5 Catio Design Ideas to Consider for Your Custom Home Design

December 8, 2022

If you have a cat, you probably know how much they love exploring the outdoors. However, if you live in an area where it’s unsafe for your cat to be outside, you might be looking for ways for your cat to safely enjoy the outdoors. A catio is a great way for cats to be outside safely. Here are a few catio design ideas to consider for your custom home:

1. PVC Pipe Catio

Attaching a catio to your patio or deck design allows your cat to be outside with the family without the risk of getting lost. This also is a great way to make your home pet-friendly.

Building a catio with PVC pipe and netting is an inexpensive option. PVC pipe is also a very durable material so it will stand up to weather and not require much maintenance. This type of enclosure can easily be added to your deck or patio design. Decide on how large of an area you want for the catio and if you want any perches or other accessories for your cat.

2. Cat Window Box

If you don’t want to give up patio space for a catio, consider extending a box off of a window. Ask for a box to be built off the window of your choosing with a roof and fine mesh. This allows your cat to experience the outside fresh air but it won’t take up much space.

3. Mesh and Steel

If you want a modern-looking catio that blends into your home design, consider using materials like steel and mesh wiring. This fine mesh allows your cat to get the proper amount of sensory stimulus it needs, which means a happier and more content cat.

If you decide you want the catio detached from your home, make sure it blends in with the rest of your backyard. While catios are not necessarily the most common backyard structures, they still are useful for you and your feline friend.

4. Garage Catio Balcony

If you have a garage, consider turning some of the exterior into a catio balcony for optimal views. Building a catio along the sides of your garage is a great way to use space that otherwise is wasted. Make sure you have an easy entrance from your home into the catio area. You can have a small cat door for your cat to use so you do not have to constantly let them in and out.

5. Bay Window Catio

If you already know that you want bay windows in your custom home, why not turn one into a catio? Using a window in this way is a great idea for bay windows and is functional, too! The large windows are perfect for your feline friend as it allows them to watch birds, squirrels, and people, all in the comfort and safety of your home.

Installing strong screens can allow your cat fresh air access during nice weather. And during cold weather, they can still observe the outdoors while your home stays warm and cozy.

These are just a few catio design ideas to consider for your custom home design. If you’re ready to make your dream home a reality, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!