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Cat Trees – Build or Buy

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Cat tree in living room

6-foot cat tree

 

Indoor cats need to climb. Providing them with appropriate cat furniture will make them and you happy.

 

Without a cat tree to climb; a curtain might be a great alternative. Although I did have a cat that raced to the top of my living room curtain. She walked across the rod, while the others cats watched her in awe. Luckily they didn’t find it necessary to follow suit.

 

Back in 1980 I designed a cat tree to fit the space that was sandwiched in between a bookshelf and an organ. We went to carpet stores to see if we could acquire a few remnants to put our design to life. I made 4 cat cutouts to adorn our cat tree. With bits and pieces we configured a multi colored tree. With a very fine woven carpet, we were able to have enough to cover the bottom (to protect the floor when sliding back and forth) plus there was enough to cover the back and two sides.

 

The cat tree of 1980 still resides in our home and was always in the living room, even when we moved to a new house. Oh it has been re-carpeted many times over the years. The cats loved to scratch on it, destroying the covered post and also the top platform edges.

 

If you ever decide to make a cat tree or even recover one, do make sure you never used looped carpet. And for that matter do they real make much of that anymore? I’m sure there is some close looped pile, but still not advisable for cat trees. You don’t want your cat hanging by a claw, desperately trying to break free.

 

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Siamese at Three Years

Chocolate Point Siamese cat in the office.

Lily the Office Helper

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Siamese When They Are No Longer Kittens

Hard to believe Lucy turned 3 on September 17, 2023. Got her on January 17, 2021 at 4 months old. Tiny little kid. I had brought the big cat carrier to transfer her into for the ride home. She seemed so lost in the small carrier. It made sense to keep her in a cozy bed and closed in space. For the 3 hours to home she was snug in the carrier we had used to pack one cat in for a short trip to the vet. She was just a small handful. I had forgotten how small kittens were at 4 months of age. It had been 1997 since I picked up my last pint size kitten at 5 months.

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5 Reasons For an Elevated Feeding Station

5 Good Reasons to have an elevated feeding station:

      1. Arthritis

     2. Convenience

     3. Blindness

     4. Cat anxiety

     5. Monitoring water and food consumption

There was a time I had water and food set wherever it was convenient for me. No cat complaints and life was harmonious with my happy cat family.

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How to Pick The Best Cat Litter

Indoor cats enjoying a happy life.Picking the Best Cat Litter

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Today there are so many kinds of litters.

 

Prior to the mid-1940s, cats did their business outside. But the more domesticated they became, soon some were living indoors full time. Sand, dirt, paper, wood ashes became a part of the indoor lifestyle for a cat. Messy, tracked throughout the home, and not so great on hiding odor. In 1947 clay was used and named Kitty Litter.

 

The home resident cat has come a long ways. Happier caregivers found better solutions. I don’t think the cat has changed its preferences, but has adapted to whatever we stick in the litter box.

 

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How Many Litter Boxes Do You Need?

 

Chocolate point Siamese cat on a pedestal

Lily on a pedestal

 

Well, the verdict is out…

 

I always thought 2 were ample. Even when I had 10 cats living under my roof, there were only 2 boxes.

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Yes, ten. There were 3 adult cats and 7 kittens. The kittens used the one in the living room. It was by their den. (Bottom of the cat tree.) True, sometimes the adults used the box. But most times, they used the one under the bathroom sink.

 

Once the kittens were gone, I had one box in the spare bedroom and one in the bathroom. Even with 5 adult cats, it was plenty. Different house, with more cats and people. Continue reading

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