The Catio

Recall that after Bugs’s latest unauthorized walkabout, my good landlord built a screen-porch addition to the house. Around three months ago, nine days after my surgery, I was still too debilitated to get out there to enjoy it, so I showed you what it was like from the inside, only.

Now, thanks to the miracle of healing, I’m off the crutches and while not exactly bounding down the steps, I can manage more-or-less. So here is The Catio from the outside.

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Thanks to the uncanny and frankly somewhat-scary unseasonable warmth, the other day we did get out there to enjoy it. (It was in the ’70’s. In January.)

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Bugs marches forth.

In the distant past I had tried to acclimate Bugs to a harness so we could enjoy outdoors safely. One time he may possibly have enjoyed this but, other than a few ultimately unsuccessful harness forays, he has been outside only AWOL. Each of those latter times he sought refuge in dark underground-type places, so I’m guessing he has pretty much never enjoyed the outside experience. He has been housebound for the 5.5 years we’ve been together. Hitherto happily, it’s been my fond hope.

No longer.

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Did he ever react to outside.

“I show my tongue to you, Outside. You got nothing!”

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No video, so just take my word for this: He roared. I can’t think of any other way to describe it. It was like this: YARL, step, ROWR, step, WRACK, sniff, MEEROW, pause, REEROW, etc. etc. etc. Constantly. He did not stop.

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Back indoors, he kept right on with the Hallelujah Chorus. Got on my last nerve. Then he did this to the inside door. Because it’s got too cold now to go back out and . . .

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Bugs begs to differ.

So I’m guessing this time he may have enjoyed himself.

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Barney too. Great climber that he is, up he went.

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“I wonder, can I get up in there?”

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“Maybe I’ll try sideways. This ledge is at least 0.035 inches. Plenty wide.”

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“Well – kind of long way down there.”

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Whereupon he jumped down, all who-knows-how-many-pounds-of-him, onto the stone step. Ouch. When he does this inside the house, I have fixed the furniture so he has a soft landing. Not so outside. He seemed to manage fine, but next time I’m going to put a mat down there.

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Back inside. Double-cushioned.


About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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11 Responses to The Catio

  1. Oh, how excellent to have a catio with a natural floor (nice landlord!). Maybe a vole with tunnel out for a surprise ;-).

  2. tonkstail says:

    oooh, how wonderful to have a real catio!

  3. Anne daigle says:

    I look forward to your comments and pics when spring comes.

  4. Summer says:

    They both look SO happy out there, but especially Bugs!

  5. Herman says:

    That’s one beautiful catio! Glad to see the cats having a great time…

  6. What a super catio!! I think I heard Bugs roar from here!!

  7. Wazeau says:

    Awesome catio! I hope you can capture a video of the Bugs roaring 🙂

  8. Deziz World says:

    What a pawsum catio. and what a pawsum landlord.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  9. Connie says:

    that is an awesome porch!

  10. kittiesblue says:

    Did Barney find an escape route? Be sure even the tiniest space is closed off. Even if kitties cannot get out, other critters may be able to get in. Having a catio of our own, we know how much Bugs and Barney are going to love this. Stop by, we are having a giveaway for a most wonderful book. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  11. I need one! That lets the sun in and keeps the midges out. Cats are just a bonus 🙂

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