Whether or not cats should be confined to the indoors is a neverending argument amongst people all around the globe. While some people argue that keeping your cat indoors is the safest and warmest possible way for your pet to live its best life, others suggest cats are curious by their nature and they always want to explore new things so they should stay outdoors. So how can you actually give your cat the life it deserves? The solution seems to be the cat patios or catios if you will. It's an outdoor enclosure for your cat to enjoy the fun life outside and stay safe at the same time!
1-Look at those amazing enclosures!
It's sometimes good for cats to wander around freely, so much so that in the UK they are deliberately breeding wildcats to reintroduce into the wild. Even though cats are thought to be crucial for pest control, they can also devastate an ecosystem so balance is very important. But if you're living in a place where it's the best option for your cat to stay indoors, then you should definitely consider a catio like this.
2-Your options are endless when it comes to choosing the right catio!
People like Dennis Gallagher are incredible when it comes to building catios, and companies like Catio Spaces have spent the last 6 years providing catio designs for confused customers.
3-Catios bring out the craftsman in you!
Some families have even gained internet fame when the catios they built took over the internet, such as this Canadian family who really loves their cats, and built this incredible catio-treehouse!
4-There are companies that offer catios!
Seattle-based company Catio Spaces has created downloadable designs that can be built easily and use simple materials and can be installed next to a window, on a deck, or in a backyard. The founder of the company, Cynthia Chomos, aims to provide safe and visually appealing enclosures for cats to enhance their lives.
5-So, do you know what you should add to your catio?
Places for your cats to climb, explore, enjoy the sun, and play obviously!
6-Every catio is very unique
You can draw inspiration from various places to build the best catio for your cat
7-Let your cats go on their adventures outside!
Your cat probably wants to be outside and explore its environment more, but some areas are full of wild predators such as coyotes and mountain lions, or even gigantic predatory birds that are very dangerous for your cat. Catios keep your pet cats safe while still giving in to their need for fresh air.
8-Cats enjoy exploring their environment
You can choose a catio that resembles an outdoor path that surrounds your place so your cat will have much more to see and explore while going about its day.
9-Well, maybe your cat is kind of spoiled, indeed.
This tunnel system must be so much fun for your cat!
10-Spoiled or not, we do care about our cats.
In an interview, the founder of Catio Spaces, Cynthia stated that the idea of a catio came to her when she adopted another cat named Serena after she lost her 22-year-old cat. She wanted to protect Serena from the dangers of the outside world while making sure she is living her best life, so she transformed her backyard patio into a catio and created a space they could both have fun together.
11-But that's not even the best part!
Cynthia also told the details about just how much Catio Spaces offers consumers looking for the perfect catio: "We offer a wide variety of designs that are suitable for all the cat owners out there, and they are also very easy to build on your own. The plans we sell the most are the Sanctuary and Haven that allow easy access through a cat door installed in a window, door, or wall. We also donate 10% of the plan purchases to animal and bird welfare organizations."
12- There are other companies that are making catios as well
For example, British Columbia based "Beautiful World Living Enclosures" has been creating this type of outdoor enclosures for a wide variety of animals since 2009.
13-The ideal catio must be kind of large
Since cats love to roam and explore, they need space. Even though you can keep them inside a tiny flat to keep you company, it's a nice idea to provide them with a huge and safe space for themselves.
14-But if you can't have a large catio, a small one can be nice as well
The whole point of a catio is to give your cat some space so that it can play and enjoy the fresh air after all!
15- Your cat will definitely enjoy a hammock like this!
Apparently, cats here really like this gazebo and the hammock, and can you blame them for it?
16- That's a very elaborate catio design,we must say!
But your cats deserve this kind of treatment, don't you agree?
17-That one looks very nice!
Catios are visually appealing for humans too, which is another good thing about them.
They provide easy access to the house
You can have a catio in different shapes, colors,and sizes so you can have fun with it as much as you like!
These tunnels provide so much fun for your cats!
Small enclosures can be fun too as you can see!
Your cat may harm the population of small animals and birds so catios also prevent that
23-You can have a customized catio for your beloved cat!
Custom Cages takes pride in being "the USA's largest build to order pet enclosure manufacturer." They provide enclosures not just for cats but a variety of animals, but we are sure you can find something suitable for your taste among their cage designs!
Cats Safe At Home aims to humanely reduce and prevent free roaming pet, stray and feral cat populations in the Portland Metropolitan Area by incorporating a number of strategies that are good for both cats and wildlife.
25-We value your cat's happiness!
Another design by Catio Spaces
The king of his own tiny jungle!
They sure do look like they are having their best time!
We are supporting this growing trend of catios!
But of course what matters the most is the happiness of your cats