Your cats love fresh air and sunshine, but letting them roam the neighborhood isn’t safe for them—or for your local wildlife. There are several ways for your cat to explore the outdoors safely, and catios (patios for cats) are one of our favorites. These enclosed structures offer cats an enriching experience while protecting them as well as wildlife.
Cats who roam outdoors are exposed to disease, parasites, weather extremes, traffic, dogs, and cruel humans who would gladly poison, shoot, burn, or drown them. They also pose a danger to birds and other animals. Studies estimate that free-ranging cats kill up to 4 billion birds and 22.3 billion mammals in the U.S. every year.
So if you want to build a catio for your feline best friend, we’ve made it super-easy—with PETA’s detailed, step-by-step guide, you can have your new catio up and running in just one weekend.
Our guide includes a detailed list of all the materials and tools you’ll need to complete the project, along with easy-to-follow diagrams showing you exactly how to assemble the structure from start to finish. It even includes instructions for adding shelves where your cats can perch, sunbathe, and sleep.
Depending on the amount of space you have available, you could build your catio in your backyard or on your porch. Either way, it’s important to always supervise your cats while they’re in the catio and never leave them unattended. Additionally, always give them plenty of shade and fresh water.
If a catio sounds like the perfect option for you and your cats, download your guide today: