In our previous house, Luna and Clio had free access to a patio enclosed by cat netting. They both love being outside, basking in the sun or chasing insects. For the past few months in our new house, they have had to be content with sunbaking next to a full length window, or watching birds on the decking. On warm days when we have had windows and doors open, with only a flyscreen to keep them inside, they miaow piteously to be let outside.
Now that we have finished the cat enclosure, they are able be outside again. After an initial period of caution and exploration, the cats had a ball. They spent most of their day hunting lizards and watching the birds fly overhead, so I guess the investment is a good one. We do want to keep our wildlife as safe as we can.
Here are some photos from their first day in the enclosure.
4 thoughts on “Luna and Clio’s first day in the enclosure”
Just saw your blog about your cat fence. We too are in the market for a cat fence and have quotes from catmax and secureakat. We are curious as to which “cheaper brand did you end up going with? We noticed that you said that the catmax was less visible. Now that you have had it up for a while and having had the two, would you say the difference between the visibility has decreased your enjoyment of the outdoor space/view etc?
Many thanks for any pointers,
We ended up going with SecureaKat, which was substantially less than half the cost of Catmax when we bought it. There are no views from our back yard, as there is high fencing or buildings on all sides. We have strung it on wires across the top of the yard to stop the cats climbing over the fence. We used some reclaimed Catmax from our former house over gaps in the fences. To be honest, when I look at them casually, I don’t notice the difference in weight, but if I look closely I can. However, the difference is slight.
To us, it was important to be with our cats when we were outside in the back yard, which is why we ‘roofed in’ the yard rather than building a cat run. This works well.
Both of our cats are pretty content to just look through the trellis to the other side, and don’t claw at the mesh, nor do they try to climb on it, so it is difficult to comment on durability other than we haven’t noticed any deterioration as a result of weather.
When we first put the netting over the yard as a ‘roof’ I noticed it was slightly darker in the yard (you don’t get the unbroken clear sky any more) but I’m used to it now. The only time I get annoyed with it is when I want to take a photograph of a bird on the other side of the netting.
Good luck with your enclosure, I hope this information helps you.
Thanks so much for your fast reply. It has helped us feel better about our decision to go with secureakat which is half the price of Catmax.
I notice you commented on the “Luna and Clio’s first day…” post, so I’m not sure if you saw this post, which shows the enclosure being constructed. https://fifteenacres.com/2012/11/26/cat-enclosure-stage-2-cat-netting/
If the link doesn’t work, go to ‘Our Projects” category and look for ‘Cat Enclosure Stage 2″