Having passed the 500 cat enclosure for outdoors sales milestone some time ago, and now well on our way to 550, we thought we’d put together a short history of how we’ve developed over the last six to seven years.
During that time we’ve moved from the Gold Coast to Carindale, then to Bribie Island for a short time, and finally up to Buderim, where we’ve bought a lovely house on the top right by Buderim Forest and the Falls. Of course these moves have necessitated time offline each time, which has slowed us down somewhat, but in spite of that we’re powering along quite nicely. As most of us know from experience, the telcoes are not always terribly efficient – in fact, mostly not!
However, we continued to send lots of enclosure kits all over Australia as – we are a national company, not local. Being able to quote from customers’ photos and measurements has enabled us to do this in a very cost effective way, and thus enable many cat lovers to install enclosures for their cats, whatever their location or budget.
The netting we use is UV treated 19mm square pre-stretched polyethylene. It is very strong and durable, and we offer a 10 year guarantee on our netting and 2 years on all fixings and zips. It comes in stone beige and black, and both colours are unobtrusive. We have used both colours in our half dozen enclosures in our homes and either colour works well.
Our enclosures are generally attached to an existing structure; e.g. a deck/patio or side of house (between the fence and the side of the house) and we ask prospective customers to send a couple of photos of the area to be enclosed, together with dimensions (height to eaves or deck/patio ceiling, length, width) and the number of entry zips they require.
One of the questions we’re often asked is if our enclosures can be taken down and put up again. They certainly can, and we did this on a number of weekends when we were selling on of our houses on the Gold Coast and we were having “open homes”.
However, if a customer is moving and wishes to take the netting, etc, with him or her we’re happy to help with a redesign to fit the new situation, and also to supply any extra netting and fixings required.
Another question we’re often asked by people who are renting is how the enclosures are attached to the house or fence, because, as we know, landlords aren’t happy to have drill holes, however small, all over their properties – understandable!
In this situation we ask people to send the usual couple of photographs and dimension (height, length, width) and Ken will suggest where they can best situate their enclosure, using downpipes and hooks into the guttering where possible. This, more often than not, suits all concerned, especially the cats when they can get out into the fresh air!
Regarding snakes – as set out above, our netting is 19mm square so only a very small snake (a tree snake) could get through, and certainly not a carpet snake. I’ve had personal experience with a large carpet snake a number of years ago when it grabbed my five month old kitten. I actually had to pick up the whole “bundle” (snake wrapped around my baby!) and grapple with it. It finally let go and I threw it away, putting my back out in doing so.
Sam, my kitten, needed to be taken to the vet for a check-over and anti-inflammatory injection, and I needed to go to the doctor for a tetanus injection as, unbeknown to me in my terror, the snake had bitten me all up the arm. It was a horrible experience, so carpet snakes are naturally my main concern.