While it is possible to put together all of our enclosures on your own, to make it a quicker and easier process, we suggest having two sets of hands available. As the old adage goes ‘many hands make light work’!
Just a Philips head drill will ensure the job is done in a jiffy!
All of our instructions can be found on our customer portal, along with assembly videos. You would have received a link to our customer portal with your invoice on order, along with the password for access.
Can I attach my enclosure to my house via tunnel?
We understand that a lot of our customers have a need to attach their enclosure to their house to ensure their kitties can come and go as they please safely and with ease.
There are a number of different options available to you, however it really dependent on your enclosure and how you are wanting to attach it to you house. We have some great examples below of what our previous customers have done, which should help lend some inspiration.
Wire mesh tunnels are the most popular option as it is relatively cheap and easy to design and implement.
If you aren’t confident in building your own, another option is to get a handyman to come out and quote you on the job. Just explain what you were after and what materials you are wanting to use, and they should be able to advise the best solution and price.
We now offer this service, and can find a contractor to come out and quote for $29: https://www.backyardcatenclosures.com.au/product/cat-tunnel-design-build-service/ (the price of the installation will then depend on materials, complexity and location, which will need to be paid for by yourself as the customer)
In short – yes! To elaborate, we cannot stress the importance of painting your enclosure enough! As our enclosures come in the raw timber form, it does need to be painted using a high quality exterior house paint to ensure it is well protected against our ever changing Australian climate. We want to ensure that you and your cats get the longest life from your coop, and painting is the best way to assure this. We have found Dulux exterior house paint works best with our enclosures and 2-3 coats will get you the best finish. Paint inside and out keep your coop strong and provide the best protection. Have fun with it, and send us through some photos of your creations once they are done 🙂
When it comes to keeping your cats safe, and any unwanted visitors out of your enclosures, we always suggest putting your enclosure on a base or footing, or using a flooring with your enclosure. This works to keep burrowing predators out of your enclosure, and will also give your enclosure a longer life by lifting it up off the ground and out of any moisture.
There are a number of different flooring options depending on how permanent you want it to be, and how much you wish to spend. Some of the most popular options are below:
- Concrete Base
- Wire Mesh Flooring
- Timber Sleepers
Once you purchase a new Backyard Cat Enclosure, you will gain access to our online customer portal which details how to best achieve each of these options, and you will also get access to foundations guides for each of our enclosures, to outline the measurements required for your purchased coop.
To keep your enclosure looking spick and span for many years to come, we suggest painting your enclosure every 2-3 years. Like above 2-3 coats is best to ensure your cats will be house proud 😉
Nope! Our enclosures will be all ready to go with painting – no primers, no sanding – no trouble!
Painting prior to assembly is the easiest option – no craning your neck and popping your bank out to get into all the little nooks and crannies. Paint all the panels back and front, just be cautious of any sliding tracks for doors so they don’t stick when putting the enclosure together.