Does your cat have a catio?
No one likes basking in the sun more than our feline friends, but it can be risky to let them play in the streets. Or maybe you’re more worried about unleashing your kitty cougar onto the neighborhood! Time to introduce: the catio.
A catio, or a cat patio, is an outdoor enclosure made especially for your cat. It’s a win-win solution for keeping your pets active, yet safe from tricky situations like getting lost, stuck in the tree, or even hurt by speeding cars. In this round-up, we put together our favorite catios from the world wide web to give you the inspiration for your purr-fect catio project. Make sure to pin your favorites on Pinterest!
While cat towers and scratchers remain an indoor necessity, there’s no replacing the freedom that comes with having an entire cat playground right outside your door. Watch your fluffy kittens climb and jump from tower to tower, and sit back knowing they’re in a safe haven.
If you’re not blessed with a large patio, create a space for them in the backyard instead. A mesh tunnel that connects to the catio through a window cat-flap is a great way to give your cats access to a larger play space, without having to let them out yourself, nor worry if they’ll be home in time for dinner.
Feeling crafty? Take inspiration from this gorgeous wooden catio complete with its own hanging bridge. The idea of a shared space is brilliant, giving you space to rest and watch them play.
To give kitties an extra challenge, why not build their very own obstacle course they can run to for daily exercise? Riina Kähkönen shares her DIY catio on her Instagram featuring a tree trunk to add a natural wild touch to the space. We can imagine the hanging rings getting a lot of use from her frisky cats.
Catios don’t have to be large-scale; small extensions work just as well. Simply add mesh wires outside your window following the natural structure of your home to give your cats independence around the exterior. This could work for small balconies or rooftops too.
You can even add a couple of cat towers that your gentle felines can perch on to admire your blooming garden.
Speaking of garden, making your greenhouses or indoor gardens cat-friendly can also do the trick. With the same concept of shared space, your kittens can get a touch of the outdoors while you tend to your homegrown herbs and plants. Tropical holiday for the cats? Yes please.
This may be the most luxurious catio we’ve seen, with spiraling stairs and a mesh bridge that leads straight to a beautiful pagoda. Granted the pagoda might be intended for the homeowners to enjoy a relaxing afternoon outdoors, but it’s nice to imagine everybody enjoying a sunny siesta.
With a garden so colorful, it’s best to get a matching catio to go along with it. Instagram user nffwilson thoughtfully built a catio for her lovely cat named Cooper, and we daresay it’s a charming addition to any outdoor area. The completed catio comes with a wire mesh to keep Cooper safe while playing, you can check it out at her account here.
How would you build a catio for your furry friends? Tell us in the comments below! If you enjoyed this piece, you might want to check out this stylish cat-friendly apartment in Vietnam. To read about more articles on pets, head on over to our pet cat-egory here.