MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. BUILDING A SAFE, OUTDOOR PETS ENCLOSURE.


MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. SAFE PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

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?

MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. SAFE PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

When it was ready to use, Basil very carefully approached the catio with his sideway-feet.

MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. SAFE PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

He sniffed the screen door, and felt the straw mat…

MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. SAFE PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

… and gazed through the plastic fencing at the yard.

MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. SAFE PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

“Wahhh!” he said, proudly sniffing the fresh air. “I’m an outdoor cat now!”

MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. SAFE PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

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!

MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. SAFE PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

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.

MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. SAFE PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

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!

MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. SAFE PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

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…

MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. SAFE PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

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.

MY CAT'S CATIO: ENCLOSED BALCONY, OUTDOOR PRIVATE PATIO FOR CATS. BUILDING A SAFE, OUTDOOR PETS ENCLOSURE, catios showcase, decks for kittens, Chicken wire fence for cats, cute cream yellow scottish fold, purebred scottish folds, kittens

Have you ever seen a Catio, or considered building one for your cat(s)? What are your thoughts on indoors vs. outdoor cats?

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  • Kirill

    First? Awwwwwwwwwwww!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Eeeeee!

  • John

    huggy

  • http://www.san-smith.com/ San Smith

    cuuute!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Kitty kisses!

  • Kat – RocknRollBride

    waahh! i want to make something like this for Henry and Rachel now! cuteness..
    ps look how BIG they’ve gotten! http://twitgoo.com/17p89h

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Maooooo! They’re SO adorable! Do you let them outside? A catio is a great compromise! Awwwww kitties

  • http://DeadAmericanDream.blogspot.com AngryBroomstick

    cute!! I don’t like to let my cat go outside in the backyard, but he goes hysterical if I don’t let him go out for 2 hours to play in the sun. Thankfully, he stays in the backyard and doesn’t go to the driveway because the sounds of cars scare him.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Aww! My cat is wahhh-ing me right now… he wants to go out… >_<

  • Jennifer

    Adorable u look basil! All cute and cuddley meow!

  • Sakara

    luckily my 3 cats dont go very far from my home, they mainly stay in our large back garden or the one old male visits next doors.
    But a friend i had, when she lived in London had a specially built ‘catio’ for her two tabbies as she lived near a very busy road. They seemed quite happy, and occasionally they be let out into the back garden with supervision. luckily the garden walls were very high and her cats lazy lol

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I think cats are getting more pampered and lazy every day! heheh

  • Marueien

    Awww *-*
    so many cute things!

  • Kirill

    First? Awwwwwwwwwwww!!

  • John

    huggy

  • http://www.san-smith.com/ San Smith

    cuuute!!

  • Gabriel

    NICE!!

  • Kat – RocknRollBride

    waahh! i want to make something like this for Henry and Rachel now! cuteness..
    ps look how BIG they've gotten! http://twitgoo.com/17p89h

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Eeeeee!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Kitty kisses!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Maooooo! They're SO adorable! Do you let them outside? A catio is a great compromise! Awwwww kitties

  • http://DeadAmericanDream.blogspot.com AngryBroomstick

    cute!! I don't like to let my cat go outside in the backyard, but he goes hysterical if I don't let him go out for 2 hours to play in the sun. Thankfully, he stays in the backyard and doesn't go to the driveway because the sounds of cars scare him.

  • Jennifer

    Adorable u look basil! All cute and cuddley meow!

  • MoonMaiden90

    that catio is SO cool! I wish I had one for my Taz! =^-^=

  • MoonMaiden90

    Taz would find a way around everything though! lol

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Basil tried so hard to sneak under the gate before we secured it better. He knows his physical limits, though… he won’t try to jump!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Basil tried so hard to sneak under the gate before we secured it better. He knows his physical limits, though… he won’t try to jump!

  • Sakara

    luckily my 3 cats dont go very far from my home, they mainly stay in our large back garden or the one old male visits next doors.
    But a friend i had, when she lived in London had a specially built 'catio' for her two tabbies as she lived near a very busy road. They seemed quite happy, and occasionally they be let out into the back garden with supervision. luckily the garden walls were very high and her cats lazy lol

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Aww! My cat is wahhh-ing me right now… he wants to go out… >_<

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I think cats are getting more pampered and lazy every day! heheh

  • Marueien

    Awww *-*
    so many cute things!

  • Gabriel

    NICE!!

  • MoonMaiden90

    that catio is SO cool! I wish I had one for my Taz! =^-^=

  • MoonMaiden90

    Taz would find a way around everything though! lol

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Basil tried so hard to sneak under the gate before we secured it better. He knows his physical limits, though… he won't try to jump!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Basil tried so hard to sneak under the gate before we secured it better. He knows his physical limits, though… he won't try to jump!

  • Anonymous

    Uraahh~ Carmina, I never even heard of a Catio until I saw this LOL
    I wish I had a cat. I can’t have any since my mum is highly allergic. I’m definitely getting one once I get my own place, because BASIL IS TOO CUTE! <3
    Your cat is a spoiled little brat XD

  • stillprince

    Uraahh~ Carmina, I never even heard of a Catio until I saw this LOL
    I wish I had a cat. I can't have any since my mum is highly allergic. I'm definitely getting one once I get my own place, because BASIL IS TOO CUTE! <3
    Your cat is a spoiled little brat XD

  • stillprince

    Uraahh~ Carmina, I never even heard of a Catio until I saw this LOL
    I wish I had a cat. I can't have any since my mum is highly allergic. I'm definitely getting one once I get my own place, because BASIL IS TOO CUTE! <3
    Your cat is a spoiled little brat XD

  • http://memojuez.blogspot.com/ Memo Juez

    We have a screened in lanai for our cats to sun themselves and safely enjoy the outdoors. I’ve always kept my cats inside, they live longer, healthier and happier lives.

    Eventually we’ll add special cat door into the sliders so they can let themselves in and out as the they want.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      cats are so spoiled these days :D

      • http://memojuez.blogspot.com/ Memo Juez

        Yes they are and it’s our fault :-)

  • http://memojuez.blogspot.com/ Memo Juez

    We have a screened in lanai for our cats to sun themselves and safely enjoy the outdoors. I've always kept my cats inside, they live longer, healthier and happier lives.

    Eventually we'll add special cat door into the sliders so they can let themselves in and out as the they want.

  • Alex

    It’s so lovely!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Mao mao loves it!

  • Alex

    It's so lovely!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Mao mao loves it!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    cats are so spoiled these days :D

  • http://memojuez.blogspot.com/ Memo Juez

    Yes they are and it's our fault :-)

  • Kritter Kondo

    Wow! Your CATIO is fabulous! I wanted to screen out my courtyard but city code restrictions prevented me, so I designed a portable Catio line, Kritter Kondos.
    http://kritterkommunity.com
    Love outdoor solutions for indoor fur-babies! We need to keep them safe and healthy.

  • Kritter Kondo

    Wow! Your CATIO is fabulous! I wanted to screen out my courtyard but city code restrictions prevented me, so I designed a portable Catio line, Kritter Kondos.
    http://kritterkommunity.com
    Love outdoor solutions for indoor fur-babies! We need to keep them safe and healthy.

  • Wishing4One

    OMG Basil is the man! He is gorgeous and love that he diggs his new catio. Fabulous job! I swear I wish I could I could just squeeze him and give him a kiss, handsome boy.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      He loves to be squished and kissed! <3 Basil Farrow can never have enough attention. He's on Facebook too — http://www.facebook.com/basilfarrow

  • Wishing4One

    OMG Basil is the man! He is gorgeous and love that he diggs his new catio. Fabulous job! I swear I wish I could I could just squeeze him and give him a kiss, handsome boy.

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    He loves to be squished and kissed! <3 Basil Farrow can never have enough attention. He's on Facebook too — http://www.facebook.com/basilfarrow

  • http://www.marblepolishing.net/ Marble Floor Cleaning

    Bassil..You are too cute!

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    Thanks for sharing.

  • Laurette Kennelly

    Your catio is wonderful!! I live nr Spokane, WA and cannot seem to find the plastic net/fencing material like you used. Can you tell me what brand you used? Signed — desperate.