Floating catios — enclosures that do not touch the ground — are increasingly popular. Advantages include building above sprinklers, air conditioning units, electrical, meters, storage space, and pool equipment.
The ability to tap into unused space without diminishing limited human space can also be beneficial. Personally, we have limited backyard space, so the natural spot for a recent catio expansion was the area above our kitchen sliding glass doors. As such, the large new enclosure does not take up any additional hooman space.
A third advantage is that floating catios keep fur family members up and away from potential animal visitors, including roaming cats and skunks.
On the downside, floating catios are generally thinner with less room for internal cat elements, and must include many small doors throughout rather than one large door.
Would a floating catio work for your home?