These glorified enclosed porches are the meow of the cat.
It’s hard to underestimate a cat’s love for the outdoors – or the risk of letting cats roam freely.
They can be hit by cars, trapped in garages and simply lost. Then there are the birds they kill (though also windows causes serious damage to bird populations).
Thoughtful cat owners have come up with a solution: the cat.
Basically cats are covered porches glorified by stairs, shelves, cushions and scratching posts – as well as sturdy walls, roofs and floors to keep cats and other animals out. Cats come in all shapes and sizes and can be self-made, custom-made or ordered online, with prices ranging from $ 500 to $ 5,000.
From these enclosed resting places, cats can mock chirps to birds and squirrels all day long without anyone coming to harm them.
They can also laze in the sun, as Little Lord Fauntleroy shows in his Seattle cat:
Little’s cat, which he shares with four other cats, appeared in Seattle Catio Tour. His human mom, Jennifer Hillman, jokes that she sometimes feels like an annoying mom to her cat family: “Go; it’s beautiful!”
Jean White of Bellevue, WA, spent about $ 1,200 per cat for her cats.
“It may sound expensive, but a vet bill is much more expensive,” said White, who lives near a bus route and in an area where there are coyotes and raccoons. Like most cats, hers is tied to the house by cat doors.
At first one of her cats did not understand and thought her Siamese friend was disappearing into a curtain.
After it clicked, the two began chasing each other in a loop through White’s cat and home, a tradition that continues – when they’re not dozing off.
Video and photos by Erik Hecht
Originally published October 2015.