How to Make a Simple & Cute Outdoor Catwalk for Cats
We created a catio for our two cats by enclosing a small roofed section on the side of our house. However, to give our cats a way to feel like they're outside with us when we're in the yard, we built an outdoor catwalk for the cats.
We even added a sign to hang underneath! Here is how we did it:
The garage is on the left and the house is on the right.
- 4 Sections of wire closet-type shelving
- Sip ties
- Outdoor grassy carpet scrap
- Scrap wood
Catwalk sign materials:
- Scrap wood
- Compound miter saw
- Wire cutters
1. Gather the materials
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 12ft length.
2. Make a tunnel
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.
3. Add grass carpet
The grass carpet ensures paws don't fall through yet rain and snow won't affect it.
4. Affix the catwalk
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.
DIY catwalk for cats
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?