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Fresh Air Without Danger: A Guide to Outdoor Enclosures

If in spite of all you've heard about the dangers of outdoor life you still want to let your cat enjoy fresh air and sunshine, consider buying or building an outdoor enclosure. A properly constructed enclosure will allow your cat the benefits of outdoor excursions without the risk of disease, injury, predators, or getting lost.

  • If you want your cat to have a huge area to run and play, consider buying a cat fence system that will allow you to make an enclosure of any size you want. They can be built free-standing or attached to existing fences. One such system is the Purr-Fect Fence. It's not cheap, running about $995 US for a 100-linear-foot free-standing enclosure or $295 US for 100 linear feet of “fence toppers” for existing fences.

  • You can purchase free-standing wood-and-fence enclosures of various sizes, such as this one from C&D Pet Products or customizable kits with an array of possible add-on features such as these from Habitat Haven. Free-standing enclosures can cost anywhere from $295 to well over $1,000, depending on how elaborate you want them to be.

  • A much more cost-effective and equally good option, if you have DIY skills (or a friend with DIY skills), is to build your own cat enclosure. You can buy a guide with 65 different enclosure designs, complete with materials requirements, from Just4Cats. Karen Horn of Cat and Caboodle has provided free instructions for building a cat enclosure that costs about $140 plus tools, which you can find at her website.

Advice from Other Cat Owners 

How to Stop Kittens from Playing too Rough

Get your kittens used to having their claws trimmed now. Ask a vet, a vet tech or a groomer to show you how to trim their claws. If you start now, they will be used to it by the time they are adult cats and won't fight you. Also, understand that you are now the "mama cat."

When the kittens start going at it and you see it's getting rough, separate them even if you have to put one in another room until it calms down. When they realize they will be separated from the fun, they'll think twice before being so rough.

You can also wear them out by playing with them yourself. This is important in socializing them. Get a feather teaser pole or a laser light and play with them. You can also try furry catnip mice, and other toys to keep them occupied. They'll get tired out and won't be so rough on each other.

~Joy W., owner of Maine Coon mix

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