Our Kitties Have A Catio!
I have wanted to put up a catio of some kind for my indoor cats ever since I first saw one on Pinterest about two years ago, and we finally have one!
We looked at a few construction options and suggestions, and decided on PVC piping with plastic mesh and cable ties, in order to ensure it would be weather-proof and relatively easy to construct. Its about two metres wide, about 180cm tall, and half a metre deep, with two corner shelves on one side covered with fake lawn. It has a plastic crate on its side in the bottom, and a towel as a hammock (attached to the window bars) on the one end. There’s a strip of carpet attached to the side that they can use to do their nails (they don’t use it yet), and a couple of toys hanging from ribbons inside.
It took a couple of hours for the cats long to start investigating it, and venturing out, and had it occurred to me I may have left the finished catio inside the house for a few days for them to explore before mounting it on the wall outside.
It is used mostly by Magic and Twister at the moment, with old man Greebo only going out when its very hot in the sun, or there’s catnip on the corner shelves. 😛