Have 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 families 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at columbus.archadeck.com. We look forward to connecting with you.