If you don’t have a cat, you are missing out on many pleasant moments, really! The pleasure of interacting with these fluffy creatures can hardly be overestimated. Affectionate and demanding, capricious and docile, playful and “everlasting”, red and black, huge and miniature – cats have long and firmly entered our life, becoming for many full family members.
And if the cat has become a member of the family, then she, just like the rest of the household, needs her own corner, her own kitchen, bedroom and, of course, a toilet. Of course, if your cat “walks by itself” and comes from the street just to have a snack and sleep in a warm place, then there is no great need to entertain and monitor her natural needs. But after all, most city cats are pets that leave the apartment just for the sake of a visit to the veterinarian or a trip to the country with the owners..
Providing your pet with amusement space and a full-fledged rest corner is the task of every responsible owner. Do not think that, unlike a dog, a cat does not need its own special place – as it does! It’s just that he usually chooses it himself and “spends the night where he has to”.
The list of essentials that every “cat owner” purchases includes dishes for food, water and a tray. Sometimes this is where all the purchases for the cat end. But there are amazingly beautiful, comfortable sleeping places for cats that will not take up much space, whole play complexes, which, by the way, can be made with your own hands. In this article I would like to offer you some unusual solutions that will allow you to equip your interior with a beautiful and comfortable “cat” territory.
In search of a warm and cozy, in their opinion, a corner, cats often crawl behind a computer monitor, on a cabinet, battery or shelf with things – in general, in the most inappropriate places, according to the owners. By providing them with their own corner for sleeping and rest, you will avoid conflicts with your pet and “struggle for territory”
Cats have an amazing ability to find the warmest corner in an apartment and arrange their sleeping place here. When buying a basket or pillow for your furry pet, on which you think he will sleep with pleasure, choose just such corners – warm, protected from drafts, far from the aisle or the door to the balcony. Of course, you can put a sleeping place anywhere, but the cat will most likely simply ignore it and will continue to “occupy” the windowsill, printer or corner of the heating boiler.
It is better to listen to the opinion of the animal and put a sleeping place where the cat sleeps herself. If it is vital for you that the cat sleeps in a certain place, you need to train the pet at a young age – the kitten will quickly get used to it and understand what is required of him. But it will not be easy to convince an adult, “seasoned” cat that this basket is the best place for him.
Cats often choose places where they can hide from the intrusive attention of loving owners and sleep peacefully. Such a hammock or “cat crib” (Cat Crib) takes up very little space – if the cat likes to sleep in the kitchen, you can hang it under one of the chairs. The animal prefers the living room – please, the hammock will fit perfectly between the legs of the chair. You can sew this cradle yourself from thick fabric, or you can buy it for $ 29 at catcrib.com
Amazingly beautiful bamboo house for frozen cats who love balancing on windowsills and radiators. It takes up little space and will fit into the interior of both kitchens and living rooms. $ 42 Bamboo Cat Radiator Bed Ready-Made Home Made by Jolly Moggy
If you decide to purchase or sew your own ottoman or pillow for a cat, you should choose upholstery fabrics – they are easily cleaned of matted hair, and fleas do not live in them. Such a cover for a pouf or pillow must be made removable, so that, if necessary, simply wash in a typewriter. Modern loungers and ottomans, which are sold in specialized stores, are usually made of wear-resistant materials that are water and dirt-repellent. Such a bed will last for a long time, but it will cost from 500 rubles.
By the way, if you decide to sew a pillow or ottoman with your own hands, you can choose a fabric that fits perfectly into your interior in color and texture. Particularly meticulous owners may ask what dyes were used to decorate textiles and whether they will cause allergies in the cat. If the cat sleeps in the house, the environmental friendliness of the materials used in the manufacture of such cat furniture is also important. Since you are responsible for your furry family member, make sure that nothing threatens his health..
And remember – cats don’t like sleeping on a pillow or in a house set on the floor, they will consider such conditions spartan and move higher. After the cat gets used to its sleeping place, it cannot be rearranged. You should also not clutter the usual bed of the animal with different objects..
According to statistics, an ordinary domestic cat sleeps about 13-15 hours in summer and about 20 hours a day in winter. The rest of the time the animal can spend in different ways – “communicate” with the owner, watch the street, sitting on the windowsill or “hunt” for other family members.
When arranging a corner for a cat, one must not forget that even in a respectable cat, which has already turned ten years old, sometimes a playful kitten wakes up, who is not averse to chasing a bow on a string or climbing to the top shelf of the cabinet.
Play complexes for cats are widely represented in specialized stores today. When choosing such a kit, it is worth considering the interests of the animal. Does your cat love to climb curtains and regularly sharpen its claws on the wallpaper? He needs a higher play complex, possibly suspended in the corner of the room, preferably made of thick fabric. Does the cat love to hide? She will appreciate a house with several exits, from where you can unexpectedly jump out on the leg of an unsuspecting owner..
As Yuri Kuklachev, a recognized expert in the field of communication with cats, emphasizes, a cat cannot be forced to do what he does not like. Therefore, it is better to listen to the opinion of the animal and choose a set for games and recreation that will definitely be to his liking.
A real cardboard lock, brightly colored and very stylish. You can make such a tall house, in which the cat will be happy to spend time, yourself – apart from cardboard, you only need scissors, reliable glue and paints for decoration. The Refined Feline offers a small ready-made model Catemporary Cat Castle for $ 49.99. The cost of the large, “three-story” model is $ 69.99
Unusual cat house, it is also an observation post. One module from the manufacturer Feline Furniture costs 54.95 dollars, from several modules you can assemble a whole game complex for a cat. Conveniently, the racks of the house serve as scratching posts, so your carpets and wallpaper will be safe
An ideal option for “climbers” is a hanging corner made of soft pillows. In such a multi-tiered complex, a cat can not only sleep, but also play, as well as sharpen its claws on dense fabric. The Cat’s Trapeze 3 Cushion Cat Tree by Cats Naturals costs $ 79.99. But you can sew a similar corner yourself
To create such an “entertainment center” for a cat with your own hands, you need the ability to handle tools, metal racks, a twisted cord, pieces of chipboard or MDF and fabric. Ready-made modular play complexes are offered by the manufacturer Profeline. Prices start at $ 400. If there is enough space in the apartment, then the complex can be installed on the floor, and if the area does not allow, simply attach it to the wall
Cat cabinet furniture
Manufacturers of goods for animals, in the desire to please fluffy climbers, went even further and create furniture that, according to them, performs three functions at once – it serves as an interior decoration, storage space and an excellent “springboard” for playing and resting a pet.
In general, in appearance such shelves can be the most ordinary, only their upper part is always free, and they are located in such a way that the animal can freely jump onto them from the sofa or floor, as well as jump from shelf to shelf. With the help of such shelves, literally the whole room turns into one play complex for the cat and she will definitely not be bored..
Designer Pet Products offers intelligent furniture management that will allow the cat to warm up and play, and the owner to fold small items, arrange books and souvenirs. But it’s not worth putting on the top of the shelf – after the jump of the fluffy fidget, everything will be on the floor. One such module costs from $ 130, but you can try to create a set yourself – according to the principle of ordinary cabinet furniture
Another version of the shelf, this time exclusively for the cat – you will definitely not be able to put anything on it. Cats love to look down at everyone and feel like a hunter lurking in ambush. The manufacturer The Refined Feline suggests to make it easier for the cat to rest by covering each shelf with a special rug. The price of a set of one double shelf and two rugs is $ 130. It’s nice that such shelves of an unusual shape look very good and your interior will definitely not spoil
The manufacturer Catswall has created an entire Modular Cat Climbing Wall. Such a kit takes up little space, since it is located on the wall, on slats attached to the base. Drawers, shelves and houses can be easily rearranged by swapping so that the cat does not get bored with the entertainment. In such houses you can sleep, play, warm up. A great option if there are several cats in the house. In addition, thanks to natural wood, the modular wall looks very beautiful.
So, we figured out the sleeping place and the playground, but a cat will need a lot of other things for a comfortable life in your house. First of all, you need dishes for the animal. The cheapest option is plastic bowls, double bowls for water and food, or separate ones. The latter option is more convenient, since water can get into the food and it will have to be changed – a picky animal will no longer eat this. Multi-colored plastic bowls cost no more than 40-50 rubles. They are easy to clean, lightweight and compact. But the plastic will not last long and every few months such bowls will have to be replaced with new ones..
Stainless steel dishes are often purchased for cats. Economical and functional option, easy to use and durable. However, if the cat turns over the dishes or decides to “drive” the plate around the kitchen, the sound of metal striking the legs of chairs or tiles on the floor can scare the animal and will definitely not like the owners.
Porcelain, glass and ceramics are also good choices for cat dishes. But such a bowl standing on the floor can be accidentally broken by the owner himself, and porcelain products are usually very expensive..
Beautiful, bright, unusual feeding bowls, made of plastic and stainless steel. Double crockery – for water and food, by the tail-handle the feeder can be conveniently carried or raised on the table to pour food. Alessi’s Tigrito Cat Bowl costs $ 64.25 (plastic models are cheaper)
It is important that the bowl is stable and does not tip over if the cat decides to place its paw on the edge. The depth of the bowl must be large enough to allow for the cat food or milk..
The cat gets used to eating in one place and knows perfectly well when to eat. And if you suddenly forget about such an important ritual as feeding, she will definitely remind you with an inviting meow.
If your glutton already suffers from excess weight and jumping up the shelves remained only in memories of distant youth, it’s time to put the cat on a diet. SmartCat offers special feeding bowls that will solve your overeating problem. The cat will have to try very hard to get food, and one piece at a time. The dishes fully justify the proverb “you can’t easily pull out the food from the bowl.” Such a plastic bowl costs $ 20, in the center there is a depression for water
New technologies have also reached cat dishes – manufacturers offer feeders with built-in timers, water circulation and purification, and so on. Such models are convenient for those who leave for the whole day and would like to provide the animal with fresh food and water..
Beautiful, stylish drinking fountain Drink well Lotus Cat Fountain. The water in the fountain circulates in a circle, is filtered and remains clean and fresh for a long time. And the gurgling streams of water encourage the cat to come to the drinker and drink more often. Such a fountain from the manufacturer Drink well costs 49.95 dollars
“High-tech” automatic drinker and feeder (Auto Pet Feeder and Oasis Combo) from the manufacturer Neko Feeder. Allows you to set the feeding timer, and in the drinker the water circulates in a circle, going through cleaning, filtration and aeration, so that it remains clean and fresh for a long time. There is such a set – a feeder and a drinker – $ 183. It will allow you not to fear that your pet will remain hungry, even if you went on a business trip for two days
Among the other most important acquisitions of “cat owners” is the litter box. It can be ordinary – a plastic pallet with a grid to prevent the cat from getting its paws wet, with a filler that collects odors, and so on. Ordinary boxes of sand or scraps of newspaper are used today only by very conservative cat owners..
Upgraded plastic tray in the form of a box with a roof. The usual fine filler is poured inside. The cleaning technology is very simple and clearly visible in the photographs – after the cat has done “its dirty deeds”, the tray should be turned on its side, the small filler passes freely through the narrow slots, and the larger lumps fall into a special compartment for the “byaki” and are thrown away … Then the litter box is put back in place and the litter is poured back. Thanks to this technology, the filler can be used several times. Manufactured by Omega Paw, this tray costs $ 46
If you have a long-haired cat, you will also need a brush to brush it out. However, cats with normal hair length also love this procedure. You also need a special shampoo, just remember that it is not recommended to bathe your cat more often than once every two months. The rest of the cat’s accessories include a backpack, a bag or a plastic container for transporting an animal, the so-called carrier and leash (what if you decide to bring the cat “to people”).
Toys – balls, clockwork mice, tweeters – of course, you don’t have to buy. But if you want to pamper your pet and make his life brighter, then why not? Moreover, they are usually inexpensive..
One small fluffy toy mouse, preferably groovy, will make your cat happier and allow her to realize her hunting instinct even while sitting at home
When starting a renovation or decorating an interior, do not forget that another member of the family lives with you – a fluffy, affectionate, but sometimes wayward cat. Providing him with comfort, making his life happy and carefree is your task as a loving and responsible owner. The cat will certainly, one way or another, appreciate your efforts and communication with this elegant, incredibly beautiful animal will give you many pleasant minutes.