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How to Turn Your Patio into a Catio

Have you decided that your kitty should stay indoors? Good for you! Fluffy is much safer indoors, where she isn’t in danger from things like cars, predators, and other kitties. Your furball may not agree with you at first, however, and may beg to go outside. One way that you can keep your indoor feline purring and happy is to turn a sunroom or catio into a catio. A North Phoenix, AZ vet offers advice on making a catio in this article.

Kitty Furniture

First and foremost, make sure your feline pal has some kitty furniture. We recommend getting Fluffy a kitty tower, which will also provide her with a scratching post and jungle gym. Kitty condos, hammocks and tents are also suitable. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on Fluffy’s things: look online for great DIY kitty furniture ideas.

Plants

If you put some plants at Fluffy’s eye level, she may have fun just peeking out through the leaves. Just be sure to choose only plants that are safe for cats. You can find a full list online at the ASPCA’s website here.

Outdoor Entertainment

Birdwatching is one of Fluffy’s favorite activities. If your catio happens to look out over your yard, consider adding a bird fountain or feeder to make the view more interesting for your furry voyeur.

Catwalk

If you really want to spoil your furball, consider installing a catwalk. This really means sturdy shelving with nothing on it, so your cat can walk around the walls. Fluffy is almost guaranteed to fix you with that hilariously smug expression kitties do so well as she stares at you from her special runway!

Kitty Drinking

Cats often prefer running water to drinking from a bowl. A kitty drinking fountain may be a great addition to your catio, and yet one more way to pamper your adorable pet.

Toys!

No kitty paradise would be complete without lots of fun cat toys. You can give your furball classic kitty toys like catnip mice, or go high-tech, and offer her a robotic mouse, automated laser pointer, or another modern plaything. Of course, boxes are also a big hit with our feline pals!

Does your kitty need shots or an exam? We are here to help! Contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ animal hospital, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs.

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