The "catzebo" is the big news for Kitty City this year. I wanted someplace where the the cats could
go outside, but still be protected. The original feral four (Tuck, Starburst, Fluffy and Brother) were allowed out under
supervision and would generally stay close to me, but the roads were getting busier with new houses being constructed on the
mountain and I heard reports of coyotes moving in on the next ridge.
The big problem to be solved was how to get the cats to any enclosure. The driveway ran up to the garage
doors and windows looked out onto a sidewalk that had to remain functional. We had thought about doing an aerial bridge
over the sidewalk, but would have been overly complex and would have required replacing at least one thermal glass window
with acryllic, which would not have the same heat retention quality during the winter.
The cats actually solved the problem. When we went for walks in the woods, the feral four would only
cross a gravel road via the drainage culvert. I had hoped a culvert could be run under the sidewalk, but David, our
yard guy, who did most of the construction, found out most of the electrical wires coming in the house ran under the sidewalk
right there. We came up with the idea of using black culvert tubing for a tunnel on top of the sidewalk and putting
a small step bridge over the tunnel.
I installed petdoors designed to used in screen doors in the window screens. This allowed access to
the outside, but retained the stock thermal windows which could easily be closed to confine the cats inside when needed.
The windows are enclosed by a small pen which leeds to the tunnel.
The catzebo itself is basically a retangular gazebo (10 ft. x 14 ft.) designed for kitty use. There
is ledging all around and a loft which can be accessed by a ramp or via a large cat tree. The catzebo and the pen around
the windows are covered with tough nylon netting from the Purrfect Fence Company, http://www.purrfectfence.com . The bottom of the catzebo as well as the window pen are also covered with decorative lattice work. This
provides additional protection and prevents direct contact with any stray or feral cats.