Creating a Great Catio

Do you keep your feline pal indoors? If so, you’re taking an important step in keeping your cat healthy and safe. Kitties that go outdoors face some very serious threats, such as cars, weather, predators, and even alligators. However, Fluffy will still need some stimulation. One way to keep your pet happy and purring is to make her a catio. Read on as a Marietta, GA vet discusses creating a catio.

Choosing The Right Spot

If you have an enclosed porch or patio, you already have a purrfect spot for Fluffy’s catio. You can also use a spare room, or even just a bright corner. Of course, if you own your property, you can really pamper your feline friend by making her an outdoor enclosure. You’ll find lots of great design ideas online.

Plants

Once you have the space picked out, you’ll need to add some nontoxic plants. Boston ferns are safe for kitties, and they are also very pretty. Spider plants are another good choice. Other safe options include Money tree plants, Rubber trees, Cast Iron plants, African violets, and certain orchids. Ponytail palms and Areca palms are also suitable. As for herbs, well, catnip is an obvious choice. Plant some in small pots for your feline buddy. Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are also safe. For extra purrs, plant a living mat of wheat grass for Fluffy in a storage tote or even an old litterbox. This will give your furry friend her very own little lawn to sprawl out on! You can find a full list of options online at the ASPCA website here.

Purrniture

No catio is complete without some kitty furniture. This is a great spot for a cat tower! If you want to save money, go the DIY route and make one. Catwalks, pet tents, kitty condos, and cat hammocks are also good choices. Of course, you’ll want to add a few comfy pieces for yourself as well. Fluffy’s catio can also double as a great coffee spot or reading nook!

Kitty Luxuries

Last but not least, add some toys for your furball to pounce on. Robotic mice, automated laser pointers, or catnip bubbles are all great choices. Your furry pal may also appreciate a kitty drinking fountain.

Please reach out to us, your Marietta, GA pet clinic, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!