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Bloomberg Article: How to Unite Cat and Bird Lovers? Build a Catio

International news agency, Bloomberg, recently published a paw-mazing catio article, How to Unite Cat and Bird Lovers? Build a Catio, to Bloomberg Green.  The national piece, which features Custom Catios and two former clients, is a testament to how far the catio industry has come in just a few short years. While visitors are encouraged to read the entire article by journalist Ben Whitford, here are a few sections highlighting Custom Catios‘ clients:

Custom Catios Clients

Brenda Thompson’s yard in northeastern Los Angeles is an avian paradise. Hummingbirds, goldfinches, juncos, and crows, among other bird varieties, splash in her fountain, guzzling sugar-water and nibbling the seeds she sets out. Now and then a neighborhood cat strolls along, and tries to go after and grab at the birds. Luckily, Thompson’s own cats, Cooper and Fizz, have no blood on their paws. That’s largely because Thompson has built them a $10,000 “catio” — a cat patio.

The wood-and-wire enclosure opens off Thompson’s dining room and loops around the back of her house, allowing Cooper and Fizz to get fresh air and feast their eyes on feathered visitors while ensuring they never get within pouncing distance. “We sit and watch the birds a lot from our deck — and now the cats can come and watch the birds as well,” Thompson says.


One recent Custom Catios client, attorney Cindy Zegal, paid around $30,000 for a sprawling structure featuring a spiral staircase, plush hidey-holes accessed via cat-shaped cutout doors, a 10-foot fireman’s pole, a plexiglass viewing bowl, ramps and walkways that loop around the home and property. The project required multiple “emergency exit” hatches for Zegal’s cats, Peppermint and Spice.

“We wanted something that sat with the spirit of our house, which has lots of unique design elements,” Zegal says. Bird safety, she says, was a secondary consideration.

Custom Catios’ Alan Breslauer (aka Catio Guy)

Finally a section about Custom Catios’ Alan Breslauer (aka Catio Guy):

In Los Angeles, one of the hottest catio markets right now, Alan Breslauer can charge up to five-figure sums to build high-end patios that he describes as “cat Disneyland.” The former marketer became a full-time catio designer in 2017 when he founded Custom Catios.

“We’re located in Los Angeles, where everyone’s an environmentalist,” he says. “And most of the homes are million dollar homes, so people can afford to pay more for more elaborate enclosures.”

It’s exciting to get national recognition and be on the forefront of a burgeoning industry! Again, be sure to read the entire article.

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