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Catios: Helping to Solve the Indoor/Outdoor Dilemma

By: Cynthia Chomos

Is your feline a door dasher or wishful window watcher?  A catio may be the purrfect solution!

Cats naturally want to be outside where they can experience the sights, sounds and stimulation of the natural world.  While indoor cats live longer than those allowed to roam freely, they still long for fresh air and the enrichment of the outdoors.

Cat parents who wrestle with the “indoor/outdoor” dilemma can have the advantages of both worlds with a safe outdoor enclosure called a catio, or cat patio.  Beloved pets can enjoy time in nature while protected from predators, poisons and other hazards.  Another benefit?  Fewer vet bills.

Catios come in a variety of designs and sizes, ranging from compact window boxes to elaborate, free-standing structures with space for human seating and interaction. Cats can enter a catio through a cat door installed in a window, wall or door for 24/7 access.  From small and simple, to large and luxurious, catios can complement a home and garden.

A variety of catio resources are available including DIY plans for those who want to build their own or hire a carpenter.

Plans include a materials list, a tools list, step-by- step instructions and diagrams plus tips for decorating and incorporating cat-safe plants. The do-it-yourself catio plans, available as downloadable PDFs, are priced from $39.95 to $69.95.Catio Spaces donates 10% from each sale to animal welfare organizations.

Catios are becoming a popular trend in feline enrichment and safety.  If you are one of the 40 million cat parents pondering the indoor/outdoor dilemma, a catio can be the purrfect solution to enrich your cat’s life and provide peace of mind. You’ll also help protect local birds and wildlife.

Life is good in a catio!

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