We recently adopted a stray feral kitten, Koneko. She cannot be allowed outdoors yet, but we wanted her to have some access to fresh air and outdoor views. So we built this enclosure for my son's bedroom. I called this an outdoor pet run until I ran into the term "catio" or cat patio.
It is nearly invisible from a short distance, as the green fencing is very similar to the color of our house. Here is how we constructed it.
The fencing we purchased had a 2x3 inch grid. Ensure that whatever fencing you get is small enough to prevent escapes.
Koneko loves it! She is out there all the time, although she is so skittish that it took a couple of weeks for me to get a picture of her in it. I'm planting cat grass around the perimeter to further hide the edge from the regular grass.
The only problem with this is that it is only accessible from the inside, without a lot of deconstruction. When it is time to paint the house, we will probably unscrew the metal corners in an attempt to keep it in one piece.
Very cool name, Japanese for Kitten (read from your other post). Such a nice window catio for her! She looks to be enjoying it too! :)
I love how you are going above and beyond for this little feral cat! There needs to be more people in the world like you!
Thats a great way to let her outside. Just some free advice from a cat lover. Please dont turn her out again. She looks young and will adjust to being in the house.
Thanks! She really loves it. She just got spayed so we have been keeping her inside this week but I think we will buy her a cat tower for the "reopening". They have tall ones at Costco for $89 and that is cheap enough to skip the hassle of making one from scratch.