I set it up by myself using the video online and the manual, laying it out as per the video I’m only 5’4” so I used a ladder to do the roof. It took me about 6hrs to build but then I am a slow and methodical 53yo woman. The whole enclosure is well made and the clips tough, it took a little while to get the hang of the best way for handling the various clips so be patient with yourself. I found a flat screwdriver very handy for prying apart the pole clips if I’d placed them incorrectly.
I erected this freestanding in my backyard away from the house and try as I might for a week or two my cat did not like it even when I sat in there with her and cat treats and toys and shade cloth so she did not feel too exposed. I was devastated however after much rethinking the structure and my rental property I took the enclosure apart and reconstructed the pieces to make a solid, escapefree run on the side of my rental house. I didn’t drill into the dwelling and I didn’t cut bend or otherwise change any of the mesh. All I added was a platform, a bridge made from garden edging and a cat hammock. Now my cat can come and go when she wants she happily pops in and out through my bathroom window and I still have a complete 2x2x2 run if I ever need to move.
The run arrived some days earlier than originally forecast which is always welcome. It was quite easy to erect (with help from my son-in-law and grandson).
We installed the shorter side as close as possible to the rear boundary fence so that the run would include part of the shrub border for the cats to lie in. Unfortunately, 4 of the roof mesh panels were missing. I rang Omlet the following morning and the missing panels arrived the next day - excellent service. The run is now complete.
The cats seem very content in their run. In fact the older one makes straight for it, after he's had his breakfast, and curls up in the sun in one of the garden chairs we have installed. He spends the rest of the day swapping between the chairs and the cat house we've added.
Now that Autumn is upon us, I've ordered 3 of the heavy duty waterproof covers with the aim of covering three quarters of the roof (just leaving the part over the shrub border open to the elements).
Ordered 3 kits on Saturday and they arrived on Tuesday. Thought that was great. Put them together myself over two afternoons. Cats use a window in the house to go in and out. Was very easy and they love the end result. Highly recommend Omlet thank you
This is a great, secure enclosure for the cats!. They love having outside access, and it's big enough we can hang out with them.
We are not a handy family but had little trouble with assembly, though the format of the instruction booklet took some getting used to. The clippies that secure the pieces have enough give to make them easy to fit together, but not so much that they're an escape hazard. Our one innovation was wiring the top and bottom doors together so they swing as a unit.
We wanted a cat run up against the house so that our two Maine Coons could go in and out as they pleased. Although this run was not designed to do this it was fairly simple to adapt it and the boys love it.
Excellent product - delivery date quite far from order placed!
I was so happy to find this product for my indoor cats. I put this together myself ... I used the Youtube videos for extra visual support which was great... I made a Youtube video of my build and the Catio decor... My Cats and I love the new Catio and have already spent many happy hours in it... Thank you Omlet!
The cat run is exactly as described and easy to set up. I set it up mostly on my own, but some sections, like the roof, will need help from another set of arms. I watched the YouTube video which was easier to follow and rewind than the manual. My only comment is that it was difficult to see which clips to place where just looking at the manual diagrams. A video was essential. One of my cats is very reluctant to stay inside the cat run at the moment, but that is a different story : ) I think placing it closer to the house and leaving the top door open so they can go in and out might be easier for my cats.
Certainly more building time than suggested but a very pleasing exercise!
The finished article looks great & is very adaptable!