Showcasing the next popular and quirky trend to come out of the Pacific Northwest, Catio Tour Seattle is a self-guided tour of 10 creatively designed catios (outdoor, enclosed cat patios) at homes from West Seattle through NW Seattle on Saturday, July 28 from noon to 4 p.m.
“It’s the one time of year when our feline friends agree to provide limited access to their royal accommodations for the viewing pleasure of their human companions – and we couldn’t be more grateful for their patience and understanding,” quips Katie Amrhein, PAWS Education Coordinator.
Jennifer Hillman, Vice President of Grassroots Outreach & Engagement at The Humane Society of the United States, points to the serious side of catios. “Cats with catios are less likely to get lost and live longer than outdoor cats. The many dangers faced by an outdoor cat can significantly shorten their lifespan, while an indoor cat or a cat with access to a catio for their outdoor adventures can easily live to be over 15 years old,” said Hillman.
And they are just plain fun for cats.
“A cat spending time in a catio gets fresh air, exercise, and a front row seat to view the natural world,” says Amrhein.
Cynthia Chomos, the founder and designer of Catio Spaces, a Seattle-based company that designs and builds catios, appreciates the format of Catio Tour Seattle. “Catio Tour Seattle lets the public view a variety of sizes and styles of catios. At the same time, participants learn about ways to ensure your cat lives to a ripe old age and to protect native wildlife.”
Statistics from the PAWS Wildlife Center attest to what many cat parents observe – their cat’s incredible hunting prowess. Free-roaming domestic cats kill large numbers of birds in the United States every year and take a heavy toll on native reptile, amphibian, and mammal populations. In fact, cat attacks accounted for nearly 15 percent of avian and mammal patients at PAWS’ Wildlife Center in 2016. Catios are a safe and stimulating alternative for cats to enjoy the outdoors while protecting local wildlife.
Registered participants will receive a tour map with addresses, plus access to valuable resources for enriching the lives of cat companions. A $10 registration fee supports PAWS’ Community Education Programs. The event is hosted by PAWS and sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, Catio Spaces, and Seattle Audubon.
Catio Tour Seattle will take place rain or shine; attendees are asked to leave their companion animals at home.
For more information or to register for Catio Tour Seattle, visit: catiotourseattle.com.