Kaleriia’s Kittens 05/03/09 ~
Perchta, Putsha, Pachek, Poskin, and Poladia. A cute bunch!
On a nice snowy day, the kittens lined up watching the outdoor world from the safety of the sliding door.
Outdoor Cat Runs
At our last home, we built three outdoor cat runs which the cats loved. They are made out 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. Two of the runs can be accessed from sliding patio doors, and the third run is accessed 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.