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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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58 Comments

  1. Posted July 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    First? Awwwwwwwwwwww!!

  2. Posted July 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    huggy

  3. Posted July 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    cuuute!!

  4. Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    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

    • Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

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

  5. Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:54 am | Permalink

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

  6. Posted July 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Adorable u look basil! All cute and cuddley meow!

  7. Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    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

    • Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

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

  8. Posted July 15, 2010 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Awww *-*
    so many cute things!

  9. Posted July 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    First? Awwwwwwwwwwww!!

  10. Posted July 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    huggy

  11. Posted July 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    cuuute!!

  12. Posted July 15, 2010 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    NICE!!

  13. Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    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

  14. Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Eeeeee!

  15. Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Kitty kisses!

  16. Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

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

  17. Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    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.

  18. Posted July 14, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Adorable u look basil! All cute and cuddley meow!

  19. Posted July 15, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

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

  20. Posted July 15, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Taz would find a way around everything though! lol

    • Posted July 15, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink

      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!

    • Posted July 15, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink

      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!

  21. Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    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

  22. Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:54 am | Permalink

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

  23. Posted July 15, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink

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

  24. Posted July 15, 2010 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Awww *-*
    so many cute things!

  25. Posted July 15, 2010 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    NICE!!

  26. Posted July 15, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

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

  27. Posted July 15, 2010 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Taz would find a way around everything though! lol

  28. Posted July 15, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    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!

  29. Posted July 15, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    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!

  30. Posted July 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    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

  31. Posted July 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    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

  32. Posted July 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    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

  33. Posted July 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted July 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      cats are so spoiled these days :D

      • Posted July 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

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

  34. Posted July 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    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.

  35. Posted July 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    It’s so lovely!

  36. Posted July 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    It's so lovely!

  37. Posted July 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Mao mao loves it!

  38. Posted July 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    cats are so spoiled these days :D

  39. Posted July 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

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

  40. Posted July 20, 2010 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    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.

  41. Posted July 20, 2010 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    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.

  42. Posted July 23, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    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.

  43. Posted July 23, 2010 at 2:39 am | Permalink

    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.

  44. Posted July 23, 2010 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    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

  45. Posted February 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Bassil..You are too cute!

  46. Posted November 22, 2011 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing.

  47. Posted April 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    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.

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