This post is from my friends at the Community Cat Coalition and is copied from Facebook. This is a beautiful catio and I was given permission to use the photos here for more ideas on building your own safe space for your cats. From the CCC page:
“Catios – they’re not just for summer you know!
When we featured Donna and her lovely family of ex-free roaming cats last spring, we mentioned her almost completed catio (her story here, though only 3 of her 4 babies were mentioned – a gross oversight, since her senior boy Jupiter also started out as a free roamer!) https://www.facebook.com/CommunityCatCoalitionWa/posts/710022702472393. Well, that catio was completed in time for some summer sunning by her pampered pets, and did they ever love it! 4 happy cats safely inside but not feeling trapped or confined – they have the world at their paw-tips. And as fall rolls in, they may not go out in the rain – but there are lots of days of no rain, and imagine the fun of playing in the snow for a bit! 🙂
Donna designed and built her own catio – she’s a woman with an eye for design, and having seen the catio in person we can guarantee it is sturdy! The netting is a plastic deer fencing, tough but super easy to work with. Take a look, and look also on Dawn M’s catioblog https://catioblog.wordpress.com/ – there are great tips for making your own catio there.
Catios – the perfect solution for all. The cats are happy – even those who were outdoor cats seem to relax and enjoy life inside, when they can have this taste of the great outdoors. The owners are happy – their cats are safe, not exposed to disease, predators, cars, poisons, ill-intentioned humans… safe cats, and healthier – less vet bills! The neighbors are happy – no cats pooping in their gardens, no cats fighting in the middle of the night, no cats walking on their cars… Animal Control is happy – fewer complaints to monitor, and the cats are safe. In fact – is there anyone who ISN’T happy about Catios? Make one today – you won’t be sorry!”