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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Quinzell, Aug 26, 2013.


  1. Quinzell

    Quinzell PetForums VIP

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    We finally got around to (almost) finishing the cat run. We still have a few tweaks to do, like put a roof on it and we'll replace the mesh with something better but for now they have semi-supervised access in the garden.

    The best thing of all is that we can leave the window open - hoorah!!

    The area where the cat run will be
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    The work begins
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    The frame is up
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    The door being made
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    Ta-da! We have a door!
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    All painted (yep, we did it the hard way!) and the netting is going up
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    All finished......release the monsters!!
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    Tango looking in to the house....I think he's quite happy :)
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    We still need to build some cat tree's and stuff for them to sit on but I think they will be happy out there for now :)
     
  2. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Well done :thumbup: Isnt it a lovely sight seeing them outside enjoying the fresh air and taking in whats going on around them but knowing that they are safe :D
    We built Meeko's run this year too,it took him a while to settle in it as it sadly is not attached to the house so he has to be taken to it and brought back in.
     
  3. Lilylass

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    Wow! That's fantastic!

    (and I noticed the "Archie kennel" in the 2nd last pic ; ;)

    They'll absolutely love being able to get out in the fresh air!
     
  4. JordanRose

    JordanRose Master of the Whingey Cat.

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    Looks fab- well done you! :D

    I like giving Spooks time in the garden but I have to say, I'd prefer a run. He loves the bunny shed- I think he feels safer being enclosed. So much for 'cats prefer being outdoors...' ;)
     
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    Looks great :thumbup:
     
  6. Quinzell

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    It really is the best feeling! Tango hasn't come in since we first let him out. Harley was out for about 30 minutes and then came back in and hasn't been back out since but I'm sure its just a matter of time.

    Its just so nice seeing Tango lazing on the grass!

    I'm glad that we have ours attached to the house but we need to be careful not to get too complacent with leaving the door open too (Harlequin just came into the living room and made a beeline for the back door :eek: typical!) She's now outside with Tango :D
     
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    That's fab! :D
     
  8. Quinzell

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    We were letting Tango out supervised too but he was getting to the point of starting to run away when we would walk towards him.

    Timmy, one of the neighbours cats, spends most of his time in our garden too and he's a bit of a fighter so we have to keep an eye out for him. That said, he was in the garden when Harley and Tango went out into the run and they didn't give each other a second look :)
     
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    fab..i like it.:)
     
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    Looks great. :)
     
  11. Quinzell

    Quinzell PetForums VIP

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    Thank you :D
     
  12. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    We have added a small run attached to the back door just so that Meeko can come and go to suit himself.He still goes out in his big run in the garden but he much prefers the little one ,in fact so much that he has to be dragged in when it is dark as he loves sitting out looking for mice :rolleyes:
     
  13. Quinzell

    Quinzell PetForums VIP

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    Bloody cats.

    Following this -
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    Harlequin then decided it would be fun to jump up on top of the run and walk around the perimeter!

    Thank goodness we've ordered the roof!
     
  14. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Oops :eek:hmy: I think Meeko would have done exactly the same thing.His roof went on before he got the chance ;) Sometimes they are too clever for their own good :rolleyes:
     
  15. Kelly1978

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    What a great idea!! I had never thought of this until now, we have only just got our kittens & I'm already worrying about letting them out, especially as loads of cats go missing in our area! I was hoping to keep them as indoor cats but they are already taking an interest in the outside & they are only 11 weeks old so this looks like the perfect solution!! My hubby is brilliant at making things aswell so it'd be no problem for him :) love this forum, I've got so
    many ideas & good advice from it already!!
     
  16. JordanRose

    JordanRose Master of the Whingey Cat.

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    Have you seen this thread, Kelly?

    http://www.petforums.co.uk/cat-chat/211361-cat-runs-cat-proofed-gardens.html

    Lots of ideas on there! :) If you can give them a safe outdoor space then that's fantastic- it's a great balance between indoor and outdoor cats and I for one, cannot imagine having a free roaming cat again!
     
  17. Kelly1978

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    Thank you, I'll have a look now!! My husband is going to ban me from these forums lol!! We've only had the kittens for 3 weeks & I've already changed their food to NI which is costing us about £20 a month more than their original food, I've been looking at concealed litter trays, which is probably going to mean DIY for him, I'm roping him into coming to the supreme cat show in November & now a cat run that he will have to construct hahaha!!! :D
     
  18. JordanRose

    JordanRose Master of the Whingey Cat.

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    You're very quickly becoming a Crazy Cat Lady, just like the rest of us.

    Best way to be. Well done! :D
     
  19. MontyMaude

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    Good work Mr LouiseH, it's a joy being able to have a wide open window without the fear of escaping kitties :D

    My two much prefer to be out in their run in the evening, they go out in it first thing in the morning and them ignore it all day but come the evening they are out there staring at bunnies and twisting their heads allover trying to track bats :D
     
  20. Quinzell

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    Just make sure you put a roof on it :rolleyes: :D
     
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