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3 Cat DIY Projects That Think Outside The Litter Box

Once upon a time, a cat was just a cat. Kitty would have a bed, a bowl and maybe something to scratch on so it wouldnít wreck the furniture. For most of us, our cats are fully integrated members of our family. They lounge, sleep, play, and sometimes keep a rodent problem at bay. Letís celebrate our four-legged friends by creating a few fun things for them to enjoy.

My pets are often the recipients of DIY projects. So, I was elated to discover Moderncat. Letís face it, thereís tons of Doggie DIY, but cats are sometimes overlooked. Moderncat is a resource for cat owners with a contemporary style. Moderncat searches for cat products and resources that not only complement a modern aesthetic, but also present functionally innovative ideas that make living with cats an even more enjoyable experience. In a clear and concise format, Moderncat combines product reviews for cat owners, along with wonderful DIY projects. Hereís a sampling:

3 DIY Cat Projects

1. Cat Mouse Toy

These dapper little mice are constructed from recycled menís suit and shirt fabrics. Follow the Moderncat link for complete instructions and download-able pattern.

2. Recycled Cardboard Kitty Pad

This fun cat pad uses old corrugated cardboard boxes to make a stylish scratching pad.

3. Kitty Condoís seem to be all the rage in the DIY cat world. Last year, I wrote about a cat house, the Caboodle. It combined kids, cats and a lot of fun. This Kitty Condo (main image above) has it all and more Ė aesthetic appeal, cat fun, and you can make it yourself. Follow this demo video and make a 3-section kitty condo from a few basic supplies.

Got a cool cat? Donít forget to check out the ever-popular Cat Sweater Hoodie Knitting Pattern.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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1:03PM PST on Jan 31, 2015

Great stuff, thanks

9:36AM PDT on May 17, 2014

I worry about the caulking toxicity...anyone ever read the labels of that stuff! TOXIC! It didn't mention the type of adhesive...but I doubt ANY type is non-toxic. Does anyone know of any that aren't?

10:33AM PDT on May 3, 2014

Neat ideas! Thank you.

9:14AM PDT on May 2, 2014

Like the recycled cardboard but it does make a mess

10:11AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Love the ideas & hope my cats will love it too.

6:38PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

I love it!! I'll def be making one for my kitties! Thanks

3:22PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

So cute.

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1:47PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Cute ideas. Thanks!

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