Santa Cruz County Catio Tour

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CALLING ALL CAT & BIRD LOVERS: be inspired by the ingenuity of nine Santa Cruz County cat owners providing unique CATIOS, outdoor enclosures for their cats. This event was hosted by Native Animal Rescue and Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter!

The next Catio Tour will be held in spring of 2019!

Click here for the Local Catios we have toured! 

What do bird-lovers and cat-lovers have in common? We all want what’s best for the animals we love. Lucky for us there's a unique solution that keeps cats and birds safe at the same time, and many of our neighbors are using it.

You may ask, “What’s a catio?” Good question! Add the word “cat” to the word “patio,” and you get “catio.” A catio is an outdoor enclosure for cats; a place where cats can enjoy the outdoors and still be safe from predators. And just as important, wild birds can be safe from cats.

The purpose of the Santa Cruz County Catio Tour is to educate the community about this highly successful way of protecting cats from predators and birds from cats. The catios on display run the gamut from small window boxes to large freestanding enclosures where cats and their owners can enjoy together!

Local catio owners from Boulder Creek to Watsonville exhibited catios.

Catio Evening: an informational evening sponsored by Native Animal Rescue and the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

• Tai Moses, author of “Zooburbia” and animal advocate speaking for SCRATS (Santa Cruz Raptors Are The Solution) whose mission is to eradicate toxic rodenticides from the food chain in order to make the ecosystem safer for wildlife, kids, and pets.

• Chris Wilmers from UCSC Puma Project, a research collaboration between the University of California at Santa Cruz and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Since 2008, we have been tracking and monitoring pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains.