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10 Tips For Choosing The Best Cat Enclosure Furniture For Your Catio

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10 Tips For Choosing The Best Cat Enclosure Furniture For Your Catio


This post was updated on January 14, 2024


Your cat lead you to the right corner of the internet! Come with me as we explore some catio furniture ideas to liven up your cat’s outdoor sanctuary!

Change your cat’s catio into her new favorite hangout with these essential tips. Outdoor furniture and decor can make all the difference. This post is all about 10 tips for choosing the best cat enclosure and catio furniture for your feline’s outside enclosed paradise.

The purr-fect catio furniture combines functionality, durability and comfort. With the right accessories, a basic cat pen can be transformed into an outdoor castle.



  1. Make a List of Catio Essentials
  2. Read Cat Furniture Reviews and Testimonials Before Buying
  3. Outdoor Furniture That is Easy To Clean
  4. Get A Storage Cat Supplies Box
  5. Design With Other Patio Decor In Mind
  6. Durable and Sturdy
  7. Water-Resistant
  8. Incorporate Rugs
  9. String Lights
  10. Consider Paw Grips On Ramps

Now, let’s dive into some ways you can pick out catio furniture that will make your cat pen the feline crib your fur baby is dreaming about!

Make a List of Catio Furniture Essentials

When designing your catio, it’s crucial to think about the specific features you’d like it to include. Each catio becomes distinct to its owner due to various factors that must be considered.

Think about how long your cats will hang out in the catio, how many of them will be there together, and the weather changes in your area.

Also, decide if you want lots of space for climbing or if you’re working with a smaller area that might need extra shelves.

To begin, you can utilize these considerations as your essential guide for catio furniture. They will assist you in identifying the specific type of furniture and amenities required to craft the ideal pet-safe haven.

Time cats will spend in the catioDetermine the need for entertainment and comfort amenities based on their prolonged stay.
Number of cats in the pen simultaneouslyPlan the catio’s size and layout to accommodate multiple cats without feeling overcrowded.
Temperature variations in the areaSelect materials and design features that provide suitable insulation for all seasons.
Space availability for climbingIncorporate vertical elements like shelves, perches, and climbing structures for exercise.
Limited space with the need for extra shelvingOptimize the vertical space by adding shelves and multi-level platforms for more room.

Catios are awesome outdoor hangouts for your cats to explore, play, and soak up the sun. As you dive into the process of setting up your catio, you might be thinking about adding some extra touches to turn it into a cozy oasis for your beloved pet. Habitat Haven has a bunch of catio accessories and furniture to keep your kitty happy and relaxed during outdoor adventures. Check out their collection to make your cat feel right at home in its outdoor space.

Here are a few things you might include on your list:


Be sure to confirm everything is outdoor friendly. It should be water-resistant and if possible sun-resistant. You want good sturdy stuff that can hold up against the different seasons your region experiences. Moving cat furniture in and out of your home is one hassle you don’t want to have to deal with!

Read Cat Furniture Reviews and Testimonials Before Buying

Admit it, some of the most reliable online sources for anything are platforms where you can delve into numerous reviews. Amazon stands out as one of the premier destinations for discovering excellent, well-reviewed pet supplies.

Additionally, other top-notch options include Etsy, Wayfair, and Target. Personally, I find value in reviews accompanied by actual images of customer purchases; it provides a firsthand look at the products in use. I also appreciate when reviews categorize ratings based on specific features. Relying on reviews can be a smart way to avoid potential headaches and hassles in your purchasing decisions.

Outdoor Furniture that is Easy to Clean

If you are a cat lover, you know that although cats tend to be self-sufficient they are far from low maintenance.

There are plenty of activities any feline owner needs to practice including but not limited to cleaning the litterbox, playtime, love and attention, opening and closing door cupboards, replacing vases and glassware randomly pushed off tables and shelves and on and on.

The last thing you need is outdoor furniture that needs your TLC regularly. Instead, go with scratchers, posts and cushions that will be easy to clean.

Finding easy to clean cat decor can be challenging but it is possible! Many chairs, furnitures, cat houses and scratchers are made with cardboard and fabric that is not to friendly to clean. But here are a few options I found that are specifically designed for easy clean-up!


A cat house with a water based coating is the way to go!

A pitched roof will help dirt run down the sides to the ground for self cleaning.

Consider DIY scratchers and poles made of twisted sisal rope which is ideal for outside elements! By making them yourself, you can pick out the right material and incorporate it right into your catio sides.

Colored sisal rope is also available which will camouflage dirt and grime until you have a chance to wipe it down with a damp cloth.

Anything I can throw in the wash machine is a plus for me!

Also, vinyl works really well outside and can be wiped down lickity-split!

Get A Storage Cat Supplies Box

Kids need a toy box right? Carpenters need a tool box. Gardeners need a gardening box. Cats and catios need an essentials supply box.

This can be any outdoor water-resistant box that you can toss items in to keep them off the cat enclosure ground.

Toys, litterbox scoop, cleaning supplies, cloths and even grooming supplies can go inside! I would avoid putting treats and food in the box the smell does not attract other rodents.

If your catio is seasonal and will be closed during inclement weather months, you might cover up parts with patio furniture covers. Anything stackable is also a plus! Stack up a small pile and cover it up with one piece of outdoor material.

Design With Other Patio Decor In Mind

While avoiding an overly coordinated look, having catio furniture that complements your patio or yard items can add a delightful touch! Consistent colors, styles, decor, and materials offer various ways to employ this design approach.

Enhance both your lifestyle and your feline’s by incorporating shade canopies that harmonize with human patio umbrellas. Align lounge areas in both the catio and patio with cushions, throw pillows, and fabrics that share the same colors or exhibit a similar style and design. When executed thoughtfully, this can be truly stunning and serve as a captivating conversation piece when hosting guests.

Catio Furniture that is Durable and Sturdy


This wasn’t breakable was it, meow?

If you’ve dedicated time to constructing a catio for your cat, consider investing in durable, high-quality furniture. Using furniture and accessories made of plastics and stainless steel is idea.

This investment will prove to be a time-saver, sparing you from the need for frequent replacements every month or two.

Reviews provide a valuable resource for assessing the sturdiness of your preferred pieces.

Even if you’re adhering to a budget, contemplate directing the majority of your funds toward items that will see the most use—such as those in high-traffic areas, spaces exposed to direct sunlight, and areas requiring regular cleaning.


When you’re putting together a catio, picking the right furniture is a big deal. You’ve got to think about what your cats like and how the outdoor weather can be a challenge.

So, let’s talk about why water-resistant catio furniture is a must and check out some key pieces every catio should have.

The Significance of Water-Resistant Catio Furniture

Regardless of your region’s climate, moisture in the air is a factor that cannot be ignored. Even in humid areas, where rain showers and high humidity levels are common, water-resistant catio furniture is a must. Investing in water-resistant materials ensures that your catio furniture remains durable and functional, even during inclement weather. Moreover, it prevents the growth of mold and mildew, creating a healthier environment for your cats.

Essential Catio Furniture

  1. Comfortable Cushions and Beds

Cushions and beds are essential components of a cat’s catio experience. Cats love to lounge, nap, and bask in the sunlight, so providing comfortable and water-resistant cushions or beds is a great way to keep them content. Opt for high-quality, outdoor-rated fabrics that are designed to withstand moisture and are easy to clean. Elevated beds can also be a wise choice, as they keep your furry friends off the ground, away from dampness and potential pests.

  1. Sturdy Shelving and Perches

Cats are natural climbers, and they enjoy being in high places where they can observe their surroundings. Incorporating sturdy shelving and perches into your catio will not only enrich your cats’ experience but also provide them with opportunities for exercise and mental stimulation. Look for materials such as treated wood or weather-resistant plastics that can handle the elements without compromising safety.

  1. Outdoor Litter Box

Including an outdoor litter box in your catio is a practical solution for maintaining hygiene. Cats instinctively prefer to do their business in a separate area, away from their eating and resting spots. Opt for a covered litter box with a flap or roof to protect it from rain and to give your cats privacy.


  1. Cozy Cat Houses or Hideaways

Cat houses or hideaways offer a safe and sheltered space for your feline friends to retreat to when they need some alone time or want to escape adverse weather conditions. Ensure the cat houses are made from water-resistant materials and are adequately insulated to keep your cats comfortable in colder months.

Catio Furniture ItemWater-Resistant Material(s)
Comfortable Cushions and BedsOutdoor-rated fabric (e.g., Sunbrella)
Water-resistant foam filling
Treated polyester or polypropylene
Wicker with water-resistant coating
Sturdy Shelving and PerchesTreated wood
Weather-resistant plastic
PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)
Outdoor Litter BoxPlastic or resin with a sealed design
Weatherproof housing with a roof or flap
Materials resistant to staining
Cozy Cat Houses or HideawaysTreated wood
Plastic with weather-resistant finish
Weatherproof and insulated materials
Composite materials with waterproofing

When choosing furniture for your catio, prioritize water-resistant materials for durability and the well-being of your cat buddies.

Opting for these materials ensures your furry friends have a comfy and secure outdoor space that can handle moisture and unpredictable weather.

Building a catio can significantly improve your cats’ quality of life, providing a safe and engaging outdoor haven.

Essentials like cozy cushions, sturdy shelves, outdoor litter boxes, and snug cat houses are a must for your catio setup. With careful choices in furniture, you’ll create an enriching and delightful outdoor area, keeping your cats happy and healthy for years.

Incorporate Rugs

My cat Finnegan LLLLOOOOVVES to roll around on a jute rug and I bet yours will too.

Rugs in eye-popping colors can be fun!

This is yet another way to tie your catio design in with your people area. Get rugs that match!

There are outdoor rugs all over the internet!

If you get a rug, consider nailing it down, or use adhesive so the kitties don’t move it all around as they jump from floor to ground.

I love the ones that roll up into a carrying case because you can store it later if needed. This is also perfect for multi-purpose uses. If your cat travels in an RV, you might love this outdoor rug for both traveling and your outdoor cat enclosure.

String Lights


It is true, cats can see better than humans in the dark but they prefer a little light. Not to mention, a string of lights that outlines outdoor space is eye pleasing.

These are soooooo cute!

I personally like to keep it simple with a string of globes and let the live kitties be the only cat decor.


Consider Paw Grips On Ramps (and Shelves)

Here’s a design tip I absolutely love: consider placing grip mats on your shelves, especially those with an upward angle! The treated wood can be a bit slippery, so providing your cats with something to grab onto as they roam around their outdoor haven is a smart move.


Picture trying to climb on ice—yikes! To give you a clear idea of what I mean, check out this video showcasing a fantastic tour of how they built their catio, featuring some essential elements like an outdoor litterbox (brilliant, right?).

Concluding Thoughts

Catios are definitely the rave among cat lovers, and I foresee this trend only growing. If you are considering an outdoor cat enclosure, hopefully this gave you some places to start your learning journey.

Don’t despair condo and apartment dwellers! There are outdoor options for your kitty cats too. Here is a blog post on how to build a window catio, inexpensively!

Building Your Cat a Window Catio for Less Than $100

There are also portable catios, outdoor enclosures, that can be used in yards, patios, balconies and parks.

Obviously the Kritter Kondo and the Pet Lodge are an option, but Amazon also carries some portable catios that are pretty fabulous!

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Why Is Kritter Kommunity Your Trusted Pet Partner?

Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC. She has a tuxedo male adult cat currently and she has had him since he was a baby kitten; so Lisa knows well the kitten lifecycle, the teenage cat lifecycle and the adult cat lifecycle (he is currently 11 years old). Prior to her cat Finnegan, Lisa had two FIV positive cats for a decade. They inspired Lisa to invent a cat enclosure so they could safely sit outside and enjoy fresh air and sunshine. She brought the product to market and eventually designed a line of portable catios; they sold on Amazon, Skymall Catalogue, Wayfair and countless other websites. Her experience being a cat parent coupled with her business development and product management experience make her a trusted cat enthusiast partner. She and Finnegan (her cat) test, research and review pet products to give readers the best feedback possible.


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