Here’s some cool pictures of my cats enjoying their outdoor space.
Some cats really love to go outside.
Maybe it’s the thrill of freedom, the dream of catching mice to bring home to mom or dad, or the smell of the fresh summer air -but the wild outdoors seems to attract kitties of all ages. Unfortunately, being outside can also hold many pitfalls for cats. Even the cutest feline can expect to attract external parasites like fleas and tics and internal parasites like Hookworm and Roundworm-so yucky!
Outdoor cats also have a higher rate of veterinary emergencies than their indoor counterparts-bite wounds, open sores, limping, ear mites, ingesting poisons like anti-freeze, and more, are all common complaints that I’ve seen first hand while working at veterinary emergency hospitals.
Here’s a great way to compromise!
As an owner of four cats I understand the desire to share the outdoors with my kitties that’s why I created the most purrfect outdoor enclosure for them-they have fun and it keeps them safe. I call it the ‘Cat Run” but it could be called a Kitty Patio or Play Pen.
First, find a dog kennel or pet pen. The best kennel frames are the ones that are strong and will withstand all kinds of weather. I used a 12′x 6′ dog kennel, they can be found at your local hardware store, fence company, some pet stores and let’s not forget about Ebay or Craigslist!
Choosing The Best Type of Enclosure
There are a variety of creative styles of cat runs you could create, and choosing just which kind for your situation will have a lot to do with the type of cat you have, how many cats you have, what kind of space you have to work with, your budget and skill level. I say this because you can get very creative once you let your mind start dreaming about what you could create.
I’ve had two types of cat safe enclosures, a dog kennel run, and a wall climb. However, there are a TON of cat safe enclosure types and I recommend doing an internet search for ideas or going to Cats Of Australia Website where they’re compiled a few really cool pictures of a variety of lavish outdoor cat spaces.
Dog Kennel Converted to Cat Run!
My favorite is the twelve by six dog kennel, because it has a good amount of space for the cats and its very secure. They come in different sizes, I have a 12 x 6 dog kennel, but I often think that a smaller one would work very well too!
Wall Climb Enclosure.
A Wall Climb Exposure is built onto the side of your home near a cat door, shelves can be built so they can climb up high and they get some fresh air at the same time but they’re safe inside. I had one built onto the side of my home and it worked nicely for the time, but I didn’t think about having a hinge on the front until after it was built, so I wasnt able to open it up and take out my cats when they were being territorial. But if you have one or two cats this would be a nice option -with a hinged open door on front!
Setting Up The Cat Run!
You’ll need to decide which end will be placed up against your home, and remove the inner fencing. This will allow access to a window, or cat door.
Third, Close Up and cover the opening at the top. I now have transitioned to using three panels of plastic green house sheets screwed to a frame made of 2 by w’s. In the past I’ve also used two rolls of chicken wire mesh the long way and connected them in the middle with wire. Then I used 1′ plastic electrical ties to secure the chicken mesh to the top of the kennel. This is the easiest and quickest way if you’re cats are in a hurry.
Decorate The Space
Finally-it’s time to decorate the space. I outfitted our cat run with beautiful thick sod, added a dog house so my cats can get out of the elements, a park bench so I can sit inside with them, and an outdoor solar light. Catnip and other cat safe plants should be placed just outside the run so they have a chance to grow before being eaten down to the nub! The cats love old wicker furniture they can scratch it to pieces.
Remember, although creating an outdoor enclosure will reduce your cats chances of getting parasites, it won’t eliminate it. That’s why I would recommend continuing to apply a monthly topical parasite prevention-as your vet instructs. All my cats love our outdoor run, from the baby to the senior cats-they fly in and out of the cat door all day. I’m happy knowing they can enjoy some time outside-safely!
If you have any questions about creating a unique outdoor enclosure for your home, please post a comment below and I’ll respond.
I’m excited! This past month I worked on updating the look and feel and content on my media kit. I use this little sucker on my website to connect with the media, to spotlight all the activities I am involved in, in the world of cats! For a long time I really wanted to make it look more like my fantastic business card (Which gets raves reviews and is an eye catcher-always!) Anywho, My friend Gail Brown and my graphics designer assisted me with the foundational touches of graphics, while I coordinated the look and feel and content.
It’s a great start, as I am planning on adding information on my Talks & Workshops and a few other things, but overall, the media kit looks like my brand and I am excited.
- The Cover has a new branded look to match Feline Aficionada brand
- I added a Purr View Tv Show Page
- Added Updated Contact page with my Social Media Fish from my website
If you can think of a media person I should connect with please let me know, I am open to ideas to get publicity this year, for my cat care business, my TV show, and for felines!
We took a sneak peek into the world of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s CATS,being purr-formed locally on the South Shore area of Massachusetts, when we visited the Star Player of Bristol County a few days before opening night! We learned a few interesting things about how CATS get along, what it takes to get into the character of a cat and a few other purrfect facts!
This musical is produced by Brian Simons and Joel Thayer-Productions, Meg Quin Dussault Directs, Kristin Arsenault is Choreographer (She’s the lady who performed in CATS) and Kari Pelletier designed the beautiful set.
Feline Aficionada interviewed Jeana Caporelli the Box Office Manager, and Aaron Roberts who plays ‘Macavity’. The star Players Of Bristol County are performing CATS the Musical until August 18th at the FRIEDMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL GERALD A. CROTEAU THEATRE. To Find out more or to order tickets go to http://starplayersbc.com/tickets.html.
This segment will being included in an upcoming episode of Purr View TV. Purr View is Produced and Hosted by Tonia Evans, Directed/Video and at times edited by Dustin Fleming, graphics by Gail Brown of Bouvier Design Associates. Purr View TV airs on PACTV Plymouth Area Community Television as a Special Program. Dates TBA. For more information go to www.PurrView.com
Did you read my latest blog post on the Plymouth Patch.com website? It’s called Flea-less Feline Finds and its on my blog called Cottage Cats and Beachy Finds. Check it out, comment and share. Im still on the look out for cat art trinkets and collectibles .
The second episode of Purr View TV show will air on Sunday June 30th at 7 pm on PACTV in the towns of Plymouth, Duxbury, Kingston, and Pembroke Massachusetts. If you’re a resident of one of these towns and you need to find your channel go to pactv.org. It will air in standard television for the channel. The episode consists of two segments, one from New England Pet Expo in Wilmington Massachusetts in 2012, and the other at the Cats on the Beach TICA cat show held in Cape Cod Massachusetts.
The segments are also uploaded to my YouTube Channel online. We recently watched them on our laptop media center through the YOUTUBE APP and we were able to view them clearly in full 1080p HD on our 46″ TV screen.
To find out more about Purr View TV show click here.
I hope you enjoy them. They’re a lot of fun!
Episode: Cat Expose
Segment 1: Cat’s On The Beach
Segment 2: Cat Expose