It’s safer for cats to be indoor only but there are several options for cats to enjoy the best of both worlds. Leash training is one option as our friend Debbie, the blogger at Glogirly is currently trying.
For those who have a secure fenced-in yard, I’d recommend adding a fence topper (pictured below) like from purrfectfence.com which is used for the cats at Hemingway House since cats are notorious for squeezing under the narrowest spaces and jumping the highest fences.
Most catios are not screened in meaning larger bugs and tiny critters can enter. Protection from the sun is imperative and ideally catios are built facing north in hot sunny climates or south for cooler northern climes. They can be decked out with toys, pots of fresh catnip or grass, cozy cushions, shelves for perching and snoozing, not to mention bird watching. Placing a bird feeder outside will add endless amusement. A small kitty litter is a must and a bowl of water will complete this outdoor haven.
If you’re lucky enough to have a screened-in porch, you have an automatic catio. If not, it’s not difficult to built one. There are ready-made kits but handy DIY types can save cash by creating their own. If you don’t want to the hassle of doing any work yourself, hiring a contractor or handy man will cost extra but may be worth it.
One of our favorite cat blogs Gorogoronikoniko is about two beautiful mancats named Goro Goro and Niko Niko. They recently had their new and improved catio installed, so I sent Tamago, their mom some questions and she kindly gave me the scoop on her experience.
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