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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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].”…