Catios - Outdoor Space for Indoor Cats
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.