Letting the cat out of the ... house (kind of)
Want to allow Kitty a breath of fresh air without losing her to big, bad and dangerous outdoors? A 'catio' may be the answer.
Thu, Jun 17 2010 at 10:30 AM
While the Home & Garden
section of The New York Times frequently delivers quality content, rarely do I come across a feature that causes my jaw drop in disbelief and my fingers race to the “share” button. Last night was an exception.
Today’s NYT (published last night on the web) features a somewhat mind-blowing trend piece
on “catios.” Yes, catios. They’re exactly what you think they are: enclosed outdoor spaces installed by kitty-keepers who want Princess Snowball to enjoy the many stimulating splendors of the great outdoors without allowing her to roam free and go the full-on “outdoor cat” route. Because, you know, the outdoors can be a perilous place for Princess Snowball: she could be hit by a car, lost in the woods, fall in with the wrong crowd and get into fights, or, god forbid, get knocked up.
Many catios are simple DIY affairs
that involve enclosing a porch or balcony with things like lumber, chicken wire, piping, and/or some kind of netting ... nothing too crazy. Then there are other, more elaborate catios with elevated walkways, tree forts, tunnels, and “penthouses
” complete with cat hammocks.
Even as a non-cat owner, I found that a large chunk of time mysteriously disappeared last night thanks to the website for Kittywalk Systems
, a company that manufactures modular outdoor cat enclosures and, um, pet strollers
. And don’t even get me started on Catioshowcase.com
Head on over to the NYT to read the full article
and see the accompanying slideshow
— the best part as far as I'm concerned. Also, I was curious as to what my cat owning/obsessed friends thought of the piece. My friend Liz in Seattle, mother to Glen the tabby, had this to say of the slideshow: "I was sort of down with the whole deal until the end, and then I just felt sad." What do you think of the catio craze?
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