Many cat owners keep their cats indoors. This keeps them safe from the dangers of the great outdoors, such as being hit by a car, getting lost or bringing home half a bird as a gift to us. But we know that they long to be outside. We can see this as they sit by the window, staring out of it, wishing they could feel the fresh air on their face (or just plotting their revenge on us for not letting them go outside, we really don’t know). Sure, we may offer them little supervised — and harnessed — excursions in the garden, but we don’t always keep that option available.
Thanks to Seattle, Washington-based Catio Spaces, our cats no longer have to let the desire for the outdoors weigh so heavily on their minds. An enclosed, outdoor patio — or catio — made specifically for cats allows them to think about other things, such as how they’re going to get that bird and bring it back to us as a thank you for building them this awesome new outdoor space (especially if we don’t let the dogs use it).
Catio Spaces started when designer Cynthia Chomos adopted a tabby kitten named Serena.
“I wanted her to be safe and happy,” she wrote in a post on Catio Spaces’ Facebook page. “As a Feng Shui consultant and designer, I put my skills to work for my 4-legged friend and created a Catio (an enclosed outdoor space) called the ‘Garden Sanctuary’ where we spend time together enjoying my backyard garden. With an outdoor litter box (hidden from view) it guarantees she gets fresh air and exercise each day… and no litter odor in my house! A win/win for both of us!”
Catios can be at ground level or perched in windows and always have easy access for your cat, giving them the freedom to come and go as they please. What cat wouldn’t want that? Catio Spaces offers a variety of catios your cat is sure to love… or perhaps turn his nose up at first until you customize it with all his favorite things.
Looking to get your cat his or her very own outdoor patio? Catio Spaces creates custom-made cat enclosures if you live in the Seattle area, but catio plans can be purchased and shipped throughout the United States.