Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere, which means your indoor cat might begin to crave a little fresh air and freedom. But what if you live near a busy road? If the outdoors around your area just isn’t suited for roaming? Well, the solution is clear. You need to build a cat patio.’Catios’ are all the rage at the moment, with Seattle-based businessCatio Spacesleading the way.
They have created downloadable designs that are easy to build using basic materials and can be installed next to a window, on a deck, or in a backyard.The way that some people have built their catios are as impressive as they are inspiring. These cat owners have taken a simple concept and turned it into a super cozy space for their feline friend, and for some designs at least, themselves too!Do you have an indoor cat? Would you consider building a catio, to give your kitty a bit of the outdoors in safety, and the chance to dream of the life of a hunter? Scroll down below to check out thefavorite examples, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Catio Spaces was founded by passionate cat lover Cynthia Chomos, who started the company to address the need for safe and visually appealing outdoor enclosures to enhance the lives of cats.
“The inspiration behind Catio Spaces is my tabby cat, Serena, who I adopted after the loss of my beloved 22-year-old cat, Cynthia told us”Being a nature lover, I wanted her to enjoy the stimulation of the outdoors while protected from a variety of outdoor hazards. I transformed my backyard patio into a catio and created a space we could both enjoy with a water fountain, seating, shelves and cat safe plants.”
“While lounging in it one day with Serena curled up on my lap, I had a flash of inspiration to start Catio Spaces and combine my feng shui expertise and love of design, nature and cats. One thing led to another (Serena has 4 catios and is my “quality assurance” expert), and I design custom catios, DIY catio plans and help cat parents from all over the world solve their indoor/outdoor dilemma.”
Check out“Serena’s Garden Getaways”and follow her happy tail on a video tour of her 4 catios!
“Thousands of our award-winningDIY Catio Plans have been built by cat parents seeking outdoor safety and enrichment for their cats,” Cynthia continued “We offer a variety of designs and sizes for a window, deck, patio or yard that are easy to follow and fun to build. From small and simple to large and luxurious, there’s a catio to fit any home and garden. Our most popular plans are the Sanctuary and Haven that allow easy access through a cat door installed in a window, wall or door. Catio Spaces donates 10% of plan purchases to animal and bird welfare organizations.”
Cynthia loves seeing cats enjoying their new space, who wouldn’t love spending time with happy cats for a living? “The most rewarding part of my work is witnessing my 4-legged clients step into a catio for the first time, breathing fresh air, feel the wind in their whiskers and see their happy tails exploring their new territory – and of course, receiving a headbutt or sandpaper lick on the nose by a grateful feline,” she told us. “I also feel good knowing my work helps protect birds and other wildlife.”
So it looks like the catio is here to stay! What do you think? Scroll down to check out some more cool examples below, and let us know in the comments!
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