Yes, Catios—Also Known As Cat Patios—Are a Thing

These backyard spaces are the cat's meow.

catio cat enclosure
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Cats love to be outside, but letting them roam around on their own can lead to the possibility of your feline friend getting dirty, lost, or worse, hurt. The latest solution? The catio (a patio, for cats—get it?).

A catio is like a man cave (or a she-shed) for Whiskers: an enclosed backyard space that allows him to run around or take a nap, filled with scratching posts, shelves, stairs, and maybe even a plant or two.

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catio with tunnel
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If you're a cat owner who struggles with letting your cat roam outdoors, a catio is the best of both worlds: cats can safely enjoy the fresh air while owners have peace of mind knowing their cats are protected.

Intrigued by the idea? Seattle-based specializes in in the Seattle area.

catio cat enclosure
Courtesy of Catio Spaces

But if you're willing to build your own, Catio Spaces also sells four different ranging in price from $40 to $70.

diy catio plans
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While some of these catios are simple window box-like spaces, others are incredibly elaborate, featuring several stories or tunnels connecting multiple structures to maximize feline freedom.

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If the prospect of a sounds pricey, argue that if you live in an area near a busy road or around predators like coyotes, it can save on vet bills in the long run.

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