Jump to content

Outdoor cat run


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:39 PM

Hey, Catxperts, am planning on enclosing a bit of my back "yard" for mah kittehs, who are inside cats but do love the great outdoors.

My back "yard" is basically all paved except for a handkerchief square of grass which would be really hard to extend a cat run onto because of changing levels etc.

Would a cat run that is only on paving still be enjoyable to them?  I was reading a site today that showed ways to attach climbing stuff onto the house walls etc. so they can play, but there really wouldn't be much for them to see - it's basically just netting in the fence to roofline on one side of the house, with exit and entry via my bathroom window.

I could put some potted kitteh plants in there for them to discover.  Would that be enough?



#2 FiveAus

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

In our last house, we had two cat runs that were accessible from a tunnel from the laundry window and joined by a tunnel going between them. Neither were on grass, one was on concrete and the other we laid pavers over sand.
The cats LOVED them, and I'd often catch them having a good old roll on the pavers, wriggling with joy at the feel of that lovely scratchy texture.

And in fact, we deliberately didn't extend them to grass because of the difficulty in maintaining a lawn inside a cat run. We put pots of cat nip and parsley in there that we could water through the mesh.

#3 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

I was thinking of putting a few pots in there, have heard from other catxperts that they may squash, crap on, devour, otherwise-kill said pot plants, but worth a go.



#4 FiveAus

Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:46 PM

I put them there mainly for me, I wanted it to look nice, They lasted a while but I think they died of neglect rather than cats squashing them.

Our cats had lots of hanging ropes and toys to climb and play with and things to sit on and in, but the things they loved the best were long shelves we attached to the brick wall of the house, which formed the back wall of one of the enclosures. They would lay on them, stretched out in the sun and snooze the day away. They were up reasonably high, and staggered like this......

    ____________________

                _______________________

      ___________________________

There was a tree stump on the ground that they used to launch themselves from, to get to the lower shelf, then they'd just climb up to the one they wanted. They could see most of the backyard from there and if I set up a cat run again (this current house isn't suitable, unfortunately), I'd forget the toys and ropes and just have plenty of shelves.

#5 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:15 PM

I already have the plans for the shelves attached to the side of the house - I'm so happy to hear that your kittehs love them!  I'm also going to be on the hunt for a giant bit of driftwood for them to climb.



#6 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:19 PM

Security is always paramount, as is hygiene, so no grass is not really a problem. If you grow them some fun greenery, they will nibble and play with it as needed. If there is stuff for climbing and scratching, plus hidey holes for surprises, then you will have made cat heaven. It could easily be done from recycled stuff.

(Need pictures of kittehs being Ninjas in the new run!!!!)

#7 malibu71

Posted 14 December 2012 - 02:53 PM

My husband built us two using catnet which is available online would suggest however a door as entry rather than the zip closure they offer as the zip gets older it gets tougher!!!!

THey do love being up high even if from our point of view nothing to see - we have beds and the dog houses that can break in two put in there with beds underneath, they are raised on boards to keep out of water if it rains and give them somewhere to hide in bad weather, looking forward to buying our own place so we can do more!!!

#8 FiveAus

Posted 14 December 2012 - 03:32 PM

Funny story about a cat in a cat enclosure and how he managed to disrupt the entire neighbourhood early each morning.
We have Bruno, a brown Burmese cat, he is the naughtiest cat ever born. At the time of the story we were living in town with neighbours either side and over the back, all in close proximity, and had two Australian Shepherd dogs, who were usually fairly quiet.
We'd let he dogs outside early, around 5.30am as this was the time we got up for work, and one morning they started barking. Unlike them but we yelled at them to shoosh, and they did. Next morning they barked again, excited LOUD barking. This went on day after day and we covered fences and gates so they couldn't see out the front in case they were barking at the morning walkers.
They were driving us nuts! Then we noticed Bruno heading out the laundry window into his enclosure at a rapid pace........imagine this little brown devil screaming into the laundry, flying up onto the bench and launching himself into the tunnel.
So we watched what he was doing. He'd run down the tunnel, leap onto the shelves thenlaunch  himself at the wire mesh and hang there, making faces at the dogs, then he'd run up the mesh, fling himself back onto the shelves and do it again!
That's what the dogs were barking at! Bruno had figured out his fantastic game of making the dogs bark and he was playing it for all it was worth.
Solution: we shut the laundry window so he couldn't get out into the enclosure until it was broad daylight. Peaceful early mornings once again!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

The myths and truths of gender swaying

Here are a few popular methods hopeful parents-to-be use to try to get a baby of their preferred gender – and what an expert says about whether they really work.

10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

The Office of Fair Trading has pulled seven toys from shelves ahead of Christmas after they fail safety tests.

Video: Baby boy's trouble with twins

These twin girls will no doubt have fun fooling people in years to come, but nobody will be as confused as baby Landon.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

'I tried to kill my baby': one mum's story

After bathing and dressing her three-month-old son, Amanda had a rare moment alone with her baby.

Attack of the 'mummy brain'

I feel that almost every day, someone in my life - be they a friend, family member or complete stranger - feels the need to excuse my behaviour as I have other things on my mind.

Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

Co-sleeping or no-sleeping? Mum videos worst nap ever

One mother's futile attempt to sleep in caught on camera in a hilarious - and very cute - video.

Why children misbehave during the festive season

While we all like to imagine the holiday season as being a fun, loving and bonding experience; often our reality is quiet different.

I was fat-shamed by my doctor

The fear of being weighed is the most significant factor in women cancelling medical appointments - and now weight-shaming has happened to me.

End of an era: no more childcare

As we reach the end of 2014, we're closing the book on many things for another year, most notably childcare. Our last child has attended childcare for the very last time.

The 7-year itch is more like the 10-year itch: study

Contrary to popular belief, making it past the seven-year mark doesn't mean your marriage will be smooth sailing from there on.

Stop telling us that parenting gets harder

I’m sure that parenting will get harder. But life isn’t exactly smooth sailing for many of us right now, either.

Should children be forced to sit on Santa's lap?

We teach kids it’s okay to say no if they don’t feel safe, so why do some parents force their children to climb in to Santa's lap?

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Baby born weighing almost 14 pounds

Yes, the bouncing baby girl was born by caesarean section. And mum says no more kids.

The dummy debate

I'm the first to admit that when I used to see tiny babies with dummies in their mouths, I thought "Hmm, lazy parenting." And now I apologise.

WIN an exclusive performance from Sam Moran!

To celebrate the release of children?s musical series Play Along with Sam, out now on DVD, we?re giving one lucky parent the chance to have Sam perform at their child?s pre-school or day care!

'I thought I was an only child'

Imagine meeting your double at a school sports event, or regularly being mistaken for someone you haven't met. Separated twins Margaret and Joy tell their story.

Mums reveal their nappy bag essentials

Ever wondered what other mums carry in their nappy bags? We have, so we asked mums to tell us their must-have nappy bag items.

Toddler died because he wasn't given antibiotics soon enough

A 15-month-old boy would almost certainly be alive today if doctors had given him antibiotics sooner, a coroner has ruled.

VIDEO: moment a toddler falls on to train tracks in Melbourne

Shocking footage has emerged capturing the moment a pram carrying a toddler rolled off a platform and onto train tracks in suburban Melbourne.

Sold on natural birth? Read the fine print

In the excitement and anticipation of a first pregnancy, I ignored the fine print: some women, some of the time.

Child with alcoholic mum who drank while pregnant won't win pay-out

A young child is not entitled to criminal injuries compensation after her mother drank excessively while pregnant.

Superbugs killing India's babies, posing wider threat

A deadly epidemic that could have global implications is quietly sweeping India, tens of thousands of newborns dying because antibiotics no longer work.

Can you teach a toddler to sleep in?

Parents share their tips on getting their early risers to sleep in, even for just a little bit longer.

Keeping your relationship on track as new parents

About 70 per cent of couples experience a slump in their relationship within three years of having a baby. Here's how we tried to get back on track.

America's favourite baby names of 2014

Americans are turning to television, Netflix and sports for ideas for what to name their wee ones.

Carers admit to force-feeding children

As Sydney grieves the loss of Sydney siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, reports have suggested that both died as heroes.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.