Cat Shelves Inspiration

Because I pretty much think that shelves solve everything, I have been doing research on improving the cat habitat in the office (where they spend the night) with shelves. I have always felt bad about cooping three cats up in a tiny office overnight, but it’s the only choice besides being mauled as they clamber over our heads to get a good view from the bedroom window. What’s more, with all my experience in making shelves, I can probably get it done in a dedicated day! Here’s some of my favorite photos from the web:

Not exactly for cats, but doesn’t it challenge the imagination? It could be…
Not sure why these wouldn’t open towards the window, but they are a nice idea, because the cats can scratch on the side! They also spent the extra time to rout the wood, so the tiles would sit flush….can’t say I have the know-how for that, but can definitely nod to the attention to detail!
Last but not least, I LOVE this, but it’s $250. If the shelves were going to be more on display, like in a living room or bedroom I would say maybe it’s worth it, but for the office I am going to go a little more diy, a little more whimsical. I like the idea of making them fit into a painting….
I’ll let you know what comes of it!

Scratching Pole

It’s that time of year when the cats are getting restless and I’m ready to get them off my furniture. Here’s a simple scratching post that can be so much more!

Maybe with the original pole

Need:

– Free: 1 cardboard carpet roll. Can get this at any Lowe’s or Home Depot (have done this at both) and they will even cut it to size for you. Go home and shove it in a corner!
The Naked Pole
– Sisal rope: This part actually does cost $, more or less depending on how much you want (I got $20 worth), however it will last forever and is the part that can travel with you. This is the second pole I have made with the same rope.
Do:
– After you know it fits, take it down and wrap the sisal rope around starting from the bottom of the pole, giving lines of hot glue as you go. Done!
– I glued a string toy to the surface to get them interested. My next move will be to either stencil the top with paint like the first time (see photo above) or cover it with carpet using a staple gun. Finn has taken to scaling my doorframes, so it might be time to give him another place for that too! The good thing about this, no matter what they do it is stable.
Finn and Maybe with new scratching pole!