For all of you DIY-ers out there, get ready to be impressed by the two grand prize winners of Tidy Cat’s “Pet Project Design Challenge.” Rob G. of Los Angeles, and Glenn M. of Temecula, Calif. put together two of the more inspired pieces of original cat architecture to fall into the “Do-It-Yourself” category.
Rob had been searching for a way to keep his three cats comfortable with their bathroom situation without having his guests see or smell the litter box. His solution? Repurposing an existing piece of furniture. With a little ingenuity, a litter box, carpet squares, a ramp, and an easy entrance and exit, Rob retrofitted an old cabinet, and was able to keep his cats’ private business private.
Glenn’s project was a bit more involved. His idea of a perfect lounging spot for his cats was in a nine foot tall tree made out of plywood and carpeting. Although it may seem intimidating, with patience, practice and maybe a little help from a crafty friend or neighbor, a novice should have no trouble making this tree. Of course, you can always scale the project down to fit your needs and skill level!
To watch their instructional videos, along with the other submissions, visit TailsInc.com/2011/11/tidycats/.
TV personality and expert interior designer Candice Olson is very passionate about having fun with her cats, which is why she was excited to get involved with the Tidy Cats “Pet Projects Design Challenge.”
For those of you looking for some advice on how to become a better DIY-er, Candice has a few tips:
1. Design for your space. Forcing something into a space that is too small creates clutter and limits functionality
2. Know your cat’s personality and routine. If you have a lazy cat, create something for the windowsill. If your cat is active, build a miniature house with lots to do.
3. Leverage your talents. If you’re handy with a hammer, build a scratching post. If you like to paint, add colors to an existing scratching post.
4. Make it unique to you, your home and your cats. It’s your space—make it work for YOU.