Furniture Under $10
I discovered some great and
inexpensive cat furniture by accident quite a few years ago. My
wife had gone to one of the popular craft stores and bought some
items for Xmas. One of the items was a basket to put the Christmas
Cards we get. When she brought it in the house and set it on the
table, one of our cats immediately went over to check it out.
Nothing new about that but then
she jumped right in and snuggled down and promptly went to sleep.
My wife left her there and decided to let her take a nap before
she put the cards in it.
A little later my wife noticed
that Baby (the cat) had decided to go for a snack and she put the
Christmas Cards in the basket. About 10 minutes later Baby came
back, pushed all the cards to one side and got back in
that day on Baby was in the basket most of the time. We
have multiple cats so this created a little problem since
once the other cats saw the basket, they too wanted to
take a nap. So, we went and got several more and put them
around the house. The baskets are a favorite of all our
cats and they frequently trade baskets on any given day.
If someone foolishly puts something in the baskets, the
cats will take them out or just lay on top of whatever is
in there at the time.
Baby in her basket
You can find every size, shape,
and color of basket at most of the craft shops for well under $5.
We even found one with imitation alligator covering for $7. The
cats love them all.
Cat Furniture For Large Cats
So among our several cats we have
one that is a big boy. He's not necessarily fat, he's just big.
He's a Russian Blue and stands a good two inches over our other
cats. Last time he got on the scales it showed a little over 24
lbs. So we needed to find something a little larger than our
baskets for him to snuggle down in for a nap.
Now my wife brings home open
drawers, fabric covered boxes, and other items that the large
Russian Blue cat loves
to take naps in or just lay in and watch what ever is going
on around him. You can find a lot of these types of items in both
craft stores and your local GoodWill and resale shops pretty
We also have found a large picnic basket that
has a lid that my wife cut a hole in the side and all the cats,
big or small, love to
crawl in there and look out the opening. They love to attack any
one or cat that walks by from this basket. Ambushes are frequent and surprise the
unsuspecting is a standard.
There's all sorts of things in a
craft store that can be a great piece of furniture for big or
You can decorate them, or just leave them as they come and your
cats will still love them. Most are under $5 and will fit in any
You don't have to spend an outrageous
amount of money for something for your cat to sit on or
in this case, sit in. Even if they scratch and sharpen their claws
on them, just throw them out and get a new one for that small of a
Baskets are easy to clean, just vacuum
them to get all the cat hair and wipe them down with a damp
cloth. Be careful to find baskets without any protruding ends, or
anything that the cat may want to chew off. Most don't but always
check the surface and remove any items that might poke or hurt
Next time you go to the craft
shop, look around for baskets or other larger items that could be good
for cat furniture. You'll be surprised at how many items will work
and how in expense they can be for hours of cat fun.
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