12 DIY Projects for Cats and Their Owners

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Cats are pretty independent, but they love a good snuggle and an exciting play session. Strike a balance in your home by providing your cat some entertainment, some scratching fun, and some space to relax by themselves, preferably from high above or snuggled into an alcove. Here are some DIY projects for cats that will make your home a dream home for your kitties.

 

1. Cat Scratch Pad

Cats need to scratch to maintain their claws, to mark their territory, and to stretch their bodies. Sometimes this can result in the destruction of your precious furniture, but you can prevent this by providing scratching surfaces for your cats. This nice-looking DIY cat scratch pad will work great if you don’t have space for a large scratching post.

scratch pad

 

2. Self Pet Station

Does your cat jump on your lap while you’re trying to work and beg you to pet them? Or maybe you work long hours away from home and you feel bad that there’s nobody there to pet them? Make this clever self pet station and your cats will love rubbing their bodies against it.

self pet station

 

3. Cat Tent

Cats love to curl up in a tiny and dark space to protect themselves from bigger predators and this instinct is present even in the tamest of house cats. Create this cute cat tent for your feline friend with an old t-shirt!

cat tent

 

4. Pet Bowl Stand

Making feeding time a tad more attractive by making this pet bowl stand for your cats. You’ll be able to remove the bowls for cleaning and your cat will appreciate not having to crouch down so much to eat their meals.

pet bowl stand

 

5. Cat Cardboard Castle

Cat owners everywhere know about cats’ obsessions with boxes. Encourage this obsession by crafting this cool cat cardboard castle for your cats! This could be a fun DIY cat project to do with the kids.

cat cardboard castle

 

6. Cat Hammock

Give your cat a spot to lounge without taking up any of your floor space by making this cool little cat hammock that you can mount on the wall.

cat hammock

 

7. Cat Outdoor Table

Cats don’t need a table, do they? Well, they just might want this one. This cat outdoor table comes with grass and other cat-friendly plants growing on one side and plenty of lounging space on the other side. If your cats like to hang out in your backyard, they’ll love this DIY cat project.

cat coffee table

 

8. Peek-A-Boo Box

Cats are intelligent animals and they like to be challenged, which explains why you probably have a lot of cat toys that they’re bored with. This crazy clever cat toy is definitely stimulating and exciting enough for the smartest of cats.

peek a boo box cat toy

 

9. Cat Climbing Pole

Cat trees provide cats with lots of climbing fun, but they can get expensive and can take up so much space. Instead, consider making this slim cat climbing pole that you can mount on the wall. Add a shelf at the very top for relaxing for bonus points with your cat.

cat climbing pole

 

10. Cat Window Perches

These sweet cat window perches are easy to make and your cats will love having a spot to slumber in the sun.

cat window perches

 

11. DIY Cat Wand Toy

There are many cat wand toys available at pet stores, but if you want to make one yourself so you can make all kinds of additions that you know your cat will love, try this tutorial.

cat wand toy

 

12 . Cat Shelves and Scratcher

Mount a couple of shelves on the wall and add soft cushions to provide your cats some jumping fun and relaxation. Make it even more cat-friendly by adding a sisal scratcher pad for them to climb up on to reach the shelves.

cat shelves

 

If you’re having trouble getting your pets to use these DIY projects for cats, sprinkling cat nip on your completed projects is always a good idea. What do you think of these DIY projects for cats? What other DIY projects have you done for your beloved pets?

 

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How to Bathe Your Pet

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Pets do not usually need frequent bathing – the natural oils in their skin, shedding, a good diet, and their instinctual grooming habits keep them clean and their skin and hair healthy. However, our furry family members sometimes need a bit of extra help. There are times when an excess of hair and unpleasant smells can be a bit overwhelming and a good scrub is the only thing that will make snuggling on the couch tolerable again! Follow these tips when giving your dogs, cats, bunnies, and other furry friends a good bath.

 

1. Try to make a bath a calm experience, if not a pleasant one.

Some pets love the water. Some pets don’t. For those who don’t appreciate the  whole soggy business, take extra steps to make bath time a bit more soothing. Make sure all of your bathing supplies and a dry towel are within reach. Water temperatures should be comfortably warm or perhaps cooler on a hot day. Consider having a few treats ready to give your pet throughout the bath. Talk quietly and use your pet’s name frequently for reassurance. Consider placing a rubber mat in your tub to keep your pet from slipping. Ask for help from a friend if you think you might have a hard time keeping your pet safely in the tub.

 

2. Follow a routine like the one you have when you bathe yourself.

Do what you already know how to do. Use warm water to get your pet wet down to the skin so that they are ready for shampooing. If they can tolerate a “sprayer” like a detachable shower head or garden hose, this may be the easiest way to go. Put the sprayer on a gentle setting. Alternatively, you may use a bucket to dip fresh water and gently dump it over your pet’s back. Use an appropriate amount of shampoo based on your pet’s size and length of hair, then softly scrub it into the hair and skin. Avoid sensitive areas around the face (nose, ears, eyes, and mouth) and be gentle when scrubbing other sensitive body parts. If needed, use a damp rag (no soap) to clean your pet’s face. Rinse thoroughly using warm water so that leftover soap doesn’t irritate the skin.

 

3. Keep your pet in a warm environment until they can dry fully.

Once she has been rinsed, wrap your pet up in a towel and begin drying. Remember that it is natural for many pets to shake when wet, and unless you plan on preventing this, you may want to keep them in a warm, open area that can stand a bit of a shower! Some pets can tolerate a blow dryer. If you do use one, keep it on a warm (not hot) setting and hold the dryer about ten inches away from your pet. This may also be a good time for gentle brushing, especially for long-haired pets. Never let a wet pet out in cold temperatures, as wet skin and hair make it hard to keep warm.

 

More tips for how, when, and where to wash your pets:

  • Always allow your pet to remain upright in the bath – don’t force an animal, particularly a rabbit, onto its back, as this is a very vulnerable position and can trigger defensive stress.
  • Healthy pets can be washed as frequently as once a month. Bathing your pet more often than this tends to dry out their hair and skin. If your pet needs special skin care, consult a veterinarian or professional groomer.
  • A very smelly pet may require more than one shampooing. You may also try a vinegar rinse: use one cup of vinegar in one gallon of water and pour it over your pet from the neck down. Rub it into your pet’s hair and skin and dry your pet as you normally would without rinsing the vinegar mixture out of his hair.
  • Pet shampoos of all kinds can be found at your local pet store or found online, such as this organic shampoo on Amazon. Avoid using human shampoos, as these tend to dry out pet skin too much and often have added scents and chemicals that are not good for animals. The exception among human shampoos is unscented baby shampoo, which can be used on many dogs and cats. Dawn dish soap (original variety) has often been suggested as a flea-killing shampoo option for pets.
  • Always be aware of your pet’s individual needs. Some pets have allergies to ingredients in popular pet shampoos (oatmeal can be a challenge for many dogs). If at any time you feel your pet’s safety is compromised, rinse your pet thoroughly, stop the bath, and consult a veterinarian.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

Keep your dog cool  in the summer

 

When summer rolls around it’s important to look at different ways you can keep your dog cool and comfortable. If you want to keep your dog cool this summer, I’ve gathered a few tips for you.

6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

 1. Frozen Treats & Food

Check your local petstore for logs of pet food. Most have these available and the logs can be cut into large chunks and frozen. Even better, put it in a kong toy and your dog will be entertained as well as cool.

2. Use a Kid Pool

Not all dogs love water, but it’s worth a try to see if yours does! Kiddie pools are cheap and can be filled up and kept in the shade for your dog to stand or lay in when he gets overheated. Kiddie pool too much of a hassle? Throw down a wet towel in the shade that your pup can rest on to cool off.

3. Keep Your Dog Inside

If at all possible, try to keep your dog inside on hot days. This is especially recommended during the hottest part of the day. Worried your dog will tear up the place while you’re gone? Most dogs can be kept in crates for a few hours while your gone keeping your future and your furry friend safe.

4. Time Your Walks & Exercise Right

Even though you might not feel like it, your dog still need exercise in the heat of the summer. Try to walk or run your pooch in the early morning or late afternoon when it’s cooled down a bit and overheating is less of a threat.

5. Grooming Can Make a Huge Difference

If you have a dog with long hair or a dense undercoat, a trip to the groomer can work wonders! Thick undercoats can be brushed out and long hair can be cut to increase air circulation and allow your dog to feel breezes to cool down.

6. Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Never underestimate the importance of having water available for your pet at all times!

 

Author: Aileen is a wife, entrepreneur and animal lover. She lives in a small California town, with her husband and a handful of pets, where she spends her days designing blogs and running her online boutique. You can find more at Life by Aileen where she talks about chasing dreams and her attempts at a simpler life.