Embassy Housing Hack: Patio to Catio

When I heard that we would be moving into an apartment in Warsaw, I immediately added “catproofing” to the list. Not because I am a crazy cat lady (though I am). Because cats can’t fly, and ask us how we know that!

Poor old accident-prone Huckle has since left us. Our current kitties appear to be more coordinated, but we aren’t taking any chances.

No, you can't go out yet. Nope.
No, you can’t go out yet. Nope.

Fortunately, there are sturdy screens on the windows. But, we still needed to figure out how to deal with this big balcony. Outdoor space of some kind is very important to both of us: we are not naturally apartment people. So, we wanted to be able to use it a lot without worrying about cats falling or wandering off from it.

Four floors above a hard sidewalk.
Four floors above a hard sidewalk.

So, shortly after our arrival, we employed a professional catio-creator to completely enclose the balcony. He did a great job!

Metal fencing on the bottom, nylon netting on the top. Cats will just bounce off it if they try to jump up on the railing.
Metal fencing on the bottom, nylon netting on the top. Cats will just bounce off the netting if they try to jump up on the railing (they haven’t yet).

This was not the cheapest project, even in low-cost Poland. But you know what? Emergency vet visits are expensive too, and harder on both the cat and his/her owners. (Catio Man said he hears that all the time.) Searching for lost cats is no fun, either!

Warily checking out the new catio.
Warily checking out the new catio after the workmen left.
Exploring the place.
Exploring the place–and hunkering a bit whenever a giant crow flies by.
Trees! With birds in them!
Trees! With tweety birds in them!
Yes, it is a looooong way down.
Yes, it is a looooong way down. Don’t even think about it.
Really a nice place for both species to enjoy.
A nice place for both species to enjoy.

We like having our coffee out here in the morning, or a drink in the evening. More patio furniture on the way. When our car arrives, I’m getting some (very hardy) plants to green it up, too.Β It’s not the most private place in the world, but if the old guy on the balcony across the street wants to water his geraniums in his tighty-whities (as happened this morning) then that’s just part of the atmosphere!

Call me a crazy cat lady, but I am glad we invested in this catio right away– so we can all relax and enjoy it for the next three years.

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3 comments

  1. This is amazing. We have a cat that decided a trip out of a window in our old apartment was a good idea (he’s ok, thank goodness), so I absolutely can’t relax when they’re out on the balcony with us here at our new post. Think I’m going to use this post as more evidence for my husband that we do really need something a little more foolproof than just yelling at them when they start looking up towards the railing!

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