Cat owners everywhere are building ‘catios’ in their backyard. These photos prove the latest craze is real

It's no secret that pet owners will go above and beyond to please their pets. But, we have to admit, the catio is taking animal luxury to a whole new level. And while the trend might seem totally “extra,” we have to say the idea is pretty great.

The idea is that the patio for cats gives your feline access to the great outdoors but gives you peace of mind for their safety. Maybe they're an indoor cat you want to keep safe, or perhaps they often stray too far from home. Maybe you're just concerned about surrounding wildlife. Whatever your reason may be, a catio is a great solution to your concerns about your cat being outside.

The catio's range in size and scale — some are attached to the windows like window boxes, while others are quite large and attached right to the side of the home. Some are even entire patio enclosures you and your cat can enjoy together. To get an idea of how people are taking advantage of the catio trend, check out some of the coolest catio's we could find.

1. The classic


Check out this catio! We love how the design of it matches the style of the home, too. It's definitely not an eye sore. The cat owners who created it had this to say, “Mars really, really likes his catio! He goes into it through the cat door several times a day, regardless of the weather. He LOVES being outdoors and I have peace of mind knowing he is always safe.”

2. The man cave


This catio is dedicated to the Seatle Seahawks — the favorite team of one man and his cat. The catio features 12 flags, a football rug, an NFL figurine of Marshawn Lynch, a chair and of course, a few football cat toys.

3. Wildlife window watcher


This window box catio is perfect for watching the birds and other wildlife, which your cat will love. But the big plus is that it is located below the window, so it doesn't obstruct your own views of the great outdoors.

4. The catio people can enjoy, too


By transforming an outdoor deck with some elements to jump and climb, as well as screening to keep the cat in, this is the ultimate spot for both human and feline to enjoy the great outdoors.

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