If you want to pamper your feline pet, a 'Catio' is the purrfect way to ensure your cat not only feels like a royal but is also safe from the outdoors.
Cynthia Chomos is a cat lover and Feng Shui expert who designs spaces for your feline friends so they could enjoy the outdoors--appropriately titled Catio Spaces and do-it-yourself catios and cat enclosures.
Catios range from relatively small and simple, to large and luxurious. Chomos told Seattle Refined, that it actually evolved out of an idea to keep her newly adopted cat, Serena, safe. "I wanted to be able to enjoy the outdoors, so I decided to convert my patio into a Catio," she said.
The Catios blend in with the home so you don't have to worry about it sticking out like a sore thumb. Some of the fabulous potential features include a catwalk between the house and catio, places for the feline to jump, a chandelier, and even a spiral staircase.
I have an open-wire mesh to allow the rain to come down and keep the grass green, Serena likes to hang out here in the summer, roll in the grass and eat some grass. And, I have a daybed for myself because I also know the benefits of a catnap.
Catios keep cats healthy and happy and thanks to Feng Shui, sitting in the "catbird seat." There are five elements in Feng Shui - and we got to see them all incorporated in the 'Sanctuary' model. "There's fire, which is represented by the sun and the color red, there's the earth in which I've incorporated some stones on the floor which get heated, and Serena likes to sit on those," said Chomos. "There's metal which provides safety and the enclosure. There's water for my enjoyment, and a water bowl for her as well, so she always has a water bowl outside. And the plants add some of the natural elements as well."
The spaces also allow people to put their own personal pawprints on them - like adding a chandelier.
"We do custom Catios in the greater Seattle area, and then I also offer do-it-yourself Catio plans," said Chomos. "I have four different designs."
Catios are a place where a kitty can feel the wind in its whiskers, and humans can relax, knowing their pet is safe and sound.
We wondered if Serena the cat could speak, what would she say?
"She would say life is good in a Catio," laughs Chomos.
Affiliate 'Seattle Refined' contributed to this story.