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February 12, 2014

Catios a safe way for felines to enjoy the outdoors

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A catio can be built in any home, no matter the size. While some people build large, elaborate ones, a small window enclosure also will work if you’re short on space.

Make sure the catio is fully enclosed, so cats cannot get out and predators cannot get in.

Provide cats a view of the outdoors, and make sure there’s ventilation so that fresh air comes in. Be aware of the weather: You might need a fan in the summer or a heater in the winter.

Include plenty of toys and features your cats enjoy, such as climbing shelves, scratching posts, cat condos, trees or a water fountain.

Keep their litter box in the catio.

Make the space pleasant for humans, too. Include comfortable seating so you and your cats can enjoy the catio together.

— Kate Benjamin, founder of Hauspanther.com

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