Altering Outdoor Spaces for Indoor Cats

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While cat sitting this week we’ve had some really lovely weather outside. The sun is shining, and recent rain storms have made the grass and plant life lush and inviting. We’re certainly tempted to spend most of the day outdoors, but unfortunately, so is the indoors-only kitty we are watching!

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The cat’s been meowing pretty pitifully at the screen door for days now—and not just because it sees how beautiful it is outside, but because it knows how beautiful it is outside—the owner frequently takes the cat on walks around the yard when home. But, neither me nor the owner trust what the cat might do if we went on a walk together, so the poor thing must enjoy the Austin summer from inside.

It got us to thinking about manipulating outdoor spaces to accommodate indoors-only kitties. Owners frequently make lots of changes to the indoors for their beloved cats, and even to their backyards to accommodate dogs, but what about cats who want to feel a little sunshine on their fur, too?

Do you have indoor cats that are itching for some real outdoor time? Do you let your indoor kitty out to stretch its paws in the yard or balcony, without any protection? Have you made any specific changes to your existing outdoor spaces that are for your cats? How do you help your indoor kitties enjoy the outdoors?

(Images: Flickr members XcBiker and ssedro)

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