Making a Simple Cat Walk for Your Catio

by Kelly-n-Tony
13 Materials
1 Hour

We created a catio for our two cats by enclosing a small roofed section on the side of our house.

We decided to give our cats a way to feel like they're outside WITH us when we are in the yard by building an overhead CAT WALK. We also added a  sign to hang underneath.

The garage is on the left and the house on the right.

CATWALK MATERIALS: 4 sections of wire closet type shelving, zip ties, outdoor grassy carpet scrap, scrap wood, screws

CATWALK SIGN MATERIALS: scrap wood, stencil, paint

TOOLS: drill, compound miter saw, wire cutters.

We purchased 4 closet type wire shelves. They go on sale fairly often and I've seen them at yard sales as well. We got ours for about $12.50 each. We needed the 12 ft length.

Using zip ties we fastened the 4 sides together to create a tunnel. A strip of leftover grassy outdoor carpet was zip tied to the bottom. Then we snipped the extra lengths of zip ties off.

The grass carpet ensures paws don't fall through yet rain and snow won't affect it.

Currently the tunnel runs from the catio to the garage wall where a shelf was attached and painted white to match Eventually we might extend the tunnel to go into the garage or around the exterior of the garage.

Both cats really enjoy the cat tunnel and run out to join us and enjoy lounging in the sun.

We just added the sign last week. To make it I painted a piece of scrap wood and made a stencil with my Cricut but it could easily be hand painted since it's a simple design. I think it really adds to the fun of it.

Would your cats enjoy something like this?

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  • Laura Laura on Feb 06, 2023

    I paid 'A LOT' of money for a 72" x 12" cat tunnel on-line plus almost $400 for delivery. They're nice but rediculously expensive. I think this project will be even sturdier than the one I paid a lot for. I'm so glad I saw this.

  • Crissy Richards Crissy Richards on Mar 09, 2023

    This is absolutely genius!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!