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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Inspired by. . . a safe place

Since I last posted about Kitty I've learned that she has a condition called cerebellar hypoplasia. Thankfully, and this was one of my main concerns, the condition does not worsen with age. I already knew she wasn't in any pain (also a main concern) and I was able to confirm that as well.

 

Knowing that she can't easily defend herself against predators or unwelcome guests (i.e. male cats), I started researching cat enclosures. Talk about sticker shock!  I'm in the wrong business, that's for sure ~ha!  Just when I was about to give up, I found this website:

Catandcaboodle.com and their ingenious idea for a "homemade" cat enclosure!

 

KittySkwint

 

Kitty was a bit skeptical at first, but once I started putting the panels together she became interested!

 

KittyBars

 

The panels went together easily, and I had the enclosure complete in a couple of hours.

 

Enclosure

 

The kitty house I'd ordered came the next day. It has a thermostat controlled heating pad for those cool Texas nights, and an opening on both ends for safety. It's also waterproof. During inclement weather, we put a cover over half of the enclosure for added protection. It's very warm & cozy!

 

KittyHouse

 

I leave the enclosure open during the day so Kitty can get plenty of exercise, although she never goes more than a few feet away from the house. At night I close her in to keep her safe from unwelcome visitors. We get lots of cuddle time during the day.

If you've been looking for an economical cat enclosure I encourage you to check out the catandcaboodle website.  They have three pages of pictures showing many variations in design. Mine is very basic compared to what most people have done. If you build one, drop me a note, I'd love to see what you come up with!

 

Have a wonder-filled day!

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1 comment:

  1. After seeing your post on FB I had to come and see what you had built. Fantastic and she looks SO comfortable. I have used panels like this for my crew. I used to do cat rescue and still have 40 cats, mostly un-adoptable. They live in comfort in a big cat house with runs and the ones in the house have a walkway to the flat roof and an 'outside' area. Thank you for sharing :)

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