Summer is here, and your kitty deserves some summertime fun in the sun as much as you do.The only problem is, the outdoors can be dangerous for cats, especially for cats who live near busy roads or highways, or who are used to spending most of their time indoors.
Catios to the rescue!Catios—or cat patios—have been catching on for years now, 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.There are as many options as there are feline purr-sonalities to go with them—and the right catio can be as great and entertaining an addition for the humans in a home as it is for their kitty companions. Check out some of our favorite examples below!
Catio Spaces was founded by Cynthia Chomos, who started the company to address the need for safe and visually appealing outdoor enclosures to enhance the lives of cats. Serena, Chomos's current owner/tabby cat, is the creative inspiration behind Catio Spaces, which combines Chomos's love of cats with her longtime professional expertise as a Feng Shui Consultant and Designer.
"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."
Bored Panda notes that the benefits of catios include protecting cats from predators, speeding cars, communicable illnesses, and other outdoors hazards that threaten cats; protecting local birds and wildlife; giving contentions cats more territory (thus reducing friction between cats who share the same home); and providing some much-needed variety and enrichment to your cat's day-to-day routine.
Catios 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. 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 cat, single or double door flap, insulation quality, etc. Cat doors can be purchased online or at a local pet store.
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