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Housing a Stud Cat

Housing a stud cat should combine ease of care, feeding and exercise considerations as well as shelter.For many this means outdoor accommodations that are roomy and open with wire netting that prevents escape over or through. 

  • An ideal situation has a concrete walkway that is a base for the cage frame. This prevents digging under either by a cat wanting out or another animal trying to dig in!
  • Solid wire top and sides leaves no option but staying in. Large logs for climbing on can provide exercise and scratching. 
  • Of course he will also need access to an inside area that is warm and cool in respective seasons as well as dry.


Whether your stud is just for your own queens or open to breeding outside queens is a personal decision. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. On one hand it allows the stud’s bloodlines to maintain genetic diversity for the breed and allows others to breed without maintaining a stud. On the other hand the breeder may want to restrict use and not have visiting queens. This involves responsibility and can be difficult to keep a strictly closed program.


Either way the stud usually has his own private home away from the queens. Having it close enough to observe and care for the cat insures that he will be as cared for as the queen. Protection from the sun during the heat while allowing some sunny areas that is protected from winds.


Housing a stud cat fairly close to the residence also keeps running electricity, water and heating. This insures being able to check on visiting queens if an open stud. It also insures ventilation and sunshine.


One recommendation for a stud house is a guideline of 

  • at least 7X5 feet, and remember to use different levels to insure full use of the space along the walls and center. 
  • Ladders, ropes, scratching posts and varying shelves. 
  • Adjoining it should be a three foot high area for short term boarding of a visiting queen. This should be very tight with no chance of escape as well as safety from disease or attack.
  • Non slip flooring and a comfortable area to view the stud pen is also an asset. 
  • Around the outside of the outdoor pen plants offer shade and butterflies or even climbing plants so long as they don’t weaken the wire.


Cats who are private studs need not have quite as fancy accommodations but still need a safe housing. Some males become very territorial and do not want to settle outside of their personal quarters. Sometimes even when neutered they maintain wanting their familiar pen even if allowed to come into the household.


Find the best option for the cat with what you have to work with. This insures both you and your stud cat will be happy.

Read More : Exercise for the Stud Cat
Other than housing, food and love, exercise is also important to keep your stud cat in good health. So how to get these boys muscled up and in shape?

Read More : Feeding a Male Cat
Many represent the male cat as a territorial creature that urinates on everything he can reach to mark his territory. There are others who seldom exhibit these behaviors but all need proper food no matter what the housing situation is.

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