The ad­van­tages of cat en­clo­sures

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News - with Tim Craig BVSc, Vet­eri­nar­ian

A CAT en­clo­sure is a great way to al­low your cat the free­dom to go out­side with­out the as­so­ci­ated risks.

When cats are out­doors they can be run over by cars, at­tacked by other cats or dogs and also can at­tack na­tive wildlife.

They may also wan­der into neigh­bour­ing yards, which some peo­ple dis­like.

In our area it is a re­quire­ment by law to keep your pets on your own prop­erty at all times.

In an en­clo­sure they are free to still run around and climb, which is im­por­tant exercise and be­hav­iour for most cats.

The en­clo­sure is usu­ally at­tached to the house and can be ac­cessed via a cat door.

Many peo­ple have made very cre­ative en­clo­sures that in­volve mul­ti­ple ar­eas con­nected by tun­nels and in­cor­po­rat­ing nat­u­ral ele­ments like trees.

There are sev­eral com­pa­nies mak­ing the net­ting that is usu­ally used for the en­clo­sures or free stand­ing en­clo­sures like large rab­bit hutches are also avail­able.

The free­stand­ing en­clo­sures in­clude hid­ing spa­ces, ramps, scratch­ing posts and other fea­tures that en­rich the en­vi­ron­ment of the cat.

Us­ing the net­ting you can en­close al­ready ex­ist­ing ar­eas where your cat likes to play out­side.

The net­ting is UV sta­ble and should last for 10 years or more ex­posed to the out­side world.

Net­ting is black in colour and blends in rea­son­ably well in the back­yard much like the nets around a tram­po­line.

It can be bought in cer­tain sizes or shapes or just on a roll that al­lows you to get cre­ative with a de­sign of your own choos­ing.

Some well en­closed backyards may al­low net­ting ap­plied on an an­gle to the top of the fence to keep cats in with­out hav­ing net­ting over­head.

If you are look­ing for more in­for­ma­tion or ideas the CatMax En­clo­sures Face­book page is a good place to start.

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