I love this DIY pet crate! Unfortunately there aren’t instructions, but it is fairly simple if you have some experience building things. It’s made from plain plywood and has some features I really like:
- internal divider with doors
- the elevated lid for air flow also makes the piece look less massive
- magnetic latches make the exterior sleek
Cats seem to lend themselves to being the perfect subject for mobiles. My favorite is the one pictured above made by SaltyandSweet on Etsy.
Flensted Mobiles has three:
And there’s this one of three cat faces from Joel Hotchkiss.
These beds are groovy, Baby! The Bubble Bed is from the Italian pet design company, b.pet. The beds are made out of acrylic with a chrome base and a good size for cats or smaller dogs. If you’re in the U.S. you can get them from www.kylousa.com, although not all the colors are available. (Note: I have no experience with this company.) They’re pretty fun and functional looking beds.
Very clever design here! This cat scratcher by moderncritter comes with two carpet tiles by Flor (not your typical carpet tile) that can be replaced when worn out. If the standard Terra colors don’t work in your home, you can special order from Flor and come up with something really striking or something that will blend into the background. Remember to consider whether your cat prefers looped carpet or cut pile. Moderncritter recommends looped pile if you aren’t sure.
The plywood is finished in a walnut veneer and the carpet is attached to the plywood base with heavy-duty velcro making it easy to swap out new tiles. The scratcher can be deployed several ways. You can hang it on the wall creating a shelf. You can lean it against the wall or lay it on the ground depending on what you and your cat prefer.
This sleek, wall-mounted scratching post by Wowbow is pretty nifty. I couldn’t find the Skritch for sale anywhere—the UK online store doesn’t seem to working. Too bad.
Still, I thought it might give you DIY-ers some ideas. It would be pretty easy to wrap a heavy-duty cardboard tube with sisal carpet. The only trick would be finding something attractive to mount the post on the wall. Ideas anyone?
A minimalist scratching post could go almost anywhere and look nice—not to mention it would make your felines happy. I like that it doesn’t take up floor space.
Check out the thumbnail to see how it looks with different colored sisal.