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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Taking into account the two 3 month old kittens we will be bringing home at the end of the month, can you see anything wrong with this picture ?



I suspect that this room (living room) is going to be off-limits without strict supervision for quite a while!
post #2 of 20
i dont see anything wrong with it...
except for the cleaning products
post #3 of 20
Nothing, apart from it being cat free?
post #4 of 20
Well, I do see an advantageous ledge where a smart kitty could jump down and get himself fish for dinner...
Nice tank, btw!
and then there are some good bookshelves to curl up in....

Other than that???
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Bingo, Loveysmummy! What I see are some wonderful places to climb up and jump from, silk plants to chew on and bat around, a great place to climb up (the chair) and from there onto the bookcases and from there onto the top of the tank, a cloth skirt on the tank stand that can be climbed and pulled and gotten behind AND behind said skirt is a CO2 injection system for the aquarium along with a 10# CO2 tank and canister filter, lots of nice chewable water and CO2 tubing, about 10 electrical cords, 2 power strips, PH monitor and wiring ... yada yada yada

BTW, they won't be able to get IN the tank as that's a full hood I built for the 220 watts of fluorescent lighting a high light planted tank needs. That on the floor is actually fertilizer chemicals for the tank, and I'm actually not worried about those as they're in canisters that have spring latch lids and are really secure.

Oh, my, this is going to be great fun !
post #6 of 20
I have a very small fish tank
and i can tell you
that teufel has already broken the lid where youre supposed to open it to feed them!

Bf still wont let me get another fish tank though
He is mean
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well, they can be a lot of work. But a nice one (when I have the LR straight, LOL) can be a nice focal point for the room as well.

BTW, I'm not worried about them hurting anything, what concerns me is THEM getting hurt by pulling books off on themselves, chewing on electrical cords, and the sheer possibility of pulling a 300# tank over or actually even pulling a whole bookshelf over. You'd think it would be impossible for a 3# cat to do that, but as Captain Jack said "It's a matter of leverage..."
post #8 of 20
I see your room as a big kitty playrrom. The silk plants, the ruffled curtains. The scratching post (aka chair)!! The sliding around on the floor. it will be a good time for them!!
post #9 of 20
Your kits out to have a field day in there! Good luck!! L OL
post #10 of 20
My bobcats would LOVE that room. The tops of those bookshelves would be theirs. Goodbye plants. They would either knock them off or destroy them, but more than likely they would do both. The books would be all over the floor. They would say, no room for bobcats and books, goodbye books As for the tank, that would be a play station for them as well. They would remove that lid in no time and be splashing the water all over the room. I like that tank by the way. I bet it looks really cool at night. You can turn the lights down low or off in the living room and just have the room filled with the light from the tank.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
AmberTheBobcat: if they could get that hood off they would REALLY deserve respect! It's made from 1/2" oak plywood and weighs about 20 pounds, the lights and ballast fastened on the inside of the lid weighs about another 5. It's sitting directly on the tank and is completely enclosed except for a couple of cutouts in the back that barely allow room for the filter plumbing. I put a couple of case fans on it to take care of excess heat, but I've never hooked them up as it stays pretty much at 78 degrees when the lights are on which is an acceptable level.

It's really bright though, I'd like to get or make a "moonlight" for it for viewing after the main fluorescents go out at night. And oh, yeah, we hardly ever turn the room lights on in the living room

These are old hardwood floors. they are waxed , you know what that means! Kellie (my Pekingese) prefers the computer room (carpeted) over most of the house as if I let her paw hair get even a little bit long she's sliding all over the place like a kid wearing socks.

BTW, thanks for the compliments on the tank, guys! It's been my main hobby for the last year or so.
post #12 of 20
Any kitten would just love that room! LOL!!!!!!!
post #13 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoseHawke

These are old hardwood floors. they are waxed , you know what that means! Kellie (my Pekingese) prefers the computer room (carpeted) over most of the house as if I let her paw hair get even a little bit long she's sliding all over the place like a kid wearing socks.
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This should be a new thread..But I often wonder what to do about Lovey sliding all over the hardwood...When we play it has to be on the kitchen mat or on the couch or chair as he can't run and chase on the floor without me laughing at him hysterically which he understandably gets pissed off at

Aside from putting rugs down, is there anything else to do?

Would making sure his nails are always absolutely kept trimmed to a minimum or cutting his hair between his pads off help?
post #14 of 20
Quote:
AmberTheBobcat: if they could get that hood off they would REALLY deserve respect! It's made from 1/2" oak plywood and weighs about 20 pounds, the lights and ballast fastened on the inside of the lid weighs about another 5.
Oh yeah, they can do it. These are bobcats don't forget In the wild, these guys can take down a full sized deer. It's truly amazing how much strength they have.
Sitting in front of that tank would put me to sleep however. I find that truly relaxing.
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
This should be a new thread..But I often wonder what to do about Lovey sliding all over the hardwood...When we play it has to be on the kitchen mat or on the couch or chair as he can't run and chase on the floor without me laughing at him hysterically which he understandably gets pissed off at

Aside from putting rugs down, is there anything else to do?

Would making sure his nails are always absolutely kept trimmed to a minimum or cutting his hair between his pads off help?
The only thing I even have an idea about is "paw wax" or "tacky paw" which is used for show dogs to keep them from slipping in the show ring. But that's for dogs, I don't know if it would be safe for cats. One would think so, since dogs do lick their paws. I trim the hair between Kellie's pads as close as I can get it with a pair of blunt ended scissors, and keep her claws clipped. She still slips, although not as badly as when I let the hair grow into what I call "Dr. Seuss feet," so I doubt that would help the kitties more than a little bit.
post #16 of 20
The tank is fantastic! I never have one!
post #17 of 20
Some dagerous cleaning products, magizines on the table...

Its clean?
post #18 of 20
It look great to me but I have one question...Where's the dust?
post #19 of 20
What's wrong? Just about everything! Jamie was 10 weeks old when we brought him home. I had to empty all bookshelves, ditch the plants (silk or real, except for cat grass), take down all the curtains (plus we reinforced the curtain rods once we put the curtains back up months later), removed anything with tassels, banned cleansers from any room he had access to, etc., etc.. He loved/loves the hard floors, though. He likes to run and slide across them, especially when they're wet.
post #20 of 20
Thread Starter 
Yup, jcat, ya gotta look at it "through the eyes of a cat" ... so to speak . That's why they'll most likely be confined to the bedroom, hall, bath and computer room (which I can shut the door on when I'm not in it) when unsupervised as I can more easily "kitten proof" those rooms. The den has ANOTHER aquarium in it, a 29 gallon with my goldfish in it which they WOULD be able to get into, and also a 10 gallon quarantine tank (empty at the moment,) besides the access to the shop/garage which I usually leave the door open during fine weather as I'm in and out. We were sitting in the living room the other day and I looked over at the runner on the sofa table and told Sunny, "That's going to have to be put up." "Why?" he asked. "Look at it..." He looked at it, "Yes? So?" "Tassel," I said. "Ohhhhh," the lightbulb went on.

BTW xocats, I optimized that pic WAY DOWN. Trust me, there's dust there !
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