Cat Runs

Looking Outside

Kaleriia’s Kittens 05/03/2009

Perchta,  Putsha,  Pachek,  Poskin,  and Poladia.  
What a cute bunch!

On a nice snowy day, the kittens lined up watching the outdoor world from the safety  of the sliding door. 

Siberian Kittens 
Outside cat run

Outdoor Cat Runs

At our last home, we built three outdoor cat runs, and have one now.  The cats love them, and they are a wonderful place for litterboxes. 

The runs are  made from treated framing, cedar trim, polycarbonate roof, and heavy gauge chicken wire. In the winter, two of the outside walls are covered with polycarbonate to keep out rain. They can be accessed from sliding patio doors, or from  outside.

We acessed the runs from an outdoor gate door fabricated from the same materials as the rest of the run.  It is locked to prevent someone from accidentally letting the cats out. Litter boxes are placed on the wood shelves to keep bending and lifting to a minimum.  Each run has a high perch area also.

The cost of materials for these runs was about $500 each (excluding the patio sliding door).  The cat doors that we used are the small Extreme Weather Cat Door made by PETSAFE.  In the future, I would strongly consider using vinyl coated 2” mesh hardware cloth instead of chicken wire.  It is more expensive, but far more durable.

All our litter boxes are outside, except when we have young kittens - though by six weeks they use the cat doors too.  This reduces tracking and keeps allergens and dust from the litter boxes to a minimum. Keeping litter boxes outside will make a tremendous difference to families with asthma.

`aa.© Meredith Lundberg 2015