I have two lovely indoor cats – Bella, the Birman, and Mollie, the Ragdoll x. Bella walks outside on a leash, but never on her own. Mollie is scared of everything and doesn’t like the big, unknown world
Bella loves going outside and I often feel guilty for keeping her as an indoor cat, and she is the main reason why we decided to build an enclosure so that she can be ‘outside’ whenever she feels like it.
After walking around the house, we found there is a perfect corner for such an enclosure, or catio. We never use this area of the house, it is covered and next to the entrance hallway of the house. There is a connecting sliding door to it, as well as another door. We will install a cat door to the cation from the second door for the cats. Most of the area is covered, but part of it will be closed in and this will allow the cats to enjoy the sunshine, or simply sleep in the covered area if it is a wet day (but still enjoy the fresh air)
Work has started and the cats will soon have a great place to themselves – although I plan to add a comfy chair and table so that I can join them with a cuppa and a book when I feel like it