If you are asking yourself what a Catio is, you may not be alone.
It is a step cat and bird lovers are taking to provide both with a safe space in the wilds of neighborhood backyards. These cat patios (aka Catios) are basically a screened-in enclosure that allows your pet to see, sniff, and be outside but from the safety of a structure extending from a window, doorway, or porch.
Simple to elaborate, these structures “offer pet cats an enriching outdoor experience that is safe from hazards and safe for local birds and other wildlife,” according to the Audubon Society of Portland. Catios may also aid in solving some feline behavior concerns like spraying, aggression, or inappropriate scratching.
In a unique alliance, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Audubon Society of Portland promote the design and building of Catios across the region through their annual “Catio Tour” in the Fall. This popular tour showcases structures from frugal to fabulous, and is designed to inspire the community to build or buy a catio. Learn more about the Catio Tour, view photos, and learn more about the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon at: http://www.feralcats.com/catio