CAT BIZ By kate Benjamin
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With so much atten- tion being devoted to catifying our homes, it’s no surprise that catios are a booming business. David
Kempka and Jennifer Austin are
the founders of Purrfect Catio, a
business that helps cat guardians
expand their cat’s territory by adding an outdoor enclosure.
Catios, or enclosed patios
designed specifically for cats, are a
great addition to any feline-friendly
home. They provide a way for cats
to get some fresh air while keeping
them safe from outdoor threats.
These home additions can range
from simple window enclosures to
elaborate screened-in rooms and
labyrinthine walkways; some are like
amusement parks for cats!
David and Jennifer learned a
great deal from building catios for
their own cats. They built their first
catio using simple materials to create a small enclosure, just 4-feet
wide by 8-feet deep by 4-feet tall.
Their cats loved the new outdoor
space so much that David and
Jennifer decided to create another
larger space. This time they used
a repurposed gazebo, which they
wrapped in wire and outfitted with
shelves and a cat tree. These two
projects demonstrated just how
much the cats loved being able to
go outdoors and how important it
is to build with durable materials
that can withstand the elements.
So the idea for Purrfect Catio was
born. “Our motivation for starting
the company came from our cats
and the love and happiness they
have shown us from owning their
very own catio,” David said.
After researching materials,
David, a mechanical engineer, found
a sturdy, anodized aluminum tubing system to use for building the
Purrfect Catio structures. The tubing is weather resistant and creates
an attractive-looking frame.
David and Jennifer also realized
that they would need to cater to
different types of clients, ranging
from DIY homeowners to customers who prefer to “leave it to the
experts” by having a custom enclosure designed and built specifically
to meet their needs.
The couple developed several
DIY catio kits that can be assembled easily with simple hand tools.
These are perfect for construction-savvy clients who just need the
Purrfect Catios Give Kitties
Safety in the Great Outdoors