Part 2 of 2. See Part 1 here.
In Part 1, I shared the joys of our own “cat deck” experience and a checklist of considerations for choosing the right enclosure for your situation.
There are so many great options we don’t hear about very often. Here are the ones I’ll walk you through below:
- Cat mini-enclosure (portable)
- Window box hangout (DIY kit)
- Enclosure attachment to existing fence or railing (what we use)
- Stand alone cat fence
- Large 360 degree enclosure off window or door
- Cat fence in front of existing fence
$ – $$ Cat mini-enclosure (portable “jungle gym”)
We originally used use a portable KittyWalk, backing it up to a cat door once in a while. Amazingly, our cats went nuts for this small, simple enclosure!
We were delighted at how pleased they were just to spend some time in the fresh air, doze on the hammocks, watch butterflies, track Mr. Squirrel, or catch the sound of a blue jay lighting down in the garden.
They rarely wanted to come in – we had to use bribes to get them back in the house.
There are smaller KittyWalks too. You may be surprised, as we were, how much our cats enjoyed being outside even though it was in such a small space.
The portable enclosures are ideal to use with a cat door because carrying your cat to and from the enclosure may introduce too much stress and risk in some cases.
$-$$ Window hangout (DIY kit)
No yard or balcony?
My friend Sharon has a custom window-box balcony enclosure for her cat. Her cat loves the experience so much she’ll go out there year round – even in snowy winter.
I found affordable “cat open-air window box” kits with some nice photos at CatTerrace.com.
The kit includes window access parts, video, and instructions for only $30! Additional parts you’ll need to get at a hardware store will total $75-$125.
$$ Enclosure attachment to existing fence or railing (what we use)
When I was researching this for our home, these were my top three choices:
- Purrfect Fence. This company has the most high-end designs – they are the Apple computer of cat fences. Impressive.
- Affordable Cat Fence: Great affordable attachment for existing fences. Very nice, helpful family-owned company.
- Cat Fence-in system: This is the one we used. It seems equal to Affordable Cat Fence, but a tiny bit more expensive. The only reason we I chose it over Affordable Cat Fence was that they had clear, visual online instructions that put my mind at ease. Other than that, it was just a coin toss between them.
$$$ Stand alone cat fence
I believe putting up a well-designed standalone cat fence is even easier than attaching an enclosure to existing fence. See what I mean in this video from Purrfect Fence.
Cat Fence-in also provides nice standalone cat fence options!
$$$ Large 360 degree enclosure off window or door
If you want the top enclosed, Habitat Haven has some amazing options you can install off of a window. They can also be installed off of a door.
I am impressed with this Canadian company, HabitatHaven.com, and the quality they offer. They will create something custom for you if you like.
$$$ Cat fence in front of existing fence
If your existing fence has a lot of holes or if attaching an enclosure is too tricky for some reason, you could just set up one of the full stand-alone cat fences against your existing one, like the photo here shows.
Your experience and questions
Questions? I’ll answer in the comments below.
Answers? If you have created a cat enclosure system, I would love to hear about your experience.