Today is Popoki's day to pose for pretty photos for the Sunday cat selfies series. And as I was pulling these photos together, I thought of something. In a week or two, Popoki's photos might look very different. Why? Because we're planning to build her a catio, starting this week.
Right now, Popoki poses nicely in front of open windows. But when that catio is done, she'll have a completely safe and sunny outdoor space to hang out in. And I just know that most of the photos I'll take of her when construction is complete will be in that catio. I know she won't want to leave it.
For those of you unfamiliar with Popoki's story, I brought her home about a year ago from Willamette Humane Society. She had lived with another family prior to entering the shelter system, and that family chose to have her declawed in front. They did that surgery when Popoki was just 6 months old. I'm not certain, but I suspect that surgery is part of what makes her leery of other cats. She can't defend herself. And I know that lack of claws bothers her, because it limits or eliminates her ability to go outside.
I have successfully leash trained Popoki, and she does hang out with me and the dogs and my husband in the evenings. She loves that time. But she also spends at least some part of most days gazing out the window and wishing she could go out there. Sometimes, she even tries to sneak out.
A catio should help with that. At least, that's my hope.
This is the construction site as it looks now. This is the front of my writing studio, and as you can see, there's a little lip of a deck and a little overhang with a light. The doors open inward. That tiny slip of a porch will be the catio.
It gets quite a bit of sun in the afternoons, which makes it a lovely spot on a crisp fall day. And it provides a nice view of trees, birds, foot traffic and cars driving by. I'll need to move those bird feeders and plants, but Popoki will have plenty to keep her mind occupied.
I will also enjoy a bit of cross breeze. This building has a lot of windows, and it can get a little warm. I'm hoping a catio will help me to reduce my use of air conditioning.
So construction starts this week, and I'm not quite sure how long that will take, but the goal is to have a fully functional structure by September first. I'll keep you posted!
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