A paradise for pets and owners alike

Columbus cat porchHave you heard of the concept of a “catio”? It’s outdoor living space designed for pets. The new construction is usually a screened porch or sunroom where indoor cats or other pets can enjoy a taste of the outside without safety or inclement weather worries. While you are at work or out running errands, they can spend some time almost outside, taking in the sights and sounds of the world around.

Sixty-two percent of American households include at least one pet, according to the Humane Society. In my experience, that rate is even higher among the Columbus porch for happy catfamilies Archadeck serves. I’m often greeted by a friendly dog or two at the door or see a cat peeking at me from around a corner. Since most of our Columbus porch clients count at least one animal as a member of their family, it only makes sense to give them some thought when you are designing your new project.

Cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, and most other mammals have a natural affinity for the outside. They continue to be animals after all, even after domestication. Therefore, they are fascinated by what goes on outside. As any pet owner knows, most of them have two favorite places to be: under foot or sitting in a sunbeam at a window or door. One gets them love and attention; the other gets them warmth and something interesting to watch.

Your dog wants a great place to sun also
Your dog wants a great place to sun also

I don’t advocate going as far as some people do and building a space suitable only for animals, but Archadeck can easily put in screening, railings, doors or custom gates to keep your beloved cat or dog safe and in the area where they are supposed to be. As cat owners know, cats don’t actually need mazes to keep them entertained. They are just as happy to climb around on your furniture, cuddle up on one of your chairs or sit on your keyboard while you’re typing. The best pets love spending time with you as much as you enjoy them.

In the same way that we can build in special accommodations for people with mobility issues so that they can easily access porches or decks, we can give similar thought and consideration for your aging pet. If you dog is suffering from arthritis or hip dysplasia, we can build a ramp or shallower, wider steps to give him easier access from the house to the yard. In the case of larger dogs, this may even allow them to be able to live at home longer with an improved quality of life. If your cat wants fresh air, a great view of squirrels and warm sunshine on his back, a screened porch is the best option. This way, both the humans and the pets can enjoy the cool breeze, the smell of rain, and the feeling of warm sunshine on your shoulder.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor living space to your Columbus backyard, give us a call to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish. The consultation is completely free. Call (740) 879 – 3730, email us at westcolumbus@archadeck.net or visit our website at columbus.archadeck.com. We look forward to connecting with you.


Author: archadeckofcolumbus

I began my association with Archadeck in 2001 when I was working for a subcontractor that Archadeck of Columbus was employing for patio installations. I had been working in the Landscape/Hardscape industry for quite a few years at the time and immediately noticed a difference in how Archadeck operated in comparison with other deck companies that we worked with. Over the years of working with Archadeck on numerous projects, large and small, I came to realize the importance of what they were selling; beautiful designs, top-notch craftsmanship and a world class customer experience. This is what drove me to start working for Archadeck in January of 2011 and eventually buying the company in 2016. My wife, Amber, and my son, Logan, could not be happier to be a part of such a wonderful organization. We look forward to the future as we build the outdoor living environments our customers dream of with the “world class” service they deserve!

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