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I have always been one of those people who is overly concerned about keeping their animals safe, which is why I started visiting local pet stores to look for solutions. I talked with the owners about the products and services that could help me to eliminate common problems, and it was amazing to see the wide range of products that were available. Within a few weeks, I had finally gathered enough supplies to keep my animal safe and sound. This blog is all about understanding pet safety and learning to provide for your animals in a safe, effective, and convenient way.

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Creating A Cat Patio In Your Backyard

by Caleb Jackson

If your cats love being outdoors but you want to make sure they don't run away or get lost, a cat patio might be the perfect option for you. With some cat fencing supplies and a few fun accessories, you can create an oasis for your cats to enjoy in your backyard. Here are a few ideas to consider for your new cat patio:

Staircases

Cats love to climb, and being outdoors might even encourage them to try to climb even more. Consider building a staircase that extends from the ground to the top of the enclosure, and stagger the steps to create an engaging place for them to climb or perch. Consider covering some steps in twine, which they can use to scratch, or use outdoor fabric and foam fill to create cozy places for them to nap on the staircase.

Kitty Condos

Some cats feel more comfortable in confined spaces, even when outdoors. A small cat condo on the ground of the enclosure can create a comfortable spot for napping, and it also provides some shade when the sun is too warm. Line the house with carpet remnants for added comfort, and add a few cat toys inside for added fun. You can purchase indoor/outdoor carpet remnants from your local carpet store, which can also be used in other areas of the patio.

Food And Water Stations

It's important to make sure your cats have access to fresh food and water while outside. Place bowls on shelves in the cat enclosure to keep other smaller animals and insects away. One option is to create a second staircase that leads to the food and water, but be sure to add something above this area to provide shade while your cat is getting a sip of water or enjoying a snack. Remove the food and water dishes when your cat comes inside to avoid attracting unwanted pests to your yard.

Cat Fencing

Adding secure fencing to the cat patio is critical for keeping your pets securely in your yard. Cat fencing is similar to the materials used for rabbit and chicken enclosures, in fact, you can use chicken wire to create the enclosure as well. Be sure to allow for a fenced roof, as cats who climb can get out of the enclosure through an open top. Use wood to create the frame for the fence, and add a beautiful look by painting or staining the wood before completing the enclosure. You can select a color that matches your home or your patio furniture for a cohesive look.

Draw out a design you think would work in your backyard, and then head to your local pet store and home improvement store to get all of the cat fencing supplies you need to create a fun and cat-friendly outdoor enclosure.

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