I live in the western USA where coyote predation of pets is common. I

decided to build a catio for my wandering cat after the following

occured: 1. I saw coyotes prowling outside the fence three times in

the span of a few months 2. My cat snuck out the pet door when we had

left on travel one Christmas and went AWOL for two weeks. We found him

in the neighors yard having lost about 5 pounds. 3. A number of

unauthorized "snacks" obtained by jumping the fence into the neighbors

yard via a low-hanging apricot tree branch and hiding behind a

flowering plant to wait for unsuspecting birds to come.


The catio is based on the "Cumberland Cottage" chicken coop from

tractor supply. Modifying it was pretty straightforward and consisted

of 1. Adding some 1x4's to the back end to eliminate the gap between

it and the house created by the roof overhang 2. Building a wood base

with flooring 3. Building a window insert with a cat flap for entry

"Cumberland Cottage"

Catio Base

Catio Side View

Catio 3/4 View

Art, 2020-10-21