Long story short I have some cats I need to take care of, about 4 of them. They can’t be indoors since I already have an in-door cat and he doesn’t like strangers, but I also don’t want them outside and possibly getting hurt. I have an backyard covered patio with wooden frame and plastic windows on all four sides except for a 10 foot wide section that is completely open to the elements that you use to access the rest of the backyard. I was considering for the time being going to a home improvement store, getting a six foot tall by 12 foot wide piece of plywood, and tying it to the opening with ropes to create a stable but still temporary (though temporary for a few months) open area for the cats to play in and get fresh air but also so they can’t escape.
I don’t want to go higher than six feet since I still want to be able to look over it into the backyard, but also be able to slide it across if I have to access the backyard at any point. I read online most cats can’t jump higher than five feet so six feet seems high enough. Is this high enough? Would the single plywood piece of wood be too heavy? Any other suggestions?