Making Outdoor Cat Enclosures:
Free access to cat runs is one of the best things an owner can provide for indoor cats. Making sure she or he gets plenty of time out-of-doors is a free and easy way to improve their health. The modern move towards keeping cats indoors is a fantastic way to keep them safe, as well as preventing them consuming the local wildlife.
However, there are serious drawbacks for the health of cats that are kept inside on a permanent basis, and never get to venture outside at all. Further down the page, I will share information on making outdoor cat enclosures and runs. But first, let us take a quick look at why having some sort of outdoor cat home is so important. Apart from being able to make your cat happy, there are health benefits!
Cats Need Sunlight
The first thing is that all animals require sunlight upon them to be in optimal health. The sun that comes through glass gets filtered and is missing some of the most important rays. Having access to direct, unfiltered sunlight is a basic need and necessary for long-term health.
Cats Need Fresh Air
The second thing is toxic household air. Especially in cases where there is no fresh air movement through the house, this can be a real issue. Sick building syndrome is a modern result of how we live our lives and affects our indoor pets as well as ourselves. Most houses have indoor pollution from our furniture and fittings, electronics and other things.
Cats Need To Have Grounding
Thirdly, and possible the most important is the connection to the ground. Referred to as “earthing” or ”grounding”, simply touching the earth with your body is a massively healing thing to do. An interesting study of a family who lived close to large power pylons showed the people tested very high in the bad EMF (electromagnetic frequencies). Whereas the animals living in the fields and grazing close to and even right underneath the pylons – were completely clear of these harmful frequencies. The people were disconnected from the earth by the floor in the house, whereas the animals are constantly touching the earth.
For more information on earthing, the book pictured on the right is highly recommended. You will never look at plain old earth the same way ever again – believe me! You can get this here: Earthing Book
Although earthing provides massive health benefits – it costs you absolutely nothing! As long as you can get your cats outdoor time, even just an hour or two each day, then you are doing them a massive favor. There is also the option of purchasing special “grounding mats” and many people do that for themselves as well as their pets.
But again, as long as you can allow your cat outdoors time, then you wouldn’t need one of these.
How Can You Let An Indoors Cat Go Outside Safely?
So, you have an indoors only cat and want to get them outside, but need to also keep them contained and safe. What can you do?
There are many types of enclosure for cats – from small cage styles to the much larger and more permanent cat run enclosure. Many of the smaller ones and portable cat runs are available for purchase online, and some are great. You can view the range at Amazon here (get a great price!) Outdoor Cat Enclosures.
However, many of those are not really spacious enough for your cat to enjoy his or her outdoors semi-freedom.
Types of Outside Cat Enclosures
If you want to build a cat enclosure yourself, there are many ways you can choose to go. You might like to make a small or large, permanent structure which would be really good if you own your own home and are planning to live in your current location for a long time. You could choose to have a professional builder install this for you.
However, there are easy and cheap ways to make cat safe enclosures that are fast to install and easily dismantled, when needed. I will be sharing here some articles that have been offered by cat owners that show you from start to finish exactly how you can build a really cool cat enclosure yourself.
In the first article, you can see a really neat way of enclosing your patio, verandah or carport with cat netting. The maker of that enclosure used their carport which is attached to the house. Their cats can go out of the house into the enclosure via a cat door from their kitchen.
Check this story out here: How To Build A Cat Enclosure
In the second article, you can see the same cat owner has made a simple and relatively cheap cat enclosure extension to their first cat run. This is so that their cats can actually get out onto the grass, run and play and lounge in the sunshine – at will. They also get the stimulation of watching birds and wildlife that venture near their enclosure.
If you want to take a short-cut and purchase a ready-made cat enclosure, you can find a good range here: Outdoor Cat Enclosures
Check this story out here: How To Make A Cat Enclosure Extension (coming soon)
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