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Custom Catios Featured on 'Cat vs Dog' with Jackson Galaxy

We are very excited to post a highlight video of Custom Catio's appearance on Jackson Galaxy's latest show, “Cat vs. Dog.” While we wholeheartedly encourage everyone to watch the entire episode titled, “My Animals Are Going To Get Me Evicted," over at Animal Planet, we've uploaded a catio cut below. We've also…

Plants Make Great Catio Additions

Customize Catios With Plants Custom Catios builds beautiful cat enclosures. That said, once we complete a job, we hope homeowners will take our creations to the next level by adding cat beds and hammocks, signs ("No Dogs Allowed!"), toys, bird feeders (approximately 10-15 away), and plants. Especially plants! For example,…

Time-Lapse Video of Catio Enclosure Construction

It is difficult to convey the time, effort, craftsmanship, and expertise that goes into a Custom Catio cat enclosure. We use the best materials including redwood, high-end galvanized wire mesh, and bronze polygal. Our attention to detail includes painting interior shelves with artificial sand and covering ramps with outdoor industrial…

Catio Guy Featured on The Purrrcast Podcast

Thank you to Sara Iyer and Steven Ray Morris for interviewing me on the #166 episode of their popular cat themed podcast, The Purrrcast. It was a ton of fun to talk shop with two diehard cat experts for over an hour. The catio conversation begins about 12 minutes into…

Custom Catios Article in 'Sherman Oaks South' Magazine

Sherman Oaks South magazine has a nice write-up about my family and catio business in the October 2018 edition. It's also our first cover! From the article: Sherman Oaks South "Experts and cat behaviorists, from America's "Cat Daddy" Jackson Galaxy to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (veterinarians), stress that…

Catio Guy Interviewed by Indoor Cat Guide

Thanks to Jane over at IndoorCatGuide.com for posting an interview with Catio Guy about, you guessed it, catios! Here's an excerpt: "Among cat experts and cat lovers alike, the consensus is to keep cats indoors permanently. As Alan (aka Catio Guy) explains, predators (coyotes), cars, disease, and poisons, among other perils, all…

VIDEO: Portland Catio Tour Draws a Thousand People

Record Turnout for Catio Tour A ten catio tour in Portland, Oregon Saturday drew a thousand people according to a KATU2 News report. The video below, which is well worth watching, makes clear that catios protect both wildlife from cats and cats from many outdoor hazards. The tour is sponsored…

Custom Catios Featured in 'Studio City South' Publication

Studio City South The monthly Studio City South has a feature article on Custom Catios in its August 2018 publication. Written by Elyse Glickman, "A Purr-fect Solution for Cat Parents," does en excellent job explaining our purpose and beginning: "There is a great cat dilemma being thrust upon Studio City families. Experts…

Should Cats Go Outside?

We at Custom Catios feel strongly that the answer is a big fat NO, but that's the question Camille Schake asks at Good Pet Parent (hat tip to the highly recommended Facebook group, Kitty Gardens, Catios, House Cats And Catification). The article admits that the question "stirs a lively debate" on both…

DIY Catification Expert

One of the great perks of building catios professionally is the amazing people we regularly meet. In addition to working with Jackson Galaxy, we have designed and built cat enclosures for a YouTube sensation, Hollywood director, and celebrity hair colorist, to name a few. This past week we lucked into…

Two Gigantic L.A. and Pasadena Cat Events Over Next Two Weekends!

Attention friends, family, clients, and cat lovers! There are two great local feline events over the next two weekends where we will have a booth and encourage you to attend. Please stop by, say hello, and speak the good word about Custom Catios! We will also have educational material on…

Choosing a Roof for Your Outdoor Cat Enclosure

Outdoor Cat Enclosure Roofs Some homes are perfectly suited to building outdoor cat enclosures and do not require roofs. See our Toluca Lake, Sylmar, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Fernando Valley models. Most people building catios, however, are not so lucky. Below are factors to consider when deciding upon…

Catios Protect Pet Cats From Coyotes

Coyotes Kill Pet Cats at Alarming Rates Reading the National Geographic book, "How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language," by Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman, I came across the following shocking statistic: "A 2009 study looked at Tucson, Arizona, found that coyotes regularly feast on cats…

Custom Catios Nominated for Groundbreaker Award!

Groundbreaker Award Custom Catios is excited to be one of the few companies nominated for the Sherman Oaks Groundbreaker Award which is awarded to the business that has introduced a new product, service or offering or a new way of doing business that rises above its peers. Voting is open until…

Urban Coyotes Dangerous to People and Pets Throughout Los Angeles

Coyotes Spreading Across the Country The Washington Post published an informative article on coyotes today titled, "Here's why there are so many coyotes and why they are spreading so fast." The report, based on an exhaustive new study, is not good for pet owners. Per the article, "Coyotes are newly established…

Getting Catio Approval From Your Homeowner's Association

Whether you live in a condominium or a community with a homeowner's association (HOA), getting approval to build a catio on your property can be difficult. HOA rules are notoriously strict and associations typically deny requests to build outdoor cat enclosures. So what are your options? Read the Association Bylaws…

Hollywood Director's Dogio

Movie Director Kerstin Karlhuber Hollywood director, Kerstin Karlhuber, whose production company, Silent Giant Productions, recently released "Fair Haven the film," to excellent reviews, hired Custom Catios to build a dogio (dog run). The Los Angeles Times called Fair Haven an "emotionally wrenching drama" with a "lovely script" and "thoughtful direction" by Karlhuber.…

Jackson Galaxy on Pet Owners Misunderstanding their Cat's Essence

We have been fans of Jackson Galaxy ever since working with him on his Animal Planet show, "Cat vs Dog." We also recently positively reviewed his book book Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!). As such, we took great interest in his recent Modern Cat Magazine interview…

Coyote Visits Eagle Rock Catio Job Site

Coyotes Dangerous to Cats There are many benefits to building a catio but, perhaps, none are more important than the protection they provide cats from predators. In Los Angeles, the number one predatory threat to our feline pets are coyotes. As such, we have repeatedly warned of the danger coyotes pose…

Celebrity Hair Colorist to the Stars Incredible Catio

Celebrity Hair Colorist Tracey Cunningham Famed hair colorist to the stars, Tracey Cunningham, who is also a Redken spokesperson and celebrity in her own right, hired Custom Catios to build an exquisite second story balcony catio for her modern home in the Melrose area of Los Angeles. Tracey, who according to…

The Purrington Post Published Our Article on Catios

The Purrington Post published our article titled, "The Moral Case for Catios," today! It begins: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi If you believe Gandhi, the United States is a significantly greater country today…

Recent Catio Articles and Tidbits From Around The Web

Below are some interesting catio articles and tidbits from around the Internet this year: Today, dog expert Val Hughes has an excellent article on Spokane's Fox28 about enriching the lives of indoor cats: For indoor cats, a catio can be the ultimate enrichment environment—a completely enclosed, escape-proof, open-air space where…

Celebrity Anna Akana’s Spectacular Catio

Making the World a Better Place Custom Catios completed a spectacular catio for filmmaker - actress - comedian, Anna Akana, a YouTube sensation whose channel has more than 2 million subscribers and 210 million video views. The 28 year-old’s latest star turn, Youth & Consequences, which began streaming this week, was…

America's Foremost Cat Expert Recommends Outdoor Enclosures to Combat Behavioral Problems

Best selling author of 10 books, Pam Johnson-Bennett, warns in her latest effort, CatWise, that under-stimulating cats can lead to "boredom-related or stress-relieving behaviors, such as overgrooming, chewing inappropriate items, picking on companion pets, retreating into isolation, overeating, self-mutilation, compulsive behavior, and loss of appetite." Amazing Equipment These common problems arise…

Catios Recommended by the American Association of Feline Practitioners

Indoor Living and Outdoor Roaming Both Bad for Cats Veterinarian Dr. Karen Shaw Brecker, whom we introduced last month, is back writing about catio life. In a recent article she discusses the problem with indoor only living and outdoor roaming: It’s often recommended that cats be kept indoors to keep…

Five Steps to Becoming a Humane Gardner

Nancy Lawson recently published the book, "The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife," where she encourages cat owning gardener's to build catios. “Cats kill wildlife,” Lawson says. “It’s not the cat’s fault.” So create a ‘catio’ by enclosing an area of your deck or build a small balcony…

Cats Do Fall and Hurt Themselves from Railings and Balconies

The Khmer Times blows up one of the great cat myths -- "that they can balance themselves on the thinnest balcony rails and even if they do fall they just get up and walk away." Certainly this legend helps contribute to the universal belief that cats have 9 lives. Cats Do…

Catio Cats Live Longer Happier Lives

Average Cat Lives Catster surveyed 10 reputable websites to determine how long cats live. Many factors determine feline lifespan including, "Environment, maintenance, health, and whether the cat is spayed or neutered." The bottom line is that indoor cats live about three times as long as outdoor cats. Or 16.875 years…

Curing Cat Boredom

With the New Year upon us we turn to Veterinarian Doctor Holly Woltz for some advice: A common enemy for cats is boredom... To keep your cat happy, curious, and in good physical and emotional health, consider a different play approach and different toys this Christmas. A climbing tree, perches…

Custom Catios Featured on Jackson Galaxy's New Animal Planet Show 'Cat vs Dog'

Custom Catios was featured on Saturday's Animal Planet show "Cat vs. Dog" starring cat guru Jackson Galaxy and dog whisperer Zoe Sandor. In the episode titled, "My Animals Are Going To Get Me Evicted!": Jackson and Zoe meet Tami, whose three dogs terrorize her two cats, Esmeralda Beyonce and Cozy…

Traveling With Your Cat

One of the main reasons cat lovers invest in catios is the extra level of comfort they provide when away on travel. Knowing your feline family members are safe from the dangerous outdoors while not being cooped up inside the house all day makes traveling less stressful. But, what if…

Firsthand Account on Building a DIY Catio

We at Custom Catios are catio evangelists. Cats should never ever be allowed to roam freely outdoors. It is too dangerous for cats and too dangerous birds and small animals. As such, we love sharing positive catio stories that will lead to greater catio adoption throughout the country. We recently…

Book Review: 'Catification'

Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) is the 2014 New York Times bestselling book by "My Cat from Hell" star, Jackson Galaxy, and hauspanther.com founder, Kate Benjamin. Despite the title, the authors rightly stress that Catification “is so much more than [a design book].”…

Smithsonian Biologist: 'Anyone who owns a cat must keep their cat inside'

Pete Marra, biologist and director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and author of "Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer," recently presented on the harmful impact cats have on the environment: They can spread diseases to both wildlife and humans, and they are the number one killer…

Video: Coyote Jumps 6 Foot Wall to Nab Pet Cat

Here is a really disturbing video of a coyote running through a backyard and leaping over a six foot wall with a dead cat in its mouth. The video is extremely graphic and not for the faint of heart. That said, it is important to educate the public about these…

Pet Photography Makes for Great Holiday Gifts

There is obviously no better holiday gift for cat lovers than a brand new Custom Catio! But, perhaps second on the amazing Christmas / Hanukah gift list to catios, is pet photography. If you live in Los Angeles, we highly recommend Diana Lundin. Actually, you can see some of the…

Choosing A Catio Location

PetCareRx lists a few important factors to consider when choosing a catio location: Ease Of Access. The best location for catios is near doors or exterior windows that make it easy for your cat to enter directly into her catio. Cat doors are available in a variety of colors, sizes, styles,…

5 Reasons Why So Many Cat Owners Are Investing in Catios

The Purrington Post recently published an informative article titled, "5 Reason Why So Many Cat Owners Are Investing in Catios. From the piece: Despite the fact that cats have been kept as pets for nearly 10,000 years now, they’ve still maintained many of the wild instincts they had pre-domestication. They long…

Beautiful DIY Catio

Eileen Stark of Real Gardens Grow (Facebook) recently wrote about a do-it-yourself (DIY) catio she and her husband Rick built in Portland. It is easily one of the most beautiful catios I have come across. The attention to detail -- tile floor, corner tree, scratcher, clear roof (similar to our Palisades…

It Takes a Village To Build a Custom Catio

We previously posted that building a Custom Catio was a labor intensive process. To reiterate that point, we started building a new cat enclosure in North Hills today and brought 5 guys -- including me the picture taker. In the photo, you see our team reviewing the plans before getting…

Catios Allow Cats to Roam Safely Outside

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Cats are hard-wired to hunt prey — and despite the fact that we’ve been domesticating them over the past few thousand years, pet owners have not yet succeeded in eliminating the feline drive to catch and kill small creatures. And that’s led to an unfortunate…

Minnesota Animal Shelter Builds Awesome Catio

Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth, Minnesota built an amazing catio for its shelter cats. The catio, along with a very cool doggie agility and play yard, came with a $27,000 pricetag. The money was raised from community donors, a fundraiser, and an American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty…

Cat Outhouse

This afternoon I was visiting a nice couple looking to build a catio in North Hills when I came across my first ever cat outhouse. The family has two indoor/outdoor cats that they are looking to move full time to indoor/catio. For now, the feline siblings do come inside at night. And should…

CBS News: Increasing Coyote Threat Prompts Pet Owners To Build 'Catios' For Protection

This clip is from the local CBS News in the Bay Area but is equally applicable to Los Angeles. Because of years of drought, generations of coyotes have moved down from the hills into neighborhoods. They have grown up in communities and do not know any other life. They are here…

Cats Craving Catio

Winston (on the left): "Can we plz git katio!"

Things That Could Hurt or Kill Your Cat by Catster

Catster has published a list of 9 things that could hurt or kill your cat. Unsurprisingly, most of the items on the list involve letting cats outdoors: All kinds of dangers lurk outdoors for cats. In her 30 years of feline practice, Dr. Eisen has seen her share of emergencies. Many of them…

Catios Trending In The News

Back in June we wrote about Catios going mainstream with extensive articles in the NY Times and The Washington Post.  Apparently that was just the tip of the iceberg as major news outlets continue to cover the catio trend. Below are a few recent pieces from major newspapers hyping feline enclosures…

Coyotes Attack Woman Trying To Defend Her Cat

Another terrifying story about coyotes attacking and killing a cat is being reported by the Santa Cruz Sentinel. This one is made all the worse because the cat's owner was also attacked trying to save her pet. Unfortunately the woman ended up undergoing rabies treatment after being bitten and scratched by…

Nearly 100 Outdoor Cats Die Early Deaths Every Month in Toronto

The Toronto Star reports that Toronto - a city that pales in size and population to Los Angeles - experiences nearly 100 cat deaths every month. The article goes on to state that predator deaths only make up a small portion of those deaths. Further, the awful high death count does not…

Custom Catios Labor Intensive Process Results In One-Of-A-Kind Pet Enclosures

Custom Catios designs and builds one-of-a-kind catios for discerning homeowners. We utilize a team of professionals unlike any other pet enclosure company to create structures that add to the aesthetic of your home. Our architect uses professional software to create 3D renderings and videos designed to ensure the catio is to your liking.…

I Heart Cats: 5 Reasons to Keep Your Cat Indoors

Jennifer Nelson of I Heart Cats has an excellent article on why pet owners should keep their cats indoors. The piece begins with the heart-wrenching statistics on life span for outdoor versus indoor cats which we have often written about on the Custom Catios blog. According to Jennifer, outdoor cats…

Top 10 Catio Benefits - Safe Cats, Outdoor Litter Box...

It would be impossible to list all the benefits to investing in a catio, so we compiled a list of the Top 10 Benefits. Let us know if we missed any big ones and we will add them to the list. Protect Your Cats. Most outdoor cats eventually fall victim to cars,…

Architecturally Designed Catios

At Custom Catios, our specialty is building outdoor cat enclosures that please humans as much as felines. Cats love outdoor sounds and smells, basking in the rays of the sun, watching the birds fly by and the squirrels run by, and napping the night away. Cat owners, however, generally want three things:…

KRQE News 13: Catios Perfect Solution for Cats and Wildlife

This is an excellent news piece on the advantages of catios that dives deep into the havoc that cats cause the environment. According to an expert, cats merely being in the same vicinity as rabbits can be lethal. They also pose grave danger to frogs, birds and many other species. From…

Three Questions for Veterinarian Heather Napolitano

Catio Guy: Tell us a bit about your practice, Dr. Napolitano. Dr. Napolitano: I have a Los Angeles based small animal practice that specializes in cats and dogs. I developed a three pronged approach that I live by when practicing veterinarian medicine: 1. I make animals as comfortable as possible. Vet…

Tortio is the New Catio

My friend Josh is an animal lover. So it was no surprise when he built a sweet catio for his three cats. But that appears to just be the beginning of outfitting his home for his pets. He recently completed a tortio (tortoise patio) for his newest family member named…

Tel Aviv Israel Cat Hotel

My wife and I recently returned from a vacation that included a stop in Tel Aviv, Israel. Walking through the city with friends - wearing a Custom Catio t-shirt - we encountered a "Cat's Hotel." Although it had no occupants in the middle of a scorching hot day, it was a…

San Fernando Valley Custom Catio Design Video

The above video is our design for a complicated project we are working on in Tarzana. We had to plan around the following obstacles: A mature tree lies in the middle of the proposed catio site. So we built a hole into the shingle roof (which matches the house) and also…

Domestic Cats Still Wild

A fascinating article in arsTechnica titled, "Cats are an extreme outlier among domestic animals," reinforces the long held human belief that cats are still a bit wild and untamable. From the article: People who live with cats like to joke about how these small fuzzy creatures are still wild, basically training…

Custom Catios Services All of Los Angeles County

Since launching the Custom Catios website we have had a number of cat owners reach out asking about our service area. Generally, we can build a catio, which normally takes 3 to 4 days to complete, anywhere in Los Angeles County including but not limited to: Agoura Hills Bel Air Beverly…

Catios Protect Cats from Coyotes and Raccoons

The outdoors are extremely dangerous for cats. Cars and predators are the main culprits that cause feline injury or death. As a result, indoor cats typically live more than three times as long as outdoor cats. Two quick catio owner stories evidence the risk of allowing cats outside. First, a…

'14 Amazing Catios You Have to See to Believe' But...

Last year CountryLiving published an excellent piece on catios titled, "14 Amazing Catios You Have to See to Believe," that rightly concludes that "backyard catios are a thing." The article goes on to show examples of more than a dozen cool catio structures worth checking out for their variety alone. That said,…

Catios Go Mainstream

Nearly seven year ago the New York Times published, “Catios Bring Cats Outdoors,” which introduced “catios” to the mainstream: "Catios have made inroads in the suburbs, where they range from small, practical structures — like a box made of wood and chicken wire — to all-out fantasy cat playgrounds, replete…

Know Thy Catio Competition

Fact: Cats should never be allowed to freely roam outside. It is too dangerous for cats and too dangerous for the wild small animal population. Choice: Relegate cats to the indoors or build an outdoor cat enclosure that protects cats from predators. Recommendation:  We are, of course, a catio company so we are…