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Indoor to outdoor cat tower

Making a Splash
Making a Splash

A cat enclosure using recycled mesh panels that creates a fun and safe area for cats to explore indoors and out.



Indoor to outdoor cat tower


The project


I designed this cat tower as I needed to come up with some sort of cage and run for little Bonza. While at work, I came across these mesh panels in the scrap area and thought upcycling them would be the way to go. I started laying out the panels and used plastic cable ties to hold it together until I was happy with the layout before drilling and bolting the different platforms. I also added bits and pieces around the home I thought may be fun for my cat. The Colorbond bottom track from Bunnings worked a treat for the uprights and corners.


It’s a solid cage and just a few DynaBolts fixed it to the wall. Absolutely stoked with how simple and great it came up. I’ve got a few panels left so I think I’ll attach a little side run. As for the entry, I cut a little flap in the flyscreen door so he just goes in and out as he pleases.












How to build a cat enclosure


Resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Mitchell shares in this discussion that to create an enclosure, cat enthusiasts can use the Rapidmesh 144 x 112 x 60cm Portable Animal Enclosure or Rapidmesh 122 x 106 x 73-5cm Animal Enclosure And 1 Tunnel in their design. There are also budget-friendly mesh products to use to create an enclosure and run. 


Join the Rapid Mesh 1800 x 900mm Framed Wire Mesh Panel using Zenith 75mm Zinc Plated Mending Plates and attach them with Buildex 12-14 x 20mm Climaseal Hex Head Metal Tek Screws.


More cat enclosures


Workshop member Chrissie35 built this "catio" so her cats can choose sun or shade and enjoy the outdoors while safe and close to home. There's even a zip for easy access to the backyard.




Finding My Feet

Absolutely Awesome! I have accumulated several extra large dog crates and I was trying to figure out if i could dis-assemble them and repurpose them into a window, indoor-outdoor catio for my mom. I think it's completely possible now. Thanks so much! Wonderful job, by the way!!!!

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Thundermouse65. It's great to have you join us and wonderful to see you've taken inspiration from this project.


Let me mention @Shannon so they are alerted to your kind feedback.


Repurposing dog crates in a catio sounds like a great idea. With a little creativity, I'm sure you can create a unique and safe space for your mum's furry friend.


Keep us updated as you go, and reach out if you have any questions or if we can be of assistance.



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