Catios and Other Enclosures to Give Your Indoor Cat a Taste of the Outdoors

Your indoor cat can still get some fresh air!

Adorable kitten in the grass
Your kitty cat can have fun—and stay safe—outdoors.Pixabay

The outdoors can be dangerous for cats: They can become prey for foxes, coyotes and hawks, and they can also be dangerous predators for struggling wild bird populations. And yet, cats love the outdoors, just like us. So what’s the solution?

Outback Jack Outdoor Cat Enclosures For Indoor Cats [Portable Cat Tent, Cat Tunnel, and Playhouse] (Play Tents for Cats and Small Animals)

Even Kitties Can Camp

This tent/tunnel combo has more than 30 square feet of room and folds into a carrying case for easy travel and storage.Outback Jack

In general, indoor cats shouldn’t be let outside, both for their safety and for the safety of your local ecosystem. But they want to feel the sun and breeze, and it doesn’t feel right to keep them locked up all the time. Luckily, there are many products that provide the feeling of the outdoors while protecting your kitty. Some are easy to set up, with tent-like designs that can fold away when they’re not in use—ideal for those with small yards, or smaller budgets.

AmazonBasics Large 3-Tier Cat Cage Playpen Box Crate Kennel - 36 x 22 x 51 Inches

Say It With Us: Catio (Cat + Patio)

This catio is big and easy to assemble. It also includes elevated platforms for your cat to explore while enjoying the fresh breeze.AmazonBasics

The world of catio products—that’s a cat patio—is wide and varied. There are elaborate bespoke creations, permanent structures attached to your house, homemade solutions and even some that double as a kennel for inside your house when your cat needs to be separated from other pets or have a safe place to play.

PawHut 71" x 39" x 71" Large Wooden Outdoor Cat Enclosure Catio Cage with 6 Platforms

Cat Coop

This enclosed space is weatherproof and has a latch on the front door to make sure your pets can’t run away.PawHut

If you have the room and more than one cat, it might be worth investing in a more permanent, attractive solution. There are catios available that are simply gorgeous: stained wood, with weatherproofing, mountable to a wall or other structure, with wire mesh and doors that open wide enough for kids or even adults to jump in and play with their newly outdoor (but protected) pet.