The reason I decided to build a catio with pvc is because a couple of years ago I built a wooden cat enclosure, or catio, for my indoor cats. But, after a few years of storing it outside during the winter, it started to rot and get moldy.
When I first built it I was afraid of sealing it in fear that the cats would chew on it and get sick. So, I took my chances and time took it’s toll. I thought about fixing it, or building a new one, but it would just rot again.
Therefore, I needed an alternative to wood and screen, so I googled “how to build a catio with pvc.”
I found a lot of PVC cages you could purchase custom made for a few thousand dollars each!!! YIKES! That wasn’t going to happen so, I decided to build my own.
BTW, I made the entire enclosure for $300.00 and I’m going to show you how to build a catio with pvc so you can make one for your kitties.
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What is a Catio?
A catio is a structure built to allow your cats to have some outdoor time in a safe place. Also known as an outdoor cat enclosure, outdoor cat shelter, or cat run, a catio gives your kitty to get some fresh air and sun when they would otherwise be in danger of doing so.
Therefore, catios are purrfect for indoor cats. You see what I did there? LOL
Catios, or outdoor cat enclosures can be made in many different configurations, materials, and sizes. If your building your own, your only limited to space available, budget, and your imagination.
Why build a catio out of PVC?
There are a few different materials you could build your outdoor cat enclosure with, but in my opinion PVC is the most versatile.
Like I said above building a cat enclosure out of PVC will allow you to keep it outdoors without fear of it rotting and falling apart. PVC is a plastic that cannot rot or break down so it’s perfect for outdoor use.
PVC is also very lightweight and will allow you to move the entire enclosure to another area if you wish. Or if you want to store it during the winter, you can easily break it down to store it.
How to build a catio with PVC
The PVC catio, or PVC cat enclosure, is made out of PVC pipes and plastic garden fencing. I connected the sections using PVC connectors to make the frame, and used zip ties to secure the netting to it. The roof is made out of clear plastic roofing material.
I built the catio so that my cats can climb out of the living room window directly into the enclosure. But you can definitely build a totally enclosed, free standing cage that you could put anywhere. One of the benefits of a PVC enclosure is that it’s very light so you can move it easily.
How to build a catio with pvc
First, I decided on the overall size of the cage. This was easy because I already knew exactly where I wanted it to go (on my deck where the other cage was.) So I built it to those exact measurements. My catio’s finished measurements were 74″ long x 55″ wide by 90″ tall.
Your list of supplies for the PCV Cat Enclosure
I have made a list of all of the supplies I used to build my catio. Your measurements could be slightly different depending on the size and configuration of your cage. But, if you decide to build yours to my exact specifications this would be your supply list.
Update: I have since found a better way to attach the gate to the patio. Check out these PVC hinges updated in the supply list.
I also had a reader share her Catio with me and she found these products that are pretty interesting. You may want to check these out. Thanks Linda 🙂