Cats Need the Safety of an Outdoor Enclosure
Cats love to roam the great outdoors, but in our modern society of speeding cars and toxic trash cans, a cat will benefit greatly from the safety of an enclosure. Cat enclosures outdoors provide all the benefits of the outdoor environment without the dangers.
Indoor cat enclosures can be helpful for restricting a roaming cat during times such as moving day, vacuuming days or visits from allergic guests. Indoor cat trees are a good substitute for actual tree climbing.
Cat cages are also a necessity for keeping unaltered males and females separated when breeding is undesirable. Cat enclosures can range from small, simple travel cages to entire yard boundary fences, all providing enhanced safety and security for your pet.
Outdoor cat enclosures can be as large as space permits. There are all types of cat enclosure plans diy for do-it-yourselfers, including cat fencing systems, cat enclosures for decks, and modular units allowing for customization according to your space and configuration requirements.
Some of these outdoor enclosures can be connected to the main home via a pet door, allowing your cat to safely come and go from indoors to outdoors at will. An added benefit of this type of set-up is that the litter box can be located in the outdoor enclosure, keeping odors away from indoor areas.
Indoor cat condos can accommodate several cats
Cat enclosures indoors include simple units like cat play pens to more complex large cage cat enclosures for apartments. Some large indoor cat cages can accommodate multiple cats and are on wheels, allowing easy mobility from living room to patio for indoor and outdoor flexibility.
Make sure your cat has access to a litter box, food and fresh water whenever in a cage or enclosure of any type. Also consider the relationships when caging more than one cat in the same unit and only do so when all cohabitants get along well together.
Cat trees and cat condos are available in a wide variety of designs and finishes and are helpful in providing cat exercise and climbing activity for cats confined to the indoors. This exercise can prove beneficial in promoting the cat’s overall health and fitness while at the same time alleviating boredom and frustration, thereby reducing destructive behaviors.
Most designs are covered in a burlap or carpet material which stimulates cat claw sharpening, replicating the bark of an actual tree in a natural habitat. Indoor cat trees enable the cat to climb, stretch, and scratch without the dangers of outdoor tree climbing or damage to indoor furnishings.
Cat trees provide exercise and stimulation
A cat’s instinct is to roam and hunt freely, so try to introduce your kitten or cat to an enclosure at as young an age as possible so they will become accustomed to it early on.
Use lots of petting and encouragement when gently placing the cat into an enclosure. Start out with only brief time periods in the enclosure – gradually increasing the cage time, and never call them to ‘come’ to you, only to place them in a cage! The cat will avoid coming to you next time if you create a negative association with calling their name.
If space permits, include your cat’s favorite things in the enclosure, like cat trees, toys and even scratching posts to keep them active and entertained during confinement.
By using the proper cat trees and enclosure indoors and outdoors, you will expand your cat’s horizons and experience more freedom for you and your pet!