A side alley, a side-way… i have one of those!
It’s just a long space at the side of our house with a few small trees, a laundry door and it’s all out of the way… Oh well I guess it’s just space we wont ever utilize …
Wait a minute maybe we could turn that space into a long cat run to tire out those pesky girls… maybe they will even let us sleep through the night ***this is not a Catworks guarantee, cats that are terrors will always remain terrors but hey you love them anyway***
By far the most cost effective and unobtrusive style of animal enclosure to build, a long narrow run with netting set at height from the house down to the fence is the most common form. Most cat enclosures of this type are on a more “out of sight” side of the house helping maintain the “normal” appearance of the house (and cat owner).
Long enclosures by design the best feature by far is “the long run” the ability to place climbing trees along parts of the length encourage running jumping and pestering at both ends… with the help of some neighborhood birds this can lead to hours of fun; pretending to be real cats while being in the safety of enclosure… kind of like glamping or such in human terms.
Natural ground with mulch and gardens is best as this can give play and the “outside toilet” area required for cat sanitation (and human sanity). If the side area is “all concrete” we encourage; as much “off the ground” time as possible, lots of plants and shrubs for cover and different types of ground cover can be added. In either a nice (draining) raised mulch bed in the open air is a very nice solution to encourage “going outside” a clean pine bark mulch fill will help eliminate odors and can be re-used in the garden when it’s time for a clean out. I promise i have never talked about cat toileting so much…
We are careful to either include nice access for people or exclude access for security reasons…? Add the best gate and locking combination. Want total control ? Add special locks or only a lock to your side to make sure you don’t have the worry of the gardener letting that cats out.
need another option go back to Enclosure designs for a look