The 11th annual catio tour returns to Portland
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.
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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