WHAT iS A CATIO?
A catio – or “cat patio” – is an outdoor enclosure that keeps pet cats and wildlife safe. Catios offer 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.
“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