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Outdoor Cat Pens, Tunnels, and Enclosures

Updated on March 31, 2009

Inside Cats Can Play Outside Too

It is much safer for your cat to be a solely indoor cat. It's actually been proven that inside cats live longer and have fewer health complications than outside cats, but at the same time cats really do like to roam and explore. It can be hard to deny your cat the ability to check out the outside world once in a while. I mean, inside dogs get to run around outside once in a while, why not let your cat experience the same?

Well, in all reality it is more dangerous for a cat to roam outside than a dog, even a small dog. There are just a lot of dangers involved, so it may be best to keep your fluffy feline inside...

Just remember, though, that cats do like to walk on the wild side once in a while, and by purchasing an outdoor enclosure, you can allow your cat the ability to experience good weather and fresh air.

The outdoor cat pens will protect your cat from traffic, animals, predators, and people. They are typically made of a net material so that your cat is well ventilated and visible, but safe.

Below, you'll find a few selections of outdoor cat tunnels, pens, and enclosures to choose from. I started with the best and top rated outdoor enclosures for cats- the Kittywalk outdoor enclosure. The other three are just a few cheaper options to choose from.

Kittywalk Outdoor Net Cat Enclosure for Lawns

This is probably one of the better outdoor enclosures for cats that you can purchase. You can start small with just a tunnel, or you can purchase the attachments that range from kabanas, connectors, tee-pee, penthouse, and a town and country suit.

Just remember that you can't leave your cat outside in the Kittywalk enclosures for long periods of time because there isn't a means for your cat to get away from weather extremes.

The Kittywalk Outdoor Net pieces are a great way to let your indoor cat enjoy the outdoors safely. The manufacturer uses metal wickets that stake into the ground and a green netting to allow your cat to get appropriate ventilation and fresh air.

The Kittywalk pieces are weather resistant and will not rust, rot, or mildew when left outside, which makes them a very reliable source of outdoor pleasure for your cat.

You can connect multiple pieces together to form the ultimate outdoor cat playground for your cat(s). And, although each piece is sold separately, most of them do come with travel bags, which makes storage and traveling with your Kittywalk enclosure pieces easier.

  • Kittywalk Teepee Outdoor Cat Enclosure: offers 3 comfortable levels that allow multiple cats to play; measures 4'Dia x 6'T and weighs 32 lbs.
  • Kittywalk Town-&-Country Pet Enclosure: includes a Deck and Patio enclosure, the Kabana, and Penthouse, as well as 4 hammocks; measures 96"L x 18"W x 72"H and weighes 36 lbs.
  • Kittywalk Penthouse with Resting Platforms for Cats: offers multiple levels and hammocks for multiple cats; weatherproof roof; ideal for balconies; measures 5'H x 2'W x 2'D
  • Kittywalk Pet Gazebo: stands alone or can be connected with other Kittywalk pieces; netted outdoor Gazebo with a hipped roof; ideal for yards; measures 70"L x 70"W x "38"T
  • Kittywalk Kabana for Cats: shaded awning and hammock that keeps yoru cat cool
  • Kittywalk T-Connect Unit: add a connecting tunnel and doorway to your Kittywalk System
  • Kittywalk Curves: add curving, connecting tunnels and doorways to your Kittywalk System; includes 2 doors and 2 curves; measures 24"L x 18"W x 24"T

Cat Outdoor Crawl Tunnel

If you do not want the extravagance of the Kittywalk Outdoor Cat Enclosure products, you can always purchase something more simple, and in this case, you can opt for a simple tunnel or small enclosure. The netted outdoor play pens for cats are much more preferred than the metal, wire dog kennels, though.

As for the Outdoor Crawl Tunnel House, it's essentially a square tunnel, tub playpen for a single cat. It will provide a safe enclosure for your cat to play in and enjoy the outside weather.

The enclosure is weather resistant and made out of a sturdy polyester fishnet, which is attached to a wire frame. The outdoor cat tunnel measures about 17 1/2"H x 48"W x 14"D.

This product easily mounts into the ground using 4 stakes and telescopes to a roomy four feet.

You can even use this product for other small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and ferrets.

Outdoor Feline Funhouse

The Outdoor Feline Funhouse is another simple and small enclosure for a single cat to experience the great outdoors.

Although, in the picture, there are three cats in the Outdoor Feline Funhouse; I really would stick with just one cat, so that you can avoid any mishaps if you plan on letting your cats enjoy the weather for a full afternoon or morning.

The Outdoor Feline Funhouse is perfect for a patio, deck, or even a yard, as it measures just 72"L x 35"W x 32"T. This is a great product to take on vacation with you when your cat companion can come with, especially since you receive a carry bag with the product.

The Feline Funhouse includes stakes and weight bags so that you can stabilize the product into the ground.

The Outdoor Feline Funhouse is durable, lightweight, portable, and easy to store. It include two heavy-duty zippered doors that provide you easy access.

The product is made of a weather resistant nylon netting that allows ideal ventilation and visibility.

Feline Fun Run

The Fun Run is similar to the Kittywalk tunnels and the Outdoor Crawl Tunnel. It's perfectly safe to let your kitty companion run around outside and enjoy the weather safely.

The outdoor cat tunnel is made of a strong nylon, mesh material and a sprung-steel frame that pops open instantly meaning that you don't have to assembly anything, which is a definite plus in my books.

You receive sand weights and pegs to secure the cat tunnel to the ground. You also receive a carry bag so that you can take the Fun Run with your out of town whenever your cat can join you.

The Feline Fun Run measures about 62"L x 18"W.


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      Assyla 6 years ago

      You should make a bigger pen for cats out side

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Definitely do your research before getting a new pet.

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      nicko guzman 8 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

      OK.Thanks.I do not know to much,but I am doing my research.Thank you so much.I love your advice.

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      It's best to wait 8 weeks.

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      nicko guzman 8 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

      I always hated cats,but now I plan to capture a feral kitten living in my garage.Six weeks right?THANKS.