|Abbey looking out on the backyard|
“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
Every Wednesday, I explore different ways home is changed, improved, and complicated when cats are part of that home. Of course, it’s not all pretty. Some of what I’ll write about are the things we have in our home that we’d rather not have.
This week, it’s pretty.
As we learn about our cats’ needs, and as those needs change, we try to adapt. My husband Larry has built two pieces of furniture to help with the adaptations.
Some years ago, we had a stool at the foot of our bed so that Waddles, who was getting older, could more easily jump up on the bed.
One night she missed the stool and fell to the floor. She hurt the elbow on her front left leg. There was no break, but the vet said she had a lot of arthritis.
Larry set about building a ramp for the bedroom, something that Waddles could walk up and down with no jumping required. This is what he built:
When he said he was building a ramp out in his shop, I admit that I didn’t expect something so pretty that fit in so well with the room. Most importantly, it was so useful not only to Waddles, but our other cats as they got older.
Late last year, Abbey started clawing at the blinds in the living room window, a large picture window that overlooks the backyard. Normally we keep those blinds down because the other cats had found other windows for bird and squirrel watching.
But Abbey wanted to see out the living room window. So we started raising the blinds. She and Natasha sat on the floor and peered out. Sometimes Abbey climbed up on the back of the nearby sofa and looked out. But they didn’t have a really comfortable way to lounge while they looked out on the backyard.
So Larry decided to build a bench for them. He had the top of an old exercise bench lying around in his shop. He covered it with carpet. That formed the top of the bench. He created legs by combining two 2x4 boards for each leg, then contoured them so he could wrap them with manila rope. That way, the cats can use them for scratching posts. He was concerned about the stability, so he built a base for it. Here’s the bench:
|Natasha and Abbey on the upper level|
|Abbey on the lower level|
Again, he built something that fit in with the house but more importantly, provided a great place for the cats to lounge, nap, and watch the outside world.
Larry’s additions to the décor of our house show another way that the presence of cats can lead to changes in the home’s appearance and in its “visible soul.”
Have you ever changed your furniture to accommodate a pet?