The cats love sitting in the windows in our bedroom, because they can look out over the fence and see what's going on out there. They are high windows over our bed. So while we were out in Las Vegas, we were sitting by the pool talking about ways to adapt this space for the cats, and so our ideas were formed, but we thought we'd build a frame, use chicken wire or other hardware cloth and fence it in. But I was looking on Pinterest, and saw this pin:
I got these at K-mart for 18.97 a box. Each box has 23 wire panels and plenty of plastic connectors. We bought 5 boxes. Then we were to Harbor Freight and bought 600 zip ties, they were 1.50 for 100. We also bought 6 2x2s and some shelf brackets.
The nice thing about this is that you can set up whatever configuration you like, each panel is 14" square, and we just laid out a plan on paper, and it went together in modules. The first part we made was the platform and the space over that, above the block wall. From the front of the house, it looks like this:
there is a 3/4" plywood platform resting on the two sides of the block wall, and we anchored a 2 x 2 cleat on the house that the other side rests on. It has a large square cutout so they can go below. Right now, the entry to the cage is through the window over our bed:
We plan to add a cat door along the baseboard of our bedroom later, but this works for now. Below the platform is the paved part of their catio:
It's a little hard to see in this picture, but we built a storage box at the back of the space, we can store our extra propane tanks and potting materials in there, and it serves as a platform for the cats to sleep on. At the end here, we have a door that we can enter so we can clean, sweep, get our propane tanks, etc. There's also one shelf on the wall on the right, we still have two more to add on the block wall to the left, and I am going to sew a cat hammock along that back wall over the storage box. They like to roll around on the concrete.
From there, we built a little tunnel to the second part of the catio:
Persephone likes to chew on grass, so I am going to add some more in this section. This is the short tunnel to the second part of the cage.
It's connected to the block walls by way of a 2 x 2 framework that's anchored to the block wall, and then attached with cable connectors like this:
The panels themselves are connected with the plastic connectors, and then zip ties added for security. Each connection looks like this:
We also painted the 2 x 2s with either leftover house paint (tan) or leftover patio furniture paint (black), depending on what it was connected to.