It’s a challenge keeping our furry friends safe in the busy urban sprawl. Even in suburban and rural areas, there’s always the threat of Whiskers getting dirty, lost, or even attacked by coyotes and other predators. On the other hand, it’s maddening to think those little sweeties have to stay inside all day and night. Besides, even the craziest cat lady can only handle so much litter smell.

The solution? Catios. They’re enclosed patios for cats, only way cooler. A space that allows your cat to run around, scratch things, and do cat stuff in a private, contained (and aesthetically pleasing) area. They’re basically a man cave (or she shed) for your cat.

Seattle-based Catio Spaces sells DIY plans for $49.95. Per their website, they’ll also design one for you — whether ground-level or window perch style catio — and build it to complement your home, budget and style.


They’re a cross between a patio and a cat sanctuary, and they can fit in even the smallest of yards.

Via Catio Spaces

These handy habitats can be connected to your feline’s favorite cat door or window sill.

Via Habitat Haven

What puddy tat wouldn’t want a perch like this? Talk about taunting the neighbor’s dog in style!

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Some have UV protected roofing, with planks made of cedar to prevent rotting.

Via Catio Spaces

The runways are perfect for angling along walls and fencing. Your little lion can have the freedom to move about and explore multiple places.

Via Habitat Haven

You can even set up your catio as a kitty gymnasium!

Via Habitat Haven

Or you can add a customized catwalk to give your felines all the exercise they need!

Via Habitat Haven

You can decorate them so your cats will feel like they’re in the wild, all the while keeping them safe from other animals, chemicals, and busy streets.

Via Jackson Galaxy

Even better, you can lounge with them too!

Via Catio Spaces

Or they can double as your she shed or man cave. Bonding at its finest!

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Best part? Say goodbye to toxic clouds of litter odor in the house! Now that’s a reason to relax.

Via Catio Spaces

That itch you’re feeling isn’t fleas, it’s the itch to put a catio in your yard, right meow!

Via Jackson Galaxy

They’re obviously the cat’s meow. There’s no denying!

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Can’t you imagine hanging a cozy little sign like this?

Via Catio Spaces

In case you’re thinking about tackling a project like this on your own, this video should inspire you.

Via Adopt-a-Pet.com

Want to learn more? The Animal Rescue Site has good resource page that contains several links about this catio trend.