The hills of Novato are safer now that the new tabby command center/cat enclosure is fully operational. Cats can rest easier knowing that Tabs the cat is on patrol.
Here’s a closer look at the construction and the materials to build one for your feline employer.
Total cost was around $50, not including the main tools, which you may already have access to. In addition to a saw (El Hub uses a circular saw, but he says that a regular hand saw works too), you’ll also need a drill for this, a pair of gloves, safety glasses, a measuring tape and the following:
- 2 in. x 2 in. boards (we used pine, but cedar and redwood are also great) for the main frame.
- 1 in. x 6 in. boards for the walkways.
- Enough 2-1/2 in. phillips head outdoor rated wood screws to attach the 2 in. x 2 in. boards (a box of 50 should be more than enough for this enclosure)
- Staple gun
- Glue gun
- A section of remnant carpeting (you can usually find a remnant carpet store in your town that will sell small rolls of 5 or 6 feet of leftover carpeting for $15-$20. You could also use a soft fabric from a fabric store or artificial grass.
- A box cutter for the carpet
- A roll of 1 in. chicken wire (also called poultry netting)
- Wire cutters (for the chicken wire)
- Wood glue (not necessary, but El Hub says it helps to reinforce the screws)
- A gate latch and 2 door hinges