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Metal vs. Wooden Catios: Choosing the Purrfect Outdoor Haven for Your Cat

Catios, or cat patios, have become a popular way for cat owners to provide a safe and stimulating outdoor environment for their furry friends. When it comes to choosing the right catio material, the debate often centers around metal versus wood. In this blog post, we'll explore the pros and cons of metal and wooden catios to help you make an informed decision for your beloved feline companion.

  1. Durability and Longevity:

    • Metal Catios: Typically made from materials like aluminum or steel, metal catios are known for their durability and resistance to the elements. They are less prone to rot, decay, and fungal diseases and infestations, making them a long-lasting option.
    • Wooden Catios: While wooden catios can be sturdy, they may require more maintenance to prevent rot and weather damage. Choosing a durable wood like cedar or redwood can enhance longevity. It is important to note that wood can harbour ringworm, a serious affliction for cats which is why ProtectaPet offers metal catios only. 
  2. Aesthetic Appeal:

    • Metal Catios: Often sleek and modern in design, metal catios can complement contemporary outdoor spaces. They offer a more polished and industrial look.
    • Wooden Catios: If you prefer a natural and rustic appearance, wooden catios are a good choice. They can blend with the garden setting and can be painted with non-toxic paint.
  3. Temperature Regulation:

    • Metal Catios: Metal catios are a good choice in all climates as they cope well with both high and low temperatures. 
    • Wooden Catios: After a short period of time, fluctuation in temperature and moisture can cause warping and movement within the frame. 
  4. Customisation and Design Flexibility:

    • Metal Catios: Metal allows for intricate designs and can be easily customised to fit specific spaces. They provide flexibility in creating unique and personalised structures.
    • Wooden Catios: Wood is also highly customisable and can be crafted into various shapes and styles.
  5. Maintenance Requirements:

    • Metal Catios: Generally low-maintenance, metal catios may only require occasional cleaning to remove dirt and debris. They are resistant to stains and are less likely to harbor pests.
    • Wooden Catios: Regular maintenance, such as sealing or staining, is essential to protect wooden catios from the elements. Inspecting for signs of wear and tear is crucial to ensure a safe environment for your cat.

Choosing between a metal and wooden catio depends on your preferences, aesthetic considerations, and the specific needs of your cat. Consider factors such as climate, maintenance commitment, and design preferences to create the purrfect outdoor haven for your feline friend.

ProtectaPet Catios

ProtectaPet, the UK's leading providers of catios and cat fence barriers, uses black powder-coated galvanised steel for all of its catios. Browse the catio gallery to see how they look in real gardens. 

ProtectaPet catios offer:

  • Optimum aesthetic black powder-coated and slim profile posts
  • Pioneering corner brace technology for rigidity and stability
  • Premium steel mesh 'wildlife chew guard' along lower 60cm
  • Exclusively manufactured high-tensile, UV stable, polymesh for low visual impact 
  • Minimal maintenance - no painting on preservative or replacing rotten sections
  • Goof value for money over life in use