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Cat Enclosure Base

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by MichUK, Aug 23, 2013.


  1. MichUK

    MichUK PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    I am looking for a little bit of advice about what to put on the bottom of a cat enclosure?

    I am building (well, a carpenter is!) a wood & mesh cat enclosure and the base is currently a sort of tarmac bottom with bits of gravel stuck in it. It looks really dark and is a bit manky looking.

    I would like to fill the base with pea shingle but I know that cats like to use this as a toilet - would they still do this is they have a litter tray in the enclosure with them?

    Would beach pebbles be a better size? Then I worry that if they jump down from a height (from a shelf or their house) they might twist an ankle or something! Another thought was to lay loose slabs down with pea shingle around the edges and sides (to avoid any use of mortar etc, I think that is beyond my skills!)

    Any ideas about the best sort of base? Ideally something a hopeless DIY'er can do easily themselves? :001_rolleyes:

    Thanks for any help!

    Michelle
     
  2. koekemakranka

    koekemakranka PetForums VIP

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    I would say a solid concrete floor or tiles for easy cleaning. Tiling is easier than it looks and there are loads of how-to sites on the web. Even concrete pouring is not as difficult as it looks. Although I am sure if you lift the tarmac stuff, there will be a solid concrete floor underneath. I would imagine tarmac would be relatively easy to lift with a hammer and chisel. You can clean and seal the concrete base with pet-friendly sealant (there are loads of products available) Ask the carpenter tohelp you (most handy people are handy in all aspects of DIY).Then you can put loose stiff rubber and carpet mats for different textures. Or even one solid sheet of thick rubber matting that you can just mop. I wouldn't put sand, stones or gravel there (due to sensitive klitty feet).
     
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  3. Paddypaws

    Paddypaws PetForums VIP

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    What about synthetic grass? I know several members have used this with success and I guess it could be fitted over the existing tarmac.
     
  4. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    As PP's has said artificial grass is worth a thought.

    We used artificial grass for Meeko's run as I worried about him jumping up and down from a height on to bare slabs.It has been great and does seem to dry quite quickly after it rains'

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  5. Cookieandme

    Cookieandme PetForums VIP

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    I had granite chippings in my back garden, they were very paw "unfriendly" and I have had artifical grass laid - far nicer :D

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    We have used big grey slabs and these were just laid with sand so no compo or mortar type stuff needed!
     
  7. MichUK

    MichUK PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks everyone - I might try and give it a jet wash and if it still looks bad, maybe concrete slabs or fake grass!

    Have a good weekend all! :)
     
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