Paw’d Cast: Catio Tour this Saturday

The Santa Cruz Animal Shelter and Native Animal Rescue are sponsoring the third not-quite-annual “Catio Tour” of Santa Cruz county. This Saturday’s event runs from 10am-2pm and offers the chance to see as many as 15 Catios (think “cat patio”). Participants pay $5 for map and a wristband. Drive yourself and see as few or as many as time allows. Follow the link below to register.

From the Native Animal Rescue site:

What do bird lovers and cat lovers all have in common? We all want what’s best for the animals we love. Luckily, there’s a unique solution that keeps cats and birds safe at the same time. It’s called a catio. A catio is an outdoor enclosure for cats, a place where cats can enjoy the outdoors and still be safe from predators, and birds can be safe from roaming cats.

The third Catio Tour is coming to Santa Cruz County on Saturday, October 12, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The self-guided catio tour will include 15 catios of all shapes, sizes, and costs, from Boulder Creek to Watsonville. After you buy a ticket, you can review the online program, decide which catios you want to visit, and be inspired. Tickets are available now until October 9 on Eventbrite for $5 per adult. Children 16 and under are free. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at any of the catio tour locations.

The Santa Cruz County Catio Tour is brought to you by Native Animal Rescue and the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and sponsored by New Leaf Community Markets.

On last Saturday’s program, shelter volunteer Joanie DeNeffe answered my questions about the tour. That interview is attached as a podcast.

If you Google “catio” you with find DIY plans as well as commerical products. This is a great way to entertain and protect your feline(s) as well as the animals that otherwise become their prey.

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