Wednesday Working – here kitty, kitty

Remember that pile of parts I showed you last week? Well those parts are to make a new cat tower for our old lady cat, Spirit.  At 16 years-old Spirit is having trouble jumping up to the highest part of her current tower so I thought I’d make her a new one.  Heather and I were looking at cat furniture at the pet store and found the cheap ones are around $60 and the one I thought would be nice for Spirit was around $90.  Most these cat towers are just 2×4’s and particle board covered in carpet.

Well, I have plenty of both 2×4’s and particle board left over from building the atrium storage unit and I’ve always wanted to make a kitty tower, so on a recent trip to the big box store we got a coil of sisal rope for the scratching  post and a cheap chunk of carpet.  No idea what either cost – a swipe of the credit card and they were mine.  Whatever the price was it was much less than $90 or even $60 – something like $12 for both.

Here’s the progress so far, the basic boxes are built and the scratching post is wrapped:

The lower box is 12 inches high and the upper box at 28.  Just the right size for a senior kitty.

The lower box is 12 inches high and the upper box at 28. Just the right size for a senior kitty.

The next step is to see how good I am at upholstering as I cover the tower in carpet.  Spirit’s old, too tall tower, will be moved to the kitten’s room as the four of them are nearing a year-old and are needing more things to climb on that aren’t our bookcases.

If you need me – I’ll be in the shop,
Andrew

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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17 Responses to Wednesday Working – here kitty, kitty

  1. You’re very handy. I hope Spirit enjoys the kitty tower!

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  2. If you need me – I’ll be in the shop–Love it! 🙂

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  3. I think you could market this–for the senior cat. What a wonderful home for kitty.

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  4. dorannrule says:

    What a lucky cat is Spirit to have such a talented pawrent! 🙂

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  5. jfwknifton says:

    I realise that it’s hardly Grinling Gibbons but as somebody who has never seen one of these things before, I sit here in awe. It looks really smart.

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  6. How great that you can create such a nice environment for Spirit–and I love the name! Our cat, Licorice, lived to 20, so I’m glad you are making plans for Spirit’s future.

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    • Andrew says:

      Don’t know if Spirit will make 20 as she’s starting to have some heath problems, but you can never have too many cat towers. At least that’s what Spirit tells me… 😉

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  7. That is an interesting turn. My Cat is also named Spirit and lives up to her name.

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