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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…

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