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post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
HI Bryce!!!!!
Hang shelves on the walls! The more the merrier....
You can go to home depot, get some shelves and brackets, a strip of carpet, and if you don't have already, a glue gun...
Cats LOVE vertical spaces... I made a whole wall of shelves on my living room, and they really enjoy it! I think they like it better than my cat tree...
Anyway, here is a picture of it:
those are terrific! If I had the wall space I'd love to do something like that!

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post #32 of 42
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Originally Posted by Bryce View Post
Thanks, I'll go searching for that thread. My onlly problem is wasting the time on it if she's not going to use it. Someone gave us a small perch/post for her and she's got that wand toy and a turboscratcher, hardly uses them except when I first bought them. I leave em out all the time so is that it?
Do you actually play WITH her with them? The wand toy is an interactive toy, needs you to play with.

I have a turbo scratcher too, but none of my current cats bother with it. Other cats in the past did though, and some future cat may, too.

I am reading some fantastic ideas here, I love the stacking plastic tote box idea! I use those big totes for litter boxes. I never thought of making condos out of them.

I did build a play house for my cats a few years ago, they love it.

If you build your cat (Maggie?) a piece of furniture, she wil use it. You can encourage her to use it by invovling it during Games.

back view



front view (the 2x4 is for wood scratchers, and for a place to add a taller addition some day) and Tolly modeling the window between the two rooms



Mazy modeling the cave that runs the length of it

post #33 of 42
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
When I had my first cat family before I moved back to the states (couldn't bring any back with me but found them all good homes) I didn't have the money for an actual cat tree. So, as strange as it sounds I picked up an old wooden ladder at a flea market for just a few dollars, added wider wood on the steps to extend them and covered them with carpet and tied toys to the support rungs on the other side and it was a HUGE hit! It was ugly as could be but they had a ball playing "king of the hill'! Plus, it was excellent for a scratching post. In fact, Jasper (the "self proclaimed King") only came down from the very top to eat and use the litter box for a while. He kept his eye on that tip top spot though...I guess he was afraid a challenger would "dethrone" him.

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fantastic idea! Dang I wish I had more room in this tiny apartment!

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post #34 of 42
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
Sounds like a normal cat to me!
In my experience, the favorite spots are under the bed, by the windows and up on the shelves. Cats sleep a LOT - like 15 - 18 hours a day, I think... but... they also love playing! In my house, if I am doing my own thing, like browsing on the computer, watching TV, reading, etc, they are sleeping... but at the moment I go to the floor they all come to me - it means play time!!!
Yep sounds just like my house. Except when I am doing my own thing often they are sleeping ON me. But like you, they know that when I close the lap top, or turn off the kitchen light and sit on the floor it's Game Time, whoohoo!!!

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post #35 of 42
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by otto View Post
Is that a gun cabinet? Or a locker?

You could tack or glue some carpeting on one side of that for climbing, and for another way up just add a couple of shorter ones next to it

something like this:




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It's a server cabinet, like the ones you see in data centers and all lol.
post #36 of 42
Glad to see you back, Bryce. I was worried your disappearance may have meant your mother won and Maggie had gone back.
post #37 of 42
Thread Starter 
She's not going back, although I have no idea why my mom is even thinking about it . Read my other post about why. It's in this forum. I'm not letting her take the cat back period.

BTW, Maggie loves to play fuse ball lol.
post #38 of 42
"Fuse ball?" Do you mean "FoosBall?"

Some cats have favorite toys, and there's just no explaining it. Some have other odd habits. Our Ella loves to slowly push things (pens, etc.) off tables and counters.
post #39 of 42
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
"Fuse ball?" Do you mean "FoosBall?"

Some cats have favorite toys, and there's just no explaining it. Some have other odd habits. Our Ella loves to slowly push things (pens, etc.) off tables and counters.
Mazy cat is my Gravity Experimenter!

Everything ends up on the floor. She does have a special bowl filled with toys on a shelf, for the express purpose of fishing a toy out and letting it drop, and she uses it often, but of course mommie's pens, etc are more fun!

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post #40 of 42
Dharma likes to push pencils off tables - and then meow for me to put them back.
post #41 of 42
I am proud of Dharma, as she clearly has you Well Trained!

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post #42 of 42
Yep, and I'm up every weekend and day off at 4:30 am to feed breakfast and scoop litter pans - and say 'thank you' if they let me go back to sleep for a while!
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