An outdoor cat pen is a way to add enrichment to an indoor cat’s life. An enclosure allows your cat to explore the outside world while keeping her safe from animals and other dangers. Different types of fencing create different types of enclosures.
Metal yard fencing for cats is a little bit different than metal fencing for dogs. Since cats are good climbers and jumpers, standard metal fencing will not contain them. To fence in a yard area for cats, you must either enclose the roof or arch the metal fencing inward at the top to prevent the cat from getting over the fence. Chicken wire works well as a fence arch because it is easy for an owner to manipulate.
There are commercial cat fences on the market that are made from cloth netting. The fences are designed to be put up and taken down as needed. The kits come with several fence post spikes that can be hammered into the ground. Each post is toped with a curved metal piece that creates an arch on the top of the fence.
Cat tunnels are small, usually only 2-feet tall, domed or square tunnels that enclose a cat on at least three sides while in the yard. Some tunnels have completely open floors, while others only allow limited access to the ground through a mesh floor. A cat tunnel can be used as a stand alone play area or a cat owner use a tunnel to connect their home to a larger outdoor cat enclosure.
Industrious cat owners have found many ways to build their own cat enclosures by using common items as fencing. Chicken wire and garden fencing can be stapled to a wooden frame to create a cheap and easy fenced in area. Wire shelving units can be easily re-purposed into cat tunnels. Even old child play fences can be converted into covered outdoor cat areas.