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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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Colors My Cats See

chocolate point Siamese in the living room on a mat in the morning sun

Lily on one of the blue mats.

What Colors Cats See

And we all thought our feline friends could see that red mouse you so happily picked out for Christmas. UGH… They were not impressed with all the green and red toys. We were so naive about that cute stocking full of cat toys. Surely our cats would be impressed with such a vibrant selection. But apparently not.

They may have appeared impressed with the new selection and smells of those new additions to their toy box, but alas, not the colors. Just crazy shades of gray to them. You didn’t know that it was packaged for you to whip it up off the shelf and put in your basket to impress your cat at Christmas.

I had been told they don’t see colors like we do, but I didn’t want to believe it. After all they attack my new artificial flower arrangements, so surely they must notice the colors when I change them and some seem to attract them more than others. Apparently even I was fooled. In fact their color range is much smaller than I first believed. Continue reading

Review on Cat Sparkle Toy Balls

Chocolate point Siamese cat with sparkle cat balls

Lily checking out the new supply of sparkle balls

 

My cats have loved the sparkle balls I got years ago from a fabric store.

 

My first introduction to the sparkle balls was in a cat toy Christmas stocking. They self-destructed in days. Hence, the hunting expedition for a suitable substitute. The 48 balls survived the ravages of energetic cat play for years. Now only 27 remained.

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What happened to the other 21? Not sure. The vacuum cleaner may have gobbled up a few. A litter box casualty that got buried. Didn’t get  scooped because it was washing day for the litter boxes.

 

There were 3 larger ones that Lily liked. They are missing. One escaped outside, must have got kicked out when we opened the backdoor. Are they under the washer, freezer, or dropped behind the bookshelf? For now, the 3 are MIA.

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How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Entertained

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Is Your Indoor Cat Bored?

 

Chocolate point Siamese cat resting on carpeted bookself

Lily resting in office

 

Is your cat sleeping more than usual and packing on the pounds?

Time to make note of the waking hour activities. Is he/she begging for food or listless most of the time?

Bored cats use food to fill the boredom.

Challenge your cat’s mind with interactive toys. Even just a new toy with unfamiliar smells will stimulate their curiosity.

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Cats in Healing

December 2021

healing nurse siamese cat

Lucy hanging out with the bear

Cats help to heal

I adore cats. After Molly’s death in May 2020, the loneliness of not hearing those purrs and meows became overwhelming.

 

Life kept us busy during May, June, and July, so not having 4 legged little ones around made it easier. But as the summer dragged on, the missing laughter that the little creatures bring became intense.

 

December 5, 2020, rolled around, and we picked up our first bundle of joy. Lily a 9-month-old chocolate point Siamese. Winning her over took a while. A year later and she has become a blessing. She has her only little quirks, and we adjust to her whims. (link)

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