Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Finalized cathouse for now

Tommie and LittleOne are not interested in what I'm doing.  This is their "pet me" posture. The new catbox is as finished as it's going to get for now. There is insulation on the top and in each box. I can lower the sides of the rug to provide more protection from the weather when it gets cold. I'd like to put a board across the bottom to hold the blankets in. I suspect the raccoons will pull the blankets out. Have the board. May or may not do it later. Do need to wash their dishes.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New catbox approval

Apparently these three approve of the new catbox even before it is finished. PuddyTat was in the left space most if not all of the night. This photo was taken after breakfast. Guess I don't need to worry about the right space being too small. PT and Tommie have always cuddled.

LittleOne was still there three hours later. He must have interesting nights.

And, no, his buddy Dude has never returned. sniff...

Tim never gets into a box. She has her canoe, the tractor seat and wherever else she finds to roost in the barn. Jellico is sort of an outcast. The others either don't like him or don't trust him. They will head butt with him but they all tend to chase him away from food. He is desperate for my attention now and seems to have abandoned his habit of trying to claw me after I withdraw my hand. Yea. I think he sleeps in one of the cardboard boxes below. One of those needs replaced before winter but the others are ok.

Meanwhile LittleOne sleeps on well into the afternoon...

Monday, August 22, 2011

New catbox

I put together a new catbox. It isn't exactly what I want or need and it is too "tall" to be warm but it will work with a few modifications. If you look at the post below you will see what a mess the raccoons have made of the traditional cardboard boxes. The cats are pretty destructive too because they like to climb up on top. It usually takes four replacements per year. I need to get a short 2 X 4 to straighten this up as the top extends beyond the sides. The current board is too thick. Eventually I will nail a ledge to the outer side to keep blankets in the box.

I was concerned that the right side was too small but the largest cat Little One is in there and was curled up within earlier. On the left is Tommie.

To allow the critters to sit on top, I plan to scrub this blue thingie and fasten it to the top then drape it underneath to create a smaller space within.

Poor Jellico. He peed on the thingie then spent many minutes trying in vain to cover his deposit. He is not the brightest of the clan. He worked at this for many minutes. I gave up watching so I don't know how long he tried. Hee.

Sunday, August 21, 2011