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We would like to acknowledge Geocatch 
as the original creators of the 'Catio' workshops 

The workshop is presented by Heather Crawford a cat behaviourist and Chris Ferreira sustainability expert in an immersive workshop that allows participants to learn how to enhance their cat’s life whilst protecting wildlife.

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What is a Catio? 

A catio refers to an enclosed outdoor space specifically designed for cats to enjoy safely. A catio provides an opportunity for cats to experience fresh air, sunshine, and the sights and sounds of the outdoors while remaining protected from potential dangers such as traffic, predators, or the risk of getting lost.


Catio designs can vary greatly, ranging from small window boxes or balconies with mesh enclosures to larger structures attached to a house or freestanding in a backyard. The primary purpose of a catio is to provide a secure and stimulating environment for cats, allowing them to indulge their natural instincts of exploring, climbing, and basking in the sun.


Catio designs often include shelves, ramps, tunnels, and perches for cats to climb and rest on, as well as various toys and scratching posts to keep them entertained. The enclosures are typically made of sturdy materials such as wire mesh or netting, ensuring that cats cannot escape while still providing visibility and ventilation.

Cats can greatly benefit from spending time in a catio. It can help reduce their boredom, provide mental stimulation, and contribute to their overall well-being. Additionally, a catio can offer peace of mind to cat owners, knowing that their furry companions are safe from potential outdoor hazards.

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