If you’ve seen those cool outdoor cat containment or enclosure ideas on Pinterest and thought,”hey, I want that!” you’re not alone.
I’ve been dreaming of creating some sort of enclosure for my kitties that lets them safely explore the outdoors.
Below, we’ll look at some of my favorite options that I’m exploring, including ready-to-buy and DIY ideas.
Let’s get started!
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Best Outdoor Cat Containment Options to Buy
The best outdoor enclosures range from simple “cat walk” window extensions to coop-like houses to full cat containment fence systems.
Let’s take a look at some of my favorites.
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1. Wooden Outdoor Cattery Structure
Let’s start with a really neat option that works both as a freestanding structure or as something that you can attach to your home.
- Made for multiple cats
- Fully covered
- 6 large platforms
- Large main door that’s big enough for all breeds
- Wall-mountable or freestanding
- Removable back panels
- One year warranty
- Made with using natural, eco-friendly wood
- Pricey at around $680
- Unclear where it’s made (likely not USA because Cats Play usually says when it is)
- Shipping is expensive ($259)
- Only one style and color
I’m kind of sad that this doesn’t ship free considering how many things do on Cats Play Furniture.
That said, this is almost exactly what I envision when I think of an outdoor cat enclosure.
I like that it’s made from natural materials, and it’s large enough for big cat breeds.
It’s pricey, yes, but no more so than other similar structures.
2. Purrfect Fence Conversion System
If you want a cat containment kit for existing fences, the Purrfect Fence system is a neat option.
- Turns any existing fence into a cat containment system
- Great customer service
- Keeps cats in AND other animals out
- Works with wood, chain link, metal, vinyl/Pvc, brick or block fence.
- Fairly pricey at $429-ish
- If you have a lot of trees in your yard, cats can still find other ways out.
- It’s made from mesh
I had a really hard time finding Purrfect fence reviews on independent sites, but customer testimonials say a lot of great things about it.
However, I have somewhat mixed feelings.
On the one hand, this is a really simple way to use what you have to create an enclosure.
Reviewers say that it not only keeps their kitties in, but also keeps coyotes and other critters out.
However, it wouldn’t work in my yard. I have a lot of trees. My Fuzz would simply climb them and leap out.
I think this is great for some yards, though! You have to decide if it’s right for yours.
3. Outback Jack Outdoor Cat Enclosure
Here’s a neat option for those who don’t want a giant structure and don’t have a fence to work with.
- Super affordable compared to other options
- Great for use on your deck, lawn, or even a balcony.
- Let’s your cat enjoy the outdoors while fully supervised.
- Over 30 square feet of activity space
- Breathable, mesh fabric
- Can also be used indoors to isolate a new kitten or injured cat.
- Lightweight and portable.
- Comes with carrying bag.
- Easy set-up
- Not a permanent solution
- You have to supervise your cat, he shouldn’t be left unattended in it.
- Some complaints that the mesh comes apart.
This is definitely not a “forever” outdoor cat containment system. It’s not something that I could put up outside and let The Fuzz play in for hours unattended.
He would shred it and tear off over the fence in a heartbeat.
However, my Zoe just likes us to take her out on the deck sometimes. She doesn’t dart off or get all spastic like Fuzz.
I could definitely see setting it up and letting her play in it while we were eating dinner on the deck.
It’s not the most durable option by a long shot, but it is a fun enclosure.
- ALLOWS INDOOR PETS TO SAFELY ENJOY A DAY IN THE SUN SAFE FROM PREDATORS – Perfect for everyday use on your deck, lawn, balcony, and more. Allows cats and other small pets to safely enjoy a day in the sun with a 360-degree view while keeping unwanted predators out. We recommend testing the playhouse indoors prior to outdoor use.
- PERFECT PLAY TENT FOR CATS AND SMALL ANIMALS – With over 30 square feet of activity space, this outdoor playhouse is designed to provide a safe play environment for cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and other small animals. To maximize playtime, there is plenty of extra space for toys, treats, and doing what they love - Run, chase, pounce, and tumble!
- IDEAL FOR BOTH OUTDOOR AND INDOOR USE: Breathable, mesh fabric keeps your indoor cat or small pet closer to nature and protects them from annoying bugs and predators making this the perfect outdoor cat house, cat kennel or pet tent. Mesh sides and bottom allow for easy clean-up. Indoors the tent is ideal for kittens, isolating an injured pet, or introducing a new pet.
- LIGHTWEIGHT & PORTABLE DESIGN FOR TRAVEL WITH EASY SETUP - Portable, lightweight design makes transporting your outdoor cat enclosures simple. Compact design easily folds into a convenient carry bag for travel, storage, and convenience. Setup of this portable cat tent-cat house is a breeze with our easy pull string design. Perfect for camping, a picnic, or a day at the beach.
- INCLUDES ONE CAT TENT AND ONE CAT TUNNEL – Includes one cat tent and one cat tunnel with a zippered door at both ends. Cat tent and cat tunnel can be used together or separately.
4. Outdoor Cat Houses
While we’re mostly talking about outdoor cat enclosures for indoor cats, perhaps you arrived here looking for outdoor cat houses instead,
If that’s the case, I really love this one from Cats Play Furniture. I won’t lie, it’s not cheap, but I think it’s worth it!
- Measures 36″ x 37 1/2″, so it’s definitely roomy enough for multiple cats of all sizes
- Two doors- a main one and an escape hatch
- It’s insulated with “made in the USA” and certified “green” materials.
- Tons of options! Make it heated, add AC, raise the foundation, and more.
- Made in the USA
- Ships Free
- Base price is almost $1K, plus add-ons are pricey.
- You need a good chunk of space in your yard.
- No way for indoor cats to access it from inside your home. (Can’t attach it to your house, in other words).
- Energy costs associate with the add-ons.
We have a family of feral cats that we care for, and I’d absolutely love something like this for them. Sadly, it’s not in my budget.
I really do love it, though! If it’s in your budget, it’s definitely something to consider.
Just keep in mind that the add-ons add up fast! I did a test with all the features I’d want and it came out to almost $2500!
However, this isn’t a temporary solution but rather something that will last a lifetime.
So, it may very well be worth it for you.
DIY Outdoor Cat Enclosure Ideas
As much as I like some of the options above, they’re not really what I envisioned when I set out to find the perfect outdoor cat enclosure.
See, I want something that my cats can access from inside, perhaps through a cat door or a window.
While the first one comes close, it’s not really in my price range.
So, I’m seriously considering following one of these tutorials to make my own catio.
1. Catio through a cat door
How neat is this? It’s bright, colorful and so fun for cats.
2. Window Catio
This one would be a great fit for my windows.
3. Ikea Shelf Converted to a Catio
One of my favorite tutorials, this one doesn’t require quite so much “from scratch” building because it works with an existing shelf.
Which of these outdoor cat containment ideas fit your idea of the perfect kitty enclosure? Share below!
Last update on 2020-12-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API