Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere, which means your indoor cat might begin to crave a little fresh air and freedom. But what if you live near a busy road? If the outdoors around your area just isn't suited for roaming? Well, the solution is clear. You need to build a cat patio.

'Catios' are all the rage at the moment, with Seattle-based business Catio Spaces leading the way. They have created downloadable designs that are easy to build using basic materials and can be installed next to a window, on a deck, or in a backyard.

The way that some people have built their catios are as impressive as they are inspiring. These cat owners have taken a simple concept and turned it into a super cozy space for their feline friend, and for some designs at least, themselves too!

Do you have an indoor cat? Would you consider building a catio, to give your kitty a bit of the outdoors in safety, and the chance to dream of the life of a hunter? Scroll down below to check out Bored Panda's favorite examples, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Luis Milian 2 months ago

everything about this one is purrfect!!

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Catio Spaces was founded by passionate cat lover Cynthia Chomos, who started the company to address the need for safe and visually appealing outdoor enclosures to enhance the lives of cats.

"The inspiration behind Catio Spaces is my tabby cat, Serena, who I adopted after the loss of my beloved 22-year-old cat, Cynthia told Bored Panda. "Being a nature lover, I wanted her to enjoy the stimulation of the outdoors while protected from a variety of outdoor hazards. I transformed my backyard patio into a catio and created a space we could both enjoy with a water fountain, seating, shelves and cat safe plants." 

"While lounging in it one day with Serena curled up on my lap, I had a flash of inspiration to start Catio Spaces and combine my feng shui expertise and love of design, nature and cats. One thing led to another (Serena has 4 catios and is my “quality assurance” expert), and I design custom catios, DIY catio plans and help cat parents from all over the world solve their indoor/outdoor dilemma."  

Check out Serena’s Garden Getaways” and follow her happy tail on a video tour of her 4 catios!

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Luis Milian 2 months ago

wow, if only I had the space to build something like this for my four cats

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My dad made my indoor cats a tower/bridge/treehouse so they could safely enjoy the outdoors.

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Misterscooter 2 months ago

I love these giant hamster cages.

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"Thousands of our award-winning DIY Catio Plans have been built by cat parents seeking outdoor safety and enrichment for their cats," Cynthia continued  "We offer a variety of designs and sizes for a window, deck, patio or yard that are easy to follow and fun to build. From small and simple to large and luxurious, there’s a catio to fit any home and garden. Our most popular plans are the Sanctuary and Haven that allow easy access through a cat door installed in a window, wall or door. Catio Spaces donates 10% of plan purchases to animal and bird welfare organizations."

Cynthia loves seeing cats enjoying their new space, who wouldn't love spending time with happy cats for a living? "The most rewarding part of my work is witnessing my 4-legged clients step into a catio for the first time, breathing fresh air, feel the wind in their whiskers and see their happy tails exploring their new territory - and of course, receiving a headbutt or sandpaper lick on the nose by a grateful feline," she told us. "I also feel good knowing my work helps protect birds and other wildlife."

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Martha Meyer 2 months ago

Now that one is awesome!

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Anna Shap 2 months ago

That left cat though, some dreamin

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Catio Spaces has been in business for 6 years. "In the future I envision continuing to create DIY Plans, design custom catios, speaking engagements and expand my relationships with animal welfare organizations, veterinarians, and cat behaviorists to educate cat parents on the many benefits of catios, Cynthia said. "As one of the founding organizers of Catio Tour Seattle, I will continue to support catio tours in other cities as catios are becoming a popular trend throughout the U.S. and Canada."

So it looks like the catio is here to stay! What do you think? Scroll down to check out some more cool examples below, and let us know in the comments!

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Our second Catio. Hanging Bridge, Sky Boxes, Center Cat tree.

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Luis Milian 2 months ago

I like this one a lot

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Koalamonster 2 months ago

Yes the dog is out- but my guess is the yard is fenced in, and while the dog couldn't clear it a cat definitely could. Cats get into our fenced in yard on the regular- which drives our beagle crazy because he can smell that that were in his area.

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Guys, I think my cats might be spoiled...They’re not allowed to be outdoor cats, but this is the next best thing! The reason why our cats aren't allowed outside is because we live in an area with foxes and coyotes, so predators are a real concern. We're also by a semi-busy road, so cars pose a problem, too. We only set up the tent/tunnel system when we're around and can keep an eye on things; the cats are never left out there unattended.

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Troux 2 months ago

Word of warning: A cat can get through that if they want...

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MeggersTheFox 2 months ago

I love all of the colors! Brightens up your day, as well as your cat's!

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Sunzilla 2 months ago

This is really cool. Don't think my landlord would like it though...

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AloofFox 2 months ago

So fresh and green...

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AloofFox 2 months ago

It looks a bit like summer camp, for cats!

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AloofFox 2 months ago (edited)

So intricate!

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Our gazebo is one of the popular places the cats like to hang out. C3PO is the one in the hammock. You can find him there almost every day. He knows how to make the most of his relaxation times 

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Freya the Wanderer 2 months ago

C3PO - what a perfect name for an orange tabby! I knew somebody who once had a cat with that name, as well as a little calico named R2D2. Sadly, R2 was hit by a car, and C3PO just lost the will to live - that's how close they were. RIP, you two sweet kitties.

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Evil Little Thing 2 months ago

I like how they included a lamp for the cat to knock off the table.

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This appropriately named Gold Star Grotto was built for their 6 previously-feral kitties.

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AloofFox 2 months ago

Can I live here??

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The cats access the catio via the open window from our utility room (on the right). We bought a cat door installed in plexiglass that sits permanently in the window, so the cats can access the patio themselves in the Winter too. The wild grape vine grew to cover the top of the catio so that it blends in more with the rest of our gardens. Hopefully, we'll also get grapes from it some day.

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AloofFox 2 months ago

It’ll look even cooler when the grapevines grow a bit more!!

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Hans 2 months ago

Works for free-roaming humans, too.

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Mark built really long tunnels along the fence that are leading to his two cat jungle gym structures. I absolutely love how high up the cats can sit in their cat jungle gym structure that even has a roof on it! Cats love sitting up high and being able to look down on things.

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Margie S. 2 months ago

Road block ;)

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Luis Milian 2 months ago

aaw that tiny lil kitten...

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Joanne Kostka 2 months ago

Something not so super huge! Like it.

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AloofFox 2 months ago

Love how it connects through the window!

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We built a catio for our cats cause we love them. Our cats love the outdoors, but we don't want to harm the songbird population.

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jevais 2 months ago

Thank you for your thoughtfulness towards birds. Most cat owners don't care, they leave their cats roam the neighborhood. Birds are helpless when preyed on by cats.

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Lara 2 months ago

Isn't the car supposed to be on the inside?

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AloofFox 2 months ago

‘Tis the season...

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Feliz in the jungle.

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Magic567 2 months ago

awwwwwwwwwwwwwww blesssssss himmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Agent K 2 months ago

lol, cats don't know how to spell...

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Sunzilla 2 months ago

Such a beauty!

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Catio with privacy shields and some driftwood.

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Gwinevere von Ludwig 2 months ago

My apartment has no outdoor space, but I still have a catio for my kitty Coco (my other cat DOES NOT WANT) catio-5cfe...52451a.jpg catio-5cfead152451a.jpg

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AloofFox 2 months ago

So... many... cats!!

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