A Catio is the Coolest Thing You Never Knew Your Cat Needed

A Catio is the Coolest Thing You Never Knew Your Cat Needed

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Nancy Mitchell
Jul 25, 2016
(Image credit: The Cat Carpenter)

Here's something to add to the list of awesome things you can build for your cat: a catio. It's a portmanteau of cat + patio, and it's an enclosed outdoor space that lets your cat enjoy the great outdoors, without the attendant risks. If you've got the DIY itch, here a few inspiring projects to get you started. Your neighbors may look askance at your new outdoor room, but your cats will be happy, and that's what matters.

(Image credit: The Cat Carpenter)

Above: This Catio, from The Cat Carpenter, is really just a twist on a screened porch, with slightly larger mesh and shelves for kitties to sit on and look around. Cats can access the catio through a window into the home, humans through the screened door.

(Image credit: My Stuff What I Made)

Kristin of My Stuff What I Made built this enclosure for her cats against the side of her house.

Barbara from Our Fairfield Home & Garden built this catio, basically just a small screened porch where the cats can play outside (with a door for the humans to clean it).

(Image credit: Catio Spaces)
(Image credit: Catio Spaces)

From Catio Spaces, here's a little catio with enough space for animals and humans. They sell plans so you can make a catio of your own.

(Image credit: Cuckoo 4 Design)
(Image credit: Cuckoo 4 Design)

Mark built this incredibly elaborate cat run, inspired by the one created by the blogger at Cuckoo 4 Design. The cat run consists of several tunnels, enclosed by mesh, which connect a window in his house with a couple of different enclosed spaces where the cats can play around.

(Image credit: Catio Spaces)
(Image credit: Catio Spaces)

From Catio Spaces, here's proof that catios don't have to be huge to be enjoyable. Here's one that perches outside a window, a little reminiscent of this baby cage.

(Image credit: The Cat Carpenter)
(Image credit: The Cat Carpenter)

David from The Cat Carpenter took an existing outdoor patio and enclosed it in wire mesh, creating a safe space that kitties and humans alike can enjoy.

(Image credit: The Columbian)

This large and fairly elaborate Portland catio, spotted on The Columbian, provides outdoor space for eight kitties, and also a pretty sweet place to hang out for people, too.

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