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Man builds awesome play zone JUST for his cats

The cat pen built by Derek Roche cat-happy

Derek Roche and his girlfriend recently ended up with three cats, one of which was a little shy. With time on his hands, he built a play area for them, and now all is well.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 06/06/2020, 12:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27


It isn’t just a big play pen. What Mr Roche has created has the sort of dimensions we might see of a zoo enclosure. The giant structure composed of wood and metal has occupied Roche’s life for the past year, and last month it was completed.

Roche and his partner adopted Jelli about a year ago but as time went on the cat became poorly and introverted. Roche believed outdoor activity to be instrumental to the cat’s recovery.

Taking shape

After adopting two other cats since then, the couple’s plans for a large cat pen began to take shape.

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The finished structure comes complete with water bowls and litter trays. It includes walkways, doors and climbing frames.

Posted by Derek Roche on Friday, 22 May 2020

Although there is no access between Roche’s house and the pen, the master builder hopes to create a skywalk to enable the cats to walk back and forward at will.

If they could talk, the cats would surely thank their human counterparts for all of the effort!