Catios ( cat patio enclosures) (self build and ready to assemble items) are hitting the news right now (well at least in some areas any way).
Why would you want a catio built?
Catio is the fancy name for a good old fashioned cat enclosure. This can be something as simple as a fenced in area of the garden, or something far more elaborate as appeared in a recent news article. The major construction in that article took quite a few hours of work and was built up by adding onto it bit by bit.
The reasons for buying/ building one of these, whether it be from kit or from scratch, or indeed buying one ready made are two basically.
1) Keep the cat from harm. Many cats are indoor cats from the start and would probably not fare well at all if they were to wander outside. A catio gives the best of both worlds. Confined to a safe area yet able to get some taste of the great outdoors. Proper fresh air, sunlight and I am sure an improvement in quality of life.
2) Protecting the environment. In the US alone it is said that the number of small birds killed by domestic cats runs into the billions every year. I know for a fact how few birds we get in our garden and can only put it down to the presence of Mollie and Gracie (though I only ever have seen them catch mice).
Keeping cats indoors is probably the only way to be sure that yours is not adding to the death list of birdlife but a catio would seem to me to be the ideal compromise.
So how do you go about getting a catio?
How good are your DIY skills? There is nothing particularly complicated in the building of these structures, some wood, netting, perhaps some piping and a little time is all you need. You could have a purpose built adventure playground for your feline friend of whatever shape and size you wanted. There are also people advertising plans for catios.
Perhaps you are not that way inclined? There are some great ready made/self assembly catios featured at Amazon for example. Ranging in all sizes and prices. Some are perhaps a bit small to my way of thinking but I am sure they serve a purpose.
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So whatever your budget, if you are unhappy about your cat venturing into the big wide world, and you want to consider how to control a cat humanely then a catio might just be the answer to your dilemma.