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post #1 of 13
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I really love the way this looks and I think my aby kitten would really enjoy having a set of shelves like this to climb/perch on. She has cat trees but I just love spoiling her so I thought this would be a really cool way to add to her "playground". Of course, there is no way I would spend $115 on just one shelf, but I found something very similar that I could easily put together on my own.

Does anyone have anything set up like this and what are your thoughts on the safety and enjoyment level of something like this for cats?

http://www.mycatsheaven.com/buddha

Scroll down and check out all of the cool pics of this!
post #2 of 13
http://katwallks.com/ has less expensive ones. I don't have any experience with cat shelves myself.
post #3 of 13
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http://katwallks.com/ has less expensive ones. I don't have any experience with cat shelves myself.
Yes, I had come across those but I would like to put this in the living room and these don't quite fit with my decor. I loved these other ones because of the very modern, natural look. I'm planning to just build my own anyways so it shouldn't be all that expensive. The only part I haven't decided on is how I'm going to "carpet" the tops like the modern cat ones.
post #4 of 13
My cats have claimed the top shelves of all my bookcases, so I suspect they would love these. I wouldn't buy them at that price, though.

You should be able to get the materials at a home improvement store to make your own. For the carpet there are a couple of ways to work it. Get a piece large enough to wrap over the end and staple it to the bottom of the shelf. You may not like that so much in your living room since you'll be looking at the bottom of the shelf. You can get double-sided carpet tape and stick the carpet to the top of the shelf. You would probably need to put the tape all around the edges plus a couple of strips to hold the middle down.
post #5 of 13
115 is too much...i left my droor open one night and tootsie was sleeping in my socks and beanie hats...droors yes
post #6 of 13
Sure! I made my own, similar to that out of scrap wood (about 1.99-3.99 per board, if I remember right), a carpet remnant (I forget the price), brackets and a staple gun.



Once he figured them out, he loved them. (Catnip spray may have helped, )

Sadly, they didn't come with to the new apartment... but next place, I'll be making more!
post #7 of 13
I remember seeing a blog with cat shelves made from Ikea. I'll see if I can find the link

http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2007/...furniture.html
post #8 of 13
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Thanks for the awesome link missymotus! I wish Ikea was a little bit closer to me. I'll have to search their shelves online to see if I can find anything worth driving over there for.

So I have a really cool idea to make these even more pleasing to the eye, at least in my living room. Lets see if I can explain this okay. I came across these beautiful wall decals and thought it would be really neat to make the shelves look like they had beautiful vases with flowers on them. This way it's not just three or four random, empty shelves on the wall. AND, I've been looking for a way to add color to my living room, so adding some beautiful red flowers on the wall would really make a statement.

I even thought about making faux vases (looks like a regular vase but cut vertically in half) and attaching them to the wall and painting/decaling or using silk flowers coming out of them. This would give a three dimensional look to the vases but not be in the cat's way since they would be very thin and close to the walls. I'll see what I can come up with and be sure to take pics so I can post them here for everyone. I love these kind of projects!
post #9 of 13
I've thought about doing that with some blank wall space I have. I would like you said and just get materials from the hardware store. Lots cheaper. Getting brackets that look nice is a small problem. I'm also concerned because where I want to put mine the highest shelves would be about 10' off the ground. My guys can get kinda rowdy and I'm wondered that a wrestle match will start one one of the high shelves and one of them would get knocked off.

I think the kitties would love it though!
post #10 of 13
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Okay I've got the shelves installed in my living room, but still have to add the carpet to the tops and decorate it with the faux vases and such. Here's the pics so far. It's a bit boring as is but will look nice when I get some colored flowers on there. Sorry the pics are a bit dark.



post #11 of 13
I absolutely love those! Where did you get the shelves from? I'm thinking that they may be the solution to my problem.
post #12 of 13
i love the idea!

my cats are so deprived (not) they want some now too!
post #13 of 13
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I absolutely love those! Where did you get the shelves from? I'm thinking that they may be the solution to my problem.
Thanks! I got these at Home Depot. They were $19.99 each and includes hardware. The only thing I don't like about these is that they somewhat shift when she jumps down onto them. I think I can come up with a way to stop it, but it's going to take a minor modification. I'm going to get the carpet today and hopefully some decorations to make it not so plain.
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