Ask the 8-Ball: Should You Build a Catio for the Happiest Cat on the Block?

Does contentment equal kitty containment? Keeping your cat inside the home definitely keeps him or her safer, but the safety and security therein may not necessarily hit the “happiness button.” To be sure, many cats long to go outside (if only to breathe the fresh air, listen to the birds, and possibly climb a tree), but the risks are often too great.

However, you might not need to endure constant escape attempts or longing gazes out the window. When you build a catio (an enclosed patio designed just for cats), nature comes to your pet while ensuring a safe place to rest, perch, and observe.