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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!"