DIY Catio Success Stories
Catios Bring the Outdoor Life to Indoor Cats (1:47)
What DIY Catio clients are saying!
Jim W., Sanctuary™ DIY Catio Plan >>
“Your DIY Catio Plans were a perfect solution for us and the directions are great! Every detail was considered and the plans were easy to follow. The catio is so beautifully professional and secure that I feel safe giving my cats permanent access, even at night.
People just can’t believe we built it ourselves!”
Emily S., Sanctuary™ DIY Catio Plan >>
Your catio plans were super easy to follow and it turned in to being a great weekend project. The finished catio looks, and is, like an extension of our house. Our little felines took a quick liking to it and the catio has given my wife and I the peace of mind that they can enjoy the outdoors in safety. We put in a pet door so they can come and go as they please. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the DIY plans and giving our cats the freedom to enjoy the wonderful outdoors in a safe environment!
Shane, H. Haven™ DIY Catio Plan >>
“I just finished building the window box catio and used the wire mesh roof option in your plans. I added a shelter inside and placed a plant near Dagnys’ cat door and within 10 minutes she was out there enjoying some fresh air!
Thanks so much for the great do-it-yourself plans!”
Chris D,. Window Box™ DIY Catio Plan >>
“We are really enjoying the Sanctuary catio that we built using your DIY plans. Jujube, our ginger cat sleeps out there and all of our cats spend time in the catio but it’s Jujube’s special place. I had considered the catio kits found on the internet but I ruled them out because they looked too aesthetically unpleasing.
We are thrilled with the results of building our own catio. Thank you for such a clever idea!”
Julie S., Sanctuary™ DIY Catio Plan >>
“I’m a 55 year-old nurse and if I can do it, anyone can! I priced out several pre-built options from other companies and just couldn’t afford it. I investigated your website and with my home improvement skills I realized I could do this. I had my husband help with holding panels for the joining catio panels step, but I essentially built it myself.
I think it’s a fantastic option for people who really love their cat companions!”
Jacki H., Haven™ DIY Catio Plan >>
“We built and installed the window box catios and the cats love it! We installed them on the second floor windows (one small and one large catio) and made a few changes so the angle braces worked well with the roof line. There is plenty of room for the cats to stand or sit. They really do enjoy being able to go into the window catios to enjoy fresh air and it’s really great for them.
Thanks so much for your DIY Catio Plans!”
Randy C., Window Box™ DIY Catio Plan >>
“Coyotes rule my neighborhood and I have a garden designed to attract birds. I knew I needed a strong enclosure that would provide safety as well as stimulation. I spent weeks searching the Internet for ideas. The Sanctuary from Catio Spaces was close to my concept but I wanted my enclosure to fit into a smaller space. Before I purchased the plans, I sent an email to make sure I could modify the structure without too much difficulty. I was thrilled with Cynthia’s quick response and encouragement. I couldn’t be happier with the result!”
Lisa L., Sanctuary™ DIY Catio Plan >>
Build one yourself…or hire a carpenter to build a catio plan for you!
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT CATIO TO CHOOSE?
We offer a variety of DIY catio designs and sizes for a window, patio, deck, garden or yard. First, consider the location for your catio and how much space you have. Next, decide whether you’d like your cat to enter the catio through a cat door in a window, wall, or door. That’s the basics. If your space is limited, consider our compact Window Box™ or Haven™ catio plans. Looking for a catio you can enjoy too? The Sanctuary™ and Oasis™ plans are a purrfect choice with space for human seating.
PICK YOUR PERFECT DIY CATIO PLAN!
(Small, Medium, Large)
Compact, veranda-style window box catio applicable for slider or sash windows. PDF Download
(3x6 & 4x8)
Compact, 3-sided catio perfect for a garden, patio or deck. Space for human access. PDF Download.
(6x8 & 8x10)
Deluxe, 3-sided catio ideal for a garden, patio or deck. Space for human seating.PDF Download.
(8x8 & 8x10)
Deluxe, 4-sided catio for a garden or yard with a cat tunnel connecting to a house. Space for human seating. PDF Download.
DIY Catio Plans are available as a PDF DOWNLOAD. Materials are not included.
10% of each plan purchase is donated to an animal welfare organization. LEARN MORE about what's included in a DIY Catio Plan.
DIY Catio plans save you time & money
Take the guess work out of building your very own catio.
WHAT MATERIALS WILL I NEED?
All of our DIY catios can be constructed with materials available from your local home improvement or lumber store. Basic materials include framing lumber, escape-proof galvanized wire, cedar shelves and roof options including wire mesh or polycarbonate panels so your cat can enjoy a catio all year long.
Don’t worry – each DIY plan includes an easy, detailed shopping list. All catio plans are designed for the average person to make the process easy-to follow and rewarding to build.
- Step-by-step instructions including diagrams.
- Material list (materials are available from your local home improvement or lumber store)
- Tool list
- Catios are designed as panels for ease of assembly (or removal if you move in the future.)
- Roof rafters accommodate a wire mesh roof or a clear, polycarbonate weatherproof roof for year-round enjoyment.
- Door placement options for human access into the catio.
- Shelf design maximizes vertical space for cat exercise and enjoyment.
- Adjustable catio height. (Adjustable width for window box catio plans.)
- See specific plans for dimensions and design features.
PLUS BONUS information including:
- Tips for acclimating your cat to a cat door and new catio space.
- Tips for cat safe plants, enrichment, decorating and more!
All DIY Catio Plans are a pdf download so you can get started right away!