Free Catio Plans

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This step by step diy woodworking project is about a catio plans. If you love your furry pets and you are afraid that they can be attacked by predators or they can get hit by a car, building a catio is a great way to help them spend time outside and bath in the sun. I have designed this catio so you can save money, time and you can get the job done super easily with basic tools. Take a look over the rest of our woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

All my woodworking plans come with 3D diagrams and step by step instructions. In addition, the plans include full Cut and Shopping lists. Remember that you need to read the local codes before starting the project. It is your responsibility to make adjustments and suit the legal requirements.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.

 

 

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Free Catio Plans – PDF Download

Building-a-catio

Building-a-catio

 

Cut + Shopping Lists

  • A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 93″ long, 4 pieces – 81″ long, 12 pieces – 6″ long BACK WALL
  • A – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 93″ long, 4 pieces – 81″ long, 16 pieces – 6″ long FRONT WALL
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 96″ long, 5 pieces – 81″ long, 16 pieces – 6″ long 2xSIDE WALL
  • C – 3 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 93″ long, 6 pieces – 6″ long RAFTERS
  • D – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 22 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 78″ long, 1 piece – 19 1/4″ long, 6 pieces – 6″ long DOOR
  • E – 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 4 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 5 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 6″ long, 1 piece of 1×6 lumber – 24 1/2″ long 4xSHELF

Tools

 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

Time

 One weekend

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How to build the 8×8 catio wall frames

Front-wall-frame

Front-wall-frame

The first step of the project is to build the front wall for the catio. Cut the components from 2×2 lumber at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs.

Place the studs equally spaced and then make sure the corners are square. Align the edges flush for a professional result. Fit the diagonal braces to the corners. Make 45 degree cuts to the braces and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.

Side-wall-frame

Side-wall-frame

The next step of the project is to build the sides walls for the catio. Cut the components from 2×2 lumber.

Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs equally spaced. Fit the diagonal braces to the corners, so you enhance the rigidity of the frame.

Back-wall-frame

Back-wall-frame

In addition, for the back wall of the catio, that goes against the wall, you need to frame an opening. I really recommend you to adjust the size of the opening to suit your needs.

 

Assembling the catio frame

Assembling the catio frame

Assembling the catio frame

The next step of the project is to assemble the frame of the catio. Join the walls together tightly. Align the edges flush, drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock them together tightly. Make sure the corners are square for a professional result.

Fitting the top supports

Fitting the top supports

Fit the 2×2 rafters to the top of the catio. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the rafters and secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.

 

Fitting the braces

Fitting the bracing

Fitting the bracing

Fit the 2×2 braces to the top of the catio. Cut both ends of the braces at 45 degrees and then secure them into place with 2 1/2″ screws.

Building-the-shelves

Building-the-shelves

Furthermore, build the shelves for the catio, so the cats can have some fun. Use 2×2 lumber for the supports and 1×6 lumber for the shelves. Assemble the shelf supports and then secure the shelf into place with 1 5/8″ screws.

 

Building the shelves

Fitting the shelves

Fitting the shelves

Fit the shelves to the interior of the catio, using the pattern shown in the diagram or using your own. The possibilities are endless so you should research this for a neat result.

Fitting the mesh

Fitting the mesh

Continue the project by fitting the hardware cloth to the exterior of the catio. Use staples to lock the mesh into place tightly. Align the edges with attention and make sure, so you can adjust it to fit into place.

Building the catio door

Building the door

Building the door

Next, build the door frame from 2×2 lumber. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the frame together tightly. Moreover, you need to use 2×2 lumber for the 6×6 braces. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to reinforce the frame of the door.

Fitting the door

Fitting the door

Also, fit the door into place and then secure it to the frame with hinges. Make sure the door opens and closes properly and install a latch, so you can lock it into place tightly.

 

Finishing touches

How to build a catio

How to build a catio

This catio is large enough to accommodate a few cats, being ideal for any home. You should just attach the catio to your house, so the cats can enter and then anchor it into place using 2×2 stakes. You can also take a look over these simple window catio plans, since it’s a complementary project for your house.

Catio plans

Catio plans

Once you are don building the catio, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Smooth the edges and make sure there are no protruding corners, wires or nails. Apply a few coats of paint to the frame of the catio, if you didn’t use cedar or other weather resistant lumber.

 

 

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32 Comments »

  1. patti at - Reply

    could you build me a catio and send it to hollywood florida as i just rescued a bunch of cats from hurricane irma

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      I am many, many miles away to be able to do that. However, my plans are free and downloadable. I’m sure the local community is willing to help you with your project, using my plans.

  2. erica at - Reply

    Patti,
    You could hire a handyman to build this catio. If you have the Nextdoor app (nextdoor.com), you could ask if any of your neighbors with carpentry skills to help. Good luck!

  3. anne at - Reply

    about how much does this catio cost to be built as stated just a rough estimate will do

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      I don’t have a cost estimate. However, you can add the cost for all the materials in the list.

      • Randy at -

        I am in Saint Louis MO and Home Depot around $178 for the 40 2×2 cedar #1 pressure treated. $50 each for the wire mesh not sure if i need one or two or even 3. and of course the misc stuff, before tax

  4. Dirk at - Reply

    I modified your plans to fit on a covered patio and it is perfect. Any way I can post pictures?

  5. Tricia at - Reply

    Can I use heavy duty camping hooks into a grassed area, as I don’t have a outside wall too secure it too,?
    Do you think this will be secure enough?

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      That will probably work. It depends on the winds in your area and on your cats 🙂

  6. Anony at - Reply

    Have you experimented with putting on a roof? I would like my cat to have access during inclement weather… Also, I’m assuming you have to cut the wire mesh each time it’s placed over the vertical support? So would they just overlap at each support? Where on the base do you anchor it? These seem like great plans, thanks, and I look forward to building it!

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      To put a roof, you would need a lean to. I already have “a covered catio” on my to do list, so the plans should be live on the blog in the following weeks. Yes, you have to cover the excess mesh and they should meet on the studs. Doesn’t matter where on the base you anchor it to the ground, as long as you do it. I would anchor it on all sides.

  7. Lydia MacKenzie at - Reply

    Any chance you have plans for a window box catio? We are on the 2nd floor.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      I have that on by to do list. Do you have any dimensions in mind?

  8. Anna at - Reply

    I would like to attempt to make this myself, however I would like to include a entrance door and then another door into enclosure. How would I modify this plan to make it work. My cats can be very tricky in trying to escape.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      You make the second door in the same manner as the door that is shown in the plans. Use 2×2 lumber for the door frame, and fit it inside the wall framing.

  9. Laura Haney at - Reply

    I find no pdf printing widget on the free catio plans.

  10. Dean at - Reply

    i’m about 1/2 way through building our Catio based off these plans

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      That’s awesome. Cannot wait to see it completed.

    • Dean at - Reply

      WIP shot – making an 8 x 3 version with slanted roof:

      https://i.imgur.com/ZWO6xoj.jpg

      • Ovidiu at -

        Looks awesome. Let me know how it goes. I will feature the project once you are done.

  11. Steve at - Reply

    Ovidiu,

    Have you posted plans for a covered catio yet? If so, how do I get to those?

  12. Thomas at - Reply

    Outstanding and just what I needed. I’ve seen other plans on the internet that are ridiculously expensive.

    Thank and I’m saving this excellent website.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      I appreciate it. Let me know how it comes out!

  13. Dex at - Reply

    Is everything measured in inches or cm???

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      Inches

  14. Shanno at - Reply

    I know this seems like a weird question. But how many or what size boxes of screws did you purchase? I don’t want to purchase a box of 300 screws and have a ton left. or get a box of 50 and not have enough of different sizes.

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      In woodworking projects you can’t tell how many screws you will need. You can either start small and buy more if you need, or just get a good deal on a larger quantity.

  15. I used these plans as a template to construct a 18’ Catio for our cats , great to use as a template as it’s Huge and worth doing as it frees up the house. We both had great sense of achievement and are pleased with our work.
    Cheers guys.
    Gareth and Karen

    • Ovidiu at - Reply

      Congratulation for your project! A catio is brilliant especially now that summer is around the corner. I would love to see and feature your catio. You can send a few pics here: https://myoutdoorplans.com/contact/

  16. jeanne prinzivalli at - Reply

    Hello if i wanted to make this but instead of 8X10…it would be16X10 so it was 16 feet wide and 10 feet deep.. what would I do differently so its secure? make two and attach them or some other type of adjustment? And then if i was going to attach it to the wall of my house, would I still add the wire to the back or no? (what’s the best way to attach it to the house?)










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