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 JacksonGalaxy.com is written by Cat Style Expert, Kate Benjamin. Kate specializes in environmental enhancement for living with cats and is the founder and editor of hauspanther.com, 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.