Ikea advertised this cat cave insert for their standard bookcase and soon after I learned about it, I bought one.
This brings the hideyholes the cats have to three: this, plus a tent I bought from Ikea years ago, plus a plush sided tent that Matt’s mom gave me because her cat wasn’t interested.
Reporting from the future I can say that Sentinel uses the plush sided tent multiple times per day, they both go into the Ikea tent when they need to blow off steam, and they almost never use this hideaway.
I took some time over the Thanksgiving weekend to add shelves to the catio.
And now we can call that project done!
Except not, because the shelves aren’t wide enough for the cats to sit comfortably on. So I might get some boards and add them to the top. Or I might not, because the don’t seem to like to climb when out on the catio.
Sentinel and Antares have lived together for nearly a decade now, and I’m still not sure if they like each other. They don’t hate each other, as their skirmishes are few and far between. And they will often curl together to sleep for some period of time before one of the gets bored and wanders off, or gets annoyed and pushy.
This picture came about because Sentinel was sleeping in the windowsill and Antares got in his face. Is this a picture of Sentinel holding his ground in the face of Antares pushiness? Or are they happy to be sharing the same space?
In the middle of an otherwise uneventful June night, I was slumbering away when suddenly, there was a terrible crash. It was the cat perch falling to the ground, taking with it a surprised Sentinel.
I ordered a new cat perch the next morning, but then my grammar class started and I had no time to install it when it arrived. However, the work for my grammar class is now finished, and the cat perch has been installed.
I’m quite happy with the quality of this cat perch, bought from the Vertical Cat. It cost double the price of the cheap thing I bought from a big box pet store, but I think the quality is probably quadruple.
And now, pictures of me bribing the cats to explore their new perch. Without being coaxed by treats, they are not so into the perch. I think they remember the other one falling, but hopefully this one will be accepted eventually.
One of my main motivators for building the catio is that Antares likes the occasional dirt bath. Before he had access to the dirt on the concrete on the catio, he used to roll in his litter box, which just made me feel like a bad cat owner. Now we’re both happy.