Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere, which means your indoor cat might begin to crave a little fresh air and freedom. But what if you live near a busy road? If the outdoors around your area just isn’t suited for roaming? Well, the solution is clear. You need to build a cat patio.
‘Catios’ are all the rage at the moment, with Seattle-based business Catio Spaces leading the way. They have created downloadable designs that are easy to build using basic materials and can be installed next to a window, on a deck, or in a backyard.
The way that some people have built their catios are as impressive as they are inspiring. These cat owners have taken a simple concept and turned it into a super cozy space for their feline friend, and for some designs at least, themselves too!
Do you have an indoor cat? Would you consider building a catio, give your kitty a bit of the outdoors in safety, and the chance to dream of the life of a hunter?
Catio Spaces was founded by passionate cat lover Cynthia Chomos, who started the company to address the need for safe and visually appealing outdoor enclosures to enhance the lives of cats.
After the loss of her beloved 22-year-old cat, she adopted her tabby, Serena, who is the inspiration for Catio Spaces. Cynthia combines her expertise as a Feng Shui Consultant and Designer to create outdoor havens for felines and their guardians, as well as protecting the local wildlife.
“Catios help solve the indoor/outdoor dilemma faced by over 74 million cat guardians in the U.S. by providing a safe outdoor environment and peace of mind,” Catio spaces writes. “Catios also protect birds and wildlife. Over 2.4 billion birds are killed each year by free-roaming cats in the U.S.”
My dad made my indoor cats a tower/bridge/treehouse so they could safely enjoy the outdoors.
Cat enclosures are designed using wood framing, escape-proof galvanized wire, a clear polycarbonate or wire mesh roof, multiple cedar shelves, perches for lounging and space to decorate. The wood framework can be left natural, stained or painted to complement a home. Floor options can include grass, decking, pavers and more.”
Cats enter a catio through a cat door insert for a window, wall or door that can allow 24/7 access. There are several considerations when choosing a cat door including the type of window or door, size of the cat, single or double door flap, insulation quality, etc. Cat doors can be purchased online or at a local pet store.
Our second Catio. Hanging Bridge, Sky Boxes, Center Cat tree.
The benefits of catios include:
• Protecting cats from predators, poisons, diseases from other animals or getting lost;
• reduces vet bills from vehicles, catfights or injuries;
• protects birds and wildlife
• helps reduce the free-roaming cat population;
• provides a healthy lifestyle with the enrichment of fresh air, exercise, sunbathing and bird watching;
• helps reduce indoor multi-cat issues by adding more territory and stimulation;
• creates an outdoor space for human and feline interaction and bonding;
• helps eliminate indoor litter odors (with an outdoor litter box);
• maintains good neighbor relations by keeping cats out of neighbors’ garden beds and property;
• provides cat guardians with peace of mind knowing their cat is in a safe and protected environment
Guys, I think my cats might be spoiled…They’re not allowed to be outdoor cats, but this is the next best thing! The reason why our cats aren’t allowed outside is because we live in an area with foxes and coyotes, so predators are a real concern. We’re also by a semi-busy road, so cars pose a problem, too. We only set up the tent/tunnel system when we’re around and can keep an eye on things; the cats are never left out there unattended.
This appropriately named Gold Star Grotto was built for their 6 previously-feral kitties.
Our gazebo is one of the popular places the cats like to hang out. C3PO is the one in the hammock. You can find him there almost every day. He knows how to make the most of his relaxation times
The cats access the catio via the open window from our utility room (on the right). We bought a cat door installed in plexiglass that sits permanently in the window, so the cats can access the patio themselves in the Winter too. The wild grape vine grew to cover the top of the catio so that it blends in more with the rest of our gardens. Hopefully, we’ll also get grapes from it someday.
We built a catio for our cats cause we love them. Our cats love the outdoors, but we don’t want to harm the songbird population.
Feliz in the jungle.
Mark built really long tunnels along the fence that are leading to his two cat jungle gym structures. I absolutely love how high up the cats can sit in their cat jungle gym structure that even has a roof on it! Cats love sitting up high and being able to look down on things.
Catio with privacy shields and some driftwood.