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Free plans for cat enclosures and pet heater
The plan to build a heated cat house and plans for a cat enclosure are easy to build. The plans for a cat house & heated enclosure require no special tools to construct.
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 pet comfort and hygiene.
keeping pets warmInsulation 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. Small heaters suitable for cat enclosures are available on this site. Details on fitting our pet heater is included in the free plan.
The plan for a heated cat enclosureThe sleeping area of the cats enclosure will have a detachable roof. A detachable roof will help in maintaining a hygienic home for pets. The roof should have a rake (angle) of about 10% to channel water
to the back of the cats run. A pets home with heater is the main structure that will be installed into a cats enclosure. The surrounding fencing suitable for a small cat enclosure are basic items and simple to build.
Heated cat enclosure
Plan for the cat enclosure sides
Plan for a heated cats enclosure.
that your small pet is warm & comfortable in winter .
A3 and A4 are = to each other but larger than A7/A8 by approximately 40%.
A5 and A6 are identical measurements for the cat enclosure.
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
Plans on how to build a warm cats home can be modified to allow a pet heater to be installed into the cats resting area. A compact petheater provides a comfortable home in cold weather. The small weatherproof heater can be built into the cats enclosure or left free standing.
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 runHeating a cats run will help to conserve your pets energy. Cats use a great deal of energy to maintain their correct body temperature. Having a heated cats run will increase your pets enjoyment of its new habitat. Our pet heater are very safe
B1 will be the height of your cat plus 20%.
B2 will be the height of B1 plus 20%.
B3 Draw a line connecting edges of B1 and B2 after putting in the B4 This creates rake for the enclosures roof. B4 Equal dimensions to the A7 & A8 edges. B1 & B5 .. B2 & B6 .. B3 & B8 .. B4 & B7 Equal measurements to sides 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. Plywood with different grades on the surfaces of the panel will require a template pattern marked on the correct sides. This will produce 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. The building material will need a weather proof coating of lead free paint to 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 mm square). This is suitable for a large cats house or enclosure that can be easily relocated into different areas of cat runs. If pet enclosures are remaining in one position, 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 added to the heated pets shelter. Allow extra timber as guides to re-position the roof of the cat house & 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 framing can be retained if a pets door is 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.
Suitable heaters for your pet can be found HERE Consider adding a safe and reliable pet heater.
Building a cats run
Building windows for the cat run
Use timber left over as runners for the floor to keep the enclosure of the ground.
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 lines.
Hold the cut out window shape against the cat house wall in the position that you require it.
With a pencil draw the shape onto the selected wall area and 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.
In cold areas consider omitting 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.
Keeping your cat warm with a small heater for the cats enclosure planThe plan for a cats enclosure can be fitted with a cat warmer or any other small heater for cats that are displayed to provide "a pet friendly environment" for your cats enclosure.
Heating for cats is safe and inexpensive with the small cat heater. Keeping your pet warm is so easy with a cat enclosure fitted with a touch safe heater.
The heater for cats is weather proof and will operate safely exposed to the elements.
Building a heated cat enclosure plan and fitting a heater into the new cats enclosure will ensure your small pets are warm and comfortable.
Cats satellite disc shelter
Obsolete satellite discs that are your property* can only be used.
Cat enclosures can be fitted with shelter by using a discarded satellite disc.
The discs are suitable for use as a cat enclosure roof or base for your pets bed.
Take extra care not to damage this surface when constructing the cat enclosure shelter.
Old satellite disc are often in good condition due to the powder coating protective paint that prevents corrosion.
Cat enclosures that only require a roof shelter have the choice of supporting the disc roof on a chain or sturdy rope.
The chain method of roof support can only be used in areas protected from the wind.
Areas that are exposed to winter conditions must have the roof mounted in a manner that provides firm support without movement in windy conditions. This can be achieved by using an inflexible pole that is fixed permanently onto the dish being used as a cat enclosure roof.
Fittings used to construct the cats shelter should be protected from corrosion. Stainless steel fitting are the best available but can be expensive. Screws and bolts that have been galvanized are also suited for use in the construction of the cats home. Do not leave sharp exposed screw ends.
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. The free building plans for pet homes are for personal use only. * Contact your satellite/cable provider to establish the legal owner of the satellite dish used in the construction of a cat enclosure shelter.