Seasonal Catio Maintenance

Ever since building the catio in 2015, it hasn’t need much care.  Last summer I swapped out the chicken wire for welded wire and added a homemade sleeping box:

bonkers and darwin in the catio        darwin sleeping in the catio sleeping box!

The catio still looks great and has no structural damage, despite some carpenter bees spending an uncomfortable amount of time investigating it lately:

        

But some of the staples had pulled out over the winter:

Leaving a gap which was a little too large for comfort

        

A few [about 100…] staples later:

And I was satisfied Darwin wouldn’t be able to worm his way out:

        

I also bought some red, black, and purple petunias 2 weekends ago, which have since grown much bigger, but here they are when I first potted them:

        

       

And a red Mandevilla vine which will hopefully wrap around the fence and take over like the one I had a few years ago did:

Notice how nasty and green our fence WAS.  I say was because I spent a grueling 2 hours today cleaning it.  The part in the yard you can see, and also the entire front which borders our driveway, but that’s a post for another day.

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4 Comments

  1. Every time I see that river–right in your backyard–I am awestruck! You cats probably don’t realize what a special view they have from the catio!

    • Nine Dark Moons

      i’m not sure. darwin likes watching the birds that frequent the river, but he also is equally happy watching the people walk by on the road 🙂

  2. Your flowers are beautiful! Evidently our cool and sometimes rainy weather agrees with them. Great job on the catio. Now you just have to convince Birdie that the catio would be the perfect place to spend her summer. Darwin would be so thrilled!

    • Nine Dark Moons

      I know… so far she has no interest in investigating… she has stared at the door leading out to it a few times, but if i try to hold it open for her she runs the other way. petunias do really well in our yard, no matter what the weather! makes life easier.

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