Tips for Creating a Catio

Do you keep your feline pal indoors? If so, that’s wonderful! Fluffy is definitely much better off staying inside, where she is protected from the dangers posed by cars, weather, predators, and other hazards. However, there’s no reason your kitty can’t enjoy a taste of nature. If you want to give your cat the best of both worlds, consider making her a catio. A Youngsville, LA vet offers tips on how to do that in this article.

Choosing The Purrfect Spot

An enclosed porch or patio is an excellent choice for a kitty haven. You can also use a sunroom, spare room, or even just a bright corner. Just be sure to choose a room with a good view, so Fluffy can watch birds and squirrels.

Plants

Setting out some pet-safe plants is a great way to activate your kitty’s purr. Catnip is of course a great option for this. Cat grass, or wheatgrass, is another good choice. (Tip: you can grow a living mat of wheatgrass for Fluffy in an old litterbox.) Some other pet-safe plants are Boston ferns, rubber trees, and Money plants. Check the ASPCA website for a full list.

Purrniture

In order to make a proper catio for your feline friend, you’ll need to add some kitty furniture. Cat towers are a great option for this, as they offer kitties a lookout point, napping spot, and scratching post, all in one. If you want to save money, consider going the DIY route. For instance, you can easily turn an old stepladder into a cat tower. Just add boards to the steps to widen them out, and then wrap the whole thing in carpet or sisal rope. Your furball will also need some beds, and perhaps a kitty tent or tipi. Of course, Fluffy probably won’t mind if you set out some cardboard boxes for her as well. A catio would also be a great spot for a kitty fountain.

Toys/Entertainment

No catio is complete without lots of kitty toys! Classic cat toys are great, but you can also add catnip bubbles, an automated laser pointer, or a mechanical mouse. To make Fluffy’s purrsonal sanctuary even more fun for her, put a birdfeeder up in your yard, in her line of sight.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Please contact us, your Youngsville, LA animal clinic, today!

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