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iN PHOTOS: DIY guide to building a catio for your feline

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June 07, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Your cat deserves the best, and it doesn't get better than lounging on a sunny outdoor patio.

As the weather warms up and cats are anxious to get outside, the B.C. SPCA encourages pet owners to build a catio.

Not only will your feline friend be safe from predators, traffic and other threats outdoors, but if you build it big enough you can enjoy the catio too. 

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If you want to build a catio, the first thing you need to consider is location. Your cat will need access to their catio, so building it on a deck or up against the house are potential options. 

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Once you choose the location, pick a matching design template to follow.

The SPCA has created four templates for catios:

Next, you'll need to gather the building materials.

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The SPCA provides the following list of supplies to build a basic catio:

  • Wooden Boards for the roof and floor of the enclosure

  • Deck screws

  • Wire mesh

  • Staple gun and staples (¾ inch or longer)

  • Electric drill and drill bits

  • Wire cutters (to cut mesh)

  • Table saw

Lastly, accessorize the catio. Because cats love to climb, leap and balance on ledges, the SPCA suggests incorporating some ramps, stairs and ledges.

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Toys are also a must, as you want to keep your cat entertained. Other items like a water dish, litter box and bed will make the space more comfortable for your feline friend. 


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