|Merry Christmas Ranger and Mercy|
Putting a cat tree in a home is an environmental enrichment - something to make the inside more exciting for your cat. Many clients agree it is a good idea, but won't do it. Why????? Most of the objections that I hear are - they are ugly - too big - I don't want to put any screws in the walls - they clash with my decor. I saw an idea or a pressure fit cat tree on http://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/12/stolmen-cat-tree.html website and thought that would be a great addition to our waiting room for Mercy and Ranger. It would also serve as a demonstration of a cat tree that would answer a lot of those client objections.
|here is the sketch following the website ideas|
Supplies needed :
1 Stoleman pole - IKEA online (or store) it will extend up to 129 inches!
1- 2 boxes of Stoleman pole brackets - there are 4 sets to a box and one set per shelf is needed
|carriage bolts, washers and nuts|
2 inch long carriage bolts you will need 2 per bracket installed
4 washers per bolt on the brackets -
1 7/8 inch hole saw - this size worked
drill and bit for carriage bolt holes
jig saw. sawz all, or hand saw -
shelves - 1 X 10 inch shelving 2 - 20 inches long 2 - 24 inches long
1 24 X 24 inch plywood ( base of cubbie) - this made it like an end table too
1 12 X 24 inch plywood ( top of cubbie)
2 12 X 15 inch plywood ( sides of cubbie)
|recycled wood from the old cabinet - free!|
1 yard fleece fabric 54 inches wide - all fleece is this wide -
Rubbermaid shelf liner
The cubbie end table replaced the function of the table that used to be in the corner The bottom of the cubbie was the 24 inch square cabinet door, and the top another 12 by 24 inch door. Luckily the edges were already rabbited so the plywood sides were easy to install. Tom used a jig saw to cut the bunny hole. You could use other kinds of saws - just be sure to smooth out the edges. We made the hole 7 inches by 7 inches on the top and bottom.
|marking the placement of the hole saw and bolts|
|washers in place with brackets installed loose|
|sliding the first shelf/cubbie on|
|This is the awkward part - not too bad really|
|measuring the distance desired between shelves - then tighten|
|pole is now set to go up|
In one motion, Tom hoisted the pole up like a Christmas tree and slipped the board on the ceiling. I just held the center of the pole to keep it in position as he adjusted the base to fit the pole snug against the ceiling. Hooray! The pole and shelves were up and almost ready. The whole process to install was quick and easy.
Painting the shelves would come later - I wanted to get the fleece up so Ranger and Mercy could start to investigate the cat pole and enjoy it.
|measuring wall distance for plumb|
|cutting the rubber shelf mat to fit|
|little cups for finding food|
As you can see, Ranger likes the pole. Even Mercy has enjoyed the cat tree. There are at least 4 more perching places available in the clinic for the cats expanding their space. . There is also the cubbie for times when Mercy wants to hide out. It has held up well and we are showing it off to clients to encourage them to understand what their cat needs.
|Merry Christmas Ranger!|
|Add a custom cat tree to your house. Your cats will love you for it!|