Does your cat need to go outside to be happy?
It is a common belief that cats need to go outside to be happy. In fact, cats can lead fabulous lives indoors. Indoor cats live two to three times longer than cats who go outside.
Here’s what cats miss when they don’t go outside:
- Fleas, ticks and worms (Ewwww)
- Being attacked by another animal (Ouch and cha ching!)
- Being unintentionally poisoned: Rodent poison works up the food chain; ingesting the poison itself, or an animal that has eaten it, may be fatal for your cat (Devastating)
- Being hit by a car (Heartbreaking)
- Being lunch or dinner for a coyote (Too painful to contemplate)
Indoor cats appreciate an environmentally enriched home that will keep them stress free and healthy. Read the full Tails of Marin Article about keeping your cat happy.
Looking for some inspiration? Here are some of our staff members’ cat enrichment areas (“catios”). Or, skip ahead to view commercially available solutions and fencing!
Tour Bradley & Sheldon’s cat enclosure, made from reclaimed redwood and wine barrels!
The lists below are provided as a resource only and do not imply endorsement by Marin Humane.
Commercially Available Enclosures:
Lots of pictures, DIY plans and ideas for your catio adventures!
C & D Pet Products
Commercial kits and diagrams for enclosures available in various sizes and prices. Local professional installation available. Also offers custom enclosures.
C D & E
Modular metal enclosures.
Wooden framed enclosures.
Free-standing gazebo style outdoor cat enclosures for yard or patio.
Building your Own Enclosure:
Safe Cat Outdoor Enclosure
Detailed drawings and descriptions to create custom outdoor enclosures for cats and other small animals.
Community Concern for Cats
Lots of ideas for building your own enclosures.
This Old House
Step by Step instructions for building a small catio.
Modular indoor/outdoor cat enclosures. Expandable and portable for RV use.
Portable, light-weight, non-permanent cat enclosures.
Commercial kits and instructions for free-standing cat fence systems.. And now offering “Cat-Proofer” system for converting existing fencing to make it escape-proof.
Easy Pet Fence
Cat and dog fencing and fence conversion kits for cats.
Polypropylene and metal fencing.
Cat Fence In
Fence conversions and tree guards.
Fence rollers to keep cats inside and existing fence.
This list is provided as a resource and does not imply endorsement by Marin Humane