Deck The Halls

If you’ve decorated for the holiday season, I hope everything is still intact! I try to keep our decorations to a minimum. It’s really just an excuse to put out more animal “stuff.” I hope you enjoy the Christmas items I’ve collected over the years.

Part of me is glad the cats don’t play with this because of the noisy bells đŸ˜‰

Here’s our pet stockings and photo ornaments.

 

Here’s the top of the bookcase with ornaments and a photo of Zinger with Santa. The wood carvings are from the Dog Bark Park Inn.

 

Our cute “cookie” jar made by Scentsy

 

My attempt at a photo Christmas Wreath

 

Petsmart Christmas Cat

 

Two days after putting up decorations, I found a stocking on the ground…

 

…Looks like a house cat is sending a message to the Barn Cats!

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Made Me Laugh

I don’t know about your cats, but mine can be noisy during sleeping hours. Borgia was the worst because she used to squeak her paws on our closet door mirror. Our solution has been to create The Cat Room. Outsiders would call it a guest room since it has a queen size bed in it, but WE know who the room belongs to.

The Cat Room has always included kitty essentials: food, water, litter boxes, beds, scratchers, cat tree and toys. For my amusement, I added kitty inspirational art work that included every house cat’s superheros… tigers and lions! Recently, I decided to get rid of the tacky tiger and lion framed posters and put up artwork that spoke to me:

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I hung this glorious framed print above the cat’s litter boxes.

Sweet Satisfaction

After all the time and energy I put into creating the cat shelves (along with my awesome husband’s help), I still get excited when I see a cat using them.

Borgia enjoying the hammock

I’d nap up there if I was a cat

Crazed For Catnip!

I bought some new catnip toys for Cooper, Borgia and Tully around Christmas time from The Pussums Cat Co. I became aware of this company after seeing their products recommended on www.hauspanther.com (my favorite website for ideas on spending money on our cats).

This picture should convince you how great these catnip toys are!

Tully is still in training to become a product model. Rule #1 is to have product fully visible. Uh! Newbies.

All-Time Favorite Litter Scoop

DuraScoop Cat Litter Scoop

I’ve never been a fan of cleaning litter boxes and I don’t know anyone who is. Over the years, I’ve had some terrible litter scoops and a couple I thought were really good. I will admit I was WRONG.

Where was this litter scoop back when I got Borgia almost 13 years ago?

I’ve had the Durascoop Cat Litter Scoop (click here for amazon link) for close to a year and I love it. I am cleaning 4-5 litter boxes a day, so I am really testing this scooper out. I needed a scooper that is comfortable in my hand, will hold up to heavy usage, and not create more work for me (break or fling litter). Don’t hesitate to purchase this scooper because it costs more than the cheap, flimsy litter scoopers you are used to using. Spending the extra money is worth the benefits you will receive.

 

Home Made Cat Shelves

The cat shelves and raceways that I purchased last year are being put to good use. Tully (former barn cat) spends 1/3 of his day on the raceways. This includes running like a crazy cat between 12am-5am. Considering the shelves are on the opposite side of a shared wall with our bedroom, I thought I should put shelves on the opposite side of the house.  There was always the risk of the shelves not being used as I had hoped, but I had to try something (playing before bedtime wasn’t cutting down on the speed kitteh).

I would have LOVED to purchase more shelves from Catastrophicreations. Unfortunately, the business owner moved out of state which meant $$$ on shipping that previously could have been put towards shelves. This meant I was going to build them myself!

My awesome husband headed to Lowes for supplies so I could get to work in the garage. When coming up with a design, I did the same as with the purchased shelves. I cut strips of paper to represent each shelf and used painters tape to map the studs on the walls.  Most of the time the shelves would anchor into a stud, but a few required drywall anchors.

I put a lot of time & energy into this project, and without my husband’s help the results wouldn’t be this good (or sturdy).

I took some pics at many stages in the project to give you an idea of all that went into the final result. Enjoy!

Here’s the paper shelves and blue painters tape. Some of the tape represents studs that I located using a stud finder, others mark where the brackets should be mounted (others used instead of clear scotch tape).

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This was my temporary work station at our kitchen island. I painted the brackets to match the wall paint and shelf paint to help them blend in to their surroundings. The blow dryer is there to make the paint drying go MUCH faster.

Once again, the blow dryer to the rescue! These blocks of wood were used behind the scratching/climbing post so the post wasn’t flat against the wall.

The scratching/climbing post was made of 2 2×4’s. I sanded and painted the ends.

I used sisal rope that other cat owners recommended (no chemical smell). It took over 300 feet of rope!

Here’s the fabric I used for the raceway to go between the two windows. FYI I hate sewing, but that’s WHAT I DO FOR CATS & DOGS.

Yep. If you can’t draw a straight line, you likely can’t sew a straight line either;)

Here’s the raceway mounted and the fabric stapled, glued and screwed! The clamps helped maintain pressure on the wood and fabric while the glue dried. Cats were kept off until the glue was finished drying. Before allowing the cats on the shelves, I did paint touch-ups, including painting screw heads so they blended into the wall & brackets.

Completed!

Success! Tully using the shelves. We’ll see if he uses them between 12am-5am…