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Free plans for a cat enclosure that is fitted with a pet heater.
The plan to build a heated cat house and plans for a heated cat enclosure are easy to build.The plans for a cat house and enclosure are presented in easy steps and require no special tools.
Building the pet home and plans for assembling the components are shown in detail. It requires only basic skills.
The surrounds of the cat run can be constructed to suit the space available for the pet owner.
If there is sufficient room, a cats run that can be rotated over a section of grass will improve the comfort level for your pet.
Suitable small heaters to keep your pet warm in the cat enclosure are available on this site. The weather proof pet heaters are an ideal for warming your pet.
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Insulation for the pets home can be installed at any stage of building the cats enclosure. An insulated pets home reduces the cost of keeping your pet warm.
A small heater that is suitable for a cats enclosure is available on this web site. Details on fitting and operating the pet heater is included in the enclosure plan.
The plan for a heated cat enclosure.
The sleeping area of the cats enclosure will have a detachable roof. A detachable roof will help in maintaining a hygienic home for your pet.
The roof should have a rake (angle) of about 10% to channel water to the back of the cats run.
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A pets home with a heater is the main structure that will be installed into a cats enclosure. The surrounding enclosure fencing are basic items and simple to build.
Heated cat enclosure
- A1 and A2 will be the ends of your pet enclosures roof.
- A3 and A4 will be the sides of the enclosures roof.
- A5 and A6 will be the ends of the heated cat home base.
- A7 and A8 will be the sides of the heated cat home base.
- B1 and B2 will be the ends of the cat enclosure side one.
Plan for the cat enclosure sides
- B3 and B4 will be on the panel of side one.
- B5 and B6 will be the ends of side two.
- B7 and B8 will be on the panel of side two.
- C1 and C2 will be the ends of the cat enclosure back.
- C3 and C4 will be the sides of the cat enclosure back.
- C5 and C6 will be the ends of the cat enclosure front.
- C7 and C8 will be the sides of the cat enclosure front.
Plan for a heated cats enclosure.
Warming the sleeping area of the cats run will ensure that your pet is comfortable on winter days.
A1 and A2 are = to each other but larger than A5/A6 by approximately 20%.
A3 and A4 are = to each other but larger than A7/A8 by approximately 40%.
A5 and A6 are identical measurements.
A7 and A8 are the identical measurements.
Building a cats run.
The base of the cats home is the first piece of plywood cut to size.
The plans on how to build a warmed cats home can be modified to allow a pet heater to be installed into the cats resting area. The compact petheater will give your pet a comfortable home in cold weather.
The weatherproof heater can be built into the cats enclosure or positioned free standing inside the pet enclosure.
The measurements for the cats sleeping enclosure base panel will be guided by the size of your pet.
Allow an area that is the size of your cat and add extra dimensions that you think will make a warm resting area for your pet.
Do not make the dimensions of the cats run sleeping enclosure to large. A large resting area will not trap the body heat of your pet.
A large sleeping area will also be difficult to warm.
When you have determined the cat house size apply them to the base of the cat house and this will become the guide to all of the remaining measurements of the heated cats run plan.
heated cats run
Heating a cats run will help to conserve your pets energy. Cats uses a great deal of energy during the cold season in maintaining the correct body temperature.
Having a heated cats run will increase your pets enjoyment of its new habitat.
The following are suggestions for the measurements of the plans for a heated cats run. The pet owner will make the final decision as to what is a suitable size for the cats sleeping area.
B1 will be the height of your cat plus 20%.
B2 will be the height of B1 plus 20%.
The 20% is allowance for overlapping of the base plates and other panels.
B3 Draw a line connecting the edges of B1 and B2 after putting in the B4
This will give the rake of the pets enclosures roof.
B4 Equal measurements to the A7 and A8 edges.
B1 and B5 .. B2 and B6 .. B3 and B8 .. B4 and B7 Equal measurements to each side of the cats house.
Cut out the first side of the cats enclosure plan, B1 B2 B3 B4 and use this side as a template to make the
second side B5 B6 B7 B8.
If the plywood you are using has different grades of surfaces on either side of the panel make sure that the template pattern is marked on the correct side.
This will result in a quality finish to the cats enclosure exterior.
C1 and C2 are equal measurements to A5 plus twice the thickness of the plywood being
used for the sides of the plans to build a cat run.
The extra material is required for covering exposed edges when building the heated cats home.
C3 and C4 are equal measurements to B1 B5. All of these panel measurements are the same.
C5 are C6 are equal measurements to A5 plus twice the thickness of the plywood being used for the sides of the cats house.
C7 and C8 are equal measurements to B2 and B6. All of these panel measurements are identical.
Cat enclosure plan
Do not select plywood for the cats enclosure that has been treated with chemical. Preservative chemicals may be toxic for your pet.
Selecting the correct building material for the cat enclosure plans is important for your pets health.
The cats run will be exposed to the weather and the building material will need a weather proof coating of lead free paint that will protect the structure.
Easy access to the cat run for cleaning and replacing litter trays and bedding will be required. The cat run plan can be modified to fit a suitable entrance.
If insulation pads are to be used for insulating the cat enclosure use only products that are free from chemicals..
Cat enclosure plans
Select timber for the cat house framing that is approximately two inches square (50 millimeters square).
This is suitable for a large cats house or enclosure that can be easily relocated into different areas of the cat run.
If the pets enclosure is to remain in one position a heavier framing can be used.
The quantity of timber framing required for the cats home to line the inside of the base plus the sides and the four corners of the cats house should be increased if modifications such as a window are to be added to the heated pets shelter.
Allow extra timber for use as guides to reposition the roof of the cat house and runners under the floor of the cat house base to keep it of the ground.
Building a run for cats
Metal fittings used in the building of the cats run plans should be galvanized,brass or zinc plated to protect them from rusting.
Use only galvanized or brass plated nails and screws on timber joints that are exposed to the weather.
If your pet has a tendency to chew on objects the meshing used to enclose the cat run should not have a coating that may be toxic. (dipped galvanized mesh)
Parts of the cats run plan can be glued together to produce a strong joint.
A contact adhesive that is water proof can be used in the construction of the cats house frame.
Painting for the cats run should be done with paint that does not contain lead in it. If a pet chews on the habitat or claws the heated cat home there is a possibility that your pet may ingest some of the paint.
Building and warming a cats enclosure
To start building the cats enclosure we start with the base panel.
Line the interior borders of the cats house base with the timber framing.
Cut out a section of the front framing the same size as the door opening.
The bottom piece of framing can be retained if a pets door is to be included into the heated cats home plan.
Screw, glue or nail framing to the cat house base keeping the plywood side flush
with the base.
Fix the upright corner pieces of the framing to the side edges of the cat house.
Fit the back of the cats house next. Ensure that the back plywood sits flush to
the outside of the plywood sides and flush to the base underside.
Then fit the front of the cats home keeping the edges flush with the sides and base underside.
Now place the roof of the cats house in a position that is suitable for the enclosure and fit the roof guides to the underside of the cats enclosure roof.
Constructing the pets heated home can also be done by adding the timber framing to all of the panels before assembly.
Suitable heaters for your pet can be found Here
Do not forget to add a safe and reliable pet heater to your cats new home. The best cat enclosure on the street will not be as comfortable or compare to a simple shack that contains a heater to keep pets warm on cold days.
Building a cats run
Building windows for the cat run.
Use timber left over as runners for the floor to keep the enclosure of
If large framing has been used to construct the heated cats enclosure a smaller dimensioned timber may be required for the cats house windows.
To fit a window to the cat house use a piece of cardboard that is the size of the window required.
Draw the shape of the window onto a piece of cardboard and cut along the drawn
Hold the cut out window shape against the cat house wall in the position that you
With a pencil draw the shape onto the selected wall area and then cut out
the shape. If the window is large and there is movement in the wall, make
a frame for the window and pin it to the wall to strengthen it.
In cold areas it may be a good idea to omit windows in favor of retaining heat within the pets home.
Insulating a cats enclosure
To insulate the cats sleeping and resting area a tar paper can be used to line the interior of the cats home.
Tar insulation is often supplied with a backing of aluminum foil. Place the foil side of the tar paper facing to the outside of the panel.
Insulation batts can also be used for the cat house insulation but the batts must be cut to fit in between the cats house framing.
Both forms of insulating material will need a protective liner to prevent the cats house insulation from attacks.
Some cats are allergic to insulating material and testing your cats reaction to a small piece of insulation may be required before building the cat run plans.
When you are happy with the structural strength of the cat house, sand back any rough areas,
and paint the new cat house.
Depending on the type of structure you have used to build the pet house painting the cats enclosure may be easier before installing any insulation.
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To build and heat a cats home and small pets enclosure the materials you use will be the deciding factor on the useful life of the cat enclosure.
The use of any material that has been coated or treated with any chemicals that may be toxic to your pet should be avoided.
Pets cannot be constantly supervised and it is not unusual for them to chew on their enclosures and resting areas.
Pet heaters that are used to warm the cat house and all other appliances that have an electrical supply to the pets home must have all the electrical leads positioned in a safe and dry area.
When constructing a heated cats enclosure, doghouse, heated kennel, small pets enclosure or heated dogs home organize the positioning of the pets home and all electrical leads and connections before commencing construction.
The cat house heater and pet heaters displayed on this web site are weather proof but all connecting leads must be placed in a safe and dry area.
Any cat run that you build should not have the enclosures floor resting on the ground. This will only create mildew and make the cats home cold and damp. Rodent control will also be difficult.
Face the opening away from any prevailing winds.
When using any tools be sure that the proper safety equipment and safety procedures are used at all times.
Read and understand all instruction books that are supplied with any tools and always maintain a clean and safe working area.
Never work around children or unrestrained pets or let them in the work area unsupervised.
The free dog house plans and free kennel plans and cut enclosure plan supplied are for personal use only and have all been built and tested for strength and operation and to my knowledge they are correct and accurate. The plans are supplied without warranties and guarantee and you acknowledge that you use them and operate all tools and equipment at your sole risk.
The choice of cat home plan, dog house plan, pet heater or any other building plans for small pets found on this web site and the suitability for the chosen project is entirely your responsibility.
You agree to indemnify petheaters from any claims, damages, personal injuries and expenses in regards to any building projects and plans found on this web site.
All the free building plans for pet homes are for personal use only.
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