Janet Eastman, a reporter for The Oregonian, has been covering this unique fundraising event and I thought it was wonderful in so many ways. It brings attention to all the different methods to building a cat enclosure and raises funds for both the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and The Audubon Society of Portland. Brilliant! You can read her whole article here.
“Catios can be elaborate, freestanding structures outfitted with ramps and spiral staircases or a series of inexpensive wire cubes.
Some feline playgrounds are attached to the house so cats can enter though a cat flap, window, wall cutout or tunnel.”
Here’s one from last year (click on the photo to go to the original post at The Oregonian):
“The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and others offered the Oregonian’s Pet Talk’s writer Monique Balas these tips on building a catio:
- A catio can be any size. A small window enclosure will work if you’re short on space. Existing patios can be transformed into catios simply by enclosing them with screen or wire.
- You can build a catio yourself, order premade kits, fencing like Cat Fence-In or an enclosure system like Purr…fect Fence. Or hire someone. No special permit or approvals are required.
- Make sure the catio is fully enclosed so cats cannot get out and predators cannot get in. Add a cat flap to a door, window, wall cut, or build a tunnel or screened walkway.
- Provide cats a view of the outdoors (called Cat TV) and ventilation. Monitor the weather: You might need a fan in the summer or a heater in the winter.
- Include toys such as climbing shelves, scratching posts or trees.
- Keep a litter box in the catio.”
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