Catio --No "Chicks" Allowed

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Project by woodpezzer posted 06-20-2013 06:59 PM 10494 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It might look like a chicken coop but this is actually a Catio (outdoor patio for cats).

Why have a Patio for a cat? Well.. after numerous cat fights, a herniated disc (twice) and eleven years of bringing live snakes, rabbits, chipmunks, birds etc. into the house, it was time to put this feisty kitty in a safe, enclosed area. I had to keep him strictly indoors for several months after yet another injury and he sure wasn’t happy about being cooped up like some kind of chicken. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him—LOL. I checked around for outdoor cat enclosures and found some nice, but expensive units. Why buy when I can build? I combined elements from several outdoor structures and came up with a plan.

My Catio is roughly 8W X 7 1/2D X 10H with a five foot tall climbing toy. The cat “run” is made in 3 sections to take apart easily for mowing. I plan to build more things for him to climb and play on but that will be down the road. I made a lot of dumb mistakes in the construction/design but all in all it works and looks much better than having a chain link dog pen in the middle of the yard. It cost about $800. Hopefully from now on the only trip to the vet he’ll be making will be for yearly shots.

Thanks for looking and keep your furry family members safe!

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#1 posted 06-20-2013 07:05 PM

Looks like fun. You’ll may have a challenge getting him to run down the enclosed pathway from house to catio. :)

-- jroot

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 10:39 PM

It came out very nice, but I am not too sure that a cat that hunts down rabbits, snakes and chipmunks is going to appreciate your hard work. It would make a lovely greenhouse or maybe a screened in porch to sit in with a cup of coffee and watch your cat catch a rabbit. Ha Ha, great project, though.

-- Eugenie Woodcraft

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 10:57 PM

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 11:17 PM

Holy spoiled cat, Batman! That’s awesome!

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#5 posted 06-20-2013 11:31 PM

Jroot, I wondered about that so I made it larger than most runs. He goes through it okay but he sure does inspect it closely.. probably looking for a way out! Thanks!

Eugenie, So true. But.. he’s already brought in a mole so his hunting days aren’t over, just limited. Hopefully it won’t be another snake tho! Thanks! Coffee is brewing..

A1Jim, Thanks for commenting!

Odiferous, The cat doesn’t think he’s spoiled.. he wants it even bigger—LOL Thanks so much!

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 11:57 PM

I don’t know Woodpezzer, it sounds like you have a lion in a domestic cats body. Maybe you could train him to bring home more useful things…um… I don’t know… maybe a dear, after all rabbit stew and chipmunk pie get a bit boring after a while…LOL The catio looks great, a home away from home, with everything in it for a cat to enjoy and still be outdoors. Great job, you must be very happy with it.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 06-21-2013 02:10 AM

I know your pain pezzer. Domestic cats are the most prolific predators on earth. They hunt for sport not necessity.
I have three killers of my own. I would love something like this for them but none of them get along. I would fear it would be a kitty thunderdome cage match. “Three cats enter, one cat leave.” :) It looks great. I’m sure he will get used to it and find solice in his provided protection.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#8 posted 06-21-2013 04:24 AM

aussiedave, You can train a cat?!!? LOL There are always deer in my yard. Hmmm. LOL I think trying to get him to do what I want would go over as well as hooking him up to a leash. I tried that once.. never again! Your comment made me smile. Thanks so much!

woodcox, I hear ya. Mine is okay with dogs but other cats? He will lure a stray into the house then immediately try to kill it. I suppose you could create separate areas within a Catio, especially one this size, for each cat but there’s still the issue of creating 3 individual runs. Otherwise, you would protect cats from other critters but maybe not from each other! That’s a tough one. I hope you can figure something out for your cats. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment!

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#9 posted 06-21-2013 10:19 AM

OMG your lil fella looks so pure and innocent, playing with that snakey… Cats: false sense of security FTW.
Love the kitty coop, but beware, if he begins studying moles instead of bringing them home, he might learn how to dig a tunnel and escape from your AlCATraz!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#10 posted 06-21-2013 12:58 PM

Very nicely done. We have been thinking about doing something like this for our indoor cat also. I love the cat run, Thanks for sharing your great ideas. Scott.

-- Scott, PA.,

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#11 posted 06-21-2013 01:17 PM

Get a Rottweiler, keep him in the house. Cat problems might go away.

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#12 posted 06-21-2013 01:27 PM

It’s a good and attractive solution to the problem. I bet the cat loves it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 06-21-2013 04:12 PM

fantastic building. I’m sure he will be happy for about 5 minutes, and then he’ll tear the screen out! :-) Or he’ll get a dog friend to dig him out!! :-)
Very attractive catio!

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#14 posted 06-21-2013 04:47 PM

Sodabowski, AlCATraz.. Heehee! He is a very sneaky cat so I’ll keep a close eye on him. Thanks!

Scott, Your cats will love being outside, even if it’s in a small area. There are companies that sell exit tunnels you can set up using an existing window. It’s a good way to go if you don’t already have a pet door or a good place to install one. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

crank49, My cat actually likes dogs. I had a Scottie and they hunted together! Thanks..

helluvawreck, He definitely seems much happier finally having access outdoors again. It was worth it! Thank you!

michelletwo, Oh no! My neighbor has a black lab and she would probably lend a paw to help him escape. I didn’t think of that. Oh boy.. I might need to install an alarm system on this thing, LOL Thanks so much!!

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#15 posted 06-21-2013 06:17 PM

I’m right there with you, I have two, one afraid to go outside, two will not come in for more than an hour unless it’s cold and rainy. She loves to bring home so many gifts. You may have inspired me to build one for my little pals. I love the tunnel to the house.

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