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« on: May 21, 2006 09:57:10 AM »

My kitty Melba just moved in with me in my nice but ghetto-ly located apartment (hence the window bars). She is rather corpulent and doesn't fit well on the window ledges, yet she loves to stare out the window. I am not able to give her all the attention she wants because of work and school, so I wanted her to be happy and entertained while I was not there:








I made this window shelf for her for less than $5. I bought a shelving board from Lowes. While there I also picked up 2 big eyescrews, nylon rope, and snatched a variety of carpet samples in different textured.

I then cut the board to the width of the window. I drilled two holes on either end of the board. I laced the nylon rope through it and put a vinyl cover over the last few inches of rope (so it won't fray over time). Then, I hammered the carpet squares to the board so she can dig her paws into it and lay on it/grip when she jumps up on it. After I carefully knotted the rope (with a macrame bead for extra safety), I suspended it from the board the rental company allows me to drill into. Voila! A window cat seat for 5 bucks and under 1/2 hour of work.

I also attached one of her toys to the board, and dangled some things for her to bat at from the curtain rod. There is some pet grass for her to gnaw on too since she was chewing my seagrass mat (bad kitty!)

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2006 10:19:53 AM »

i love it! my kitty BARELY fits on our ledges and i'd love to make one for him. i don't know if we're allowed to drill holes, though, or nail anything. i've been thinking about getting one of those ones from petsmart that attach to the ledge.

but i love yours!
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2006 01:48:27 PM »

aw, what a sweet little shelf! We got that kind of cat toy for our ferret, and she loves killing it ^.^ But she isn't allowed to play unsupervised, we don't want her choking on the bell.

My favourite part of this shelf is all the different carpet pieces, like she's sitting on her own patchwork quilt.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2006 05:28:59 PM »

Smiley That looks super!  I bet Melba is very happy looking out of it.  LOL I got my kitties a toy like that and the pmp pom was ripped off it in about an hour (I must have either vicious or naughty kitties). 
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2006 05:16:34 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2006 01:14:01 PM »

how innovative and sweet of you. :] i really like that you added a vinyl covering to the ropes to prevent fraying. that is definitely something i wouldn't have thought of.
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2006 04:33:32 AM »

Thats fantastic..I dont have  window sills..and my cat is both loooooong AND a bit fat, so I doubt he could fit on one if I did. I would love to be able to move the book shelf I put by the window for him.
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2006 07:34:55 AM »

Does this shelf just rest on your window sill?  I am confused about how the part of the shelf that is connected to the wall stays up.  I'd be afraid my kitty would just jostle it around and fall down if it were not somehow screwed into the wall.
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2006 07:41:49 AM »

she looks happy!  were the carpet squares free?  i bet she likes the texture.
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2006 07:50:08 PM »

Yes I would also like to know if the side next to the window is screwed down or something...~Tricia
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