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It can be scary to let your cat outside to wander the neighborhood โ€” what if he never comes back?

On top of that, if you’re trying to encourage more birds to hang out in your yard for your backyard birding purposes, letting your cat outside can be totally counterproductive.

Enter the “catio,” a totally enclosed space designed to give your four-legged friend some much-needed outdoor time while avoiding all of the above perils and downsides to being an outside cat.

Here’s an example of one:

You can easily build your own or hire a special catio company to do it, then decorate it with all of your cat’s favorite items, including cat grass for naps:

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Margaret shared this pic of her Ezra cat napping in his cat grass!๐Ÿ˜น We always suggest putting some cat grass in the catios we build, Ezra is demonstrating another reason why this can be sooooo important!๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿคญ #catio #yeg #yegsmallbusiness #edmontonsmallbusiness #beaumontab #leducalberta #leduc #catsofinstagram #edmonton #edmontoncats #catios #cats #yegcat #edmontoncats #catenclosuresedmonton #catenclosureoutdoor

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Here’s a really gorgeous example with tons of plants:

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Stalker-Modus an in 3… 2… 1… ๐Ÿ‘€ WeiรŸ gar nicht mehr, wann ich das letzte Mal etwas unbeobachtet machen konnte ๐Ÿค” Und ihr so? ๐Ÿ˜‚ #soleyshome #alaskafromnorway #yukonfrombulgaria . . . #catio #balconygardening #balconygarden #bohobalcony #catbalcony #bohohome #bohemianhome #bohoismyjam #showmeyourboho #bohoinspo #bohodecor #bohointeriors #mybohovibes #mybohoabode #catsandplants #urbanjungleblog #urbanjungleblogger #urbanjunglebloggers #house_plant_community #solebich #helloplantlover #boldbohemians #balkongarten #balkonien #balconyview #houseplantclub #catsandplants

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Heck, even we could live in this gigantic catio that even has a little tunnel connecting to the house โ€” how useful!

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โ€œHey dude, I saw your planter and cage cover at a hardware store. Can you make something like that for my cat? Sheโ€™s an indoor cat, but I want her to be able to get outside if she wants to through my window and across a bridge.โ€ #bigcatrescue #catio #victorycatio @victorygardenla

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This gal sure looks relaxed in her little plant-adorned catio:

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Hot Maisy ๐Ÿ”ฅ #catsofinstagram #catio #working #outside

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Check out this inspired design that extends from a regular window! What a good idea!

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Brothers and Sisters โค๏ธ . . Casper and Molly (top- 2 of our kids) and Mateo and Bellamy (bottom-they are part of our โ€œferalโ€ family who lives in the basement/backyard catio). @olivers_rescues_ #olivers_rescues_ . . #catsofinstagram #blackandwhitecat #tuxedocat #tuxedocatsofinstagram #mainecoon #maincooncats #mainecoonsofinstagram #mainecoonmix #maincoontuxedo #misseybrows #eyebrowsonfleek #tnr #tnrworks #catsbelongindoors #outdoorcats #catio #catiolife #catperch #thegreatoutdoors #catparents #catlife #catlovers #brothersandsisters

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These two really seem to enjoy the sunshine out in their catio:

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The sun is out, coming to join us? ๐Ÿ† #lu.zik #lutherkazik #furbaby #ig_bengals #catsofinstagram #purrformltd #bengals #bengalcat #bengalcats #luther #kazik #instacat #catoftheday #lovecats #catpics #cutecat #cutecats #bengalsofinstagram #raw_cats #rawfedcats #aworldforcats #edinburgh #sunshine #sunbathฤฑng #sunisout #catio

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From the looks of it, some of these cats are living in more luxury than we are as humans! But of course all pets are sweet angels who truly deserve the best, even if they don’t necessarily act like they appreciate it (hey, there’s a reason people say cats are assholes!)

Would you ever consider building such an elaborate space for your cat? Why or why not?

Let us know in the comments!

We’d love to hear from you!