Bring Your Porch or Catio to Life
Spring is almost here, and your indoor cat may enjoy some porch or catio time. Having an outdoor space is so enriching for your cat.
Catios are rooms made specifically for cats. They are made with wire to keep your cat in and other animals out. They come in all sizes. Google catios, and you'll see a huge variety of choices, which you can DIY or purchase.
If you have a human screened-in porch, be aware that window screening used on porches is not cat or predator-proof. Be sure you use something sturdy to reinforce window screening - like hardware cloth. Otherwise, you'll need to hang out with your cat while they are on the porch.
Here are some tips for setting up your cat space, so everyone will find it delightful and cozy.
A sunny catio or porch is great, but make sure it has shade too so your pet doesn't overheat.
Comfortable furniture is a must! Fluffy would enjoy a bed and a hammock too. Cats love a good hiding spot, so have a box or cube they can nap in.
A small, easy to clean water fountain will bring the sound of running water to your space; very relaxing. There are many of them on Amazon; and Chewy has a great PetSafe Drinkwell fountain that is easy to clean.
Add a lot of cat-friendly plants to make a lush oasis. Most cats will enjoy a pot of grass; alfalfa, wheat, and oat grasses are all great choices. You can safely add these plants too: spider plants, Swedish ivy, impatiens, Christmas cactus, Boston ferns, catnip, roses, sunflowers, marigolds, and many more.
Consider some toys for Fluffy. A tunnel, ramp, scratching post, or even a good-sized branch that came down from your tree (remember to secure it in place). As usual with cats, think vertical; they love to climb. A kitty condo is great for climbing and napping. Add a few toys and your cat will love exploring their new space.
A wind chime is a nice addition, and even a bird feeder placed outside the catio or porch for visual entertainment for your cat.
Include a litter box in the porch/catio design this will make life a little easier for Fluffy.
String lights always make a space magical; however, they are not safe around your animals, the electric wire in them is fragile. The best way to use them is to hang the lights on the supports outside your porch or catio. That way, you get all the magic and none of the danger that claws can cause!
There are so many creative ways to dress up your summertime outdoor area. Get it ready and enjoy this delightful sanctuary with your best friend.