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Hi everybody. My name is Marc, from Portland Oregon. I chose the name “Opposable Thumb†because it is the only advantage I have over my cats. They are all smarter than me…

I find you in a time of tragedy. My youngest kitty (Linus) came up missing this week and I fear he was the victim of a coyote. This has happened before and I have absolutely had it. I will no longer continue to raise my cats as snack fodder for these awful beasts and suffer the unbelievable heartache and guilt that follows. There’s nothing more pathetic than seeing a grown man cry.

My wife and I are going to try and erect outdoor security enclosures. I won’t elaborate (here) at this time, but I could use your help. I am pretty familiar with vBulletinâ„¢ forums, so I should be able to find my way around here; post photo etc. Perhaps there has been a previous thread about these enclosures before and my preliminary searches have simply been formulated poorly. If someone could post a link to a previous discussion on this topic I would be grateful. If not, than I will probably begin a new thread in a few days. I have seen many examples by googling “Cat fencesâ€, but perhaps the best suggestion has eluded me.

Thanks in advance. I will try and post some photos of Panda and Gibson soon (and perhaps Linus too, but that will bring back the heartache).

post #2 of 16
Hi and Welcome to TCS!!!! ....

See you on the forums!
post #3 of 16
Welcome to TCS!

I'm sorry to hear about Linus, but glad you found us! You'll have lots of fun here.

See you around the forum!
post #4 of 16
Hi there Marcwe're so happy to welcome you to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

I'm so sorry to hear about Linus. Hissy and her husband posted a thread with photos about the building of their kitty enclosure, I'll see if I can find the link for you.
post #5 of 16
Found some - a couple of links for you

This one has some general information and external links regarding enclosures to build

This shows Hissy's enclosure once the frame had been built


A search for enclosure will bring up loads of threads, but these should get you started

Good luck
post #6 of 16
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Wow, thanks for the big welcome! I like that big enclosure (from the link). It seems like a lot of work but very rewarding. I sure would like them to be able to spend a lot of time outside without all the anxiety (for me…) . I’ve started to go out there with big Gibson and walk with him a little, but he wants to run like a horse and I can’t keep up, and I can’t keep him from crossing the street towards the woods. Plus it’s still really cold. I usually just make sure the coast is clear and head back inside…to worry.

Perhaps I’ll jump-start that thread and see what a few of you think about the different approaches available.

Thanks again!
post #7 of 16

so pleased you joined us but I am sorry to hear of the circumstances why I really hope that nothing has happened to Linus

Beth has given you some great links... you can always start a new thread about your enclosure thoughts and see what everyone has to say.
post #8 of 16
Hey, welcome to TheCatSite!!
Good luck with the enclosure, what a big project to take one
What a great thing to do for them. I'm sorry to hear about Linus... Glad to hear you're taking action

Have a good time here!
post #9 of 16
Wellcome, wellcome and once more wellcome!!!
post #10 of 16
Hello there Marc and welcome to The Cat Site from a fellow Oregonian

So sorry to hear about your loss.

We are glad you found us...

You will love it here
post #11 of 16
Hello It's nice to meet you!!
I am sorry to hear about Linus, hope he returns safe and sound!

post #12 of 16
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Thanks for the welcomes! Its been 11 days now and I don't think I'll see my little friend again ....but good news!

We just picked up a new kitty today from a foster home! She's a one and a half year old tuxedo. Really sweet. She paces a bit, but if you get down on the rug, she'll rub and rub. She's really playful, so I hope her and Gibson will get along. He hissed at first, so we'll see.

Wish us luck. We're watching the Oscars so maybe we'll name her after a big movie star. Keira, Reese, or Charlize? The nice foster home lady just called her Precious, but she didn't know her name so I thought we could rename her.

Needless to say....she'll be an indoor kitty.

Thanks again you guys.
post #13 of 16
Welcome to TCS

I'm so sorry to hear about Linus. I hope he does eventually return to you.

Congratulations on your new girl! I can't wait to see pictures
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post #15 of 16
Hello Marc, welcome to the site. Building an enclosure isn't really that hard, just takes some time. I built one for our BIG kitties. I would say the most difficult part would be a covered roof, if you are going to put one on. If you get a lot of snow, like I do here, you need to make sure the roof is strong enough to hold the weight of the snow. My enclosure is covered, but has no roof. I have covered areas inside the enclosure for our cats to go into during bad weather.
post #16 of 16
Welcome to TCS So glad to hear you have a kitty now........ like the name Tuxedo.
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