Felines in high places

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Recently, we expanded our household by one.

His name is Rupert.

Before he arrived we had some preparations to make and I was concerned about this guy

Ted, aka Fat Arse aka Anxiety Cat. He gets upset about the weirdest things. Once bit me every time he saw me, for two days, because I had rearranged the furniture.

Based on his previous behaviour, we decided that his capacity to handle change was limited and, while we know we can't guarantee a harmonious household, we decided to try to manage the adjustment.

One of our plans was to provide high places for the cat to get up on. He already had the washing machine and we wanted another place down the other end of the house.

A really obvious answer is a cat tower, however we have had one in the past which the kids managed to break. Despite the kids being older and more sensible I wasn't keen to spend over $100 that would wobble under the weight of the cat. (He is on a diet and Mr Doh has recently restricted his movement to house and backyard as we believe a neighbour is feeding him. why? why? why? would you feed this cat. He is clearly not starving.)

Anyway, I decided that, provided I could get Dad on board, I could probably make one.

Dad, on discovering that I wanted him to put timber together with a hammer and I would do all the fabric stuff, decided he was happy to help.

We designed something simple because we had limited space to squeeze it into and we weren't sure if Ted would actually use it.

Here it is. Dad tells me he managed to scavenge the timber and he seemed to have this bashed up in no time.

The fabric required consisted of 30m of rope and just under a metre of fabric. No padding necessary for Ted.

 I have used treats to lure the fat one up there and he seems to like his observation post.
This now lives in our living room. I also bought a dangly toy for $2 from Kmart and attached that to the underside of the top level, he beats it up quite frequently so I presume he likes it.

p.s I have been eating Gorgonzola whilst writing this post. Not dead yet!


  1. I'm so amazed how quickly you knocked this up! I thought (not having a cat) there might be carpet off cuts needed and other elaborate requirements. And yes why do people feed other people's pets? I bet Ted has his act down pat. Yowl! *look sad and starving, despite plumpness* Meow?

  2. "Fat? No this is fur" (perhaps he's just really noisy and they feed him to keep him quiet).
    Yes it really was a fast build. Once the frame was finished covering it only took a couple of hours.
    I did originally consider carpet off cuts but velour style fabric was easier to get and would look better in my lounge room.


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