article was written by Heather Faraid Drennan.
If you or someone you know has cats, you know that
windows are even better than "cat TV." Cats crave the stimulation
provided by birds, squirrels, and interesting outdoor scents, but if allowed to
roam outside unattended, they are
in danger of getting hit by cars, catching diseases, or being tortured by cruel
humans. Using a little chicken wire and imagination, however, guardians can
give their cats a safe space to experience the great outdoors firsthand by
building a "catio."
Catios range from simply enclosing and cat-proofing
an existing balcony to elaborate constructions featuring walkways among the
treetops. Not into DIY projects? Check out Kittywalk instead. Remember: if you do decide to construct a catio, remember that cats should
never be left without shelter from the elements, and they always need a source
of fresh water and access to a clean litter box.
If you don't have catio space, consider using one of
the many other options that give cats a chance to get outside, including leash-training and cat strollers, as well as
for times when they must be indoors.
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