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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 'Cat vs Dog' with Jackson Galaxy

We are very excited to post a highlight video of Custom Catios' 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…

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…