I knew before they came home that they'd need a cat climber. I wanted something they could climb quickly to get away from the kiddos but also something with some scratching space on it. I wanted it to be in a location where they could watch us moving about the house.
Well, the location was easy but it would mean displacing a bookcase. This bookcase:
I'm going to be honest here, I don't miss that AT ALL!!! The thing was though, that bookcase matches one across the room and I like it. Our house is small so matching furniture does wonders for keeping it from looking too crowded. I also didn't want some carpeted monstrosity right there so I hit Pinterest looking for attractive cat climbers I could build.
I found nothing I loved. Nothing I wanted as a focal point in our living space. This is easily viewable from the dining room, kitchen, living room and hallway.
Then it hit me! Get rid of the clutter and make THIS the climber.
I cleared off the clutter and cut a hole in each shelf.
I used the hole guide on my Dremel Trio tool.
Then I stepped back to assess what I'd done.
I loaded it back up with just a few books and games as well as a scrap of carpet I got from a friend.
Oh, I was very happy with where this was going. I found a photo of book spines, printed them out on photo paper, mounted them to cardboard then taped on an "L" bracket and put them (as well as a real book) on the top shelf to give the kitties a pass-through to the top of the shelf. I also put a cool basket up top. Don't worry, it's on some no slip padding so it doesn't slide off.
Teddy investigated and approved it. (Nom nom nom)
Amelia tested it out too.
I also added a carpet-covered strip of wood to one side so they can sharpen their claws on it.
I see one or the other (or both) up there every single day. The carpeted layer is just high enough that they can escape the 2.5 year old's reach and they can scale the climber really fast when they need to. They also like to play on it.
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