You may have noticed that we are very strong advocates of keeping kitties indoors, for safety reasons. Our feline friends are much safer staying indoors, where they are protected from cars, weather, and other dangers. Of course, cats do also enjoy and benefit from the exercise, stimulation, and sunshine they get outdoors. Want to offer your furball the best of both worlds? Make her a catio! A local Wheat Ridge, CO vet offers some information on how to create a great space for Fluffy in this article.
No proper catio is complete without some pet-safe plants. Fluffy loves to nibble on green leaves and peek out from behind foliage at her ‘prey’. (That would be you.) The main thing is to stick with things that you know are safe. Some of Fluffy’s favorites? Spider plants, Boston ferns, African violets, and, of course, catnip. This can also be a great spot for growing culinary herbs, many of which are safe for kitties. Check the ASPCA website here for more information.
Fluffy will also need some furniture—or purrniture—for her catio. Cat towers are of course the gold standard here, as they provide nail-care stations, napping spots, jungle gyms, and kitty lookout points. However, your feline buddy will also appreciate beds, window seats, pet hammocks, cat walks, and, of course, some plain cardboard boxes.
Choosing The Spot
A screened patio or enclosed porch is of course the ideal spot for a catio. However, you can use a spare room, sun room, or even just a bright corner. You just need room for plants, a cat tower, and, of course, Fluffy.
Want to get a little more creative? Get a storage tote or an old litterbox, and plant some wheatgrass seeds in it. In a few weeks, your furball will have her own little lawn to look smug and superior on.
We all know that cats really enjoy doing nothing. However, Fluffy does need some entertainment. If your feline pal’s room overlooks a yard, put a birdfeeder up where she can see it. Toys are also important. If you want to go all-out, offer your furry buddy a TV to watch, and load up some cat friendly programs.
Please reach out to us with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care! As your Wheat Ridge, CO animal clinic, we’re here to help!