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[info]lilithilien wrote
on October 1st, 2012 at 06:24 pm

My cats are spoilt rotten (100 Things Post #4)*

Since I got my two kittens seven months ago, I've been wanting to get them one of those cool "cat condos" that they could climb on. But they can get pretty expensive (and it's hard to get one home without a car), plus in my small apartment there's not really room for it. It's not like the cats are deprived anyway, since the back of the couch is along the windows and they prefer climbing on the AC anyway.



But then, not long ago, I saw how this dedicated pet owner had bought his cat's love built his cat Rufus a tower out of banker's boxes. Pretty impressive, eh?



Lacking a free source of banker's boxes, I decided to make do with some boxes from my grocery store. I'm starting small, with just a few boxes.



I cut a hole in the bottom of the top banana box, and one in the side of the bottom banana box, so they can go in and up (or down and out, whichever they prefer). I'm actually glad I did it this way, since it's given them some time to get used to it. At first they were wary, but after loading it up with treats and putting a favourite blanket in the bottom of the banana box, they've been won over. Now the Little One takes most of his naps curled up in there, and they play there several times a day. The size has been great too - this was one of my concerns with a full-blown Rufus Tower, because I don't have a large enough wall to support it. This one lives in front of my front door, and I can just slide it out of my way when I leave the apartment.

Today I added an extension.





(I just realised that the kittens have just swapped places.)

There's a hole in the side of the top banana box now (in addition to the hole through the bottom) into the new box, and the box above it is connected by another hole. And then they can come out the front. It's quite a squeeze for Ollie (the big orange one), but the Little One can slink right in. And I cut diamond-shaped holes all around the top one so they can paw each other as necessary.

The boys are still not completely sold on this new development, and I'm not sure whether I can build on much more - cutting holes through the bottom really affects the stability of the boxes, so I can see where the banker's boxes would work better. But I think it'll be enough for them, for a while anyway, if they take to it as much as they did the previous arrangement. I'm out nothing but a bit of packing tape and maybe some paint if I decide to spruce it up. (And almost a finger, nearly lost in a skylight-cutting incident - if you make one of these, BE CAREFUL WITH THE KNIFE!)

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I need to get back into doing these! I'll try to be better.

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