a permanent CATIO! Oh, yes. Several, of various sizes, designs and purposes, actually. My ex was a finish carpenter for some time and he had a full compliment of the tools and know-how necessary to make catios a reality for the many cats in our lives. I helped, and learned as I went. We built a couple of small catios attached to the house and one to the perimeter fence, each with sleeping chamber and patio for food and drink. We also built a modular "waystation" for cats who needed to be in isolation post-op or pre-vetting. The piece de resistance was the one we built out from the existing patio at our Mojave home. We were also in the process of building a cat compound consisting of two 12'x12' barn stalls and cat-fenced yard when he decided to dump us all. That's a whole 'nother story I won't go into here. Attaching a couple of photos of the stables compound and one of the patio-catio for your enjoyment.
IMG_0088.JPG
IMG_0205.JPG
IMG_0209.JPG
IMG_0216.JPG
IMG_0227.JPG
IMG_0313.JPG
 

MonaLyssa33

TCS Member
Top Cat
Joined
Mar 10, 2018
Messages
2,736
Purraise
7,655
Location
Minneapolis
I built one with PVC pipes, chicken wire and zip ties and made a door as well to get access to the other part of my deck. I have a magnetic screen that I have on the screen door so the cats can go out whenever they want (when the door is open). I want to upgrade the whole thing though and just screen in the entire deck because I want to make use of my deck but the mosquitos are awful in my yard.
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #13

vansX2

TCS Member
Thread starter
Top Cat
Joined
Jan 10, 2022
Messages
1,822
Purraise
1,282
Location
Iowa
Have we built a permanent CATIO! Oh, yes. Several, of various sizes, designs and purposes, actually. My ex was a finish carpenter for some time and he had a full compliment of the tools and know-how necessary to make catios a reality for the many cats in our lives. I helped, and learned as I went. We built a couple of small catios attached to the house and one to the perimeter fence, each with sleeping chamber and patio for food and drink. We also built a modular "waystation" for cats who needed to be in isolation post-op or pre-vetting. The piece de resistance was the one we built out from the existing patio at our Mojave home. We were also in the process of building a cat compound consisting of two 12'x12' barn stalls and cat-fenced yard when he decided to dump us all. That's a whole 'nother story I won't go into here. Attaching a couple of photos of the stables compound and one of the patio-catio for your enjoyment.
View attachment 407640View attachment 407641View attachment 407642View attachment 407643View attachment 407644View attachment 407645
Wow ! That Green enclosure is amazing. I don't have the square footage for a structure such as that. I don’t require a large catio only a small one where kitty can be outside without a chaperone.
 

tarasgirl06

TCS Member
Top Cat
Joined
Sep 19, 2006
Messages
21,341
Purraise
56,888
Location
Glendale, CATifornia
Wow ! That Green enclosure is amazing. I don't have the square footage for a structure such as that. I don’t require a large catio only a small one where kitty can be outside without a chaperone.
Thanks! Yeah, that was building out the existing patio and it worked really well. The slider led into the living room. We were able to buy both glass and screen inserts with catflaps in them and unless it was snowing or there was a sandstorm, they had access 24 hours a day. They LOVED it.
You might want to look at catioshowcase.com to see some different ideas people have used.
 
  • Thread Starter Thread Starter
  • #15

vansX2

TCS Member
Thread starter
Top Cat
Joined
Jan 10, 2022
Messages
1,822
Purraise
1,282
Location
Iowa
Thanks! Yeah, that was building out the existing patio and it worked really well. The slider led into the living room. We were able to buy both glass and screen inserts with catflaps in them and unless it was snowing or there was a sandstorm, they had access 24 hours a day. They LOVED it.
You might want to look at catioshowcase.com to see some different ideas people have used.
Thns tarasgirl06. I further checkout that site.
 
Top