Quality Craftsmen of Dog Runs, Catteries, Aviaries, Sheds and Other Animal Enclosures

 

We custom build all our catteries to suit your individual requirements.

Our range extends from large multi-cat facilities used by breeders and boarding catteries to thermo insulated "stud houses" - or perhaps you'd prefer a window exit box with a series of tunnels for kitty to explore?

Let us know what you have in mind or ask us for suggestions as to how we can best accomodated your feline friend/s. No job is too big or too small - you are limited only by your imagination!

Below are examples of some different setups to get you thinking:

 

Thermo Insulated Enclosures:

 

Colourbond and Mesh Enclosures:

 

Window Exit Boxes, Towers and Tunnels:

 

Indoor vs Outdoor Cats: Why enclose your cat?

Statistics indicate that the life span of an indoor cat is much longer than an outdoor cat. On average, an indoor cat lives twelve years but some cats can live for as many as twenty years. In comparison, an outdoor cat's life expectancy is less than five years.

The pros of keeping a cat indoors outnumber the cons of an indoor cat. Most are directly related to the health and safety of the cat.

The first valid reason to make a cat an indoor pet is traffic. Busy highways, roads, suburban streets and country lanes all present a life-threatening danger for cats. One accident can be fatal or cause serious injuries.

Indoor cats are not exposed to the host of poisons that many outdoors cats encounter. Pesticides, home garden products, car and motor products, discarded trash, spoiled foods, poisonous plants and intentional poisonings are among the poisoning dangers for cats that roam.

Danger of contracting an infectious disease rises for the outdoor cat. Many feline diseases including Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia (FeLV) are transmitted from an infected cat to another. Cats who roam at will encounter other cats and can contract either of these fatal diseases. Free roaming cats often encounter problems with other cats in the area & abscesses as a result of a cat fight are an ailment veterinarians see on a regular basis. These are painful to the cat & can cost up to several hundred dollars to fix.

Outdoor cats face other dangers. Dogs and wild animals such as possums & snakes often prey on cats that wander into the wrong territory. Australia has the deadliest snakes in the world and can quite easily kill a cat. Cruel and sadistic individuals sometimes kill defenseless cats for sport or pleasure.

Outdoors cats are more prone to becoming lost. Less than 5% of cats taken to animal shelters are reclaimed by owners. Theft of animals to be used as lab animals, for the illegal fur trade or in satanic rites is another threat for outdoor cats. Neighbours who object to a roaming cat who may defecate or urinate in a flower bed or vegetable garden are another problem solved with indoor cats. Neighborhood spats often arise from issues involving cats - if a cat lives indoors, then the potential for neighbor trouble is diminished.

The majority of veterinarians believe cats should be indoor pets. So do members of most Humane Societies and animal protection societies. Dangers to an outdoor cat far outweigh any benefits and responsible cat owners are urged to do what is best for the cat.

Cat owners uncertain about keeping a pet indoors can give their cat the best of both worlds by offering outdoor experiences in controlled situations.

Australia is one of the leading countries in the world for skin cancer. Cats are also susceptible to skin cancer. If you allow your cats to free roam, or have them in the safety of an enclosure it is important to be aware of this & offer the cat protection from the sun. Many people who build enclosures have a shaded area where the cats can enjoy the outdoors without the constant exposure of the sun.

Perhaps the best solution of all is a cat enclosure where cats can enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. A cat enclosure is simply an enclosed area that offers protection and keeps the cat from wandering away. An ideal cat enclosure will contain enough space to move, climbing options, and a resting area. A shady area is best so that the cat can enjoy fresh area even on the warmest days. Concerns about formerly outdoor cats adapting to indoor life are valid but a cat enclosure often solves this potential problem.

Cat owners should also consider that indoor cats are healthier, often happier, and live much longer than outdoors cats allowed the freedom to roam. If you are considering keeping your cat indoors, but would like to explore the possibility of building a cat enclosure, please contact us to discuss various options.

 

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