All About Animals Rescue in Phoenix, Ariz., made handy use of a large back patio by enclosing the existing space with metal mesh. Now this sunny catio, with climbing shelves and cat furniture, provides a comfortable temporary home for the many rescued cats in the shelter’s care.
An Architectural Marvel: the Catitat
If you really want to go all out, create a giant enclosure like this
“catitat” in Bend, Ore. The main structure is 24 feet by 40 feet and
it's filled with climbing shelves, ramps, grass, and natural elements,
such as a large dead tree that's perfect for scratching. The main
supports are sunken into the ground and secured with concrete, while the
wire fencing extends about 6 inches below ground to keep critters from
burrowing underneath. The kitties access the catitat via a long walkway
that leads from a cat door to the main enclosure.
Chloe’s Custom Catio
Named after a shy tabby, Chloe’s Catio is an addition onto a Portland
home that accommodates a large family of felines. The mesh enclosure has
a clear polycarbonate roof to keep everyone nice and dry in the rainy
Pacific Northwest climate. Soft beds, scratching posts, and a drinking
fountain make the cats feel right at home — and away from the dogs!
A Colorful California Catio
Custom mesh panels were used to enclose this poolside patio for some
lucky felines in Fresno, Calif. The panels were pre-assembled and then
secured to the stucco walls with concrete bolts and screws. This
beautiful catio, full of light and color, looks like an ideal paradise
for felines and humans alike.
Designer Catio Details
This spacious Phoenix catio was once a patio. By extending the roof and
connecting it to the block walls with custom mesh panels, the owners
created a kitty playground — with cat shelves, a hidden litter box,
feline furniture, and a sisal-wrapped scratching post.
A Scottish Fold Hideaway in Florida
This lush catio in Fort Pierce, Fl., was created for a family of four
Scottish Folds, a.k.a. “The Scottish Mafia.” Liam, Fiona, Fibber, and
Oliver enjoy a spacious area that comes complete with cat-safe tropical
plants, climbing ramps, cat perches, and water features.