Despite the gate, we have discovered Josie upstairs numerous times. It was a question for the ages. Was she jumping the gate? Squeezing through it? Bumping the gate until the spring released?
While puzzling over this, it occurred to us that maybe she was feeling restricted and bored. (It should be noted that we were also finding litter on the black kitchen countertops each morning – she was clearly jumping up on them at night to get to higher ground.) So, we decided young Josie needed a cat tree. With time on our hands and the budget of the retired on our minds, we determined that we would build our own cat tree rather than resort to PetSmart.
The Web yielded a few reasonable ideas (for those with no fingers and all thumbs).
We looked for a used step ladder at the ReStore, but no luck there had us in Lowe’s to buy our raw goods (and Spousal Unit gets all the credit for the measurements, etc. to make sure the thing would actually go together!) Below are several pictures of the tree in progress.
|In the garage
|Fabric added to platform
|Platforms attached to ladder
And I am pleased to say that Josie is using the tree – see below.
Nevertheless, Houdini cat was still going upstairs. I finally guessed that she was jumping onto the window sill and then OVER the gate. So the simple solution was to move the gate further up the set of stairs. Since that change, we have not seen Miss Josie upstairs. I feel somewhat less guilty about depriving her since she now has the tree for her pleasure!
Linking to Mosaic Monday