Kennel Enclosure: Wire Closet Shelving & Cable Ties in Minutes, Flexible, Movable, Removable




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Need a barrier between cats and dogs or other pets?

Something as movable as a fold-up kennel?

This could be an answer. After obtaining several 6 feet lengths of shelving I cable tied them in a zig zag fashion, and lived with the structure for several weeks.

Egged on by my favorite INSTRUCTABLES SITE, I finished it tonight.

My dogs and cats supervised. As in all photos, I think there is more interest with humans or pets attached.

Step 1: Gather Materials

Helpful tools:

Cable ties

Closet shelving

(read the differences between coatings, some might be safer than others). Since these will be used indoors I thought it was okay to use Closetmaid with the reinforcing hanging rail. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY a great resource, keep any eye out for donated shelving.


Optional bolt cutter

for trimming or making a reach-in area.

Bungee cord

to hold things as you cable tie them together (ie decorative greenery)

Velcro for quick latching

Roofing staples

to secure shelving to wood



for latching, that can be reached from either side.

I had thought about making two doors, one arching in and one arching out (fool strangers), but with this short length it seemed unnecessary.

With two entrances, you could keep the clip on the outside of each. Many times I find I have misplaced the clip, so Velcro is nice in this instance.

Step 2:

Step 3: Measure, Plan Arrangement, Start on One End.

See photos for reinforcement and latching options.

Hover mouse over squares for further comments.

Step 4: Additionally...

Thanks for looking, and _thank you for making a nice home for your pets.

Cats can _climb_ fencing like this, however it has not been a problem here, because most are too heavy and it's unstable for serous climbing.

Another reason this has worked (there have been a few minor escapes)... is there are dogs on the other the cats have little reason to escape into the clever, heavy paws of the dogs.

Also, with using Velcro and loose clips, if there were a fire or emergency, with determination they could escape and perhaps survive a disaster.

Also, I can move it, as it is flexible or it could be down in minutes.

I leave slack in the cable ties when I can, so they are not difficult to cut.

As for cleaning,a steamer might be the easiest.

Happy Tails. 8-)

Please look at the many cat and dog ideas on this web site.

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Step 5: Inquiring Minds..

If you have "inquiring minds" as my Mom used to call them....and want to detect if someone invades your could cable tie with a special color and/or mark so that if someone is determined to pass your barrier, you will know they were there.

Step 6: Full Length Kennel to Ceiling

We have made porch kennels outside with shelving.

One way to reach to the ceiling and make it escape-proof, would be to bend the tops (over a hard surface like wood), arching along the ceiling so for instance, cats could not escape.

May I blame the cat on my lap and an old computer for picture jumbles.

Step 7: Thank You Everyone, God Bless......PETS PET PEOPLE

Upcoming Instructables, God Willing...

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  • SKID LOADER BASICS as I learn them, including purchasing


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    12 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I have since had to do some changes. When the dogs are not supervising, some cats climb the fence. At night it's okay...but there have been some fights with the resident cat. I am working on an additional section and hope to finish soon.

    In the meantime this encouraged me to do a skylight sky walk...stay tuned! smile.


    4 years ago

    Is nobody gonna talk about that big dog lounging on the kitchen counter like a cat? I can tell this was born out of necessity.

    6 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I think you want the dog on the other side of the fence so it stays off the kitchen counters!


    Reply 4 years ago

    It doesn't seem to be harming anyone. GSDs really do love to supervise goings on, I think it is super cute!


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you DangerPlate, ...I do know that I am not the most responsible and diligent trainer. I AM one of the most caring, but....I have my faults.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    The dog now cannot reach the counter; she was supervising construction
    at the time. As for the kitchen table, it has been removed. This is the
    utility room, BTW. Smile, Thanks for looking!


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, I was told it was a good idea to be able to tell a dog to get on the vet's counter for medical reasons. So I was surprised when I indicated for her to get up on the counter she obeyed... (as a former photographer, "get the shot, most important thing"). To me a photo needs a pet or kid or person in it....


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Outdoor treated-wood-framed, horizontally placed shelving for Pet Porch.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    We made a cat porch framed with wood, and the shelving was placed horizontally for strength, and it just worked out well that way. 8-)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    tomatoskins This would not work for a "determined dog", unless it was framed in wood perhaps with heavy duty shelving. Thanks for looking. 8-)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great idea! I like that these can be any height that you'd like. I wonder how strong the enclosure. I had a dog once that would try and fight his way through anything. He was a very determined dog.