Meet Cynthia Chomos, founder of Catio Spaces in Seattle, Washington. Cynthia is a general contractor who works with a team of carpenters designing and building custom catios in the greater Seattle area. Cynthia combines her expertise as a feng shui consultant and designer with her passion for cats to create outdoor havens for felines and their guardians.
It all started with the catio above, which Cynthia designed for her own cat, Serena, who now serves as the Catio Spaces quality assurance expert. After converting this small outdoor patio to a beautiful catio, Cynthia was enjoying the space with Serena one day when she had the inspiration to start Catio Spaces.
Cynthia designed a second catio for Serena, the larger gabled roof enclosure pictured in the first photo. This space is large enough to accommodate a six-foot lounge, perfect for a leisurely catnap in the catio.
Serena accesses the larger catio through a 30-foot elevated catwalk tunnel and arbor. This video shows how the two catios connect. What an incredible space for a very lucky cat!
Window Box Catios
One type of catio that Cynthia frequently designs for clients is her Window Box Catio. These compact 3-sided enclosures are a great way to give your cat a taste of the outdoors. They attach to the side of a home with cat access through a window or through a cat door installed in a window or wall. If you have a limited amount of space and a smaller budget, a Window Box Catio might be a great option for you.
Cynthia’s Haven Catios provide a bit more space than a Window Box Catio. These spaces have a compact footprint and maximize vertical space for the cats, but don’t quite have enough room for human seating, although they are big enough to accommodate a full-size door for people to access the space for cleaning.
The larger Sanctuary Catios, like Serena’s catios, are spacious enough to accommodate some comfortable lounge seating so you can spend time enjoying the catio with your cat. Great for enclosing a larger patio or a deck with lots of space for Catification!
Cynthia has designed some very creative catios that make excellent use of space. I love the catio below, where she converted a planter area to a spacious catio that integrates beautifully with the design of the home. This is a great re-claiming of essentially unused space, and for a fantastic purpose!
Check out the CatioSpaces.com to see more of Cynthia’s work, and read below for a special offer!
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DIY Catio Plans 50% Off For a Limited Time!
In addition to designing custom catios, Catio Spaces also offers downloadable DIY catio plans and right now you can save 50% on all DIY catio plans and gift certificates from Catio Spaces!
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN A DIY CATIO PLAN:
- Step-by-step instructions including diagrams.
- Material list (materials are available from your local home improvement or lumber store).
- Tool list.
- Catios are designed as panels for ease of assembly (or removal if you move in the future.)
- Roof rafters accommodate a wire mesh roof or a clear, polycarbonate weatherproof roof for year-round enjoyment.
- Door placement options for human access into the catio.
- Shelf design maximizes vertical space for cat exercise and enjoyment.
- Adjustable catio height. (Adjustable width for window box catio plans.)
PLUS BONUS information including:
- Tips for acclimating your cat to a cat door and new catio space.
- Tips for cat safe plants, enrichment, decorating and more!
Gift certificates are also available (redeemable for a catio plan of choice). Use promo code hauspanther50 at CatioSpaces.com. This promotion is only offered once a year! Offer expires 11/30/19.
10% of every sale will be donated to an animal welfare organization!
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