Catios - Outdoor Space for Indoor Cats

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Kate Benjamin

A recent New York Times story documented cat-loving New Yorkers who are giving up some of their precious outdoor space to create playgrounds for their feline friends. And it's not just a city thing. On her blog, Catio Showcase, Kate Benjamin has collected examples of these "catios" ranging from functional (basic screened-in porches) to fabulous (a 500-square-foot cat paradise with a fish pond, waterfall, rock tunnels and spiral staircase).

Benjamin recently completed her own catio, which took about two months and $5,000 to build on the back patio of her Phoenix condo.

"I had always wanted to create some kind of enclosed outdoor area for my cats so they could enjoy the nice weather but still be safe," Benjamin tells Paw Nation.

She first learned of the catio concept while visiting the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. There, hundreds of cats enjoy enclosed (and shaded) outdoor spaces with plenty of beds, scratching posts, climbing toys and cozy nooks for napping.

Benjamin's seven cats can access their outdoor space through a cat flap, and so far they seem to approve of their new territory. "The catio has a litter box, climbing shelves, scratching posts, beds, and loungers, so they spend a lot of time just hanging out, watching the birds on the neighbor's roof," Benjamin says.

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Anne F

We have two rescues who had been declawed by previous owners. We do not want them to go outside because of this (and to avoid fleas in the house as well). We have a huge screen and glassed-in patio that is their passion. They roll around in the sun, sleep on the window sill...chitter at the squirrels in the yard and catch wayward lizards regularly. They spend their days on the porch and their nights in the middle of the bed. ....and turning on the tv remote control at 3 am when they start to play with it.

November 14 2012 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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