Cagey Kitty: 7 Safe & Secure Outdoor Cat Enclosures

Indoor cats, outdoor cats… why not both? These 7 safe & secure outdoor cat enclosures give you and your feline friends the best of both worlds.

Mew Tube

(images via: Doctors Foster and Smith, DFS Pet Blog and Ocean Blue Discounters)

The Fun Run Outdoor Enclosure from Doctors Foster and Smith measures 17″ in diameter by 62″ long, and it folds down to a mere 2″ thick to fit into the included carry bag… don’t forget to remove the cat before folding. The black nylon mesh and spring steel Fun Run is meant to be secured in place on soft ground with the included sand pockets and stakes but since Doctors Foster and Smith aren’t there supervising, how you set it up is up to you and only you. With that in mind, one might always raise the stakes, so to speak, and let kitty “go tubing” up and down your yard. Now there’s a REAL Fun Run for you!

Not Your Grandma’s Cathouse

(images via: Cat Run UK and Woodenart)

Bad dogs and hubbies get sent to the dog house; lucky cats live life large in the Ellis Outdoor Cat House and Cat Run… and we do mean large: assembled together, the combo house & enclosed run measures 104 inches long by 48 inches wide. That’s bigger than some prison cells so thoughtless spouses should keep that in mind.

(image via: Cat Run UK)

Available in Golden Brown, Red Cedar or Green Spruce finishes, the Ellis Outdoor Cat House and Cat Run is literally a home away from home. You can even connect an above-ground travel tunnel from the cat house to a nearby door’s cat flap. Check out the Cat Run website to learn more about this £460.00 cat castle.

DEVO Cat Listening Party Room

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When seminal American New Wave band DEVO decided their new CD Something for Everybody needed some promotion, they got some of the coolest cats around and did some brainstorming… with actual cats. The result was the DEVO Cat Listening Party, where an assortment of musically cognizant kittehs enjoyed DEVO’s newest tunes in a specially constructed room fitted with an enormous blue Energy Dome scratching post. Fake mice optional.

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The unique event took place on June 15, 2010 at the Warner Bros. Records office in Burbank, California. While songs from Something for Everybody were played continuously on the Ustream feed, the professional actor cats provided by Jungle Exotics only enjoyed DEVO’s latest sounds for about two hours. “We were told they like music,” explained Warner Bros. Records new media director Cara Heller, “but we didn’t know how cats react to listening to music over long periods of time and we didn’t want to burn them out.” DEVO-lovin’ cat owners are free to reproduce the giant Energy Dome scratching post in their own DIY enclosures, which would be cool for cats and their owners as well.