Catification Recap: Autumn


Deb & Brian’s mid-century modern home was designed with large floor to ceiling windows that bring the outside in. This also means that any outdoor cats passing through the yard pose an immediate threat to the cats living inside. This kind of a perceived threat can cause all kinds of problems for the indoor cats. In this case, it was causing Autumn to pee and mark everywhere in the house. Once Jackson figured this out, he knew that some Catification was in order.


The first step was to catify the existing atrium space, creating a catio. Adding climbing shelves and using the existing trees in the atrium to create an incredible climbing structure gave Autumn, as well as Deb and Brian’s other cat Max, a place of ownership and a safe retreat away from the big windows and the view of the outdoor cats.


It was also critical to eliminate any areas outside the windows that were attractive to the outdoor cats. By removing the dirt and adding rocks directly outside the windows, the outdoor cats were no longer using the dirt as a litter box, which dramatically reduced the threat Autumn was feeling and helped her stop peeing inside the house.

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The Catification column on is written by Cat Style Expert, Kate Benjamin. Kate specializes in environmental enhancement for living with cats and is the founder and editor of, the premiere online magazine for design-conscious cat people. Kate’s design expertise and Jackson’s cat behavior know-how combine to create cat-friendly environments that are sure to please both human and feline family members alike.

  1. Dianne   May 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm  

    I have learned a lot about cats from watching your show. My question is I don’t own any cats my self, but I keep getting other cats coming in my yard and using it for a litter box, how can I prevent this from continuing?

    1. Roni   May 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm  

      Put rocks and gravels all around your house.

  2. Carolyn Dent   December 9, 2015 at 7:23 am  

    Help! I am blending two cat families and my tortie is literally pissed at and on me every night! What can I do?


We regret that Jackson does not answer questions posted in the comments. This is due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives. But most importantly, since he has not met your cat, it would be contrary to his approach for him to give specific personalized advice for your specific situation. That being said, general questions and issues are addressed throughout this blog, in his book Cat Daddy and of course, the show My Cat From Hell.

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