WHAT iS A CATIO?

A catio – or “cat patio” – is an outdoor enclosure that keeps pet cats and wildlife safe. Catios offer pet cats healthy exercise time as well as safety from outdoor hazards like cars, predators and poisons. It’s a win-win!

When it comes to cat enclosures, there are many options. Choose a pre-made pen, a kit, or design one yourself. Furnish it creatively: old tree stumps and perches for climbing and scratching opportunities; planted boxes of cat-friendly turf and other vegetation; tarps to provide shade and protection from the elements; even enclosed ladders for safe access to and from the house.

To get ideas for your own catio be sure to check out photos from our photos from the 2017 Catio Tour, use the resources we’ve provided below, and be sure to attend Portland's Annual Catio Tour!

“I’ve had cats for twenty years and I’ve lost at least two to coyotes. I can’t stand it when I see them bring in birds so I figure a catio is a win/win. They can’t get eaten up by coyotes and they can’t kill other little animals. I feel like they are really safe.”  ~ Carol

Build a Catio!

A catio – or “cat patio” – is an outdoor enclosure that keeps pet cats and wildlife safe. Catios offer pet cats healthy exercise time as well as safety from outdoor hazards like cars, predators and poisons. It’s a win-win!

When it comes to cat enclosures, there are many options. Choose a pre-made pen, a kit, or design one yourself. Furnish it creatively: old tree stumps and perches for climbing and scratching opportunities; planted boxes of cat-friendly turf and other vegetation; tarps to provide shade and protection from the elements; even enclosed ladders for safe access to and from the house.

If you'd like to get ideas for your own catio, use the resources listed below and attend Portland's annual Catio Tour, a showcase of local cat patios.


Catios can be simple or elaborate; inexpensive or extreme.

They have the common goal of keeping a cat safe while allowing outside time, but otherwise come in many different forms. Consider these design ideas then see below for a list of links to resources. We do not recommend any particular style or brand but hope to make it easier to keep Cats Safe at Home™!

  1. Cat-only catios can be fairly inexpensive to build, can be small, and can be built in an otherwise unused space.
  2. Cat and human shared catios can be transformed from an existing patio just by enclosing it with screen or wire or can be a new addition to your home. This option can also provide a great shaded, bug-free setting for people.
  3. Construction can be pre-made kits or fencing, DIY, or built by a hired handyman or contractor.
  4. Catio access can be through a window, door, or wall cut, and either direct or through a tunnel to another location (or add the tunnel just for fun!). You can also carry kitty to a free-standing feature.
  5. Cool features are limited only by space, weather, safety concerns, and creativity! Consider ramps, cat trees, and boulders for climbing; driftwood and posts for scratching; cat-safe plants for shade and catnip for enjoyment; and fountains and perches for relaxation. Some designs incorporate a litterbox to reduce odors indoors. And of course, if space allows, lounge chairs for humans to relax with their favorite felines!

Catio Design Manuals

Catio Kits

  • C&D Pet Products Redwood and galvanized steel wire; starting at $439
  • Cats on Deck PVC pipe and steel mesh panels; starting at $500
  • Habitat Haven Powder-coated galvanized steel posts and mesh; starting at $800
  • Purrfect Fence Fenced enclosures installed free-standing or added to an existing fence; starting at $395
  • SunCATcher Enclosures Powder-coated wrought iron posts and metal mesh; starting at $1,200

Cat Fencing

  • Purrfect Cat Fencing Three styles including free-standing fencing, existing fence conversion system or portable enclosures; starting at $329
  • Cat Fence In Connects to existing fencing, also offer "tree guards"; starting at $70

Temporary or Movable Enclosures

Blogs, Articles & DIY Instructions

Portland Area Catio Builders

We do not specifically endorse these builders.

  • Cedar Creations of Portland
    971-208-7060, send email

  • ConstructionReConstruction
    Jim Petrov, (503) 680-3681,
    send email

  • Custom Catios
    Michael Woltersdorf, 503-819-1592, send email
  • Jobs by Rob, LLC
    Rob Gill, (503) 789-8069, send email

  • Brad Vandehey, General Contractor
    (503) 260-5849

 

Other Catio Resources: Check out this album of photos and this video from OPB from the 2016 Catio Tour. View our Flickr photo album of Portland catiosSee example catios on Pinterest.