How to Build a Catio on a Balcony
Having a feline in our house is a common thing because everyone always loves pets. And as a sincere owner, you must provide the necessary facilities to the pet. Besides, the safety of your pet is a must thing that you should ensure.
In this case, the people living the apartments can quickly turn your balcony into a catio. This will be much beneficial, and your cat can freely move around the house. For this reason, today, we will discuss a simple technique on how to build a catio on a balcony. The related steps are simplified below.
Our first method is a budget solution for readers. This method will use the most readily available and low budget materials that can quickly help you make a catio in your balcony and keep your feline safe. For this method, you will need some necessary elements. You have to start with some nets. We prefer aluminum netting, and you can quickly obtain it from your nearest departmental store. Then you will need some copper wire. This is required for attaching the net to the railing. You will also need a plier to do this task.
Now you will need a heavyweight mounting tape. These tapes are specially modified to hold heavy loads, and as you are going to use netting all over the balcony so this tape will be much useful. You will also need a sticky back hook, and this will be used to connect the netting to the stucco. Besides, you will need some essential tools, like measuring tapes and cutters. Lastly, you will require a flooring material. For this, we strongly suggest you use a cushiony mattress. The feline much adores these, and this mat’s cost is much low with high rigidity in strength.
Once you have managed all these accessories, you have to start the process. At first, you have to measure the railing length of your balcony. The balcony in a typical apartment has only one open end, and the rest three sides are enclosed. So you only have to put the netting on the open end. But there is a high possibility of nets to get damaged due to environmental issues, so you have to extend some portion of the netting and then attach it to the stucco wall. This will provide more rigidity. For our readers’ betterment, you should spread one-third of the mesh at either side and then connect it with the stucco wall.
After you have measured the railing length, you have to start cutting the aluminum net with a cutter. It is better to place a ruler or straight edge while cutting the net. This will provide a linear shape to the net, and it will be much easy to apply the net uniformly. Now you have to place the net on the railing, and then, using copper wires and plier, you have to attach the net to the fence.
For connecting the nets, you can tie knots utilizing the copper wire. These are much stable, and you have to use a double layer of knots for the best result. You have to tie the copper wire knots starting from the one end of the railing, and then with uniform spacing, you have to move up to the other end. Once the first layer of netting is applied, you can go for the second layer.
For the second layer, you have to perform the same technique, and you have to keep one-third of the total net free on either side of the wall. This will help you to connect the net to the wall. Now you have to take the sticky back hook and the heavyweight mounting tape. You have to attach the buckle to the wall using the tape.
The distance of the hook from the edge of the wall should be equal on both sides. Now you have to attach the net on both sides with the hook. And then using copper wire and plier, you have to tie them. This will allow you to get the nets firmly attached to the stucco wall.
By now, you have obtained a safe catio for your cat, which will not allow your cat through the railing. But we know that felines are always notorious, so there is a high possibility that your cat will jump above the net due to excessive curiosity. In such cases, you have to apply extra netting above the railing. The next step uses the third layer of mesh, and this layer will be extended above the railing height. You have to sue the same procedure for this netting, but for tying the copper wore knots, you have to use a rod and then connect it on the edge of the net.
This will help you get the knots’ alignment, and once the knots are tied, you have to follow the same procedure for connecting the netting layer to the stucco wall. In this manner, you will secure the balcony for your cat. Now there is always an open-end below the netting, and tying knots is not at all possible in such a region.
So you have to go for an alternate manner to secure the downward portion of the net. In this case, you can use some plants. The plants with their holding bowl will be much able to keep the net and the exact position.
But for this, you have to keep some extra netting at the lower region while connecting the mesh to the railing and the stucco wall. For this reason, you have to be careful while cutting the fence. We would like to share specifications with you; this will make your task much more comfortable. To get the best measurement and make the process economical, you have to measure the height of the railing and then keep at least one-foot extranet in the lower region. This process is also applicable for the nets, which are cut for the portion above the railing.
So once you have managed to cut the nets and attach the netting according to the steps discussed earlier, you can quickly put the plants’ weight and make the net firm to the ground. In this manner, the whole setup is done, and there is one small step left. You have to apply some mats on the floor of the balcony. Because your cat will always like to feel comfortable at the place it dwells. So you have to use a cushiony mattress and lay them on the floor of the balcony.
This will allow your cat to get a comfortable vibe, and the place is also secured. Your cat will surely love to spend more time on the catio once you have performed all the steps correctly. But you have to very sensitive while working with cooper wires because these are very thin and have sharp ends, so you must be careful while tying the knots. Besides, you should always wear safety gloves during the whole process, and the netting should be regularly checked for rigidity. This is much important. In this manner, you can make a healthy catio on the balcony for your cat.
In conclusion, we would state that the process we have mentioned here will surely help make a catio on your balcony. This will keep your cat safe, and you will also remain tension free. The process is much easier to perform, and the persons interested in DIY activities can quickly get accustomed to the steps. Thank you for your time. Have a nice day!!