This past weekend a long-awaited structure was built: an 8′ x 12′ enclosure on our back deck for the cats to go into. It wasn’t finished until Sunday eve, so it wasn’t until Monday night that anyone went in (and it was only Triquet and one or two other cats that actually ventured out then). Here’s how it looked from the nearby bedroom window.
Tuesday night saw a few more takers.
Although there’s a perfectly nice ramp built to access the shelf in the corner, Meringue took a more direct route.
Praline took the even more direct route of jumping straight to the shelf, but I didn’t photograph that.
Today was the first day we opened it up during daylight (we were home yesterday, but it was really hot). We’d moved in the plastic chairs already and we started moving in some cat furniture too. And photographing, of course.
I ended up with a lot of pictures of Meringue because she kept being the first to do things.
It’s kind of poignant, in a way. We first saw her on that very hillside, back in 2013. Probably not too long before or after she gave birth.
I-Gene moved in another piece of furniture, which I realized was actually our oldest cat tree, purchased before we moved here. Despite the top platform breaking off (we haven’t bothered reattaching it), it’s survived pretty well.
So far, Triquet, Velcro, Moonstone, Rhombus, Quot, Meringue, and Praline have spent a fair bit of time in the catio. Rhombus is most relaxed, as the previous picture shows; he stayed out there placidly even after everyone else went back in (the humans got chilled and the rest of the cats followed). Five-Spice has darted in a couple of times. I carried Licoris over to see it, but she scrambled out in a hurry as I crossed the threshold. Walnut has watched intently from inside the house. As far as I know CMY hasn’t noticed the catio at all, and perhaps Vanilla hasn’t either.