can be happily kept inside all the time, and an indoor
cat is much
healthier and safer than an outdoor cat. But, if
you have the
space, you might want to consider providing your
kitties with a "cat
run" where they can go outside at will and watch birds
and doze in the
sun. Below is the cat run we have had since the
first year I
bought the house. It's about 3/4 the length of
the house, and 5
feet deep, built of redwood and wire mesh.
|The cats access
the cat run
through a door in the large
window (off of the laundry room). The sides and top
are wire mesh. In
the first picture are Tuxedo, Beauregard, and Sophie.
The cats have an
upright tree branch for scratching and climbing.
made of pine planks and was purchased
ready-to-assemble (we bought two
units) from Fred Meyer's store, plus there
are other shelves throughout the run. There are
two houses inside
the cat run.
The photo with my shadow shows the "people door" into the run. The last photo is of the backyard: what the cats see when they look out from their cat run. If you want to see more photos of my pond, arbor, garden, and rose trellises, I have a photo album at Webshots.
|Here are some links
to cat runs/enclosures built by others and a few
Articles about enclosures/cat runs: