ABC's Cats Indoors program supports simple solutions to keep pet cats and wild birds safe. Check out catio designs and other solutions below to see which is the best fit for you and your cat!
CATIO OPTIONS AND OTHER OUTDOOR ENCLOSURES
Want the best of outdoor access while keeping your cat safe at home? Outdoor enclosures – like a catio – can give your cat the chance to move around freely outside within a sheltered and safe space. Whether you and your cat prefer a perch, a patio, or the entire backyard, enclosures can be modified to suit all situations.
- FENCE CONVERSION: Turn your existing fence into a cat-safe fence. These straightforward options modify existing structures to create an escape-proof kingdom for your cat to explore. To learn more, visit: Cat Fence-In, Oscillot, ProtectaPet, Purrfect Fence.
- CATIOS & FREE-STANDING ENCLOSURES: A portable or permanent catio enclosure dedicates a safe and fun space for your cat to smell the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine. To learn more, visit: Cat Topia, Catio Spaces, CatNets, Habitat Haven, houzz, Purrfect Fence, Somerzby, Wild Whiskers.
Many strategies exist to safely enjoy the outdoors with your cat, including comfortable restraints that keep you and your pet connected. These options are an excellent choice for joint adventures around town or exploring the neighborhood.
- HARNESSES: Leash training isn't just for dogs. Safely hike your local park, walk the neighborhood, or explore the backyard with your cat at your side. To learn more, visit: Adventure Cats, Leash Training with Dr. Yin, PETA.
- BACKPACKS AND STROLLERS: Travel in style with your cat in a comfortable backpack or stroller. To learn more, visit: Texsens, Your Cat Backpack.
A fun and stimulating environment is critical for your cat's mental and physical health. Consider the options below to brighten your cat's day, engage its senses, and give it some exercise.
- CAT EXERCISE WHEEL: The famous wheel for hamsters is now available in a cat-friendly size. To learn more, visit: One Fast Cat, Pinterest, Tuxedo-Cat.
- ENRICHMENT AND PLAY: Variety is the spice of life! Keep your cat happy and healthy with fresh and engaging activities. To learn more, visit: HouzzTV, hauspanther, TexVetPets, The Cat Community.
The best way to protect cats and birds is to keep cats safely contained. However, if you are in the process of transitioning your outdoor cat to an indoor cat or just want to add an extra layer of wildlife protection while your cat is in the backyard enclosure, several devices can help reduce (but not eliminate) cat predation. Review the latest science here.
- VISUAL ALERTS: Visual cues can alert wildlife to the presence of a cat and prevent harmful interactions. To learn more, visit: Birdsbesafe®.
- MECHANICAL OBSTRUCTIONS: Devices that obstruct a cat's ability to stalk, pounce, or grab prey may reduce impacts on birds and other wildlife. To learn more, visit: CatBib.
- AUDIO ALERTS: Noise-emitting devices worn by your cat may reduce the opportunity for direct harm to wildlife.
CATS INDOORS PLEDGE
Owned, free-roaming cats kill over 700 million birds in the U.S. each year. You can help reduce that number by keeping your pet cat safely indoors, on a leash, or within an outdoor enclosure. Get started by taking ABC's Cat's Indoors Pledge today.
Containing cats is an easy way to provide cats with healthy, safe lives while reducing needless bird and other wildlife deaths. If you've already taken our Cats Indoor Pledge, here are five more ways you can help:
- Learn more about ABC's Cats Indoors program and the work we do to protect cats and birds.
- Keep up to date on our efforts by signing up for our Cats Indoors eNewsletter.
- Contact your local elected officials to support responsible pet ownership.
- Download or purchase bulk quantities of our Solutions for Pet Cats handout.
- Use the social buttons below to share the word with family and friends.
Photo credits, top to bottom: Sacred Wings/Flickr; PERO studio,Shutterstock; Elya Vatel, Shutterstock; Birdsbesafe.