Jump to content

Show me your cat run! *Kitten pics added*
I apparently now own a cat!


  • Please log in to reply
24 replies to this topic

#1 Rosalita

Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

Three weeks ago, I picked up a tiny little kitten (around 8wks old) from the middle of the road where he had been hit by a car, off to the vet we raced, $400 later and he has a fractured jaw & a fractured skull & I apparently am now the proud slave owner of a tiny little kitten.

The vet was happy to leave him alone, saying that much of the time these things could heal themselves, with time and not too much insane racing around and leaping through the air at imaginary things that only crazy kittens can see wink.gif added to that, he was eating, complaining meowing loudly & often, had been toileting & moving around, so he brought him home.

Now, I need a cat run as he's an inside cat, but I often find him gazing out the front screen door & honestly I want him to go outside & he able to play, run, climb & laze around in the sun, instead of being boxed in the house all day.

I've checked out lots of cat runs online, but am interested to see if any EBers have had a cat run installed or built one themselves & what if any problems they faced or found after their run was installed/built.

Thanks!

Edited by MummyPig, 09 January 2013 - 02:50 PM.


#2 Apageintime

Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

I have built one at an old house, but we basically just closed in an outdoor patio area  with chicken wire, and added some "kitten shelves" - carpeted covered steps up the walls for cats to sleep on.

Good on your for adopting a new master. I hope you adjust to your overlord without too much trouble.

#3 Tarantara

Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

I got a custom cat run put in 4 years ago. It's is on the company website as an example.

We put one sheet of mesh between the side of the house and the side fence, then a roof on top. There is a cat door through my kitchen window through a little tunnel, and a platform pole in the middle to keep it stable.

Cats love it!

Mine is the top right example: http://www.bettapetsystems.com.au/gallery.html

#4 *Ker*

Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:13 AM

My brother builds them. Make sure you get cat netting or strong wire as cats can and do chew through them. He's supposed to be building one here...I haven't seen it yet  rolleyes.gif

ETA: Kudos to you and THANK YOU for stopping and picking the poor little mite up!

And...WHERE ARE THE PICS???

Edited by *Ker*, 09 January 2013 - 10:14 AM.


#5 lelo

Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:33 AM

I bought a chicken coop from ebay  for our three cats, it's great because it has indoor and outdoor areas so I could potentially leave them there over night or while we're away all day, etc.

Unfortunately our cats only enjoyed it for about a week until it was taken over by a stray I found with four newborn kittens! The kittens are approaching eight weeks old now so will be hopefully moving out soon original.gif

Here's some pictures of the little guys and their mum enjoying the coop: Kittens!

#6 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:42 AM

Our cats spend all day lazing on window sills looking at the outdoors.  We're meanie cat parents though, and only let them outside when they're on their harnesses.  Then we spend a good 30 minutes letting them sniff the gardens, lounge in the sun and hang out.  Only do it every month or two (because we're slack) and they're fine.   3 cats, a 2.5 bedder and they give no impression of feeling cooped up.  Let's face it, they're asleep for at least 18 hours a day, they don't need that much room Tounge1.gif

#7 Rosalita

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:04 PM

lelo, we were looking at an aviary, but I have the puuurrfect  wink.gif  spot for a cat run along side our house & our yard is tiny, so we would be using the unused dead space with the cat run on the side & not taking up yard space with an aviary, DH is pretty handy, so he would build it. Your babies are gorgeous, how is Mumma Cat going now, has she settled at all?

Ker, I did think of posting a pic, I'll check it out, I have a couple of when I picked him up and a couple of him now, he is such a ratbag, but such a beautiful boy & he loves our Shih Zhu boy, they get on beautifully, which surprised me, I have my fingers crossed they will remain friends and not end up trying to eat each other.

Jillian_10, Thankyou original.gif I am loving your run, I showed DH last night & he went straight into "I can build that" mode LOL


#8 Exhaustedbuthappy

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

where are you located?

I have my front patio converted into an 'outdoor palace' and they just love sitting in the sun.

I am in Brisbane and went with catenclosures.com.au - they were recommended by my vet.
They were also a 1/3 of the price that the catmax people quoted.

#9 lelo

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:23 PM

MummyPig using 'wasted space' for your cat run is a great idea, we have an area like that behind our garden shed - it is where our chickens live original.gif

QUOTE
Your babies are gorgeous, how is Mumma Cat going now, has she settled at all?


The babies are gorgeous - it will be very hard to give them up  sad.gif
They are currently running havoc around my feet as they begged to be let out of our bathroom, which is their daytime home at the moment.

Mumma cat (Shelly) is still quite nervous and I've not been game to try to handle her, she no longer hides when we are out in the yard near her and even accepts our little dog looking in on her, but still hisses and swipes at my hands if I get too close, or move too fast, lol
She is also very thin - hence keeping the littles ones apart from her half the day - I might try slipping a worm tab into some of her food, but I suspect it's mainly because she is still very young, been neglected, and is feeding four very healthy active kittens!

I'm hoping we can maybe keep her and she'll calm after the kittens are gone and she is neutered. Just have to persuade DH that keeping a fourth cat is a good idea - he already calls me 'crazy cat lady!'

#10 Rosalita

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:28 PM

QUOTE
he already calls me 'crazy cat lady!'



Hahahaha...DH said to me, "what is it with you a stray bloody animals"  tongue.gif

#11 gina70

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:35 PM

I have one of my cats in an enclosure. It was orginally built for chickens which we no longer own.  It is about 5 m x 2m and is fully encosed.  It was a family effort, it took a day and cost about $200.  She has escaped a couple of times, but sits on the veranda.  I think we have repaired it enough now, she hasn't escaped for a few weeks.  She is too rough with my older cat, so she spends the day outside and night time in the bathroom. She has plenty of water, shade, grass, high shelf thing and mice.  She was never a social cat anyway.

My other 2 cats never go outside.

#12 Apageintime

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:37 PM

Oh I could just squish those little kitten faces!

#13 Rosalita

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:48 PM

First look at the vet.





Concern about that left front leg, he wasn't using it or trying to bear weight with it, thankfully it came good over the next few hours. Other concerns were that he was aspirating blood, which made is think he could have had blood in his lungs, again, over the next few hours it eased & it seems the blood in his nasal passages came from his fractured jaw.



24 hours later, less than impressed, but much better original.gif



Home and being introduced to Sammy The Shih Zhu, Sam's not to sure, Baby on the other hand thinks he owns the place & set Sam back quick smart LOL



They spent the next couple of days like this, by the time Baby ventured from the crate, they were great friends.

MP xo.

#14 Rosalita

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:52 PM

And a couple more  wink.gif



Sharing Sam's crate



Under Mumma's bed, a favorite place to hang out together (IE: AWAY from the human kids! LOL)



Attacking that nasty door snake!



Look how far I've come  wub.gif  three weeks later, I eat, I play, I have an awesome & very cool diamante collar & I purr, all the time.

MP xo.

Edited by MummyPig, 09 January 2013 - 02:54 PM.


#15 lelo

Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:02 PM

MummyPig what a sweet little kitten you have found - I love black cats  wub.gif  (who am I kidding, I love all cats, lol)

#16 lamarque

Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:02 PM

Aww, he's gorgeous OP!  I love the one where they're in the crate together.   wub.gif

#17 Ferelsmegz

Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:08 PM

OMG! How adorable! He looks exactly like my little girl!!!  biggrin.gif

#18 *Ker*

Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:39 PM

He's gorgeous  llove.gif

Thank goodness you didn't leave the poor thing there, as many probably did.


#19 Rosalita

Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:57 PM

Yep, they did Ker, I saw him as i was driving towards him, he looked like a black puddle on the road, until he lifted his head up! I pulled over, reverse up 100mtrs and then was standing on the side of the road, with a towel in my hands & cars are flying past him, my heart dropped every time. It was awful sad.gif

I stepped out in front of a car in the end & put my hand up, as in *STOP*! The driver looked a bit cranky, but, whatever, but that stage i was getting that cat if it was the last thing I did!

I was so angry at first then I just felt really sad, it was obvious that he was still alive & people just kept going, some days I have to wonder whats wrong with people that they wont help?



#20 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

awwwwwwwwwwwwww he's adorable! I bet he will end up super super smoochy because he will appreciate that you saved him.

Gorgeous how he and your dog are besties already wink.gif Very cute original.gif

#21 Tarantara

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:01 PM

He is gorgeous. Well done original.gif I have a lovely black moggie in my collection too original.gif

#22 Duck-o-lah

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:19 PM

Yay! You saved him!
What a cutie, I had a good giggle at the dog near the crate. Then next to the crate. Then in the crate laughing2.gif

Anyway, on cat runs... I don't have any decent pics but I can explain what I've done. We bought a large dog enclosure for my puppies (3x4m, 2m tall). We invested quite a lot of money and effort but the dog we bought it for wouldn't use it. Heartbroken that I had invested so much in something that wouldn't be used I turned it into a kitty run!

I put some old kennels in there to hide, and covered them in carpet for grip and scratchy goodness. I found a big tree trunk that had fallen near the fence and dragged it in there for climbing and scratching, aswell as a table for perching and finally an old chair that is the most coveted position.

Issues: it was built away from the house so the cats can't come and go as they please. This is irritating, but there is really no way to build access to it from inside. Also it came with a sun shade for the roof, but as it was not designed as a cat run there were gaps in the shade cover and the top of the walls. Sure enough the feistier of my two felines was climbing the walls in an instant, popping his head through the gaps and climbing out onto the roof! I've had to put mesh over the top to make it more secure.

I have found it a great way to recycle old junk lying around the yard! Well worth the investment. The more placid of my two doesn't like being outside but he likes being in the enclosure. The crazy one NEEDS the ouside time. Good luck and have fun with that gorgeous little guy  wub.gif

Edited by duck-o-lah, 09 January 2013 - 08:23 PM.


#23 Morts!

Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:04 PM

We have converted the side of our house into a cat run. Our cat has a cat door that leads from our dining room window out into her enclosure. She loves it and spends lots of her time out there.

This is when we'd just finished it. We've used bird netting across the top that goes from the house gutter to the fence. We also put a hopscotch area in for the kids.
The gate leads into the rest of our backyard, and up the other end there is a door into the garage and a small covered area with a workbench that has a carpet square for her to lie on out of the weather. She spends most of her time sleeping up there.


Lily sitting on her rock. We got the rocks for free from someone advertising them on Gumtree.


Sunbaking on her bench seat! Also got this for free from someone throwing it out - it's in perfect condition!


How it looks these days with the plants a lot bigger!




#24 la di dah

Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:53 PM

MummyPig, bless you for picking him up.

Looks like my black cat. I heard they are the least-adopted from shelters, I have no idea why, my girl is gorgeous and so loving! I love your pics with the teeny doggie.

Morts, I love your run.

I can't have a run here in this unit, or with my white cat (my white cat is a skin cancer risk because his nose and ears are pink and has to be inside-only even in a secure area) but when he's lived his life I will probably not have another all-white and I'd love a run like that when its feasible.

#25 PurpleNess

Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:55 PM

http://www.kittykingdom.net/kitty-kingdom-Photo-Gallery.html

These are the guys that did ours in Perth - Ours is in there gallery - Cat run side of house 1.3 is the title.

My recommendation is get a solid gate as you will go in & out quite a bit & a zipper is a PITA.

We've since added shade cloth to a quarter, a big scratching log and a small water feature pot with fish ( they've lived happily together for 3 years!!

I have found though that my older cat doesn't like it much, I think she sees it as a big toilet so up to you if a garden bed is a good idea or just stick to a litter tray.




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!

Toddler freed after getting trapped in escalator

A shopping centre escalator needed to be pulled apart to free a toddler's trapped hand.

Why I'm kind of excited about my daughter's nits

Is it weird to say that I am secretly thrilled to find that my daughter Edie has nits?

Baby born at 10:11 on 12-13-14

Well, it's actually 13-12-14 to us over here. But still, Clare Elizabeth Keane's consecutive numerical birth time is pretty special.

On holding tightly and loving fiercely

We can't live in fear. This post is about Christmas and how at this time we should be celebrating life and grateful for what we have: our loved ones who we cherish fiercely.

Babies, relatives and coping with Christmas day

Everyone will love your baby but your baby may not be so happy to be passed around a lot of new people - nor may you want to feed with an audience.

Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

There are pros and cons to this policy.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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?

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.

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.

'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.

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.