My friends at the Community Cat Coalition posted this idea yesterday.
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We often hear people say that they’d love a catio, but they just don’t have the time to make one. Or, they are renting and aren’t allowed to build anything permanent. Sometimes it is the cost or the difficulty in transporting materials in a car. Guess what, this 5 X 5 X 5 foot catio can be assembled in 45 minutes and you can take it apart and roll it up for next year in less than 15 minutes. Small and easy to carry, you can take it with you and easily store in a closet in the off season. Okay, it isn’t pretty until you dress it up, but it is fast and easy and your cats won’t care if it was inexpensive. The example in this post was about $100 to build, but you can do it for a lot less by cutting longer poles to size or by sharing deer fencing with a cat friend.
–12 – 1 inch X 5 feet PVC Pipe. (* $3 each at our local hardware store.)
–8 – 1 inch Side Outlet Elbow Joint PVC ( $2.18 each at our local hardware store.)
–100 – Zip Ties ($5 for the pack.)
–35 feet of 6 foot deer fencing. (About $35 if you share a high strength 100 foot roll ($100) with a friend. Much less if you use the deer netting instead.)
*It is MUCH cheaper if you buy 10 foot or longer PVC pipes and cut them in half. I went the fast and easy route on this example.
You can purchase deer netting and deer fencing at feed stores, on Amazon.com or at big box stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. It generally comes in 100 X 6 foot rolls. You will only need 35 feet for this project. Buy the 1/34 inch heavy duty version for young cats, escape artists or unsocialized cats. They cost about $100 – $120 for a 100 foot roll. Deer netting also comes in 100 X 6 foot rolls with a smaller mesh for around $45 – $55. These vary greatly in strength and durability, so don’t buy this type online unless you know it is a heavier guage. Some sold as deer netting are actually just bird netting. Buy the durable version that you can’t tear by hand. You can substitute bird netting for mellow or supervised cats, but I don’t recommend it for active cats, unsupervised cats, cats who chew plastic or in areas with outdoor predators or rodents who could potentially chew through it.
This is just a an easy sample. You can upgrade it any time by purchasing additional poles or connectors. Google PVC catio to see other examples. For different connector options, check out these links. Share your pics in the links below.
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