Creating a Catio

Do you have a screened-in porch or patio? If so, why not make this space into a catio? A catio will give your cat a safe place where she can get a little taste of the great outdoors, without exposing her to the dangers posed by cars, predators, and other hazards. You don’t have to relinquish the entire area to your feline buddy: just add a few things to make the space double as a kitty luxury zone. Read on as a Cameron Park, CA vet offers advice on making a catio.

Kitty Furniture

Fluffy may not have any problems making herself comfortable on your sofa, but she’ll really love a few things of her own. A cat tower is a great addition to any catio. This will offer your furball a scratching post, jungle gym, and napping spot. It will also give her a place from which she can survey her domain with that adorable superior look that cats do so well. Pet tents, window seats, catwalks, and kitty condos are also good choices.


Adding some pet-safe plants will give your catio a nice, green look. Plants will also help keep the air fresher, and will offer your feline friend a little taste of the outdoors. Just be sure to choose only pet-safe plants, such as rubber trees or spider plants. You can check the ASPCA site for a full list. Of course, cat grass and catnip are also great choices!


No catio is complete without lots of fun cat toys. Your furball may love playing with classic kitty playthings, like catnip mice, but Fluffy may also enjoy something more modern. Consider getting your furry pal a robotic mouse or an automated laser pointer.

Pet Fountains

Did you know that many cats prefer drinking running water? Fresh water is also very important for your furry buddy’s health and well-being. Add a cute kitty fountain to your catio.

Live Entertainment

Birdwatching is one of Fluffy’s favorite activities. Put a bird feeder in your yard, so your kitty has a great view from her catio. Your cat may spend hours watching local wildlife and, perhaps, daydreaming about being a ferocious hunter.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? We are always happy to help! Call us, your Cameron Park, CA animal clinic, for all your kitty’s veterinary care needs.

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