Creating a Catio

Do you keep your cat indoors? If so, that’s great! Our feline friends are much better off staying safe and sound inside, where they aren’t in danger from cars, weather, wild animals, or other hazards. However, it’s important to make sure that your kitty is both comfortable and happy as an indoor cat. One way to do that is to make her a catio. Read on for some great tips on how to do that from a local South Dade, FL vet.

Good View

One thing every proper catio must have is a good view. Patios and sunrooms are great options for catios, because they typically overlook yards or fields. You can make even a small yard entertaining and fun for your pet to observe just by adding a birdfeeder. Even if your pet will never hunt anything but a catnip mouse, she’ll still enjoy watching birds and squirrels. Fluffy may spend hours just sunbathing, napping, and daydreaming about hunting.

Cat Furniture

Kitty furniture is also a must for Fluffy’s catio. You can find all sorts of great options for cat towers, pet tents, and wall-mounted furniture in stores. If you really want to spoil your furball, consider adding a catwalk. Cats love high places! You can even make Fluffy a screened enclosure. If you’re working with a small budget, go the DIY route and make your feline buddy’s things. You can turn an old stepladder into a cat tower by adding planks to the steps to widen them out, and then covering it in carpet or sisal rope. Window seats and kitty hammocks are also quite easy to make. Look online for more great DIY ideas. Don’t forget to add a good scratching post!

Safe Plants

Since Fluffy isn’t allowed outside, why not bring a little of the outside in? Set out some kitty-safe plants for your pet to hide behind and nibble on. This will give your feline pal a chance to dash out at you from behind a plant, just as she would outdoors. Catnip and cat grass are of course wonderful choices. Some other good options are Ponytail palms, Areca palms, Rubber Tree plants, Money plants, and Boston ferns. You can find a full list of nontoxic plants at the ASPCA website.

Does your cat need an exam, vaccinations, or parasite control? Contact us, your local South Dade, FL pet hospital, today!

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