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I went from a combination of disinterest and slight disgust, to totally wanting a cat in my arms every night of the year, but especially during the colder months. What changed? I get them now, which is to say I DON’T get cats. I have accepted the mystery, though. I often think moose are my spirit animals – awkward, but majestic when they want to be. Hard to find, but surprisingly found when they want to be. Maybe cats are a bit of my spirit animal too – in the way that I can sit indifferently and stare into space, and then suddenly run circles around everyone. Yes. I do that. I’m part moose and part cat. And proud.
Dinah has warmed my lap and my heart for a long time, and I love to pay her back with good food, good toys, and good loving. Every morning, Cassidy feeds Des and then I tend to tackle feeding Scarlet and the pets. Scarlet goes first, Athena goes second and Dinah goes third – even though with all of her meowing for food, I’m sure she’d like me to change the order. I love feeding her natural food that also tastes great (to her, I’ve never tried it) so I bought her Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food.
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As you know, “we” (namely Cassidy and Scarlet) are big DIY people. So I enlisted their help in making a DIY cat hammock for Dinah. She, like most cats, likes boxes. To be completely honest, Des helped as well by posing next to the box to show scale.
Materials and Tools You’ll Need:
• Straight-edge utility knife, X-Acto knife in our case
• A medium-sized cardboard box. Ours is 18 x 18 x 18.
• A ruler
• A hot-glue gun and glue sticks
• Scissors that can cut through fabric
• A drill
• About 1 yard of fleece fabric, or more if your box is bigger, like in our case. We re-purposed an old baby blanket!
1. Use your X-acto knife to cut openings big enough for your cat to crawl through on all four sides of your box. For extra fun, cut the squares (or circles) mostly through, but let your daughter or son punch out the rest. Leave three inches around all four edges of each side.
2. Seal the box closed on the top and the bottom using the hot glue gun, and wait for the glue to dry.
3. With the drill, punch holes between the top and the bottom in the middle of each edge piece.
4. Use your scissors to cut your blanket enough to extend more than four inches on each side. Then cut four inch slits in each corner of fleece to create four pairs of strips, that will later be used to tie knots.
5. Insert the edges of fleece through the holes in edges of the box. Knot them very securely!
If you want, you can also put a smaller piece of fleece in the bottom of the hammock in case your cat wants to hang out there. Two levels to choose from!