Cats are known to have a mind and an attitude of their own. It’s one of the reasons feline owners love them. Along with their unique personalities, cats are fairly easy pets to take care of, and owning one – or many – has a number of health benefits.
According to the ASPCA, about 37-47% of all U.S. households own at least one cat. That’s approximately 74-96 million felines living in a home. With all of the benefits these animals bring to their homes, shouldn’t they feel at home? Luckily, there are plenty of cheap, DIY ways to make your feline feel comfortably at home. Here are some of our favorites.
Homemade Scratch Post: Cats love to scratch. Keep your stuff safe by giving them their own protected space to put their claws to work. Wrap furniture legs with sisal rope to create scratch posts. Just make sure to wrap the legs tightly and make sure the rope is secure.
Self-Brusher: Who doesn’t love getting their hair brushed? Cats are no different. When you don’t have time or your arm is exhausted, screw a few new scrub brushes to some table or chair legs, bristles pointing out. Your cat can rub up against the brushes for as long as it wants.
Mini Pom Toys: These poms will keep your energetic cat entertained by providing something soft and colorful to play with. The best part? The only supplies you need to make them are yarn and scissors. Wrap yarn around two or three fingers, creating a loop. The more you wrap, the thicker your loop will become and the fuller your pom will be. Once you get the enough yarn wrapped around your fingers, wrap the yarn around the loop – creating a figure eight from the loop. Tie the yarn. Then, cut the ends of each loop.
Cat Garden: Give your cat a taste of its natural habitat – the outside – with a cat garden. Just like salad, plants supply your pet with such nutrients as Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Magnesium, and Zinc. Grow a garden indoors filled with wheat grass, catnip, lemongrass, and parsley. And, with all of your indoor flora, make sure your plants are non-toxic for cats.
Window Perch: Post a shelf that extends from your window ledge and add some cushioning for a nice sun spot for your cat to rest. With a great view of the outdoors, your cat will be entertained for hours.
Kitty Curtains: Cats love to hide, so having places just for them will keep them happy in their home. Add a curtain to the bottom shelf of a bookshelf to create a quick and easy hiding space.
Cat Hammock: A cat hammock provides a high place that also provides a cozy spot for your cat to take a nap. Connect PVC pipes into the shape of a square, then cover them with fabric, so that it hangs in the middle, creating a hammock. Tie strong rope around the corners, and hang the hammock securely from the ceiling or other sturdy place. Make sure your cat is able to hop up on its own.