Some Cat Loving & a DIY Cat Hammock.

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Honestly, no one has ever made a bigger cat transition than I have in the last year.

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.

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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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With Muse you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse. Natural has never been so delicious. Put Muse to the test with our clean plate guarantee.

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Muse® has such a wide variety of products that choosing which food to buy was not a hard choice for me. I go to PetSmart, which is totally fun and well-organized and I find what I need easily.

Of course I do stand there, scratching my head, and trying to figure out what she’ll find to be most delicious.

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Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food is exclusively available at PetSmart. Wet recipes are available in Chowder, in Broth, with Toppers, & in Gravy and Paté. All recipes are made with real fish or poultry. There are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and it’s a 100% complete, balanced meal for adult cats. With 30 delicious recipes & 24 grain-free varieties!

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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.

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Making a cat hammock is actually not that hard, and doesn’t take long at all!

Real Dinah was nowhere to be found, of course, so Scarlet lent me “Pretend Dinah” to be the cat model.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5. Insert the edges of fleece through the holes in edges of the box. Knot them very securely!

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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!

Now tell me, would your cat love Muse® products? How about a cat hammock?

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  1. Cute kitty 🙂 OH the cat hammock sounds like such an awesome idea. My little lady would love one I’m sure. It combines the best things – boxes and soft fabric.

    1. My cat loves boxes! I always used to see cat photos on Facebook with boxes and I never knew just how much it’s true! And the soft fleece is so nice.

  2. I’d like a hammock like that made for me, thanks.

    And you know cat food is good when you have the fleeting thought that it might be good on a Ritz cracker.

    Not that I’ve thought that. Lately.

        1. Never. I’m pretty much hungry for life itself. If I’m anxious, food doesn’t interest me at all. Can you imagine?? The contrast is so rich.

  3. Very cute and looks like we are on the same page today as I shared a DIY dog inspired craft today for Purina and Collective Bias, too today for my first ever campaign with them and so excited to finally be working with them. Thank you so much again for your help and advice with working with them, too again!! 😉

  4. So cute! Oscar would probably love a cat hammock. And FYI, Frances asked me what cat food tasted like last week, so I told her to give it a try. She was not impressed!! LOL

    1. ha! That reminds me of when my sister tried a dog biscuit, because “they look sooo yummy on the box” and wound up spitting it in the sink.

    1. Dinah doesn’t bite, scratch or hiss. She’s a big pal that way. But she won’t come inside this week and it’s driving me crazy. I miss her.

  5. Oh this is so cute! Love the cat hammock. My cat always loved climbing into boxes. Love the photos of Scarlet and Cassidy working together – priceless!

  6. Aw, that’s so cute! I hope Dinah enjoys it 🙂
    I’ve always liked cats, but I can’t say I fully get them either. Thankfully Leo is pretty sweet and cuddly…except when Eve is around. Then he just vanishes. Sadly last night he seemed to have some sort of seizure, which has happened a couple times before. He seems to be ok, but it’s scary when it happens!

  7. Your cat is adorable and I love the cat hammock. As I am typing this my cat is sitting on my arms, I have my laptop on my lap, but I think she would prefer to be on my lap instead. Goofy cats!

  8. I wonder is Cashew would like this??! it’s such a cool idea…. but he is such a strange cat. he doesn’t cat. doesn’t like boxes – walks right past them. but he will try to sleep on my head. go figure. I do hope dear Dinah shows up soon!

  9. Dinah fits right in with you all. And a cat hammock? Adorable! I’m not a cat person but Dinah may be able to change my mind. Except for my allergy! UG! Bruce and I’s first New Years together we stayed at a friend’s house, I woke up with her cat on my face. I spent the New Year’s with my new boyfriend and my face was hugely swollen, I had no eyes! LOL What a memory!

    1. Ugh, to allergies! I guess that might make it hard to bond. Dinah tends to swing her tail in my face! Why do they do that? It can make me sneeze if she kicks up dirt.
      As for that New Year’s memory – oh boy. Not fun!

  10. Wow…I had never heard of making a hammock out of a box. My kids love making things with boxes. We have way too many kid created things made out of boxes. If I say anything about getting rid of them then my kids start freaking out.

  11. That cat hammock is so cute! It would be a great use of some of our extra fleece blankets that the kids got. Your cats are the cutest…really makes me miss our old kitty. Enjoy some cat snuggles for our family!

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