Catios (Cat Patios) You Have to See to Believe


Whether you have an outdoor cat or an indoor cat, a catio (cat patio) can be a wonderful way to give your cat a taste of the outdoors - and the best part is it is safe!

Even if your cat has never set paw outside, part of them will always be wild. Cats are driven by natural instincts and urges, and thousands of years of domestication haven't done away with these natural instincts. The same goes for humans! Giving your cat some outdoor time can give your cats a chance to express these wild instincts.

The issue is that cats with access to the outdoors are put at risk of disease, parasites, predators, busy streets, and much more. But there's a solution: catios! Catios are patios for your cats, essentially outdoor enclosures (of all shapes, sizes, and designs) that give your cat a safe place to enjoy the outdoors. 

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Like cats are curious, humans are notoriously creative. We've collected some of the coolest catios we could find to help inspire your catio projects.  

When it comes to catios, there aren't any rules. You're the designer, so the options are almost endless when it comes to giving your cat the safest outdoor adventure you can give them! 


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If you have a sliding glass door that opens on to a catio, an easy-install pet door allows your cat to come and go as they please! The door easily adjusts to fit in with your existing sliding glass door. 

Catios come in all shapes and sizes, from window enclosures ...

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To something a bit more complex. 

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Catio windows are great for cat lovers who are limited on space but still want to give their cats a taste of the outdoors. 

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Catios don't have to be giant, sprawling estates for your cat to enjoy them.

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A window box catio will still give your cat access to fresh air and a chance to watch the birds and listen to the sounds of nature. 


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There's even a mobile option for those cat lovers who have a bit of wanderlust, like this Airstream with a catio in the caboose! 

A cat tree is an excellent way to give your cat a whole new perspective on the world! 
Some catios are so complex they even have "wings," becoming something of a cat mansion!

For the cat rescuers out there who have a true clowder of cats on their hands, catios can be a wonderful way to safely exercise your herd of cats!  


In the end, it all depends on space, and budget - and what your cat will enjoy. 

Photo: Bethe Almeras

And you too - if you have the space for a chaise designated for catnaps! 

Photo credit: Cynthia Chomos, Catio Spaces



  • Nadine

    Hi I recently rebuilt after the campfire in paradise ca . My kitty survived on the streets for 2 months before he was trapped and we were reunited. I have a porch that was built for his” outdoor” pleasure. This needs to be enclosed with a screening that not only keep him in but also will keep him safe from the coyotes that have begun to roam the neighborhood. Do you have any suggestions?


    Hi, its Cynthia at Catio Spaces ( Copyrighted photos have been used in your article and I kindly ask that you give photo credit to Catio Spaces for the following images:

    1. black cat with orange tabby cat (that’s my cat Serena:-)
    2. White window box on yellow house

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  • Nancy Michaud

    I want to get a catvhousecthatvattaches to my home. Thatcan be closed off with protective plastic glass in winter insolated to let them be able to go out in winter as well to view out doors and not attrack to mush cold in home.

  • Janet

    How can I buy one of the window boxes for cats, I found two that I like and I can’t seem to be able to get them in my cart.

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