You may not know this, but I am a crazy cat lady. Or at least I hope to be one day. I currently have 3 living here (and I am trying to justify getting more). They do not get along well so one has separate living space. The one that is alone is definitely a loner when it comes to other cats, but we didn’t know that when she first came to live with us. (Yes, us. Crazy cat lady status not withstanding, I am not an 87 year old blue haired lady who has 20+ cats and no guy.) My Guy loves cats, too. In fact, all of our cats where once just his. Which is why he didn’t look at me like I was nuts when I told him I wanted to get the little one some furniture, I think. The other cats have all sorts of things to jump up on, but our little one didn’t have a whole lot of places she could perch.
I had spend a good bit of time on a great site for Ikea Addicts. I stumbled onto it via Pinterest. I had seen some cool ideas to use some of the pieces from Ikea to make pet related items, and one was one of my favorite bookcases. That was it. I was going to Ikea and coming back with cat furniture, or the beginnings of it at least.
So I buzzed over to the store and picked up a 2×2 Expedit bookcase, an indoor/outdoor rug, some heavy duty Velcro, and got to work. These cases are really easy to put together. I did it by myself and I think it took 20 minutes or so.
I cut a piece of the rug to fit the top, about 15″ by 34″ as I wanted some over hang. I attached this with Velcro so I can change it out once it gets torn up. The original project that inspired this had rope wrapped around the side pieces so the cats could scratch, but knowing our cat, I knew the rug is what she would go after so I didn’t bother with the rope. In one of the cubbies I put a pillow (with a removable and washable cover) I left 2 unaltered in case she wanted to cool her belly on the wood, and the 4th cubbie I lined with her fuzzy blanket. She loves to look at herself so I have a mirror set on the top so she can admire her cute furry self.
She loves this thing! We have taken to calling it her petting station. She hangs out on top of it more often than not, and everyone who passes her must pay the toll (which is a few pats on the head or a butt scratch) Since I originally made the petting station a few months back, I have whipped up a cute little pet bed that sits on the top.
She is almost always up there now, but I put a few treats in the lower cubbies every now and then so she checks those out occasionally. Over all this was a great idea for kitties, and if she ever decides she doesn’t like it, it is still an awesome bookcase.
Gonna call this one: Nailed It! since the little one is so happy with it.