Today I decided to winterize the catio. I thought about doing it last year but never did. It’s become sort of a necessity because the cat door in the dining room window keeps blowing open creating a very cold draft. I bought some clear plastic tarp at Home Depot and used my Dewalt power stapler to attach it to the catio and connector.
Here’s a view of the cat door from the yard – you can see in the 2nd pic how it blows open into the dining room. The constant wind off the River doesn’t help:
I cut lengths of tarp and used my stapler to attach it:
I did the connector first:
There was a immediate and huge improvement with the draft! Then I did the River side & door side of the catio:
So far, Darwin is terrified of the tarp. He sticks his head out the cat door and jumps every time the tarp crinkles, snaps, or moves in the wind, then bolts back into the house. Hopefully he’ll realize soon enough it’s not going to get him and he’ll start going out! I’m hoping the tarp will make it a nicer place for them to be when it’s windy or snowing. There are still uncovered spots for them to spy on birds and people walking by on the street side.
This never worked out and I ended up ripping the tarps down and the cats didn’t go back out until Spring. Darwin never got over his fear of the tarps, and during wind and rain, the water got in past the tarps.