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Cat enclosure - possible to use hoop coop idea?

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So I've thought about making a cat enclosure for my cat and I have several ideas but I just thought of another, thanks to people suggesting a hoop coop for when I get chickens next month. I thought maybe a hoop coop type thing would work for a cat enclosure too? Except with my idea I'd somehow connect one side to an existing wall (garage)? I don't know if that would work or not.

Some of other ideas include making a "cat run" (hardware cloth enclosed box/tube) around the house, either on the ground or attached to the house, accessible from inside, leading to the cat enclosure or to several enclosures. Several being possibly fencing the back decks in or our tiny front garden.

As for ideas on building it I've thought of those wire storage cubes to make a small enclosure, I've thought of framing lumber and screen to screen the porch and garden in (more attractive than hardware cloth), even thought of those dog kennel panels or thick gauge and coated fence wire instead of hardware cloth, but those are expensive. Though we do have one dog kennel. Not that tall though. I had also originally wanted to frame the potential area and use hardware cloth and everything and still might but then I thought of the cattle panel idea. I don't know if it would be tall enough though? We have the wall on one side and actually a small piece of privacy fence type thing on one short end, so really I'd only need 2 walls, plus a half wall if I go taller than the fence.

Ideally I'd like it as tall as possible because I want her to be able to run and play and climb and all that and the actual floor area isn't that big. She's a small cat though so I don't need it so tall that she could fall and get hurt. It does need to be at least 6 feet though, preferably over, because I'm 5' 11" and my dad is 6' 3" and I don't want it right on our heads. I'd also like to be able to put a decent sized cat tree or two or a branch or something and some shelves so I don't want that to hit the top either. I'm thinking maybe 7 or 8 feet might be a good height? Maybe even taller but maybe not. We might eventually add another cat too, especially if we have a nice enclosure. It's also right next to the neighbors too so preferably looks nice. Because of this, I don't want to put the chickens there because of smell and noise (even though I'd keep it clean, dad thinks it would smell) but I'm thinking a cat enclosure would be okay. Especially since she's indoors and I just want her to be able to go outside again. Again because she used to be indoor/outdoor and then snuck out sometimes until we catch her and there aren't many predators but I don't like her being loose and with the addition of chickens I bet there will be more predators.

SO.

Do you think the cattle panel idea might work or would something like hardware cloth or thick wire be better for how tall I want it? I think I sort of like the wood look but I do like hoop coops too. I liked the hoop too because it's so cheap and because I have no carpentry skills but maybe the wood would be better for the cat thing?

I just don't know. hmm.png
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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I would think most anything that will protect chickens from predators would also keep a cat in.   We made a cat condo using PVC and then hardware cloth/  mesh.   It worked well, providing my cat the protection that she needed as she moved from being an entirely indoor cat to enjoying the outside (we have 24 acres on a dead end road.)     

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That's very true. I don't think she'd get out but I do want her to be able to climb and everything. I think if she tried to get out she'd be more the type of cat to wait by the door then bolt out when you're not looking than try to find her own way out. Haha I do want it to be secure though so that's a good point. I bet your cat likes yours. smile.png
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Forgot to post it but I went out and measured the area earlier and it's actually quite large, larger than I thought. I mean, I knew it was pretty big but it always seems smaller, you know? And anyways, I also took pictures and a brief video to get an idea of what it looks like but I had to factory reset my phone because something downloaded and I was paranoid it would break my phone so I will have to download those off of Dropbox and post later. But the measurements are 9 feet wide by I think about 26 feet long and then the wall is actually lower than I remember which actually works put perfectly. The roof comes down on this wall so the height from ground to the beginning of the roof is I think about 9 feet (it's a couple inches shy and it's so tall it was hard to measure exactly). So that actually works out because I had wanted it about 7 or 8 feet anyways so rather than stopping at 8 I can just go up to the roofline. The roof does go taller than that but like I said, that's a separate section because the roof comes down back here. Forgot to measure the height of the fence though but oh well, I can go a bit over. So anyways, I guess the question now is for something this large, would the hoop option even still work or look good or would something like the welded wire or hardware cloth be better? I don't think screen is an option because of predators and the potential to rip it. Great for screening in a porch or garden and keeping the bugs out but not really great for keeping determined predators out or the cat in; I'm sure she could tear a hole in a corner in no time. The problem though becomes expense because I'm also getting the chickens and need the money for them so this could possibly wait but I was thinking and decided chickens don't necessarily need this big huge fancy super expensive thing with all new wood from a hardware store and everything and would probably be just as happy with a pallet coop or hoop coop and run, etc. Etc. SO I can then spend the money I would have used on them on a nice cat enclosure. Although, I'm thinking, if it's going to be as nice as I'm envisioning then it could really be used for just about anything. I mean, cat enclosure is nice but bird aviary could be nice too or if exotics were allowed here, some sort of exotic, etc. Etc. But I don't have the time for an aviary. I mean, I do have the time since I don't work, but more like I don't want to. I would love a bird like that but they're a lot more work woth needing the fresh fruit and veggies and toys and everything. Of course, being outside they wouldn't need as much attention and socializing because they would have their flock. Besides, the whole point we're not putting the chickens there is the noise and potential smell so it wouldn't make sense to put a bunch of even louder birds back there. LOL one day though. btw, if it were an aviary it would be parakeets/budgies or potentially cockatiels. Although finches, canaries, etc. Are nice, not really my thing. But alas, it will not be a bird aviary. But I'm just thinking, with something that size, it could house so many things, chinchillas, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. Etc. But I think I will keep it a cat enclosure. Besides, rabbits and guinea pigs don't like or need height anyways so it would be useless making it so high lol but sorry, now I'm rambling. It's just, I'm envisioning how beautiful it will look and all it's potential. I'm really thinking we're going to need more cats though.
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Here's the potential enclosure. But it's mostly doghouse/part of the yard (in two albums because I realized I had old pics, second album is only 3). Some of them are just of the dog being a cow or being mean and ignoring me but they show the yard pretty well.


https://www.dropbox.com/sc/vcyqzge5nqrhz88/AAD-KCkSh8y_hqcWvAHQj7v1a

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/3pt1rvk8mjey5bw/AAAErrvYGme8_2uYvEZMmT3Qa
Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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Kelsey. Massachusetts. Have a 4 year old Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Gator, a 6 year old kitty named Luna, and 8 hens hatched October 26th, 2015. 1 Barred Rock, 2 Black Australorps, 3 Buff Orpingtons, and 2 Easter Eggers on about 3 acres. 5 more chicks coming this October
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