Catio Showcase

May 27th, 2011 The Scottish Mafia at Home in Their Florida Catio

Judi and her husband live in Fort Pierce, Florida, where their lives are controlled by their four Scottish Folds, AKA the Scottish Mafia. Liam, Fiona, Fibber and Oliver have a kitty paradise in their giant 6′ x 12′ screened in catio that Judi and her husband added onto their already large screened porch area. Inside this tropical paradise, the kits get to enjoy cat-safe foliage including patio palms, impatiens and parsley, plus tons of other feline amenities.

Climbing ramps and perches are all made from untreated rough-sawn cedar that’s wrapped with natural sisal. Wheatgrass and catnip patches below the ramps provide wonderful grazing areas and a cool place to nap, although they need to be replaced continuously because of a few feline junkies.

The koi pond provides endless hours of entertainment, and Judi says that the fish are perfectly safe because the cats haven’t yet figured out how to get in there without getting wet.

The mafia enjoys a lovely custom made litterbox hideaway made with birch veneer and cherry stain to match the exterior of the main house.

With so many comfy spots to nap, this is definitely kitty heaven for this adorable crew.

The Scottish Mafia: Fiona, Oliver, Fibber and Liam.

May 13th, 2011 Chloe’s Catio and Ember’s Afterglow Lounge

When Carrie found this house in Portland, she knew it was a perfect fit for her and her menagerie because it already had the beginnings of a catio. Once she started working on the catio, however, she quickly realized that the original structure (shown below left) was going to have to be completely replaced, so the project took on a slightly larger scope, but the end result is paradise for Carrie and her furry family members.

The cats access the catio through the sliding glass doors leading to the indoor cat lounge area. A clear polycarbonate roof keeps everyone nice and dry, even in the rainy Pacific Northwest climate. Carrie chose to build the structure from fir, but if she did it again, she says she’d probably use cedar to avoid having to paint or stain the wood. The entire project, including a short stretch of fence and a gate to keep the dogs in the yard, cost $5000. Carrie says, “It’s pretty obvious that I did not think of resale when I built this. I plan on living in the house for the rest of my life so my heirs can figure out how best to market it. ;) Or maybe I’ll leave it to a cat rescue group.”

This wonderful cat space is named after two of Carrie’s beloved cats who she recently lost, Ember, a rescue from The Great Kitty Rescue, and shy tabby beauty Chloe.

April 27th, 2011 Catnip Modular Cat Enclosures Keeping Cats Safe in Australia

If you live in Australia and you’re looking to create an amazing outdoor cat enclosure for your cats, then you must check out the selection from Catnip Cat Enclosures. This company makes some of the most adaptable outdoor cat enclosures I’ve seen. For over 17 years this family owned business has designed cat enclosures for every possible configuration.

Catnip cat enclosures can sit on the ground or they can be mounted to the side of a building. Standard enclosures are made of galvanized steel, but they can also be custom powder coated in any color to match your home. The enclosures almost disappear!

You can order complete DIY kits or individual modules and connecting tunnels. There are also accessories available including hammocks, shelves, and covers.

The folks at Catnip highly recommend that you install a pet door to give your cats access to an outdoor enclosure. They can help you find just the right pet door for your situation, whether you have a window, door, wall, or sliding door leading to your enclosure.

Catnip cat enclosures are the perfect way to add a safe outdoor area to your home that allows your cats to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. At this time Catnip enclosures are only available in Australia, but they may be available for export sometime soon. Check out all the details at catnip.com.au.

April 21st, 2011 Kittywalk Town & Country Outdoor Playground for Indoor Cats

The Kittywalk Town & Country collection includes a variety of outdoor cat enclosure components that can be connected to create a spacious and safe outdoor playground for your cats. This configuration shows the 6′ long Deck & Patio enclosure, with the Kabana shade awning and hammock, attached to the 5′ tall Penthouse that has three levels for climbing and napping.

Purchase the components separately, or get this whole collection at CatsPlay.com for just $269.95, including free shipping.

April 14th, 2011 Cat Cottage Senior Sanctuary in Pasadena

The Cat Cottage Senior Sanctuary is a special little hideaway in Pasadena, CA built just for senior and special needs kitties. These lucky kitties have a wonderful catio so they can safely enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather in their golden years.

The structure itself was originally a prefab TuffShed barn, with a vaulted ceiling and a loft. They were able to customize it with windows and a skylight to give the kitties lots of natural light inside. They had power lines run underground for electricity, then added insulation, drywall, window trim, paint, a dimmable chandelier, handmade kitty stairway to the loft, and an air conditioner as well as a small catio. It’s a small space, but with so much vertical room, plus the catio, it’s fine for elderly cats who spend most of the day following the sun from one nap spot to another!

The Cat Cottage is not accepting any new residents at this time, but you can follow them on Facebook to see the beautiful senior cats in their care, as well as listings for senior cats that are available for adoption. Next time you’re thinking of adding another furry family member, please consider adopting a senior cat!

March 13th, 2011 Squeezy and Tiger’s Outdoor Getaway

Catio Showcase reader Maggie sent in photos of this nifty little cat enclosure that her fiance’s dad built for his two cats Squeezy and Tiger. It’s a freestanding enclosure made with simple materials from the local home improvement store. It’s filled with cat amenities like a rope-covered scratching post and shelves for perching and climbing. There’s room for a litter box and some food and water, plus an enclosed sleeping area for a little privacy.

The sunflowers planted around the enclosure will look beautiful and provide some camouflage when they come up. It looks like Squeezy and Tiger really love their little outdoor getaway!

For more details, please visit the Alley Cat Rescue blog.

January 24th, 2011 All About Animals’ Amazing Catio Keeps Kitties Happy in Arizona

This big beautiful catio provides kitties from All About Animals Rescue in Phoenix, Arizona with a temporary home while they wait to be adopted. All About Animals Rescue was founded in 2010 by Dawn Kavanaugh, who really knows cats. She and her husband added this catio onto their home for their own cats, plus it allows them to rescue countless cats off the euthanasia list from local animal control agencies. Dawn and her team of volunteers run adoption events every week at local pet supply stores and each week dozens of happy cats go home with loving new owners.

The spacious catio is filled with cat-friendly accommodations from top to bottom. Outdoor furniture, climbing shelves, and scratching towers give all the kitties plenty of room to hang out and enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather. The little gray kitten above is enjoying a new Sleek Lounge from Brawny Cat.

Some volunteers helped Dawn epoxy the floors, which gives them a terrific looking finish and makes them really easy to clean. This is a great option for catio flooring.

Learn more about All About Animals at www.allaboutanimalsaz.com and check out some of the fabulous cats they currently have available for adoption.

January 10th, 2011 PetSafe Cat Veranda Gives Kitty a Breath of Fresh Air

The PetSafe Cat Veranda is an easy way to give your cat a little bit of safe outdoor space where she can catch a breath of fresh air and watch the world go by. This pre-made cat enclosure attaches securely to a windowsill, extending outside and creating a small perching ledge inside. Kitty can access the outer portion of the enclosure through a lockable, weather-proof entry flap. The veranda is made of metal with a rust-resistant coating. It measures approximately 17″ x 28″ x 20″ and holds cats up to 20 lbs.

The PetSafe Cat Veranda regularly sells for $149.95, but there is one left at Amazon for just $49.99

January 2nd, 2011 Create Your Own Kitty Playground with Kittywalk Curves

The Kittywalk Curves outdoor cat enclosure system allows you to create a safe and secure outdoor passageway where kitty can stretch her legs. Pieces snap together to make a 180-degree curved enclosure with two doors for easy access. Made with weather-proof rip-stop netting and a sturdy metal frame, each curve section measures 18 inches wide. Designed for use with other enclosures from Kittywalk Systems.

December 31st, 2010 Brad’s Custom Cat Enclosure

Brad Stone built this spacious cat enclosure for his well-loved felines at his home in Texas. The spacious enclosure measures 15 feet by 24 feet by 6 feet tall, so there’s plenty of room for Brad to hang out with the cats. It’s a basic structure made with wood posts and galvanized metal fencing with plenty of ramps, shelves, and posts inside to keep the cats entertained. Read more about Brad’s cat enclosure on his website.

November 20th, 2010 Bob and Glenda’s Spacious Outdoor Catrun

Bob and Glenda built this spacious outdoor catrun at their Utah home. The structure spans three-quarters of the length of the house and is built of redwood and wire mesh. The cats access the catrun through a door in the window of the laundry room. Bob and Glenda added a tree branch for scratching and climbing, a shelving system, and two cat houses inside the catrun. There is a full-size door so people can access the incredible backyard gardens and pond, which the cats spend their days watching and enjoying.

More information on Bob and Glenda’s blog.

October 30th, 2010 30 Square Feet of Outdoor Fun for Kitty

Give kitty a breath of fresh air with the ABO Gear Happy Habitat for Indoor Cats. This portable pet enclosure measures 74 x 63 x 36 inches and has a zippered door for easy access. The enclosure folds into a convenient carrying case and weighs only 2.5 pounds.

I wouldn’t recommend leaving kitty outside in this enclosure unsupervised, but it would give her a chance to be outside with you while still keeping her safe.

Available from Amazon for just $39.99. Thanks to Michelle for the find.

October 23rd, 2010 A Safe Kitty Haven with Southwest Flair

When Stokely and her dad moved from Long Island to Las Vegas, she was used to living outside, but there are all sorts of desert predators in Vegas that might prove dangerous to an outdoor kitty, so dad built her a special enclosure for their new Southwest home. Stokely now has a beautiful outdoor patio where she can lounge during the day and at night she goes into her own private house that’s locked safely inside a predator-proof fence where she can sleep without any worries. With food and water and lots of places to nap — plus I’m sure she sees the occassional lizard run by for entertainment — Stokely seems to be enjoying her desert paradise.

October 13th, 2010 The Perfect Addition to Your Catio: Catio Furniture!

Introducing a new furniture design made just for a catio! This sturdy structure from Feline Furniture is designed to withstand the elements, made with pine lodgepoles and Sunbrella outdoor fabric. Great for use on outdoor patios that are exposed to sun, rain, sleet and snow.

Catio Furniture provides kitty with multiple levels for climbing and perching. Three cat hammocks are made with heavy duty Sunbrella fabric that is water and fade resistant. The eco-friendly lodgepoles are untreated and come from a lodgepole pine forest in Montana.

The overall structure measures 64″ long by 48″ tall by 24″ deep and easily assembles with just an electric screw gun. Order one today from Feline Furniture for just $149.99 including free oversize freight.

Now that’s a happy kitty!

October 5th, 2010 Introducing the Complete DIY Catio Design Guide to Help You Build Your Own Outdoor Cat Enclosure!

If you’ve been wanting to build your own catio, but you don’t know where to start, then this is for you! Introducing the brand new complete DIY Catio Design Guide. This guide includes a full set of plans to help you build your own outdoor cat enclosure, no matter how much, or how little, space you have.

The DIY Catio Design Guide includes complete plans for building four different catio models in a variety of sizes. The guide includes a tools and materials list for each model plus color 3-D architectural drawings to help guide you through the process. The four models are:

Model 1: The Luxor Catio

The Luxor Catio is the most spacious design, perfect for cat owners with a big yard or large outdoor space who want to build a safe and spacious sanctuary for their cats. The Luxor is built away from the house and is connected by a cat run or tunnel “catwalk” which allows your cats to get from the house to the catio safely. The Luxor plans include Extra Large (16×16), Large (8×24), Medium (8×16), and Small (8×8).

Model 2: The Ritz Catio

The Ritz Catio attaches to one side of your house with access through a cat flap on the side of the house. This model allows you to use an existing door to access the catio yourself when you want to spend time with your kitty. The Ritz plans include Large (8×24), Medium (8×16), and Small (8×8).

Model 3: The Windows on the World Catio

The Windows on the World Catio is ideal for cat lovers with limited outdoor space. It attaches to the side of your house and uses the existing window to allow your cat access from inside your house. The Windows on the World Catio plans include Large (2×10) and Medium (2×5).

Model 4: The Petite Window Catio

The Petite Window Catio is supported on your window frame much like an AC unit. No more worrying about unsafe windows once you have your simple and secure Petite Window Catio built. Perfect for the urban cat lover!

The Catio Design Guide is exactly what you need to build your own catio, or use it to hire a handyman. The guide was created with the following considerations:

  • Easy to construct with common tools even if you have little prior carpentry experience
  • Detailed step-by-step instructions anyone can follow
  • Simple design and construction process, complex building techniques are not needed
  • Built from inexpensive common materials available at all local hardware stores
  • Protected by buried wire screens to keep your cats safe from dangerous predators like coyotes
  • Attractive designs which complement your home
  • Plans can be scaled to suit your individual catio needs
  • Easily customizable models, the simple addition of shelves and plants and a touch of your own creativity will make your catio complete

The complete DIY Catio Design Guide includes all 10 catio plans (Luxor – extra large, large, medium & small; Ritz – large, medium & small; Windows on the World – large & medium; and Petite Window) in a downloadable pdf for $49.99. The guide comes with a 60-day no questions asked money back guarantee, so if you don’t find it useful, your money will be refunded.

And just for visiting the site and submitting your email, you can receive five free bonus items:

  • Tips for Growing Catnip & How to Make a Great Catnip Toy
  • Deadly Plants for Cats
  • Tips on Growing Oatgrass
  • Tips on Growing Wheatgrass
  • DIY Ideas for Your New Catio

Order your guide today!

September 5th, 2010 Linda and Randy’s Amazing Oregon Catitat

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When Linda and Randy moved from Seattle to Bend, Oregon, they wanted to create a space for their cats to go outside, but they were concerned about the coyotes and barn owls in the area since they live near a large land preserve. So they decided to build this incredible “catitat” to let their kitties have a safe place to roam.

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Linda and Randy hired a fencing company to build the structure and then stained the wood themselves. The main structure is 24 feet by 40 feet and it is filled with climbing shelves, ramps, grass, and natural elements like a large dead tree, perfect for natural scratching! The main supports are sunken into the ground about 6 inches and secured with concrete. Also the wire fencing extends about 6 inches blow ground to keep other critters from burrowing in. There is a full-size door into the catitat so Linda and Randy can join the cats in their outdoor paradise, which they do frequently when the weather is nice.

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The cats access the catitat through a long walkway leading from a cat door inside a cabinet in the house to the main enclosure. The roof of the walkway comes off in segments, just in case there is an emergency and a cat needs to be removed from the walkway.

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As you can see, the cats sure do seem to enjoy this incredible structure. I wonder if they know just how lucky they are!

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August 29th, 2010 Outdoor Feline Funhouse Portable Cat Enclosure

Outdoor Feline Funhouse

The Outdoor Feline Funhouse offers a convenient way to let your cats enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. This lightweight, portable cat enclosure can be used on a deck or lawn and comes with stakes and weight bags that you can fill with sand to keep the enclosure securely in place. The structure folds easily and stores in its own carrying case.

Available from Amazon for $64.29 with free Super Saver shipping.

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August 16th, 2010 Lyn’s Little Lanai

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When Lyn took her two cats from their home in Florida to New England for the summer, they were missing their outdoor enclosure, so Lyn’s son built this little portable enclosure to tide them over. The screened in cubicle sits on a picnic table outside a window, allowing the kitties to get some fresh air. A simple solution for a vacation home.

Lyn’s son would be happy to build you one at a reasonable price if you are interested. Please contact me at kate (at) moderncat (dot) net and I will put you in touch with him.

August 16th, 2010 Calling All NYC-Area Catio Owners!

I’ve been contacted by a television producer who is looking for catio owners in the New York City area to feature in an upcoming national news story. If you have a catio and live in the NYC area, please email me at kate (at) moderncat (dot) net and I will put you in touch with them. Thanks!

July 31st, 2010 Colorful Catios in Fresno, California

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Harvie and her husband decided to build not one, but two custom catios at their home in Fresno, California. These gorgeous spaces, full of light and color, look like a perfect cat paradise and a wonderful place to hang out with feline family members.

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To start the project, they first enclosed a large covered patio area that faces toward their lovely pool and backyard. They hired Tom Whitling of The Avian Home, a custom builder who specializes in bird aviaries. This is the first cat enclosure that he has worked on. Tom pre-constructed the custom panels and then secured them in place with concrete bolts and screws into the stucco walls. All the panels were painted before installation, as you can see below.

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After the panels were in place, Harvie and her husband went back and caulked around the bottom to keep water and bugs out, plus they added clear Plexiglas panels along the bottom portion on the outside of the panels to keep out rain spatters, water from the pool sweep, and dust from the gardener’s leaf blower.

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They added two shelves, one at waist height and another way up high, for kitty climbing, plus lots of cat trees, scratchers, a litter box, and food and water. Comfy human furniture, colorful decor, and a ceiling fan add just the right touches to make everyone feel right at home.

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The cats access the catio through the sliding glass doors, which have cat flaps installed in the screens. There is an alternative entrance into this catio from the kitchen window.

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Since the first catio was such a success, Harvie and her husband decided to add a smaller catio off the master bedroom. This catio also has a climbing shelf, cat trees, and a loveseat.

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As if living in California isn’t nice enough, these lucky kitties sure do have a wonderful home!

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