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‘Catios’ Bring Cats Outdoors
New York Times ^ | June 16, 2010 | Jennifer Kingson

Posted on 06/17/2010 1:25:59 AM PDT by Huntress

WHEN it comes to their homes, there are few things New Yorkers prize as much as a little outdoor space — a terrace, perhaps, or a small deck in the backyard.

Their cats feel the same way.

So some cat owners who would never dream of letting their pets roam free outside have come up with a creative compromise: an enclosed space — usually in the form of a screened-in porch or deck — that allows them to share the great outdoors.

Please don’t call it a cage. They prefer the term “catio.”

“The cats, they like to sit out there,” said Stefanie L. Russell, 44, referring to the balcony of her 12th-floor Greenwich Village apartment, where a homemade enclosure keeps her three Burmese cats safe. “Before, we basically didn’t use the balcony at all, because we were afraid that the cats would fall or jump.”

Two years ago, she and her husband, Robert Davidson, who are on the faculty of the N.Y.U. College of Dentistry, fenced off half the balcony, which runs the length of the apartment. They used industrial-grade PVC pipe and heavy black netting, creating a fully enclosed space that they decorated with furniture, plants and carpeting.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: catios; cats; justicedepartment; kittyping

1 posted on 06/17/2010 1:26:00 AM PDT by Huntress
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping!


2 posted on 06/17/2010 1:26:41 AM PDT by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: Huntress

3 posted on 06/17/2010 1:39:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Huntress
I was forced to build a similar structure when I lived in the city. The cats hated it.

I agree that it was better than the risks of letting them roam free, but mine are happier now that they have a farm to roam on.

4 posted on 06/17/2010 1:42:00 AM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Huntress; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

5 posted on 06/17/2010 1:59:59 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Huntress

‘Catios’ Bring Cats Outdoors Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Robert Davidson and Stefanie L. Russell fenced off half the balcony of their Greenwich Village apartment. Oliver joins them .

6 posted on 06/17/2010 2:02:02 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: JoeProBono

sawe-e-et! Four seasons hotel for kitties :-)


7 posted on 06/17/2010 2:13:37 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Huntress

Man, this has Seinfeld written all over it. Too bad his show is long gone. I can see Cramer building a catio. LOL


8 posted on 06/17/2010 2:35:41 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Huntress

I don’t like cats much.

I really hate catios.

I really really hate raccoons entrapped in catios for extended lengths of daylight hours.

Last bit of advice, just cause it’s on the 2nd floor doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an exterior exit.


9 posted on 06/17/2010 3:17:20 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: rawhide

Looks like something you’d see in an Army outpost in Northern Ireland, with screening to prematurely detonate RPGs.


10 posted on 06/17/2010 3:27:47 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Huntress

And if they made the caging material smaller it would keep bugs out too - hey that’s a great idea - oh, wait - that’s a screened in porch...nevermind


11 posted on 06/17/2010 3:48:24 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: rawhide

BURMESE CATS! She has three of them. I LOVE burmese cats. They are the coolest, most lovable, smartest cats out there. I would love to have more than the two I already have.


12 posted on 06/17/2010 4:04:51 AM PDT by Trust but Verify
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To: Huntress

Cool ! I knew a couple who had a very cool cat but unfortunately lost it to foxes in the Colorado backwoods ! This would be nice for cats to go out but also to be protected !


13 posted on 06/17/2010 4:46:13 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Huntress

Good idea. Baxter has been housebound ever since his encounter with a copperhead. The snake had apparently used most of its venom elsewhere (or at striking at Baxter), so Baxter survived, but at considerable expense.


14 posted on 06/17/2010 5:51:24 AM PDT by Roses0508
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To: Huntress; Slings and Arrows; Lady Jag

A great idea that I’ve considered a time or two, but (at least in this part of Kahlifoania) without really fine netting present, fleas would be all over mah babiez.


15 posted on 06/17/2010 7:27:05 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

I had an outdoor cat that refused to come indoors and every month I put Revolution on her. Whenever I combed her I couldn’t pull off a flea, tick, or any blood residue. It also covers mange and mosquito bites. She lived to 21 never having been indoors except for the one time I trapped her and had her spayed by the Wild Cat Coalation here in San Diego.


16 posted on 06/17/2010 8:00:52 AM PDT by acoulterfan
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To: acoulterfan

Sorry, I meant by the FERILE Cat Coalition!


17 posted on 06/17/2010 8:02:54 AM PDT by acoulterfan
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To: acoulterfan

Feral Cat Coalition:

http://www.feralcat.com/


18 posted on 06/17/2010 8:04:24 AM PDT by acoulterfan
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To: martin_fierro
Some place are perfect for catios.


LIFE IS GOOD

If I put one up it would attract a large hawk audience and be a coyote attractant.

19 posted on 06/17/2010 8:51:49 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Here's one in Australia:

Cats of Australia


20 posted on 06/17/2010 11:48:08 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows


21 posted on 06/17/2010 11:54:15 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows
Catio Showcase in Phoenix, AZ et. al.
22 posted on 06/17/2010 11:54:50 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: All

the most adorable video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kggMi_hRyIc&feature=player_embedded


23 posted on 06/18/2010 8:59:17 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Huntress; PERKY2004
I like Perky's catio s/he shared with us on this thread so much I saved the link in my list of favorites.
24 posted on 06/18/2010 9:34:30 AM PDT by YankeeinOkieville (Obamanation [oh-bom-uh-nay-shuhn] n. -- ignorance and arrogance in the highest offices)
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To: CatDancer

Catio ping....

My friend who had the rescue dogs ad 2 cats built a catio for hers. One loves it, one hates it...


25 posted on 06/18/2010 9:38:23 AM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Huntress

When my parents lived on the 20th floor, they trained their cat not to jump and this was a cat that had lived in the country with free roam of 20 acres.


26 posted on 06/18/2010 9:42:27 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: Huntress

My sister lives in Kennewick, WA. She has a fiend that has two cats. One of them went into a next-door neighbors yard...one who had a trap set up. The cat got caught in the trap. He then took the cat to desert and released it there. He did this because he was one of these uptight “my yard is holy, sacred ground” kind of people. He said he didn’t care if it upset the lady, and that he’d do it again.

The cat actually found it’s way back on Wednesday, much thinner after a two-week journey.


27 posted on 06/18/2010 9:43:07 AM PDT by hoagy62 (.)
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To: Huntress
Thanks for the thread!

Bump fur later :)

28 posted on 06/18/2010 9:50:10 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 250 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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To: YankeeinOkieville

:) I like that I’m ahead of the New York Times!


29 posted on 06/18/2010 4:11:08 PM PDT by PERKY2004 (Proud wife of a military pilot ~ Praying for him and for all our troops!)
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