Cat enclosures allow cats to roam freely and safely outdoors without exposing themselves to any dangers such as traffic, poisonous flora and fauna, feral/wild animals, etc. In addition, some outdoor cats can themselves be a danger to other animals, and keeping them in an enclosure can eliminate that threat.
Below is a concise but comprehensive list of the best (as determined by consumers) outdoor cat enclosures available on the market.
ABO Gear Happy Habitat for Indoor Cats
This enclosure offers 30 square feet of space, and can be used on any type of dry surface outdoors (deck, grass, etc.). The enclosure can be folded into a carry bag for outdoor trips, and it includes a zipper door and pegs for staking the sides down. The sides and base of the enclosure are made out of mesh that is tough enough to withstand cat claws constantly tugging at it. The company offers additional attachments to the enclosure to enhance the experience of the enclosure and to provide additional running/roaming space.
Note: as each honeycomb of the mesh of the enclosure is approximately 1/8 of an inch wide, fleas are able to enter the enclosure. Take appropriate measures to check felines for fleas after their time outside.
Kittywalk Pet Enclosures (Offers a Variety of Styles)
Kittywalk’s Town-&-Country enclosure is the most popular style found on Amazon, but all styles are able to be attached to and integrated with each other, increasing the amount of outdoor space the feline(s) has available to use. The enclosure is netted, boasts weather resistant canvas roofing, and offers hammocks for lounging.
Note: the canvas roofing and netting will deteriorate over the years (especially if exposed to direct sunlight, and zip ties may be necessary in order to hold them down to the bars. Store the enclosure in a shaded area to prolong its lifespan.
Midwest Homes for Pets Cat Playpen
This playpen is 36 by 23.5 by 50.5 inches and weighs 30 pounds. The playpen is easily movable as it comes on wheels, and the pen is collapsible. Made out of wire finished with black Electro-Coat, the pen offers plastic components that are easily removable and washable. The pen has a large swing door, allowing for easy access. The playpen comes with a cat bed attached to one of the three shelves just in case the cat(s) tire out during playtime. The shelves themselves are removable and can be positioned in any way.
Outdoor Feline Funhouse
This enclosure is portable, easy to store, lightweight, and durable. It features two zipper doors, weather resistant nylon netting, as well as stakes and weighted bags for extra stability. Dimensions of the enclosure are 72 x 35 x 32 inches, and it weighs a light 3 pounds. Due to how portable it is, the enclosure can be brought around to various places and can be set up on decks and lawns alike.
Precision Pet Soft Side Play Yard
This enclosure is offered in a medium, large, and a size that holds pets up to 25 pounds in weight. The enclosure is easily portable: the sides are foldable, and the top and bottom panels are removable – the bottom panel itself is washable. The entire enclosure is built out of a steel wire frame with an Epoxy coating and durable, water-resistant fabric. Dimensions of the large enclosure measures 46 x 46 x 28 inches, and it weighs an approximate 9 pounds.
Additional Resources for Commercially Available Cat Enclosures
Cat enclosures, a great way to let your furry friends enjoy the outside sun and air without exposing them to the myriad of dangers out there, are certainly a great investment. They range from small and simple cages to large and elaborate funhouses, and depending on both the size and activity level of the cat(s), making a choice would be a tough job for the owner. This list, however, hopes to have aided you in narrowing down your choices by addressing the top cat enclosures available to cat owners, as determined by cat owners.