These past summer days have been pleasant and quiet, with very little need for our outdoor cat enclosure. Our enclosure is homemade, with a light wood frame and chicken wire around the frame, and takes up a good portion of our back verandah. It has two doors set into the frame so that we can pass through the enclosure as we walk across our deck. When my husband first built the enclosure, it was wrapped with wire up to 9 feet high but we found that our cats did not challenge the enclosure, so we were able to take off a row of the chicken wire.
I think the reason that my cats did not challenge the enclosure was because it is situated high off the ground and we only used it sporadically so they really did not view it as a prison. It was used more for protection for them when there were strange cats visiting our yard.
The big hairy neighbourhood cat that used to come over to torment my kitties no longer comes into our yard, thanks to my big black cat, who works hard at diligently surveying the property and letting the intruders know that they are on occupied territory.
The only time I really feel I want to use our outdoor cat enclosure these days is at night. It just makes me feel better to know that the stairs to the deck are blocked to night time prowlers coming onto our deck and peeking through the cat door.
The other times I like having it is when I go for a walk in the neighbourhood and I don’t want them trying to follow me which some of my cats used to do in the past.