Sep 5, 2023 - Things to Do

The 11th annual catio tour returns to Portland

A black cat laying on green grass.

Clark in his catio. Photo: Emily Harris/Axios.

A catio, for the uninitiated, is a patio for a cat. And Portland, according to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, has at least 1,000 catios around town.

Why it matters: Catios are enclosed, so your kitty can go outside but generally can't kill birds. Plus, catios keep cats safe from cars, coyotes and other cats.

What's happening: Portland's 11th annual catio tour is Saturday, with in-person and video options, plus a catio-fest at Alberta Abbey.

  • Ticket sales end Thursday.

Sneak preview: We caught up with Lewis, a Siberian forest cat, and his (human) dad Jory Olson, to check out the catio Lewis shares with his (cat) brother Clark.

We also learned about adventure catting — the growing pastime of skiing, boating or just walking outside with your cat — which Olson, Lewis and Clark do, and will talk about more at the catio-fest.

A photo of a person touching a cat inside of a black gated cage.
Jory Olson talking to Clark in the catio. The high walkway in back connects to a second-floor window in Olson's house and has regular emergency access points. Photo: Emily Harris/Axios

Here are catio insights from the trio, as told by Olson:

🐈‍⬛ Why a catio: Because Lewis and Clark wake up too early! "In the summer, when it's 4:30 or whenever it starts getting light, they would start howling at me," Olson told Axios.

🪴 Best catio features: Different hangouts, interesting views and lush grass-in-a-box.

💰 Catio costs: From cheap (think chicken wire) to expensive. The modular catio Olson bought for Lewis and Clark ran about $5,000.


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