Give Your Cat an Enclosure That Also Helps Homeless Pets

Catio Spaces donates a portion of sales to animal rescues.

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Dogs have kennels and fenced-in yards to help them enjoy the great outdoors, but what about cats? Even the most cuddly, furry homebodies can benefit from time spent outside in the fresh air. This is where Catio Spaces comes into play. Building custom enclosures in the greater Seattle area and designing DIY catio plans for virtually anyone to install at home, the Catio Spaces team delivers safe, aesthetically pleasing solutions for cats and their families.

Founded by a feng shui consultant and designer, Catio Spaces is a concept that marries form and function, giving animal lovers a way to enjoy outdoor living in the company of their cats, without having to worry about protecting your pet from nature (think local wildlife, predators, poisonous plants, and animal diseases) or nature from your pet (birds, lizards, etc.). The DIY designs ($49.95 per plan) can work with almost any window, patio, deck, or yard space, while the custom enclosures (the company provides free estimates) give your cat some space and a little freedom to roam.

What’s also great about Catio Spaces – besides the health benefits for your pet – is that $5 from each sale of the DIY enclosures go to an animal shelter. Recipients have include the ASPCA, Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, and PAWS. So your sweet Whiskers gets an al fresco hideaway and homeless animals benefit as well.

Whitney C. Harris

Whitney is a New York-based writer for websites including Dogster,, and A former book and magazine editor, she enjoys running (with her dog, Finley), watching movies (also with Finley), and cooking meatless meals (usually with Finley watching close by). She and her husband (and Finley, too) welcomed a baby girl named Rowan in August.


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