the tale of the catio

by foodhoe on June 15, 2017

Life was good with our cozy little cat family until the outside cat Nori got hurt and we brought her inside to recuperate.  The two younger cats were really opposed to adding another cat in the house, especially Zumi who would hurl herself at Nori shrieking like a banshee, and Nori who grew up on the streets, fought back.  So we had to keep them separated and everyone was getting stressed out from the ongoing feud.  Nori recovered from her injury and was restless being cooped up in Mr. K’s office and she began to demand that she be allowed to go back outside.  I didn’t want her to go outside because of the terrible injuries she had just in the past year…  Then I saw a photo from one of the kitten cam cats Tory and Grant, whose steward had a Catio built for them!  I became obsessed about getting a catio, which is a secured outside enclosure, and the web (namely Pinterest) is a dangerous place to feed your imagination.  The next thing you know, I found a nearby contractor who was available to start right away.  His vision:

Within the week he was building it!

Maki couldn’t believe he could go outside!  I don’t know if it is a gender thing (him being the only neutered male cat), but he was the first one to go out and he made a beeline down the walkway to the condo at the end.

The younger girls were much more tentative, it took them a long time to get the nerve up to even look outside of the window.

I think the first day they only sat out in the entry.

Nori loves being able to go outside, although she misses being able to run around freely.

She doesn’t really like being in a cage…

It’s a decent little habitrail for cats, dontcha think?  I’m going to hang some bird feeders in the lemon tree on the other side of the path to provide some entertainment.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rowena June 15, 2017 at 11:20 pm

Your babies will be the envy of the neighborhood felines. Absolutely love it!


foodhoe June 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm

Rowena, it is true that my kids are so spoiled!


Kirk June 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

That’s really neat FH!


grace June 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm

AWESOME. i may have a dog and though i love him very much, i’ll always be a cat person. 🙂


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