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Safe Outdoor Environments for Cats

Hey, Fence Me In!

Since outdoor enclosures can be homemade or commercially constructed, they come in all shapes and sizes. For durability, chain link, chicken wire or wire mesh hardware cloth-secured around a simple wood frame-is preferable to ordinary window screening. Roofing is a necessity since cats are exceptional climbers.  The most successful structures include furniture for resting and climbing inside. A shaded area complete with a water bowl is required for warm or hot weather usage.

Whether you choose an outdoor enclosure or add cat-proof netting to the top of traditional fencing, remember that they are best used only when you are at home and outdoors with your cats or able to check on them often. Pet theft only takes a few moments. Don't forget, a microchip, tattoo or ID tag is the very thing to reunite you and your family feline if all precautions fail.

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