This is Happy Cat Month and October is National Animal Safety and Prevention Month. Many people and organizations are celebrating these observances in a variety of ways. A Seattle-based company is helping to raise awareness for keeping your cat safe, healthy, and happy while also protecting birds and wildlife. How? By promoting their catios—enclosed patios for cats.
We all know that even obedient indoor cats who never dart for an open door, are curious about what’s out there. Most indoor cats spend a lot of time looking out the windows and sunning themselves at the windows.
If you’ve been thinking about creating a safe outdoor space for your kitties, here are some ideas. http:///www.CatioSpaces.com Here’s a DIY catio project: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2017/08/cat_patio_plans_diy_book_chomo.html
At this site, you’ll see a list of reasons why a catio is a good idea for your cat. For example, it will keep your roaming cat from hunting and destroying wildlife—especially birds. Your cats will no longer invade the yards and gardens of your neighbors. Your obese, lethargic cat may actually get more exercise and lose a little weight. If you provide a litter box in the catio, there will be less odor, fuss, and sand in the house. A catio will add more space for your cats and possibly reduce multi-cat issues. This might even reduce vet bills because your cat won’t be roaming in other cats’ territories. And, of course, if your cat has been allowed to roam, a catio will keep him safe from traffic, catnapping, dogs, coyotes and so forth.
If you have a catio, I’d love to hear about it.