If your cat isn’t into harness life but you want them to enjoy the great outdoors, you can create a protected outdoor space. Cat enclosures and ‘catios’ can offer the best of both worlds: your cat gets to go outside, but in a protected environment. Habitat Haven (Toronto, Ontario), Catscape (Brentwood Bay, B.C.) and Hellas Pet Enclosures (Edmonton, AB) offer a variety of solutions, from ‘catios’ to dens to larger enclosures. There are also some relatively inexpensive ‘kitty run’ options from TSC Pets or Kritter Kondos. Of course, you can also build your own!
Other useful resources and links:
Download our Safe Outdoor Options resource here.
Click here to see the pre-made chicken coops that are easily adapted for cats available from Home Hardware.
This blog has some great tips for building one of your own out of wire-cube storage units.
This pet-resistant screen comes highly recommended and is great for use in a catio. It’s strong enough to withstand kitty’s claws, and too small for birds to squeeze through.
Here’s a video by the good folks at Cuteness.com on how to make an inexpensive catio out of Ikea shelves:
And there are lots of videos on YouTube, with a huge variety of budgets, designs and approaches. Check them out here.