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"It might be hard to envision everything your project needs before you begin building, but once you start putting the cubes together tons of ideas will make themselves evident to you.
And if you don't like how it's turning out, simply take it all apart and start over!"
2012: Terri from Pennsylvania sent the photos below of the elaborate run she created to take advantage of all the space she could. It uses 5-6 boxes of cubes from Target and includes hanging toys and things to climb on (and in!) for interest.
These photos are important for another reason, as they show what you'll need to do when building a run that has to conform to different ground or floor levels (see red boxes in photo below).
As I mentioned on the previous page, I remade our original enclosure into a run which came down off our deck. It also uses this method of overlapping and zip-tying the wire panels (without connectors) to fill in the gaps left when your second level isn't exactly 14 inches from your first...which is always. It's admittedly not pretty but it works and, thanks to the zip ties, remains strong and secure.
The inset photo above shows how Terri later remodeled the portion on the ground to be two panels high, after she discovered something that bears repeating: it's important to make sections you expect your cat to spend any time in be a minimum of two panels high. They don't need to be any higher than that unless you absolutely must make use of all the vertical space you can (in which case you'll need to build in platforms or shelves so your cat can take advantage of it, too), but a cat cannot comfortably sit up in a section that's only one panel high.
2012: After Shaina from Kansas found her outdoor cat inside a neighbor's raccoon trap, she knew something had to be done to keep LuLu safe. Using our tutorial, she constructed the enclosure below.
|Shaina rents and cannot make any doorway to the enclosure for LuLu, so she has to put her inside it. To facilitate this, she left one panel untied, and just removes it and replaces it.|
As you can see, there's a bed in there for LuLu, and toys to keep her occupied. Much of the structure is under the cover of the porch so even when Shaina isn't home, her cat will be safe from the elements.
Shaina also used some inexpensive rubber mats (great idea) to provide seating on the shelves, and also to block off a portion of it for further protection from rain. Shaina's looking for a new place to live, so the portability of this solution is an added bonus, since she'll be able to disassemble and reassemble it to take advantage of her new space when the time comes.
Shaina tells us something we thought we should mention: LuLu hates this "cage". Almost all cats who are used to being able to run free outdoors will not be happy with this or any enclosure you build for him/her, at least at first. It helps to be forewarned that a lack of appreciation is something you might have to deal with.
2013: Our first submission for 2013 comes from Tania in Lakewood, Colorado, who reports that their new enclosure makes Ginger and Jake "happier than ever". And they do look contented in this attractive configuration with two seating areas, don't they?
As you might have guessed from the photo, the cats get into the enclosure via the window. Tania decided to use only the panels with the 8 wires across because she discovered that with the panels with only 4 wires, one of her cats could get both his head and a front leg out at the same time, so she was afraid he would get stuck, or possibly escape. I hadn't heard of this with an adult cat before (and one of our cats is quite small), but since we now know it's possible, you'll want to watch your cats in their new enclosure for awhile to see how they react to it.
2013: Carrie from California posted the photo below of her nearly-completed enclosure to our Facebook page. As you can see, it's built to fit into an enclosed patio.
If you own your home and have a smaller fenced yard, instead of building an enclosure, you might consider this alternative from Cat Fence-In.
2013: Kerstin from North Carolina built the enclosure below using about 2-1/2 boxes of cubes that she bought from Target. Salem was used to being able to go out before he came to live with Kerstin in her apartment complex, and if you've ever had the experience of trying to make an outdoor cat into an indoor-only one, you know how insufferable a cat can be when he WANTS TO GO OUT. But Kerstin says Salem loves his new catio, and you can see what a character he is in the bottom photo, which is from Kerstin's Facebook page.
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