I recently saw an ad for a 10 ft. outdoor enclosure for cats. I live in an apartment building which has a courtyard all the apartments look out on.
This thing is made of green "rip stop" mesh and has stakes to anchor it securely into the ground.
My cat was outdoors for several weeks before we found her. This is a bad neighborhood for cats, constantly killed by cars. So we keep her strictly inside but she wants to go out. Plus the neighborhood kids are now friends with her (We got to be a regular gathering spot for kids when we had our two old cats that recently died. "Can we come in and see the cats??" a constant request.)
I was thinking this thing might be a compromise that would let her enjoy some time outside and would let the kids play with her. But I'm worried she'll get wanderlust. Not to mention that I don't know how sturdy this thing is. She's a Houdini of a cat. Could another cat bite her or attack her through this thing?
Anyone have experience with this?
Thanks.

Camilla Cracchiolo
Registered Nurse
Los Angeles, California
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I recently saw an ad for a 10 ft. outdoor enclosure for cats. I live in an apartment building which ... this thing is. She's a Houdini of a cat. Could another cat bite her or attack her through this thing?

I don't think so providing the netting is fairly taut.

I'd make sure the netting covered the ground, too so the cat can't squeeze out between the sides and the ground.
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Phil
I recently saw an ad for a 10 ft. outdoor ... another cat bite her or attack her through this thing?

I don't know that product, but we once made a cat run about 10' square using chicken wire. We put it up kind of loose and let it kind of flop back inwards at the top. The cats wouldn't climb it because it was too unsteady.

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I'd make sure the netting covered the ground, too so the cat can't squeeze out between the sides and the ground.

Yes. I'd run some mesh horizontally along the bottom, buried under a few inches of soil or turf.
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Good luck,
Margaret
("Followup-To:" header set to rec.pets.cats.health+behav.) On 2005-01-06, Camilla Cracchiolo penned:
I recently saw an ad for a 10 ft. outdoor enclosure for cats. I live in an apartment building which has a courtyard all the apartments look out on.

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Anyone have experience with this?

Not I, but I'd check with my landlord before buying it, just in case they didn't like it for some reason.

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