“Catios” — a Happy Coexistence for Wildlife and Cats

For all of you who have cats and some garden space, this is a great way to give cats fresh air and roaming time, while protecting the resident wildlife and birds. Ilana DeBare of Golden Gate Audubon posted this piece about a catio and outdoor playground built by GGAS board member, Phil Price. Check it out:

Protecting Birds and Cats with a Catio


The first time I ever saw a catio was at  Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Hugh and I went to volunteer for a few days after our cat Lexi passed away in 2000. If you love cats and dogs (and horses and rabbits and birds) and have never been to Best Friends … and, you just happen to be driving that southern Utah loop around Zion National Park, I can’t recommend enough that you stop in for a visit and a tour. It’s a rescue-pet paradise set against the pink rocks of Angel Canyon.

I was too busy cleaning litter boxes to take many shots that visit, so these photos come from Flickr’s creative commons pool.

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Flickr CC license © Puck 90 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/puck90/3975490845/

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  1. says

    Wow Ingrid, this is so cool! Catios! Who would have thought? Keeps the birds and the cats safe and gives the cats the pleasure of being outside without the torment. I love it! Phil Price’s set up with the “cat walk” between houses is brilliant! I hope more cat lovers get into this easy solution for both wildlife and the cats.

    • says

      Larry, I know — it’s really great and can assuage the guilt some people feel about not giving their cats the outdoors. I’ve suggested it to a few friends who have plenty of space to create something like this. Next time we have rescue cats, we will definitely put in something cool … hopefully with a Phil-style catwalk. I think the whole design process would be a lot of fun (getting into the cat’s mind).

      Have you heard of the Cats’ House books? A friend gave me a copy years ago. This people in San Diego created an art piece of a house, designed with their cats in mind. This is a blog post about it: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/pets/2013/07/18/take-tour-the-cats-house/eM1wIDzkjsxbKZOmmDKG4J/pictures.html

  2. says

    My guy Oz enjoys two screened in areas – Back screened in room and the large pool area. He loves spending time in the sunshine, feeling the breezes and watching the birds. Occasionally a lizard, frog or snake will find his way under the door – Thus far we’ve managed to rescue and release every one of them to safer territory. I couldn’t imagine not allowing any dog or cat access to the outdoors. This is a great alternative and relatively inexpensive considering what you/they get in return – Purrs of happiness! ;)

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