Sunday, May 8, 2016
Some of the coolest cats across Seattle are about to throw the open house of the year, and everyone's invited!
|Cat in his catio|
After a successful debut tour in 2015, Catio Tour Seattle is back. On Saturday, May 21, 2016 (noon-4 p.m.) more cat-loving communities will showcase their inspiring backyard transformations, which help keep their feline friends safe and their neighborhoods a haven for wildlife.
Catios are enclosed patios for cats – a space where they can enjoy the sights and smells of the great outdoors, and stay protected from busy roads and wild predators.
Window box or freestanding, DIY or custom design, catios are a growing trend in the US – popular not only for the safe enrichment they offer their feline residents but for the added protection they provide for birds and wildlife.
From Bothell to West Seattle, this year's tour features 11 catios of all shapes and sizes. Tour participants can choose to visit some or all of the locations, and along the way they'll have the opportunity to talk to catio owners as well as meet the lucky felines who enjoy these safe outdoor spaces. The event is sponsored by PAWS, Catio Spaces and The Humane Society of the United States. There is a suggested donation of $10 to help support PAWS education programs, and all additional proceeds from the day will benefit animals in need at PAWS.
Melissa Moore, education manager at PAWS, says "We're thrilled to be back with this fun event. Catio Tour Seattle is not only about showcasing some of the best feline real estate Seattle has to offer. It's also about promoting something that is very close to our heart here at PAWS - a source of healthy outdoor enrichment for cats that ultimately keeps our wildlife safe too."