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I plan on getting a ragdoll kitten in the coming months after the heart ache of losing my smokey on feb 1st. Since I know cats love the outdoors and since the ragdoll is a indoor cat only I plan on doing whatever is nessasary to benefit my cat.

I live on maui and own my own house and property so I can pretty much do anything I want. I have spent hours looking at designs etc..

I plan on enclosing my outdoor deck and putting a kitty door on my kitchen door giving access to the deck.

I was going to put in wire cage material but mosquitos has always been a problem out there during certain months.

Should I opt for heavy duty insect screen instead, would the ragdoll destroy the screen? Or should I put a layer of cage with a layer of insect screen as well..
Of course I will also be going more elaborate once the deck is completed with a tunnel system cage going to the grass...

I will use this thread as my progress thread, I know I do not even have the kitten yet but with my mind clouded with grief this is a project to provide me with relief...


 

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Unrelated but thought I would share my greenhouse which smokey loved to follow me too. He was scared of the pond but seeing his big furry butt follow the path brought a smile to my face each and every time.. I cannot believe I do not have a pic of him walking the path, I guess I thought I would have all the time in the world and he would never leave me..



 

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You're a good egg, I like you. I like that you are already preparing for this kitten. I know you'll never forget your beloved Smokey, but I think the preparations and this kitten will help you heal so much more quickly than staying stuck in the grieving process. We've definitely seen that here on the forums before.

They actually sell screen material that is extra strength for pets. Something like this: [ame]http://www.amazon.com/Phifer-Pet-Screen-36-Kit/dp/B0040VAKUU[/ame]

That looks small enough to keep out 'sqeeters. Perhaps you could frame a chute leading out to the greenhouse like this: http://www.catsofaustralia.com/images/annie3.jpg with a cat door built into the greenhouse wall let kitten in and out at will. When your working at the pond he can sit in the tunnel and watch too.

I know that if I had a beautiful patio like that and screened it in..with wonderful cat trees and sleeping spots and safe plants, my boys would be THRILLED!
 

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Burt,

I agree with Krissy, I think it's very good that you are focusing on bringing a new kitten home. It does help so much, even though we never forget the loved ones we have lost. Having kittens to take care of helped me when I went through it.

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Thanks I just came from home depot, the have 2x3 green wire I might use, the greenhouse will not be used for my cat. Too hot in there and i have giant aquaponic water beds in there. Ill walk him there though thats for sure, just turning the patio into a catio but it still needs to be used for get togethers.

Im handy with the tools but im going to get a estimate from a carpenter soon, im also fumigating my house before any animal friend comes home...
 

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I didn't mean keep him the greenhouse. I mean you can run a tunnel system (frame a long tunnel and cover it with the screen) from his catio to the greenhouse so he can come and go as he pleases. It may be too far, but if not he might enjoy the opportunity to follow you without being restrained/leashed.
 

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Nice idea, im definetly making some kind of tunnel system but my greenhouse is way in the back a bit too far. Ill have to walk him back there myself which im sure ill be doing quite a lot. My yard is enclosed except for my front driveway.

I ordered the pet screen 100 ft today so I will proceed and update this post as I make progress.
 

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I love that last series of photos, you have an amazing back yard. It looks so warm there. A little paradise for any lucky cat. (Sent from the currently sub-zero region of upstate NY.)
 

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Catio project has already begun, over 10 hours and 2 days in I have finished half of the lower portion of screens..

I plan on making a cat walk that goes from the railing to my garage wall wrap it around to above the fountain and towards a mango tree in the back where I have my hammocks rigged up. A tree house cage if you will....A kitty hang out. Also plan another short cat walk on the other side that leads to the lawn, close to smokeys favorite hangout.

He cant go there though, thats smokeys territory:kittyball


 

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Burt,
I LOVE your idea of a Kitty Tree House! Hammocks swaying under the trees...now that sounds so relaxing!
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Framing being done....next update will be finishing the screening
Still waiting on carpenter to do my doors and some difficult parts, im no carpenter but im able to do a lot...

I hope the ragdoll will be happy, I know Smokey would go bonkers limited to the house and this enclosure, he had the enitire yard to conqueor...

I also am considering artificial turf for the flooring


 

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Burt,
It's already taking shape! Can't wait to see it finished! It's going to be a kitty paradise! :D
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Burt,
My understanding of Ragdolls, is they're a very laid back breed, so I have a feeling, kitty will be very happy to just call your home and the catio, his or her, Kingdom!:)
 

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Im about to purchase this flooring, the guy on the phone told me that a lady ordered the same one and was fine using it for her catio flooring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqONwpn-fxw
Patio Flooring: See Swisstrax Patio Flooring in Action

I hope its comfortable enough for the feline but im getting it in green with dark green as seen in the gallery with the table....

Im excited to see and accomplish the end results although im limited because I can hardly walk..My back is killing me
 

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Burt,
That flooring looks good! Can it also be hosed off?
 

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Getting there, I have a bunch more screens already framed just needs to be put up. I have tons of ideas for the interior, rug special ordered, rome tree is still in the box, cat doors, multiple swinging bridges will be made and all weather drop down rain shields will be special ordered.

This pet screen i ordered from metroscreens is tough stuff btw, if the cat goes crazy on the larger portions ill have to reinforce the framing with cross braces

All im missing is the cat..Really this whole project is dedicated to smokey

 

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Oh WOW! That's Gorgeous! :D:thumbup::thumbup:
 
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