We wanted our cats to enjoy the birds in our rural back yard without worrying that they might wander away or be endangered by our local wildlife so we built a catio.
The Great Outdoors Cat Catio
The finished project is 4 feet deep, 10 feet wide and about 7 feet high at the back wall.
We built 2 cat trees for them to climb and play on then mounted a cat walk on the back wall that leads to a wooden box that they spend hours in watching the birds.
We started with a couple of free pallets which we framed out to create a floor, placed on a gravel base leveled and secured to the house. We painted with an outdoor deck paint.
Wire mesh being stapled in place with an air stapler. A wood framed door (on the table) was also made to fit the opening. We used Tremclad red paint and a quality grey paint for durability.
We ripped 2x4's as needed and measured everything carefully to not waste materials. We are not carpentry pro's by any means but pretty happy with our framing efforts.
With a variety of levels to choose from, our cats get lots of exercise and fresh air.
- 2x4's (local lumber store)
- Metal roof panels (lumber store)
- Cage wire (lumber store)
- Misc hardware, screws staples (lumber store)
- Outdoor deck and patio paint