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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…