Planning Your Enclosure

MEASURE TWICE, ORDER ONCE

To make sure you order the items that fit your situation best, it makes sense to plan out your enclosure layout.

How will the enclosure be accessed?

The first step in planning your enclosure is to decide how your cat(s) will exit your home/building and enter the enclosure system. You can use a window cat door, put a door in a human door, or even install a door right in the side of a wall. This is a great starting point because it will narrow down the options that will work best for you.

Where will the main enclosure be located?

Will your enclosure be located right against the access point? Perhaps it should be farther out on the patio or into the yard and connected by a tunnel or stairs? The second step is identifying where your ideal location is for the main enclosure(s) space. Keep in mind that most of our tunnels & bridges, and some accessories are customizable on site during assembly with tools found in many garages. So, if in doubt order a size larger tunnel or bridge.

Decide on either a pre-configured catio or build your own.

Once you have an idea of where you want the access door to be from the house/building into the enclosure system and you know where you wish to place the main enclosure area, you can then start to look at configurations. Our pre-configured enclosure kits are the best place to start. Most of our clients either find something that will work great for their situation or at the very least find inspiration there.

If you can't find the right size or layout you have in mind then you can explore our components individually and build an enclosure made up of specially sized components just for you. We have a large catalog of sizes to make nearly any enclosure a reality.

If you are looking for something a bit more custom that is not offered in our catalog we can have you enlist our design engineers to develop a custom enclosure system just for you. Custom orders (non-catalog items) are the best way to tailor the enclosure to your needs but do come with additional costs for the extra time and resources involved. 

We cannot overstate the importance of measuring carefully and providing photos to us when asking for help. If you have questions during your planning we are happy to assist with helping you choose the best pre-configured catio kit or enclosure components that are best for you. If trying to figure out what you will need is a bit too overwhelming, feel free to contact us for help.