Ed Wiebe
2 weeks ago

Both kitties are out enjoying their #catio this morning. Yes, we have a camera so that we can enjoy their antics.

Two cats are sitting in an outdoor catio. This is a patio for cats. It's fenced in on all sides. One cat is curled up on a shelf. The other is sitting on a piece of wood in the flower bed that forms the floor for much of the space.
2 weeks ago

The 'Catio' is taking shape. It is secure, with wire mesh all round, as they've already climbed the stone walls. The cats like the sand floor for rolling in, and, if we're not careful, for other functions.

Next, I'll get in some play materials, branches, wood to scratch on and some turf at the far end for extra interest. #catio

A stone wall at the end of a yard has been sectioned off with wire mesh on a wood framework. Sand is being laid on weed suppression fabric on the ground. It is large enough for people to move around in.

I've had my ๐Ÿ—chimkin breakfast with warm broth. I did zoomies and visited my box. Was out in my #Catio for a bit too. Now I'm doing #SundaySnuggles #CatsOfMastodon #TabbyCat #Stevie

TabbyCat Stevie napping in green n white polka dot bed.

#Caturday ๐Ÿˆhas begun with RAIN ๐ŸŒง๏ธhere! Our prediction was๐ŸŒง๏ธ happily incorrect! The #HeatDome is leaving our area and temps should return to normal horrible hot, rather than nightmare horrible hot. The #Catio is fully open again ๐Ÿ˜ธ#CatsOfMastodon

A Tabby cat getting ready to exit the inside of the house onto the Catio.
Daisy dog on patrol out in the Catio.

This #Thursday at 4:00 PM my #Catio is 106ยฐ in the shade under a dangerous #HeatDome on it's way to #Chicago. Hope that city is prepared to care for all its vulnerable citizens EQUALLY. ๐Ÿฅต As for me, I went outside very early. Now I have to stay inside. #CatsOfMastodon #TuxieGirl #Betty

A tiny tuxedo cat warming herself on her indoor heating pad in the AC.

It's 105ยฐ on my #Catio. Cat ๐Ÿˆ mom says I HAVE to come inside. ๐Ÿ˜ฟThe Catio is now closed ๐Ÿ”’. I cry n cry to go out. She says no. Again. Not good for me to be out in the ๐Ÿฅตexcessive heat. Very sad. Catio has been closed at noon now for 7 days. ๐ŸŒก๏ธ

A not too happy Tabby Cat sulking because he can't be outside on the Catio in 105ยฐ heat. Cat mom has closed the Catio until temps are below 90ยฐ.

#WhiskerWednesday under a โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฅต#HeatDome in the #MidWest is going to be horrible. The feel like temp is going to be 115ยฐ with humidity in 60%-80% . My #Catio will be closed in about 20 minutes due to #ExessiveHeat. I don't like being stuck inside all day, especially since all the drapes are closed ๐Ÿ˜ฟ. But mom butler staff says it's not safe outside, so I must put up with it.

Tabby cat Stevie scratching a natural branch on his Catio.
Stevie sitting among some potted impatient flowers on his his Catio.

#TongueOutTuesday *Sigh* My #Catio was closed again by noon due to excessive heat. I cried n cried๐Ÿ˜ฟ to go out but cat mom remained firm. It's not safe for cats. When is this #HeatDome gonna end? ๐Ÿฅต #TabbyCat #Stevie #CatsOfMastodon

A Tabby cat grooming himself outside in his Catio.

#MastodonMonday Getting my #Catio time in before cat mom makes me go inside ahead of the ๐Ÿฅตnasty #HeatWave ๐ŸŒก๏ธtemperatures under the #HeatDome here in #Kansas #TabbyCat #Stevie

A Tabby cat enjoying his morning Catio.
1 month ago

Lucy โ€˜sufferingโ€™ in the sunshine

Lucy is confined to a #catio in this photo, although she does have supervised outings in the yard

She pleads plaintively to go outside the catio, where she does the same thing - basks in the sunshine

#cats #catsofmastodon

A white cat with a bit of tabby markings on her head laying on her back while the sun warms her ample tummy.

@GertrudeZane We're avoiding the hellish #Heat . #Catio has been closed since 11:00 AM though. It's really BAD. But cat daddy has stocked up on fuses, food, n ice. Mom has her ice packs in the freezer n us pets are getting extra cool water with our meals n treats.

108ยฐ right now. Horrible ๐Ÿฅต hot. Don't even want to guess what the feel like temp is. Our AC is working over time but it's still 80ยฐ inside. Mom butler staff closed the #Catio hours ago so us pets are all inside. Mom is loading us up with extra water in our food too. #Caturday #HeatWave #CatsOfMastodon

A TabbyCat napping inside cuz it's dangerously hot outside.
Betty looking out into the closed Catio. It's closed due to excessive heat warnings.

I've had my #FriYay breakfast & now I'm watching the birbs n butterflies ๐Ÿฆ‹ out on my #Catio. Gonna be hot today. #TabbyCat #Stevie #CatsOfMastodon

Tabby Cat Stevie up on the Catio corner high chair watching the bird feeders and the butterflies coming to visit the wildflowers.

#Today is the first time I was able to use my #Catio cat flap all by myself AND the first time #Stevie didn't harass me. #CatsOfMastodon #CatioLife #TuxieGirl #Betty

A Tuxedo girl cat out on the Catio near her yellow ladybug bed.
Ed Wiebe
1 month ago

The proud hunter brought in his catch this morning, an earthworm. He only has access to a #catio so his options are limited. #cats

A male cat is lounging and looking toward the camera. He has a white muzzle and a grey and tan striped head.

'Should I stay๐ŸŽต or should I go'?
๐ŸŽถ #TuxieGirl #Betty trying to decide on using the cat flap to go out to the Catio. #Catio Life

A Tuxedo Girl cat thinking about using the cat flap to go out to the Catio. She's not crazy about how it feels on her body, but ultimately she's decided the reward is worth the annoyance. On day 3 she's started using it without help.

#Today is #FriYay ๐Ÿ˜บ I'm making myself comfortable out in the #Catio this morning. Still working on learning how to use the cat flap. I'm able to use it, but don't like it still. It's weird. I don't get how it has to be pushed with my head or nose. #CatioLife #Catting #CatsofMastodon

A Tuxedo Girl cat lying on her Catio lounger.

Lookit everybody!๐ŸฆŽI caught a lizard on the #Catio! #TabbyCat #Stevie ๐Ÿˆ Maybe #Today will be a good day after all, despite the fact that I have to share my house n Catio with #TuxieGirl #Betty ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›๐Ÿ™„ #Catting #CatsOfMastodon

TabbyCat Stevie hunted a lizard in his catio. He brought it in to our bedroom, his lair.

Not #Today! No #TuxieGirl #Betty you can't come back in! What? Mom sez I have to let you use the #Catio whenever you want? Like SHARE it, you mean? Mom! Why?! #TheJourney continues. #CatsOfMastodon #StevieBetty #Together

TabbyCat Stevie trying to intimidate Betty from coming back inside from the Catio. Crate training will be used to help him get desensitized from seeing her use the Catio. #TheJourney continues.
Stevie after a crate training session of watching Betty enter/exit the Catio cat flap about a dozen times. Was able to use treats for this training.

We've had a major break through on this EXHAUSTING #SlowCatIntro. #TabbyCat #Stevie & ๐Ÿˆ#TuxieGirl #Betty ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ› have been FINALLY sharing the open space of the house w/out a barrier. Betty did VERY well, Stevie was understandably hissy and low level growly, but NO BLOOD & NO CHASING! ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ #CatsOfMastodon. No photos cuz staff needed both hands to keep them safe. #Catio flap will remain open in both directions except at night.

#TuxieTuesday I spend most of my time foraging for food. Nobody EVER feeds me at this hotel. And even if they do, the portions are woefully inadequate. Luckily, I'm a really good forager! There's a freeze dried minnow but in here! Plus there are any number of dust bits on my #Catio. #TuxieGirl #Betty ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›#CatsOfMastodon

A Tuxedo Girl cat diving head first into the center space of a cement brick looking for cat treats. Also in frame are some potted cat safe plants of the Catio.

#TuxieGirl #Betty I'm liking my new #Catio attraction! #CatsOfMastodon #Catting #CatioLife I โค๏ธlove this thing! Thanks Cat Daddy!

A Tuxedo girl cat using her swinging tunnel to find treats out in the Catio.

I got new stuff out in the #Catio! #TuxieGirl #Betty This is the new Swinging Tunnel with portals so I can see the birbs n squirrels! Now #TabbyCat #Stevie & me can be out here together ( SOME day) but at a distance. #Sunday #CatsOfMastodon

TuxieGirl Betty using her new natural beach inclined balance beam to reach the new Swinging Tunnel w/portals in the corner of the Catio.

Good thing I tested it. Turns out I introduced a bug so all non-Sony cameras couldnโ€™t connect.. Oops. But fixed! Here are a few pix from my Canon EOS 5Dmk4 #CatsOfMastodon #ShutterSnitch #Catio

My black girl cat sitting on the catio smelling some half dead flowers thatโ€™s managed to snake their way through the netting. Her yellow eyes are intensely focused on them and her head is on an angle. In this lighting you can see a hint of brown and white in her coat.
My black girl cat sitting inside wondering why the guy is crawling around on the floor with a little black box with a big white tube on it - and pointing it at her. The depth of field is very shallow and letting probably a bit too much light in, but itโ€™s a bright room and sheโ€™s a dark cat. Somethingโ€™s gotta give.
Well if it isnโ€™t my black girl cat again. Surprise. Sheโ€™s sitting on a small blue knitted throw rug looking straight into the camera with her yellow eyes. In the blurry background is a Mac Classic and a floor to ceiling window.

Oh no, I optimized some PTP/IP connection code so now I have to test it on some cameras. A few shots using the Sony a7IV. #CatsOfMastodon #ShutterSnitch #Catio

A closeup of my black girl catโ€™s face. She has yellow eyes and is sitting close to the netting on my catio. Sheโ€™s looking off to the side. The background is lush summer green.
My black girl cat on the catio taking a swipe at a toy mouse. Her aim is way off even though she seems very focused on it.
My black girl cat sits under a table on the catio looking into the camera.

#SlowCatIntro going on week 13. Humans are definitely fatigued. Last night's bedroom desensitization session went fairly well. #TuxieGirl #Betty๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›was pretty calm. I only hissed a little bit. After a few minutes dad took her away, and I got ham treats! ๐Ÿ˜ป Later we'll do the same on the #Catio. We're both taking calming drops. One week of this & then it's on to reopening the Catio cat flap to facilitate free range capability... ๐Ÿคž#CatsOfMastodon #TabbyCat #Stevie

Tabby Cat Stevie guarding Cat mom's flip flops.
TuxieGirl Betty inside her large carrier that we're using as an intro aid to get her and Stevie to share space together peacefully.

#TwitchyTailTuesday! Birbs are๐Ÿค out getting their breakfast. I'm on #ZSHQ patrol in my #Catio. Lots of noisy lawn brigades and ๐Ÿšœ garbage trucks on my street. Also saw ๐Ÿถdogs walking their hoomans, & the 24/7 gardener up the street.

#ZSHQ #ZombiePatrol Mom staff told me about birbs. About 6 of them out there. #Today is the first time I really stalk them on my #Catio. Mostly I spend my time mad foraging for food. But I'm starting to like watching the wildlife out here. #CatioLife #CatsOfMastodon

#TuxieGirl #Betty stalking some birds beyond the Catio fencing. She is unusually not interested in the wildlife outside the Catio. But hopefully as she has more opportunities to be out and feeling secure, she'll enjoy watching the squirrels & birds.

This heat is truly ๐Ÿฅตawful. More on the way too. Us cats are stuck inside from noon until
8:30 PM. It will still be 105ยฐ + 31% humidity but at least mom won't get a โ˜€๏ธsunburn because I need a chaperone on the #Catio. #HeatWave #CatsOfMastodon #TuxieGirl #Betty

#TuxieGirl #Betty relaxing on a cooler day in the Catio.

#Midwest #HeatWave Waddya ๐ŸˆMEAN the #Catio is closed? ๐Ÿ™€ I don't care that it's 104ยฐ with 32% humidity. I wanna go OUT! #TabbyCat #Stevie #CatioLife #CatsOfMastodon

Tabby Cat Stevie wondering why staff have closed the Catio cat flap.

#Midwest #HeatWave continues with high humidity & temps over 100ยฐ for more than 10 days. Energy bills are going to be skyhigh for many. At Our House ๐Ÿ  window coverings are completely closed, the #Catio closes at noon, fans are on, fresh water in all the bowls, oven and stove are closed. And still, we burn ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿฅต #CatsOfMastodon #TabbyCat #Stevie #TuxieGirl #Betty #CatioLife

Tabby Cat Stevie napping outside in his bed on the Catio. He has a brown n blue blanket
TuxieGirl Betty using her balance beam branch in her Catio. In frame are pink flowers and background full of summer elm trees.
2 months ago

#catio in my friend/client's yard

We call this the new bed because it was the last bed to be developed in her yard. Hence, all the weeds. 50 plus zinnias will soon be blooming here.

#TabbyCat #Stevie ๐ŸˆWhat is #TuxieGirl ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›#Betty doing in my #Catio? She better not be messing it up, I can tell ya that! #CatioLife #CatsOfMastodon

#TabbyCat #Stevie notices #TuxieGirl #Betty  out in the #Catio
#TuxieGirl #Betty lounging in the #Catio climber while #TabbyCat #Stevie looks on from inside.

#TabbyCat ๐Ÿˆ#Stevie & #TuxieGirl
#Betty ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›participating in a "I'll show you I can be trusted" session for the first time together in their #Catio. Went pretty well. Stevie gave her a low level warning growl while she remained calm. Session was about 10 minutes. Success feels good. ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜บ#SlowCatIntro Feels like Week 100 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ #CatsOfMastodon

About 3.5 ft. apart, maybe. #TabbyCat #Stevie & #TuxieGirl #Betty participating in a "you can trust me" session on the Catio.
Stevie looking pretty relaxed with Betty just a few feet away in her carrier.
Betty remaining pretty calm with Stevie just a few feet away.

#SharkWeek ๐Ÿฆˆ
Meet the rare and ๐Ÿฆˆexceptionally dangerous #Catio shark ๐Ÿฆˆ #CatsOfMastodon

#TuxedoCat #Betty lurking in the heat on her lounging platform.
A #Catio shark flattens herself on the lounging platform to better position herself to swipe at her passing prey.

#Today is #SundayScreamies. Dad staff is overlapping the bottom edge of #Catio fencing to prevent me from catching any ๐Ÿฆโ€โฌ›hapless birbs that might be sitting on the ledge. #CatioLife

#TabbyCat Stevie in his lookout bed in the Catio.

Out on the #Catio ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ› #Today I saw neighbor cat Tuna calling while lounging under a tree. I also saw a black neighbor cat chase a ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ squirrel! She had a bell so didn't catch him, but she got game! ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ› #CatioLife #TuxieGirl #Betty #CatsOfMastodon #Cats

Tuxie Girl Betty climbing her branch beam on a summer day.

The weekend has been so noisy and a bit frightening with all the #SkyBooms ๐ŸŽ†. Daisy Dog has been quite scared. Mom attends me in the #Catio to make sure I'm safe. Stevie doesn't mind the #SkyBooms. There will be more for a whole week mom says. Keep your pets inside all week. #Monday #TuxieGirl #Betty #CatsOfMastodon

A Tuxedo Girl cat sitting on her playbox in her Catio.

#TabbyTuesday Just me n mom butler staff out on the #Catio tonight. #Stevie #CatsOfMastodon

Night time on the catio

#Summer here in #Kansas is in full swing. I'm having a good time out in my beloved #Catio #Today on #Monday. #TabbyTude #ClassicTabby #StevieTheCat #Catting #CatsOfMastodon #Cats

Here's a short video tour of the #Catio. Note the white repurposed dresser, now being used as Kitty Cubbies! Some day both #Betty and #StevieTheCat will be sleeping in this Kitty Klub house together๐Ÿคž. #CatioLife #CatsOfMastodon #Cats

A short video tour our early summer Catio ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜บ

โ€œYeah Iโ€™m on the counter. Gotta problem with that?โ€ #Catio

Orange car on counter in front of sink.

#TuxiGirl #Betty Lookit me! ๐Ÿ˜บ I'm now wearing my collar after a few *clicker* training sessions! I'm a good girl. A smart girl! I'll be ready to use the #Catio once I can safely share the house with Stevie. #Clicker Training #Cats #TuxiTude #CatsOfMastodon

Tuxedo cat Betty sitting on the counter of her sanctuary room wearing her Home Again collar.

Week 4 of my #SlowCatIntro has begun. Still in stage 1 site & scent swapping, no eye/physical contact between me/Stevie. I've learned MANY things! ๐Ÿ˜ธ I can sit on my shelf without door dashing near the kitchen; I can safely share my sanctuary room & the floor space with Daisy the dog without harassing her; I can use all the house#Catification except the #Catio; I can safely use the house space at night while Stevie is outside. Love my new โ™ฅ๏ธForEver Home. #TuxieTude #CatsOfMastodon๐Ÿ˜ป #Caturday

Betty the Tuxie girl sitting on the bottom half of the Gym Wall currently in progress. The wall is yellow.

It's always #Caturday at Our House. Lookit what my dad made for ๐Ÿˆ us. It's stage 1 of our Gym Wall that will be ๐Ÿ˜บcritically important this winter when Betty & I won't be able to be out on the #Catio. My dad be The Best Cat Daddy EVER! ๐Ÿ˜ธ#Catify #CatsOfMastodon

Stevie, a Classic Tabby cat exploring his new Gym Wall. It's on a yellow wall. A work in progress.

#Today I got an upgrade to my #Catio enrichment items. Dad did some yard work recently & kept this bit back for๐Ÿ˜ธ me! Comes with resident chipmunk ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ #Catio #ClassicTabby #StevieTheCat #Catification #CatsOfMastodon ๐Ÿˆ

Chipmunk Stuffie on a real tree scratcher on a catio.
A Classic Tabby cat sitting on his platform climber out on his Catio.
A repurposed tree trunk out on a catio for the enrichment of a Classic Tabby cat.

It's always #Caturday when you have a #Catio! I'm feeling ๐Ÿ˜บbetter. Dad spent a lot of time with me #Today. We played catch on the climber & had ๐Ÿ—snacks together. I watched dad place a bunch of cinder blocks behind the fence line for her pots, and then he mowed the side yard. Afterwards we took a nap inside n closed the door! ๐Ÿˆ

Stevie, a Classic Tabby cat on his Catio climber. Can you find him?
Mom's potted herbs & such behind our old fence.
Martin Kelly
4 months ago

A cat will expand to fit the available sunbeam #Catio #CatsOfMastodon

A blue and cream tortie on her Catio finding the only triangular splash of sun
8 months ago

Unpopular take, but if people really love their cats they will keep them inside or get a catio for their safety. What a harsh, senseless death. No photo, just a Nextdoor post. #cats #catio

The post reads, "Our sweet family cat was found disemboweled in a neighbor's yard today. It looks like he encountered a wild animal last night."