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Outside Cat Enclosures
« on: October 22, 2012, 12:59:54 PM »
I've been thinking about adding an outside cat enclosure for a long time.  Something like this:Link Removed - Company SUCKS (IMHO)
We are thinking along the lines of 12 feet long, 6 feet high, and 3 feet wide.  We could put it against the outside of a master bedroom wall.  That would make one solid wall and three walls to see out of.  We would put a cat door in the wall, so the felines would have access directly from the inside of the house to the outside enclosure. 
My one reservation is...we wouldn't be able to see the cats, in the enclosure, unless we went outside.   :-\
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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2012, 08:23:06 PM »
Oooh...how exciting!

But yeah, that would bother me, not being able to see them. Do you spend a lot of time in the yard? I mean enough time so you would only let them in the enclosure when you were out there too?

Or..instead of a cat door in the wall, install a window on that wall, to put the cat door in, plus have the window so you can look out at them?

Just thinking out loud here...

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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2012, 03:35:58 PM »
We would be able to close the cat door to keep them from being able to go out into the enclosure, if needed. 
We thought about adding a window to the bedroom wall, because I definitely want to see them playing and such.  But that will probably be farther down the road. 
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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2012, 12:50:21 AM »
You could make a cat door that is easily removable that goes out a window or sliding glass door to a build it yourself enclosure made with 2x4's and chicken wire. Thats just my  2cents idea  :-\
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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2012, 05:05:40 PM »
You could make a cat door that is easily removable that goes out a window or sliding glass door to a build it yourself enclosure made with 2x4's and chicken wire. Thats just my  2cents idea  :-\

The windows and sliders that are available, aren't in good locations...as far as having a cat enclosure on the other side of them.
The wall, that we are going to use, will look normal... even after a window is cut in. 
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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2012, 07:06:45 PM »
I am thinking of doing something to at my  new place, not sure what. They will no longer have a sun room, which I have a home made cat door put in between the sliding glass door.  I have to also figure out where I am going to hang my bird feeders for their entertainment. Wilson especially will miss that if I don't figure something out.

So your going to put in a new window? yikes, fun job, lol!!

check out these cat enclosures
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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2012, 07:21:29 PM »
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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2012, 06:16:44 PM »
Shadow, If your kitties are used to a sun room... you better come up with SOMETHING at your new place.  :)

We decided to go with the Bronze Plus one.  It will be 12 feet long, 3 feet wide, and 6 feet high.  That should give all the cats plenty of room! 
The little square openings are only 1".  We want to keep larger critters out.  :)  The cats will be able to put their paws through, but no other body parts.  We also like that there are no exposed ends... nothing sharp going on. 
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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2012, 06:21:35 PM »
So exciting!  Take lots of pictures! Not just of the cats, once it's done I mean, but of the whole process! (please!)

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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2012, 11:46:05 PM »
Hubby dug out the yard area to get it level for the flooring last weekend.  We thought a solid floor would be better... keep the dogs for digging the cats out.   :D 

We ended up using left over tile, from when we had our house tiled a few years ago.  We had 18 cases left over... I never got around to taking some of it back.   :o 

Today, hubby put in the cat door.  I was just a littttttle bit nervous having him saw a hole in the block wall.  He was nervous as well.  BUT... all went well.   :D  We will have a professional put in the window though. 

I was on the inside and hubby was outside.  Arrows wasn't so sure about the door, but as soon as he saw hubby on the other side... he went for it. 

They are all going to love it... I just know it!

Now, we are just waiting for the delivery of the actual enclosure. 
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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2012, 01:53:10 AM »
You put a hole in the wall??? :o then put a cat door in it? how ya do that??
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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2012, 06:52:29 AM »
WHERE ARE THE PICTURES????>:(

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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2012, 06:06:04 PM »
You put a hole in the wall??? :o then put a cat door in it? how ya do that??

Hubby used a block saw blade to cut a whole in the wall.  The door kit came with a template.   ;D

This is a picture of the hole...looking from the inside of the bedroom. 

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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2012, 06:07:31 PM »
WHERE ARE THE PICTURES????>:(

They aren't that exciting, but...

This is the tile "slab" up close.
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Re: Outside Cat Enclosures
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2012, 06:08:17 PM »
The hole is very neatly done! And the tile is great!  I am so excited for you and your kitties!

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