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Creating a Catio

Do you keep your cat indoors? If so, that’s great! Although Fluffy may think she’s a ferocious predator, at the end of the day, she’s really quite small and easily hurt. Kitties that go outside face some very serious hazards, such as weather, predators, parasites, and other animals. That said, there’s no reason you can’t give your pet a little taste of nature. Why not make her a catio? Read on as a local White Rock, TX vet offers tips on making a kitty-friendly indoor space.

Choosing The Space

A patio is an ideal spot for a catio. A bright corner, spare room, or sunroom will also work. Keep in mind that you don’t have to give up the space. Fluffy won’t mind sharing!

Plants

Cats love peeking out from behind green leaves and pretending that they are vicious predators. Fluffy also likes to nibble on plants. Set out some pet-safe plants for your feline pal. Some good options are Cast Iron plants, spider plants, Boston ferns, Money trees, and Ponytail palms. You’ll find a complete list of safe and unsafe plants online at the ASPCA website.

Kitty Furniture

You’ll want to add some kitty furniture to your feline buddy’s catio. Cat towers are great for this! If you don’t have a lot of money, upcycle an old stepladder. Start by adding boards to widen out the steps. Then, wrap the whole thing in carpet or sisal rope. This also works with bookshelves and metal storage racks. Another option is to incorporate a catwalk or kitty shelves. Your furry friend will also enjoy having some comfy beds, a kitty hammock, and/or pet tents or tipis.

Toys

Make sure to include plenty of fun toys for your pet to play with. Cats all have their own unique tastes when it comes to toys. Some furballs prefer catnip mice, while others like wand toys. Your kitty may also like a mechanical ‘swimming’ fish, catnip bubbles, robotic mice, or an automated laser pointer.

Window View

To make Fluffy’s catio as fun and entertaining as possible, put a birdfeeder up in your yard, where your kitty can see it. Your feline pal may spend hours just lounging about and watching local wildlife!

Please reach out to us, your local White Rock, TX pet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care. We are here to help!

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