Sylmar Catio / Dogio
One of the great perks of building catios for a living is meeting so many awesome people and cool cats. This project was no exception. Jessica, who has two cats and a disabled German Shepherd puppy, not only works for Best Friends Animal Society, but also fosters kittens. Building a HUGE enclosure for her adorable pets and future rescues was an added bonus!
Wowza! Where to begin with this gorgeous cattery. How about the 10+ foot plus sisal rope pole, 20+ foot ramp, and massive cat superhighway that encircles the entire enclosure. Holy smokes this is one awesome catio! The huge ramp is covered with industrial strength outdoor carpeting for extra grip and all the shelves are painted with artificial sand for extra grip. Welcome to Cat Disneyland!
Woodland Hills Dogio
This dogio / dog run / dog enclosure is a thing of beauty. Stained redwood throughout is a near perfect match for the new perimeter fence. Coupling the beautiful framing and stylized door with lush trees and bushes make for a stunning enclosure. Sparing no details, the roof is half mesh and half translucent polygal so that the dogs have a covered area when it rains. Read more about the dogio and the Hollywood director who commissioned it here.
This was a fun one! We turned a lush hillside patio into a lovely catio / breezy reading room. The large enclosure required a ton of stained red wood, more than 10 wire mesh panels, and a lot of ingenuity to work around a gas meter, cement block, and existing rafters. Twin sisters, Cagney and Lacey, are two lucky kittens!
This Eagle Rock catio perfectly encapsulates Custom Catios commitment to cats and humans alike! The feline family members get a large, decked out enclosure with a couple of ramps, eight shelves which combine to create a superhighway, multiple high perches, and a 10 foot sisal rope pole. In other words, plenty of space and gear for exercise and stimulation needed to live fulfilled lives. The homeowners, on the other hand, get happy cats, an outdoor covered litter box, and a structure that blends in beautifully with their newly renovated house.
Note, we were twice visited midday by a coyote while building this catio. A stark reminder of the dangers cats around the hills of Los Angeles face if allowed to roam freely outside.
This amazing catio was designed for celebrity hair colorist Tracey Cunningham. It was built on the second floor balcony of a gorgeous modern home. There are “floating” shelves throughout the enclosure which really adds to the overall aesthetic. The bottom of the shelves are painted to match the industrial carpeting on top of the shelves which, in turn, blend in beautifully with the house. The shelving on each side of the huge enclosure are connected by two long platforms running across the top of the windows, creating a free flowing cat superhighway. And the topping on the cake is the 10 foot sisal rope pole to the side of the cat door which provides a shortcut to the top shelves. Wow!
This project was similar to the San Fernando Valley catio below in that the homeowners, currently loving parents to 11 cats, had the perfect spot for the enclosure. We built out a substantial wood beam beam structure on the long side and a door on the short side and covered both with wire mesh. We also installed four massive shelves to accommodate the large feline family. While you can’t see it in the photos, there is a half inch of space at the bottom so that the catio can easily be hosed down with the water funneling towards a drain outside the structure. The best part is that the colors and design match perfectly with the house.
This Silver Lake catio was designed and built for YouTube star Anna Akana. It includes a step up “chimney,” a 20 foot carpeted bridge, and a massive enclosure. The inside is fitted with four large “L” shaped shelves, four additional shelves, a long carpeted ramp, and two sisal rope poles on either end.
Please see our blog post, Celebrity Anna Akana’s Spectacular Catio, for more information and videos.
San Fernando Valley
Sometimes cat owners are just plain lucky when it comes to catio space. This catio, our second built in Sherman Oaks, is a prime example. The before photo evidences the perfect catio location already existing outside the home. We built out the remainder of the preexisting white frame, added a key lock door, and covered both in galvanized wire mesh. We then added a pet door below the window next to the existing house door. The finished product looks as if it was part of the original house design. Finally, the family decked out the inside of the enclosure with a couple of cat condos and other fun toys for their two young kittens. It should come as no surprise that Fizz and Dylan are loving their new digs!
The owners of two cats in North Hills were in desperate need of a catio after one of their cats got an infection while roaming the outdoors. Amazingly, once back from the veterinarian wearing a cone to help the infection heal, the furry feline got outside again. This time, however, he was gone for 6 agonizing days despite the movement limiting cone. Once back, the cat was relegated to the indoors for his own safety. But, the previously outdoor cat would not stop crying, causing the distressed owners to decide to build a catio as a compromise.
The left photo shows the basic design of the catio though we did end implementing a few changes during the build. The middle photo shows our team going over the plans in front of the build location. The final photo on the right shows the completed catio.
This was an extremely complex project that required imagination, ingenuity and skill to bring to fruition. We had to build around a mature tree growing out of a planter, utilize an existing doggie door away from the planned structure, and keep a pathway clear between the doggie door and the catio. The solution was to include a “chimney” to get the cats up the side of the house, a bridge over the walkway, and a shingle roof with a hole in it to accommodate the tree. With so many unique aspects to the design we created a video animation to give the client a full 360 degree perspective. Finally, we had to account for kittens which required the addition of three temporary steps to the chimney.
This catio was built for the new Animal Planet television show, “Cat vs Dog” starring Jackson Galaxy (see video). Some quotes from the episode:
Jackson Galaxy: “They did a great job creating the cat superhighway that we had in mind so that it goes all the way around. Everything about this works!”
Zoe Sandor: “They are in love with it!”
Tami: “It is beyond anything I could have imagined. Amazing. I can hardly stand it. I want to live in [the catio].”
Jackson Galaxy: “The cats are incredibly happy in that new catio.”
I love this catio! The minute it was completed the two house cats took to it immediately. Sadly, they had been relegated to the indoors after their sibling was viciously killed by a coyote who left the remains on the property. Depressed and getting far less stimulation, Kiki developed severe medical problems. But with some great vet care and now a catio, she is healthy and happy.
This catio presented a major design challenge since it was constructed on a side of the house that did not get a lot of natural light. This was worrisome because a bathroom and office window were located inside the proposed structure. Fearing a regular roof would preclude natural light from reaching both rooms, we installed a beautiful translucent roof which was not only aesthetically pleasing, but solved our problem!
Note how well the catio colors mesh with the house. The painted redwood is a near perfect match for the patio coloring. And the wire mesh is painted to match the bronze lighting fixtures inside and outside the catio. The carpet was also chosen to blend in well with the coloring. The shingle roof on the catio is an exact match for the house. Finally the catio was placed in the tight spot between the patio railing and the sliding glass door.