Catio Inspirations That Will Make You Build Your Own


Catio Inspirations That Will Make You Build Your Own


Louie and Sampson, two Maine Coon rescues, escaped out a window and were found gallivanting in the backyard when their human came home. The two rascals now enjoy fresh air and birdwatching from the safety of a garden catio while their human enjoys peace of mind knowing they are safe from harm. If you are thinking of building catio for feline safety and enrichment, consider a DIY Catio Plan by Catio Spaces in a variety of designs and sizes. 

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How to Get Inspired to Build Your Cat a Catio

Getting inspired to actually execute on the creating, designing and building your cat a catio might take some inspiration. Perhaps you have been considering it for sometime, but still have not built your cat a catio.

These inspiring tips might help!

Bing Photos

One of the best ways to get inspired to build your cat a catio is to browse through some images of catios on Bing. Search for “catio” or “cat enclosures” and take some time to look through the photos for ideas. Look for designs that are aesthetically pleasing, and think about how you could incorporate some of those design elements into your own catio. Don’t be afraid to get creative and come up with something that works for your specific space and cat.



Facebook Groups

Social media is the absolute best way to binge catio images of cat lovers who adore their felines and outdoor cat enclosures. Their are thousands of pictures with tips on all three of the above social media platforms.

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Visit a Catio

If you’re feeling stuck, you can always visit a catio in person to get some inspiration. Check with your local humane society or pet store, as some may have a catio on site for you to view.

If there are no catios in your area, you can always reach out to catio owners near you and ask if you could pay a visit.

You will get to see an actual catio in action and get a better idea of what is possible.

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Attend the Portland Catio Tour

If you’re really serious about building your cat a catio, consider attending the Portland Catio Tour. This tour takes place every year and features a variety of catio designs. There will be something for everyone, from the novice DIYer to the experienced catio builder. Plus, you’ll have a chance to talk to catio owners and get advice on how to build your own.

The Portland Catio Tour even has an impressive virtual tour you can watch from the comfort of your home!

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Watch Videos on How To Build A Catio

Finally, you can get inspired to build your cat a catio by watching videos on how to build a catio. There are plenty of videos out there, from detailed step-by-step tutorials to general overviews. Watching these videos can give you an idea of the materials and tools you’ll need, as well as tips for construction and design. Plus, you’ll get to see a variety of completed catios and get a better sense of what is possible.

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The patio for cats, aka the catio, is all the craze. Boredom can get the best of any animal, and the refined feline is no different. Indoor kitties get bored, and they need sun and fresh air as much as any living creature.

Although fresh air and sunshine are ideal, allowing a cat to be outdoor full-time has its hazards, even fatal hazards.

An outdoor cat enclosure is a great option for indoor/outdoor cats. There are all types of portable catios to choose from.

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Ideally, having a catio built that is attached to your home will be best for you and your feline. But if that is not an option, click on one of the portable catio pictures to see if they might be a good fit for your needs.


If you and your feline are fortunate to build a catio attached to your home, check, out the IG inspirations below.

If building your feline an outdoor cat enclosure has been on your mind, you might go to Instagram and do a #catio search.

All kinds of jaw-dropping patios for kitties will line your screen!  In the meantime, I grabbed and handful to wet your whistle.

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Below are four catios I think you will like!

@catioguy on Instagram has a pretty impressive portfolio. This feline loving builder custom designs and makes catios for the Los Angeles area. His website, lays out all the information you need to get started on building your new cat sanctuary. On Instagram, you and your cat can browse through all his images, you will both be purring. On his website, find benefits, the process and examples of catios; you will be well on your way!



These beautiful Maine Coons have it made in the shade (and sunshine) in their stunning mansion. Chasing bugs, butterflies and breathing in fresh air all from their feline palace in London!

@mycats_catio are loving their wrap around catio. With more than a few, this Instagram really gets your attention. So many adorable kittens and kitties to view and they all seem to love spending time outdoors in their feline outdoor haven.

@life_with_cats_and_dog has a catio that is totally decked out with the right accessories. The cat bed is strategically placed (a bit off the ground). If you go to their Instagram page by clicking below, you will also see there is a ladder to the sleeping quarters and a rooftop too!

Why Is Kritter Kommunity Your Trusted Partner?

Lisa Illman is the Founder of Kritter Kommunity, LLC. She has a tuxedo 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, 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.