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By Sam Doherty, PAWS Volunteer

Catios (or cat patios) are no doubt a fun and quirky trend to come out of the Pacific Northwest in recent years, but in light of our upcoming Catio Tour Seattle (speaking of, have you registered yet? Details below!), we want you to know that they are also so much more than that.

Catios are a Win for Cats, a Win for Wildlife


So what is a catio exactly? Catios are creative outdoor enclosures for cats that they can play in, lounge in, and safely experience the outdoors in. Catios keep cats safe from predators (such as coyotes, raccoons, and opossums), and give them the freedom to play outdoors without risk. Oh, and did we mention they look pretty cool too? (Seriously, come check out these amazing feline palaces at our Catio Tour on July 13!)

Catio-based cats also live on average longer lives than their outdoor companions, and still experience a stimulating, active living environment.


But wait, that’s not all: while cats lounge in luxury in their catios, scores of wildlife (especially our avian friends) are being protected from cat attacks. Let’s look at the facts.

PAWS received 503 animals caught by cats in 2018

Many wildlife patients that arrive at PAWS each year come as a result of a cat attack. Free-roaming domestic cats kill a vast number of birds each year, in addition to other mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

Many PAWS patients so far in 2019 include a range of species that were victim to cat attacks:


Meet this Brown Creeper, who was attacked by a domestic outdoor cat and came to PAWS with multiple skin wounds and body feathers missing. PAWS was able to treat the wounds and release her eight days later.

This Eastern Cottontail’s nest was destroyed by a cat, but was able to be rehabbed and released by PAWS 16 days later.

These Dark-eyed Junco babies were treated by PAWS for soft tissue wounds after being attacked by a cat. Within 29 days, PAWS was able to release them back into the wild.

We are so thankful that these patients were able to recover and be released, but these are just a few of the many wildlife creatures that fall victim to cat attacks each year. This is why we are spreading the word about catios – while they are a fun trend that is great for cats, they are also a valuable contribution to the protection of our native wildlife.

Want More Information on Catios? Attend the Catio Tour Seattle!

To discover more about catios and find out whether one could be right for your cat companions, register for the Catio Tour Seattle at www.catiotourseattle.com. Registered participants will receive a tour map with addresses and valuable information to enrich the lives of your feline friends.

Your $10 registration fee supports PAWS’ life-saving work and helps us rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife, find cats and dogs their forever homes, and educate people about compassion for animals. The event is hosted by PAWS in partnership with Catio Spaces, the Humane Society of the United States, and Seattle Audubon.

Can’t make it to Catio Tour Seattle? You can still make a difference in the lives of local cats and wildlife! The first 14 people who donate $100 or more to the Safe Cats, Healthy Habitats campaign through CatioTourSeattle.com will be offered a free Kitty Cot to bring home the ultimate comfort to their feline friend.


These Dark-eyed Junco babies were treated by PAWS for soft tissue wounds after being attacked by a cat. Within 29 days, PAWS was able to release them back into the wild.

People of low-income living in communities may need a Catio but can not afford to build one. Is there a group or organization they could apply to in Snohomish County?

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