Along the lines of my post yesterday about spoiling my dog, I thought I’d share how we spoil our cats.
Recently we renovated our living and dining rooms. In the process we’ve replaced some of our furniture. And now this is what the cats have:
How did we get to this point?
We had a stand-alone cat perch that Mojo loved to play one. It was leopard print colored and didn’t really match the new improved decor.
My husband suggested that we make cat shelves up the wall. Being the sucker I am (and recognizing the chance to get rid of the leopard print) I agreed! And then here’s what you do:
- Buy some sturdy shelves and brackets at Ikea
- Cut them to size for cats
- Wrap a long 1” x 4” board with sisal rope (they love scratching sisal rope!)
- Attach all to wall at reasonable intervals, all the way up to the vaulted ceiling
- Sew not one but two cat beds and velcro them to the shelves
- Feel great satisfaction when you find cats sleeping up there. Ok, so really only Mojo goes up unprompted but if you lure Carston up he’ll lay there. Annie doesn’t go up at all. I blame her lack of claws.
My dog has a ton of toys. She takes great care of them and never ruins them. She has enough that I have to swap out batches of toys because they don’t all fit in the toy basket. Eventually I donate them to the shelter. Despite that, I continue to make her this one type of toy that she likes: a braided fleece rope. I once bought a simple fleece rope at PetSmart and found out she really liked it. After that, I collected fleece scraps when they were on sale and have made many, many fleece ropes for my dog and other dogs I fancy. She doesn’t play tug too much but she does like to carry around the fleece rope and slowly will chew on it (or it gets ruined when another dog comes to visit) so I have to make her new one.
Here’s how I make them:
- Cut three long strips of fleece (make them thicker for a thick braid)
- Tie one end in a tight knot
- Braid to the other end, tie in a knot
- Tie a knot in the middle
- Optional: tie extra small fleece scraps near the ends of the rope (I used to do this because the toy at PetSmart had them, but don’t do it any more)
- Give to your favorite spoiled dog. Seriously, it’s that easy.
A posed picture of Molly with a fleece toy on top of one of her new beds:
(This is her “window” bed that I felt the need to make after we removed the carpet from our house this winter. I didn’t want her to be cold while laying with her head on the windowsill! Also, the cats really enjoy it.)