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Tips for Creating a Great Catio
May 1, 2016

Do you have a patio or a spare room? If so, why not make it into a catio? This will give your feline buddy a great, safe place where she can get a taste of outdoors, while keeping her safe and sound inside. A local Gresham, OR vet offers advice on creating a catio in this article.

Cat Furniture

First and foremost, Fluffy will need some kitty furniture. You can find some great pieces online or in stores, but you can also go the DIY route and make your own. For instance, an old stepladder can be repurposed into a cat tower. Just add boards to widen out the steps, and then cover it in carpet or sisal rope. Pet tents or tipis, catwalks, and kitty tunnels are more good options. Of course, boxes are also very popular with our feline pals.


Cats love to sunbathe and watch birds and squirrels. If Fluffy’s catio overlooks your yard, install a bird feeder where your furry friend can see it. This will provide your feline friend with hours of live entertainment!


Add some fun toys for your furball to play with. You can include some classic toys, like catnip mice, or go high-tech, and give Fluffy a robotic mouse. Track toys, bell toys, and balls are also good options.


Get some pet safe plants, and put them at floor level. This will give your furball the chance to peek out at you through leaves, and pretend she is a vicious predator. Just be sure to only include plants that are safe for kitties. You can find a complete list of both safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website. Of course, catnip and cat grass are also great choices.

Kitty Fountain

Did you know that cats often prefer to drink running water? Look for a little kitty fountain for Fluffy.


No cat sanctuary can be complete without some soft beds for Fluffy to snuggle up in. Offer your kitty a variety of cozy napping spots. Of course, there’s no law that says you can’t still enjoy this space as well: set out some comfy things for yourself as well.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Gresham, OR animal hospital, anytime! We are here to provide your pet with excellent veterinary care.

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