People just want to do the right thing for their pets; keep them happy, healthy, and safe. Not all cats are safe to roam free, but also, cats still deserve to be able to get some fresh air. To achieve this; Some cat owners choose to build an enclosure outdoors. This type of enclosure is often called a “catio” or cat patio.
This couple built a giant catio for their four beloved cats to give them the shelter they deserve. However, his neighbors were less than impressed with the addition to the street. Sometimes you’re damned if you let your cats roam free, and damned if you take steps to stop them from doing so.
The enclosure cost £10,000 and is 9 feet tall and 13 feet by 11.5 feet wide: which is undeniably huge.
The cage was built by the Halworth couple; a retired police officer, Sue, and her husband, an electrician, Richard. They moved to the area two years ago. Three of her cats were rescued from a charity called Huddersfield Ferals and Strays, and her fourth cat was saved after being abandoned.
Neighbors have complained that the monster in a cage is out of place for the area and an eyesore.
They also believe it creates a blind spot for traffic and the narrow lane next to it.
These seem like valid concerns.
As such, the local council, in West Yorkshire, required the couple to apply for retrospective planning permission or dismantle the cage.
The council rejected the request for the cage, which features a series of tunnels and ramps for the cats to enjoy.
The couple will take their case to appeal.
“We don’t want to bother anyone, we just want to live a quiet life and for our cats to be happy. They really love the space, there are so many things they can play with.”
“Most of our neighbors think the cage is a great idea, only a few have a problem with it.
The catio was built to prevent the cats from running out onto the road and to protect them from the “bullying cats” in the area.
The Halworth couple is willing to work with the council to find a solution. They have suggested reducing the size or changing the color.
I guess the lesson here is that if you want to build a giant catio for your cats, ask planning permission first.