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Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon seeking catio entries for second-annual fall tour

By Monique Balas
The Oregonian

Do you think your catio is the cat's pajamas? If so, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon wants to feature it in its second-annual catio tour this September. The organization and the Audubon Society of Portland have formed an unusual alliance as a result of their similar goals. The groups believe that reducing the number of free-roaming pet cats is healthier for cats and wildlife, and are part of a campaign encouraging people to keep cats indoors.

Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon seeking catio entries for second-annual fall tour

An example from last year's Catio Tour. Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon

Do you think your catio is the cat's pajamas?

If so, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon wants to feature it in its second-annual catio tour this September.

The organization and the Audubon Society of Portland have formed an unusual alliance as a result of their similar goals. The groups believe that reducing the number of free-roaming pet cats is healthier for cats and wildlife, and are part of a campaign encouraging people to keep cats indoors.

They hope to encourage people to expose cats to the outdoors safely in enclosed spaces called catios, which allow cats to experience the outdoors away from the risks of predators, cars and poisons.

The Catio Tour was created as a way to inspire cat owners to build their own catio after seeing creative examples in their community.

If you'd like to show off your own version as a catio host, you must be present and available to guests throughout the four-hour tour and expect at least 300 tour visitors.

The tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. Submissions will be accepted through June 23.

Visit here to submit your catio.

If you're mainly interested in checking out local catios, registration for the tour will open soon. Cost will be a $5 minimum donation or $20 for a color-printed guidebook that will be mailed to you.

Register online here.

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