In 2010 we decided to build a large cage on the back of our house with a pet door so our cats could go outside and be safe whenever they wanted. It was a patio for our cats so we decided to call it our Catio. It was a cute name and we thought it would catch on, but a while later I found other people using it too on the internet. So much for being inventors and getting patent money.
We used untreated 2 x 4s for our frame because we didn't want our cats resting on the chemicals they use on treated lumber. We weren't sure how long it would last, but was hoping it would be a while. Below is a picture of it brand new. It is still standing over a decade of tough Wisconsin winters later and seems to be in good shape. We noticed in 2020 we needed to do a few repairs to the inside to keep it safe for the cats. We thought you might like to see the simple repairs that may help you if you have a catio. If you want to build one and want ideas on how, here is our catio page link.
One repair weekend in ten years? Not bad. Hope this gives those of you who are thinking of building your catios some ideas.
Type at ya later,