Cats Play and Roam Safely In Yards With ‘Catios’

House cats love to roam outdoors, but letting them run freely outside isn’t always the safest or most convenient thing to do, depending where you live. That’s where “catios” are wonderful solutions. They are partly a cattery and partly a patio!

Catios are outdoor enclosures especially designed with backyards and cats in mind.


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The enclosures allow cats to be outdoors and roam around but without the worry or need to keep an eye on them.


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These particular catios come with lots of features: UV-protected sunroofs, breathable mesh walls, all-natural cedar perches and catwalks.


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They can be accessed from the home, attached to windows and doors.


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The window box verandas let cats enjoy window sills in an entirely new way.


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Cats can climb, run along fences in special catwalks.


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They can be custom-built to be built as standalone sanctuaries or ground-level or window-level attachments.


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Catios keep cats safe from traffic and wild animals and also keep the local birds safe from them.


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There’s ones where humans can hang out too.


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The enclosures also let cats enjoy one of their favorite past times – napping in the sun.


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What do you think? Would you build (or have you built) a “catio” for your feline friend?


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Photos published on with permission from Dan Reeder and Catio Spaces

Catio Spaces currently provides catios customers in the Seattle area only, but they have DIY plans available through their website for people to make on their own, or with the help of a carpenter. Reeder has a YouTube channel GourmetPaperMache with videos of incredible paper mache projects.

Share these catios with your friends and family who love cats!