My fiancé’s dad built a large outdoor enclosure for his two cats to enjoy during the warm weather and they love it! He used simple materials like 2’X4’s, wire mesh, and a large tarp. He kept the design simple and added little extras like a rope-covered post for scratching and an astro-turf like material (that was meant for scratching) but the cats decided to use it as a nice sleeping spot.
There are different perches at different heights and in one corner he built an enclosed box for extra privacy and protection from the elements. There is a spot for a litter box and an area for food and water. There is a large door on the front to allow for easy access and he has planted sunflowers along the outside parameter to help camouflage the enclosure.
With such an enclosure, the cats get to enjoy their “natural” environment. They get to experience the sites, sounds, smells, touch and tastes of nature, while you’re not worrying about their safety or the safety of other animals. Squeezy and Tiger love to lie in the sun, sniff the fresh air, munch on stalks of grass and chase bugs. These kitties couldn’t be happier and all it took was a few simple materials (gathered from local home improvement stores), a little planning, and some elbow grease. I hope this post will help you get some ideas for outdoor enclosures for your kitties. They will thank you for it!