Catios: Cat Patio Enclosures

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How do you let your kitty safely outside?  A catio, of course.  What’s a catio?  It’s the combination of the words: cat + patio = catio.

One of our readers just sent me these two YouTube videos of stunning catios/cat enclosures – you can see that the owners really thought out the space for their kitties.  If I had a patio and did this, I know my two would be out there all the time.

Kate Benjamin, the genius behind, also has a catio website where she showcases various catios – CatioShowcase.

Do you have a catio for your cat?

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  1. Wow! Great post, Jenny! Great topic! Lurve the videos and will check out that area on the always awesome Hauspanther website, too! Lurve to look at all these incredibly creative catios! What a luxury for indoor kittehs to get the best of both worlds! 🙂

    No catio opportunity for us as we apartment dwell. But, I dream of owning a small house outfitted inside for maximum kitty stimulation and pleasure with an awesome catio that would be accessible by day (when I could monitor the activity just for maximum safety)! 🙂

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle (Who turned 4 years old today!!! She’s a fully mature Ragdoll now. Yay!) 🙂 <3

  2. Love these cat enclosures! Ours just came down this year, but it was up for almost 10 years! Recommend them highly because it gives the kitties the best of both worlds in a safe environment. Had no idea it would last that long when we put it up, but surprisingly, it was very durable. Ours was made out of rabit wire surrounding a metal gazebo frame. My husband framed in a door out of PVC pipe. It all cost under $200 and was 6′ round. I used to go in there with the kitties and read and relax with them. I always closed the catdoor leading to the outside at night because of the fear that something like a bear or coyote could possibly tear the wire down if they tried really hard. Might make another one sometime for my girls!♥♥♥

  3. I have three cats, two Ragdolls and one Birman. I would love to have something like this for them but am currently having flea issues. When we lived in Florida, we kept the house closed up because it was hot and humid. I never saw a flea. Now we live in Mexico, in a rented house, and keep the doors and windows open – with screens and with fleas. I had the house sprayed before we moved in so think they are coming in through the doors and windows. I would be afraid we would be inundated with a “Catio”. Advantage is getting a hard workout at my house.

    1. Wow! Mexico! Sounds like you are living my dream! Always wanted to retire to Mexico one day, but still can’t dig my husband out of Virginia! Always wondered what it would be like for our Ragdolls if we moved there. How do your kitties tolerate the heat? The houses we have looked at in Playa Del Carmen, are all open air, so we would have to find something that has screens like you house does. So sorry to hear that you are having such a flea problem. Have you thought about using some DE at the doorways and window ledges? Have always heard that they won’t cross the line of DE, but have never used it.

      1. Hi sorry! DE is diatomaceous earth (I looked up the explanation of what it is – natural fossilized marine phykoplankton that is crushed up, into a white powdery substance. When ants or fleas come in contact with it and try to crawl over it, it cuts them up! It is safe for humans and pets that don’t have an exoskeleton! It is found in lots of grain based food to keep the bugs from eating it!

        Would suggest anyone interested in using it to deter ants or fleas, be very careful and make sure that the product you are buying is 100% pure because some DE is found in the garden department of stores like Walmart and it could contain a mixture of pesticides. We got ours at Walmart for our pool filter.

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