Indoor cat goes outdoors: Allow them to roam safely with a Catio!
Summer is here and indoor cats are starting to crave a spot of sunshine. Yet, with all the outdoor dangers, it can be hard to let your beloved feline out of the safety of the home.But now, thanks to these uber-cool Catio Spaces, it’s totally pawsible.
Published on the 14/06/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:25
Whether you live on a busy road, have a cat with an illness, or perhaps just feel a little paranoid about letting your kitty out in the big wide world, having an indoor cat is perfectly acceptable. But what if there was a way to keep them protected and widen their world-view?
Introducing Catio Spaces
If you’d like to give your indoor feline some fresh air and more space to explore, Catios might be the perfect option for you and your four-legged friend.
Catio Spaces, based in Seattle, offer a range of incredible designs. They're downlodable and can be created using basic building materials and a little bit of know-how - yep, get your local handyman on the job and you’ll be good to go!
And, as you can see, the designs can range from a simple sun-trap for lazy cats to an intricate adventure maze for the more adventurous indoor felines amongst us. You could even pop a chair in there and enjoy some summer sunshine with your cat by your side - a total dream!
Adventure in safety
"The inspiration behind Catio Spaces is my tabby cat, Serena, who I adopted after the loss of my beloved 22-year-old cat” Cynthia, Catio Spaces owner, told Bored Panda.
"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."
"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."
"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,"
Sounds great, right? And even better yet, Cynthia donates 10% of plan purchases to animal and bird welfare organizations - all the more reason to install a Catio, then!