You’ve followed the path of responsible cat ownership and decided to buy your pudda tat an outdoor cat enclosure rather than letting them roam free. Your cat can now enjoy the great outdoors without any fear! Unfortunately, you’ve been punished for your good deed - how is anyone supposed to decide with all this choice? And how big is a cat enclosure supposed to be anyway? Take a few deep breaths, snuggle your kitty, and let us help.
We recommend about 2 square metres of floor space per cat, with plenty of vertical space for climbing. Simple, right? Not so fast. The truth is that a formula is rarely useful when it comes to cats - they have very little respect for maths, and even less understanding. How big your cat enclosure needs to be depends on a few things:
You know this already, but your cat doesn’t see the world the way you do. So while we might measure space in metres and cubes, your cat does it all by feel. Our crack team of specialists has worked overtime to bring you these tips for creating more space, without adding an inch to your outdoor cat enclosure.
Most cats love to climb and lounge in high spaces. A cat enclosure with shelving and ramps leading to the top of the run will feel a lot larger than a ground-bound one.
Even the most extroverted cats like to feel in control of their territory. It may seem counter-intuitive, but you can make a space feel larger for a cat by creating smaller spaces where it can hide and play. This is particularly good for the more reclusive cat, or where multiple cats have mismatched energy levels. Sometimes a little ‘me’ time is all your kitty needs.
A cat doesn’t much mind how big its space is, providing it is entertained. So leave the tape measure inside, and bring some feather wands, fuzzy mice, and scratching posts. If you’ve been slack in the toy department, we have a pawesome range for you to choose from here.
If you’re still not sure that an outdoor cat enclosure is the way to go, let us convince you.
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