Whether you’re in a small apartment with limited outdoor space or just want your cat to be able to enjoy the outdoors without fear of cars or coyotes, this post is for you. In just 5 easy steps, you can DIY this dafe outdoor cat enclosure. HUGE bonus—it’ll cost you less than $200!

cat enclosure

Whether you’re in a small apartment with limited outdoor space or just want your cat to be able to enjoy the outdoors without fear of cars or coyotes, this post is for you. In just 5 easy steps, you can DIY this dafe outdoor cat enclosure. HUGE bonus—it’ll cost you less than $200!

How To DIY An Outdoor Cat Enclosure

Materials Needed

Six boxes of wire storage cubes (four cubes per box). You can get storage cubes via Amazon for about $30 per box. The number you need depends on how large you want to build your enclosure.

A few bags of zip ties (about 200-300).

A rubber mallet.

How to Build It

1. Choose an access point. First, you’ll want to think about how your cats will access the enclosure. If necessary, put a panel with a cat door on one end of your enclosure. You’ll want to install the pet door on the door or window that cats will use to access their kitty playpen. If you live in a mild climate, you can cut a cat door into a screen door and cover it with a cloth flap.

2. Run or enclosure? Decide whether you want a long run or an enclosure. If you choose a run, build it two panels high.

3. Design the enclosure. The panels are 14 inches square. You don’t want to build any section more than four panels high. Most sections should be no more than two panels high for cats.

4. Don’t install a bottom. Cats won’t enjoy placing their feet between the wire grates. So, either leave the bottom off altogether and let them run on the grass/concrete or install a wooden or plastic bottom.

5. Tap the panels and connectors into place. Once you’ve loosely constructed your enclosure, tap the panels and the connector tabs with your mallet to square up each section.

6. Love it or change it. This DIY cat enclosure is so simple, you can feel free to experiment. After all, if you don’t love it, it’s pretty simple to dismantle and rebuild.

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Sources:

http://www.catandcaboodle.com/Build-A-Do-It-Yourself-Outdoor-Cat-Enclosure-Or-Run_ep_41-1.html

http://www.kittywalksystems.com/