What Are Cat Enclosures?

Cat enclosures can be defined as any structure that confines a cat to a given area. As you have likely figured out, if you search for that term you will find a collage of different “enclosures”.

Below I have listed several different types of enclosures, starting with the more traditional and representative structure of cat enclosures.

The beauty of these enclosures is they help give your cat the fun experience of going outside and yet still be safe from predators and traffic.

Cats naturally love to explore and observe everything in their surroundings. Too often house cats become easily bored and therefore sometimes destructive.

Even if you live in an apartment you can still create a fun and interesting environment for your tabby cat.

Here’s how one person created a beautiful enclosure for his cats..

Cat Walk

Cat walks

Cat walks usually offer passage into the house and stretch into a backyard. The walk allows your pet to roam in the yard protected by a half-cylindrical mesh.

This structure can be pieced together to extend the distance, allowing your feline friend to cover more ground. This design is the most popular choice for residences, like homes and apartments.

Some walks can break down and fold into carry bags so you can bring your pet virtually anywhere. Costs can range from a hundred up to the limit of your bank account, depending on how ambitious you get with your design.


Cat Walk and Catio Video



Cat Cages

Like the walk, cat cages allow pets to roam in the backyard and are sometimes offer passage to the house. Cat cages range from small indoor aluminum structures to zoo-size enclosures. Heavy constructions can be required with larger cages and the structures are typically permanent.

Due to their premium cost, people usually opt for the cat walk in lieu of the grandiose design of the larger cat cage. Smaller cages can be found for a hundred dollars but permanent backyard enclosures will easily soar into the thousands.

Cat cages can support many cats and are often themed with different landscapes.

Cat enclosure

Invisible/Radio and Wireless Fencing

Radio fence utilizes a buried wire that is stretched along a perimeter decided by the user. A transmitter collar is utilized to keep the pet away from the perimeter through subtle shocks or audible signals.

The encouragement is enough to let the cat know the boundary without hurting the animal. Wireless fencing works on the same principle, however, the devices create a signal that forms a radius, allowing your pet a space to roam freely.

Wireless fencing is normally utilized for mobile people that want to enjoy the company of their pets without bringing a cage or leash. Invisible/radio fencing can cost around $500.00 depending on property size, while the wireless fencing costs only a couple hundred.

Reinforced Fencing

Attached to the top of the fence, at some distance apart, are 3′-4′ “hangers” that angle inward toward the yard. A mesh is secured to each hanger creating netted barrier. Not only does it increase the fence’s but when the cat grabs onto the mesh, springs in the hangers allow flex, the cat feels the give and ultimately releases.

The more expensive units come with mesh, however, cheaper versions are available.

The less expensive units simply raise the fences height and angle towards the yard with wire strung between hangers. The added height, angle and wire provide a rigid barrier between your pet and the outside world.

Usually, these units do not have flex and use strands of wire as opposed to netting. Reinforced fencing usually cost $600- 900 but can cost more or less, depending on property size.