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DIY Window Catio

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.
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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.

Supplies:

The fencing we purchased had a 2x3 inch grid. Ensure that whatever fencing you get is small enough to prevent escapes.

Steps:

  1. Remove any weeds or plants in the area, about three feet out from the window. We also cut out a small groove to bury the fencing in the ground.
  2. Attach the metal corner beads to the house, on either side of the window.
  3. Attach one side of the fencing to the holes in the metal corner bead with twisted wire, starting at the bottom to ensure that about 6 inches of fencing is buried. We needed to connect another piece of fencing in the middle to make it tall enough to cover above the window.
  4. When one side is attached, start attaching it to the other metal corner bead. This will create a semicircular structure in front of the window opening.
  5. Cut a piece of fencing to cover the open top and twist the wire together.
  6. Make sure the bottom fencing is well buried to avoid digging. Another idea would be to add a bottom piece of fencing to make a fully enclosed cage.
  7. Add a cat tower or other items to give the cat a way in and out and a place to nap or birdwatch. We added concrete blocks as stair steps and an old planter with a pillow. We plan to build or buy a regular cat tower to place in there soon.

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.

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June 4, 20191 found this helpful

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! :)

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June 4, 20190 found this helpful

Very nice! Koneko sure does look like the happy cat with her own outdoor viewing area and all the necessities to go with it, even flooring! :)

What a cute kitty, and a great job on the catio! :)
She's a lucky kitty and in the right place, home. :)

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June 5, 20190 found this helpful

What a sweet gift for her! Love it. Nicely done.

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June 6, 20190 found this helpful

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!

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June 6, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks! It's mostly my son, he is a good cat mama. :)

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June 6, 20190 found this helpful

Thats a great way to let her outside. Just some free advice from a cat lover. Please dont turn her out again.

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She looks young and will adjust to being in the house. Having been feral she will gradually blend back into the wild if turned out.

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June 7, 20190 found this helpful

Yes, that is our worry too. We have a harness for her but she is still too little for it to fit. She is such a tiny thing!

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June 6, 20190 found this helpful

As a cat owner, I think this is excellent. As someone on a budget, it's great to have something cheap.

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June 7, 20190 found this helpful

If we had forgone the corner pieces and stapled the fence right to the siding, it would have been even cheaper. This will be easier to remove when we need to do maintenance or clean the window.

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June 8, 20190 found this helpful

i think thats brilliant to keep your kitty safe-thankyou for being such a caring person,pam.

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June 9, 20190 found this helpful

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".

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They have tall ones at Costco for $89 and that is cheap enough to skip the hassle of making one from scratch.

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June 9, 20190 found this helpful

Well done you! I wish you many years of joy with her.
Marg fromEngland.

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