Finally, a better idea. Could one put a white PVC pipe along the top and cable tie the shelving to that, affixing the PVC pipe to the ceiling in appropriate places. This could allow the shelving to swing down much easier for cleaning, without making huge holes with fender washers (that we used in the dry-walled ceiling)..?
I made more "escape hatches" and have changed the carpeting, but it's not an easy task. 8-) God Bless all who love cats and are loved by cats.
I just finished cleaning a stretch of the garage cat walk.
What I should have done was lined the cages with something that rolled from the back (drywall) down around to across the bottom of the cat walk wire....every few feet, so that you can remove and replace easily. Carpet tiles would have worked also, but wider would be nice to protect the drywall..the plastic that I placed had come down despite the velcro, in many spots......Now I also placed some sheet linoleum at the bottom for now but I will cut carpeting to make a half way tunnelif you will,to protect the drywall and also for them to walk on (over the shelving floor). Sometimes lightbulb moments take me awhile. smile. Picture a sono tube in the tunnel, cut in half, of carpeting...to cover the wall and floor areas.
This cat enclosure keeps my felines safe by limiting their access to the house and outside with a towering, spacious, 150-feet cat run (walk) over doors, windows, cabinets, out of the reach of outside predators and also indoor dog inhabitants. If they come out for a visit, they are always happy to go back, perhaps due to the canine pets in the house. They have a lot of freedom and peaceful times here, rather than going wild in the fields and being hunted by coyotes.
How to keep cats safer, contained, but happy.
These are cat walks with room for
To accomplish this first we needed to "tunnel" the cats upstairs from their basement room.
I was inspired by a website that showed a barn with inside cat quarters completely constructed of wire shelving made for closets. http://www.theenchantedcat.com/
In addition, I looked at the California books of the http://catshouse.com/ where they had tunnels throughout the house for their cats (recently I enjoyed viewing their YouTube video even more than the books).
I wanted something contained as I have a feline leukemia cat that must be separate from the other cats. When he was subjected to a wandering cat one day, and I had TWO cats to quarantine and an extra dog that created havoc when a cat entered a room, it was time for emergency wired cat walks.
THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS X 100 TO TOM, my wish came true. He was volunteering at the Restore for Habitat for Humanity while he attended HVAC classes at the local college and also loves cats. He volunteered to manage the project. It took him at least four long days, and three to four trips to Home Depot, where the wire shelving seemed the most reasonable (when Restore store was out of wire shelves).
Some days he was assisted by Homero.
I owe these two for this fantastic inside haven. Coyotes ARE an issue in this area. They have captured local cats and also punctured my little dog's lung.
Another inspiration is the guy from Minnesota that was featured this year on Cats 101, Animal Planet, HE IS AWESOME, he spent 10k on beautiful wood catwalks throughout his nice country home for his cats.
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/must-love-cat... or google Animal Planet fur kids...or see Greg Krueger on Facebook.
Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Rocco and helpers (Nick, Tyler, Shawn, Frank, etc.) for the awesome digs he also created for my cats with "Restore Habitat for Humanity" doors, windows, fencing...until the cats could come into the house.
Thanks lastly but not leastly to Nancy F. who bought me my first cat tunnel book and inspired me to start searching the Internet for "cat enclosures" . Thanks to Sue J. for cat lover support.
Thanks to everyone I have not mentioned (chemo brain and age).
Thank you, www.instructables.com for having a contest DEADLINE and also for the opportunity to win a Nikon Digital SLR camera.
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