13 Cool Catios for Your Feline Friend
Cat lovers know that their furry companions deserve only the best, and when it comes to making those little fur balls happy, food, cuddles and being outside run pretty high on the list of must-haves. In addition to showering your feline friend with DIY cat treats, you might also consider building a *catio* (cat + patio = catio) to make sure they get to enjoy the warm spring weather. Even the most basic catio has it all: It’s an outdoor enclosure that allows your cats to roam freely and safely while they birdwatch. Here are some creative ideas to inspire your cats’ new outdoor digs.
If you’re not sure what to include in your catio, just think: The more toys, the better. Set up hanging bridges, tunnels and trees — whatever you think will keep your furry feline well-occupied. (via Pinterest)
2. Bed Bath & Beyond Trixie Wooden Outdoor Cat Run ($400): Set your catio out in the open grass of your backyard for optimum exposure to nature. They’ll love getting the chance to bask in the warmth of the sun while rolling around in the grass.
If you’re feeling a little fancy, build a complete cat house with a suspension bridge that connects your home to your cat’s. That’s one spoiled kitty, but you’d do pretty much anything for your favorite furry neighbor. (via Sky Valley Chronicle)
This window perch catio includes a durable UV-protected sunroof that’s designed to keep your little one protected year-round. Extend it past the window to give your kitty extra room to stretch. (via Catio Spaces)
If you don’t necessarily have a backyard, not a problem. Install your catio with lots of cat-safe plants to give your cat the feeling of venturing in the wilderness without ever leaving the comfort of home. (via Catbitats)
This kitty resort catio was actually made for four Scottish folds, and there’s plenty of room to explore. Complete with climbing ramps, perches, catnip and a freaking koi pond, this feline paradise is one your cat wouldn’t mind escaping to. (via Catio Showcase)
This catio is the perfect example of a window perch gone mega. Depending on how high your window is (first or second story), building this enclosure for your cat might be *just* the fun climbing toy they need. (via A Beautiful World / Pinterest)
Combine your patio with your cat’s catio by simply building theirs on top of yours. Don’t forget to add plenty of interactive toys, like a spiral staircase and a place for you to sit — you know, so they have a lap. (via The Oregonian)
This huge outdoor enclosure is the pet pasture cats didn’t know they needed. With plenty of room to roam, your feline friend will love playing in the grass while soaking up fresh air and sunshine. (via craz7catgal / Pinterest)
This literal “cat tree” is all kinds of awesome and brings a natural feng shui vibe in your backyard. Add places to perch so kitty can nap in peace. (via Cuckoo 4 Design)
If you’ve got quite the active cat, this kitty jungle gym catio is #goals. Create an expansive catio that connects directly to your home, whether it’s by pet door or window. With stairs, tunnels and perches, all the neighborhood cats will be so jelly. (via Cuckoo 4 Design)
Taking a more minimalist approach, this room-like catio is the best way to give your cat the fresh air they need without cluttering up your own space. Add perches at all heights and throw in a side of catnip, and you’ve got one seriously happy kitty. (via The Cat Carpenter)
Connect the catio directly to the side of your house for added convenience if your cat’s the more lethargic kind. Add a few plants for privacy and aesthetic appeal — just don’t forget to make sure they’re non-toxic for kitties. (via My Web Room)