Midlands Humane Society: Is it time to treat your cat to a Catio? | Pets

Kori Nelson Midlands Humane Society

Does your cat beg you to go out? Doesn’t she just sit and stare out the window, watching the birds go by from the back of the couch?

It may be time to consider installing a Catio so she can safely enjoy the wonderful outdoors. You might be wondering what a Catio is? Good question! A Catio is a cute pun that is basically a patio for cats.

Think of it as an outdoor enclosure where cats can enjoy fresh air and mental stimulation, while staying healthy and safe. It can be small and simple like a cat planter or balcony cat enclosure, or as large and elaborate as an outdoor cat playpen full of ramps, bridges and perches.

Other terms for a Catio may include an outdoor cat run, cat window perch, cattery, catitorium, catico, cat gazebo, or cat solarium. Whatever you call it, your cat will think it’s amazing!

Outdoor cat enclosures are growing in popularity as a safe solution for indoor cats to explore the sights, sounds and smells of the great outdoors. Cat owners love the idea of ​​giving their cats access to the real sounds of birds, the whistle of a bumblebee, the smell of flowers or freshly cut grass and even the experience of a gentle afternoon rain shower falling on a roof.

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There is no doubt that the safest place for a cat is to stay indoors. By keeping your cat indoors, owners don’t have to worry about cat fights, disturbing their neighbors by a stray cat in their yard, being harassed, robbed or killed by a car or animal savage. Still, a cat’s instinctive pull to go out can be insatiable. Curious cats love to see everything the outdoors has to offer. Many types of felines can benefit from an outdoor enclosure. Cats that meow at the door all day or rush out the front door as soon as it opens as if in a mad rush to freedom would be excellent candidates for using a Category.

Catios can talk about installing an unsightly addition to his home built with rusty chicken wire and pallets. In fact, they can be made from a variety of materials and as simple or elaborate as the owner wishes. Think a pop-up cat tent or an enclosed planter on the bare minimum, or as elaborate as a room complete with flooring, carpeting, a roof, and furniture for people and pets. The cost of a Catio varies depending on the materials chosen and its size and durability.

With so many choices and things to consider, finding the right Catio can be overwhelming. Ask yourself a few questions before you start. 1. What do you expect from a Catio? Do you want to enrich the lives of your indoor cats or create a refuge for cats that don’t get along with other members of the feline family like an outdoor home? 2. What is your budget? Prices can range from less than $100 to thousands of dollars. The more you spend, in general, the more comfortable and larger the structure will be. Kits are available and tend to be expensive, but buying a kit can be a good option if you lack carpentry skills. 3. What type/size of Catio can your home accommodate? Do you want something accessible directly from the house, i.e. through a window or a door? Perhaps an autonomous Catio would be preferable? Make sure you are licensed to install a Catio, especially if you rent or have strict HOA regulations. There are many sites online with information on how to build a Catio that is perfect for your unique situation. You can also find ready-made kits available on sites like Amazon or Ebay.

MHS Pet of the Week: Atticus is a 2-year-old domestic short-haired male who arrived stray at the end of May. Atticus is young and playful with gorgeous orange eyes. Debra is a 12-year-old domestic short-haired female, declawed from the front. This kitty came to MHS as owner handed over in early April. Her previous owner described her as independent and fearful, which is still true here at the shelter, although she comes out of her shell and loves being a pet. She has lived with dogs and cats before and has done well. donny is a 5.5-year-old domestic short-haired man who was released to MHS in late May after an adoption didn’t quite work out. He is a quiet, lazy guy who is looking for a home that will be patient with him while he acclimatizes, without too much fuss from young children. He has lived successfully with other cats, but would prefer a home without dogs. Max is an 8 year old domestic shorthair. This boy is an American house cat! He is described as a playful, independent and friendly cat. What more could you ask for? Max has lived with other cats, dogs and his previous owners think he would do well with children. Max is also declawed on the front. We are open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can view adoptable animals through our website at www.midlandshumanesociety.org.

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