MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. BUILDING A SAFE, OUTDOOR PETS ENCLOSURE.
Wahhh! My spoiled Scottish Fold, Basil Farrow, now has a Catio — a cat patio, like the ones featured in the New York Times article! Need I say that he adores it?
When it was ready to use, Basil very carefully approached the catio with his sideway-feet.
He sniffed the screen door, and felt the straw mat…
… and gazed through the plastic fencing at the yard.
“Wahhh!” he said, proudly sniffing the fresh air. “I’m an outdoor cat now!”
Well, sort of. Basil Farrow is too precious to brave the elements… so he’s only allowed on a hyper-clean, protected balcony with parental supervision!
Basil’s grandpa closed up the two “open” sides of the balcony with a staple gun and sturdy plastic netting (don’t use chicken wire, which has sharp edges, or splintered wood). He put an old Body Shop beach mat on the ground.
The staircase is closed off with a plastic baby gate, locked with a string and hook. Oh Basil Farrow — he keeps pawing at the door and trying to escape!
The baby gate cleverly slides into a plastic magazine rack, so Basil can’t pull the corner open and squeeze through. He rests his head on his Japanese mouse-mouse pillow, hoping and waiting…
Basil Farrow loves watching the birds and squirrels, and lying down in the sun. It’s a great compromise: your housecat stays safe, while getting a taste of the outdoors.
Have you ever seen a Catio, or considered building one for your cat(s)? What are your thoughts on indoors vs. outdoor cats?
PS: Anyone going to see D’espairs Ray on their US and Canada concert tour in August? Here are the dates.
PPS: Dir En Grey announced a North American concert tour with Apocalyptica, August to September 2010. Dates here. WHO’S GOING?
Japanese Word of the Day: Karesansui = Japanese rock garden (literally, “dry landscape”)
Song of the Day: The Cure – Lovecats (maoo!)