Since Monkey has been spending more time inside lately, I started looking at cat trees (aka cat condo) for her, especially for after our move when I hope to make the transition to indoor-only Monkey. And holy jeebus, they’re expensive at pet stores! I’d seen one I liked at Costco, but as I was originally going to wait until we moved to get it, Costco no longer has it, and we’re still not moved. I poked around online, and found a bundle of cat tree plans at www.cattreeplans.com that I liked – $10 seemed reasonable, since I didn’t like any of the free ones online!
Mom and her husband had already offered up some free carpet that was leftover from re-carpeting the upstairs of their old house, so all I had to buy was the lumber. $87 for lumber, screws, sisal rope for scratching, and a t-square to measure my lumber and carpet seems much more reasonable than the $200+ for decently sized cat trees in pet stores! Mom also loaned me a staple gun that attaches to an air compressor, which made the carpet a lot easier to attach than it would have been otherwise.
Destin was a big help and cut all my lumber for me, and helped with the construction of the tree, and over the
course of a couple days, I got it carpeted. That part was a lot of work! I finished the tree last night, and when Destin helped me bring it in the house, Monkey hopped on it and started going to town clawing at the rope (exactly what it’s designed for) before we even finished getting it into the location it is currently in! She loves the perches, especially since the top one is high enough that it puts her eye-level with me. Both the octagonal perches seem to be just the right size for her to lay in, and she seems to be liking it so far! Hopefully she’ll share nicely with Mia when she joins us.
Also, yesterday, I drove up to the University District for the first time in a couple years and met up with a friend from college and her one year old daughter for lunch. It was great to catch up, and we went for a decent walk to UW campus and poked around a bit there. The weather was gorgeous, and being out in the sun felt great! All the cherry trees in the Quad were in bloom, and we weren’t the only ones taking photos.
It was wonderful to have some relaxing social girl-time, completely unconnected to work. I think I don’t get out enough on my days off, as far as socializing goes!
And as a random tidbit, don’t make homemade bread unless you plan to continue to do so! I ran out of homemade bread last week, and I haven’t been able to bring myself to buy the store-bought bread since it’s not nearly as good!