How to Create a Catio

Have you decided to keep your kitty indoors? If so, you’ve made a great choice, one that will really help keep your beloved pet safe and healthy. One great way to keep your indoor cat happy is to turn a patio or screen room into a catio. Below, a Temecula, CA vet discusses creating a catio.


A catio is a great place for a kitty garden! Setting out pet-safe plants around your home is a wonderful way to let your feline have pal a taste of the outdoors. This will also give Fluffy a chance to peek out at you from behind green leaves, just as she would outside. Some good choices are cat grass; catnip; Money Tree plants; rubber trees; Boston ferns; and Cast Iron plants. Many succulents, such as Chicken and Hen plants, are also safe. Check the ASPCA website for more options.


You’ve probably noticed that cats are extremely fond of napping. Offer your sleepy pet lots of comfy beds to snuggle up in.


A catio is a great place for kitty furniture! A cat tower is a terrific option, as it will offer your furball a scratching post, a jungle gym, and a napping spot. It will also give Fluffy a great place from which to survey her kingdom, especially if you put it near a window or screen. If you are trying to save money, go the DIY route, and repurpose an old bookshelf or a wooden stepladder. Look online for specific instructions.


Make sure that Fluffy has lots of fun toys. In addition to classic cat toys, like catnip mice, you can get your kitty some really cute modern playthings, like a robotic mouse or an automated laser pointer.


Did you know that many cats prefer to drink running water? If you have ever caught your kitty drinking from the faucet, Fluffy may enjoy a pet fountain. (Note: increased thirst can indicate a medical problem, so call your vet if your furball is drinking more than usual.)

Live Entertainment

Birdwatching is one of Fluffy’s favorite activities. Put a bird feeder in your yard, where your kitty can see it. Your cat may spend hours just watching birds and squirrels!

Do you have any questions or concerns about caring for your kitty? Call us! As your Temecula, CA animal clinic, we’re here to help.

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