Call Me a Crazy Cat Lady…

September 14, 2012Allison Murray

Tama a stray cat that became the train stationmaster in Japan!

As I’m sitting here typing this, I have one cat on my lap, two cats on my desk. The fourth cat (yes I have FOUR cats) is probably staring at a nail sticking out of the wall. Seriously – he’s been doing this for days. Every once in a while I’ll hear him slide down the wall where he tried to jump and get it. In spite of the fact that he is my favorite, his nickname is “dummy”. It’s a total term of endearment and people get upset with me saying it until they meet him. You can see their realization that this cat is indeed a little off when they meet him and affectionately call him dummy, too.

So, I have been working on making some stuff for my crazy cats to do to leave this lady alone while she tries to work. It’s hard to craft and not have cat hair all in your paint, glue, whatever when you have a whole pride of them within of a foot of you.

Marla playing with her new Martha Stewart felt feather toys.

Alarmingly, there are very, very few projects online made for cats. I think that’s pretty sad. After all, cat things purchased from the store are expensive and tend to be poorly constructed in my opinion. So, after a couple weeks of looking off and on, I decided to compile my online favorites.

Suitcase Kitty Bed by Apartment Therapy

I love this suitcase bed idea. I mean after all, my cats LOVE sleeping in my suitcase while I am trying to pack! Check out the idea over at Apartment Therapy.

Cat House of Circles via Lowe’s Creative IdeasIt wouldn’t be the first time I ran to the hardware store for supplies to make something special for my cats and this project won’t be my last. I love how easy the project is. Only thing I would change? I’d definitely carpet the entire inside of the circles, not just the bottoms. Check out this creative cat idea at Lowe’s Creative Ideas.

This super cute crocheted cat hideout is over at eilen tein. Isn’t it amazing? It looks like she had just as much trouble keeping the cats out of her project but at least it was being made specifically for them! The website is in Finnish but use Google Chrome to translate the DIY.

Wall Cushions and Sisal Scratcher by Modern Cat

I really, really want to have wall perches for my cats. If the fact that they hang out on top of my book case that is about a foot and a half from the ceiling is any clue, I think that they would freak out over it… I like this idea because of the accompanying scratcher. I also like that it can be easily arranged to be artsy. Check out this project at Modern Cat.

Modern Two Story Cat Condo at Haute Nature

I would be lying if I said that I hadn’t made my cats toys out of boxes. In fact, up until a couple of months ago we had a bona fide “cat mansion” in the living room. It was a humongous, two story bright green monstrosity I made out of two cardboard boxes… complete with a rooftop deck to sun themselves on. However, the cat nicknamed Dummy is also nicknamed Plops because he plops his big ol’ self wherever he pleases came along. Long story short, he broke the box beyond repair. Think I’m going to replace the old cat mansion with this modern cat condo at Haute Nature. Movin’ on up!

Office Catification at Modern Cat

This is yet another project from Modern Cat. Seeing as how I have cats draped all around my office anyway, it would be really, really nice to get them elevated over the desk. Even though the shelves were meant for breakable knickknacks, I think this is more awesome anyway. Besides… the cats would have taken over eventually and those breakables would be broken.

Cat Feathers by Martha Stewart

I really, really love making cat toys with felt. It’s cheap, it’s easy and all of the toys I have made are surprisingly durable. I love the style of Martha Stewart and these cat toys are no exception. To be honest, I was pretty surpised at the number of pet themed projects she has on her site. You should browse around after checking out this feather post!

And here are a couple of other projects that your kitties are sure to love:

Cat Toy Critters by Fantastic Toys

Folding Cat Perch by Martha Stewart

Stash Your Cat Box in the Closet by Apartment Therapy

Homemade Cat Litter by The Greenists

Repurpose Luggage as Cat Carrier at Instructables

Desk to Cat Station by Addicted 2 Decorating

Cat Hammock (Great DIY to Help Shelters) by Irene Sheehy

DIY Fabric Cat Tunnel at Canadian Living

Comments (12)

  • Meream

    September 18, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    Eeep too cute! When we moved to our new apartment, we had wall perches for our cats made. :)

  • Allison Murray

    September 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    That is too cool Meream. By the way, I totally, totally love your blog. So neat to see you here!!!

  • arianadourre

    September 22, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    I would love to see dummy :)

  • Francesca

    September 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I love your post! Have you seen this site, Modern Cat? It has a DIY section.

  • Allison Murray

    September 24, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Thanks Francesca! I've seen some of their posts but I haven't gone through them all yet. I fully intend to – thanks for the heads up!

  • saby

    October 9, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    i have 8 cats :/
    love ur post,bye :)

  • KreativeKristy

    February 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Love the post! Your post is going to help me make 9 kitties very happy :)

  • Allison Murray

    February 6, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    You have your hands full, Kristy! Glad to have been a help :)

  • Helen

    May 2, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    I have just stumbled across your website and love it. I'll be back!! I have 3 cats and one of their nicknames is Dum Dum so I totally get the Dummy name. I love him to bits. Your cats are gorgeous BTW.

  • Allison Murray

    May 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Thanks much, Helen. So glad to have you! Give Dum Dum a scratch for me :)

  • Melanie Buchanan

    June 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Allison, I too enjoyed reading your blog and can relate to so much of what you said! I too, consider myself a "crazy cat lady" (even though I now have an 8 month old daughter). I also have four cats, but unfortunately, they don't currently live with me because my fiance chooses to own two pit bulls and one rottweiler-mix (I'm not trying to speak ill of those breeds, but I am taking extra precaution by leaving them in the care of my folks). I also love my family very dearly, and hate that I have to live six hours away from them! I wish my fiance would have some great opportunity come along that would bring us back home (which is where we were both born and raised and both our families live). I apologize for making this more about me, because my intention was just to share with you how much I enjoyed your page and reading about you. I think that would be totally awesome if you can make a living crafting and wish you all the luck in doing what you love, and hope you continue to share your awesome ideas and inspirations! I love my cats so much and am always searching the internet for ideas for them (and I even go as far as sending my Mom and sister messages of me talking to my kitties and ask them to share em with them…haha), so thank you for giving me some more great ideas that are totally affordable! (I had trouble with emailing you this instead of posting it, and because it's so lengthy, I don't expect you to post this on your page. I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed your blog!)

  • Allison Murray

    June 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    You are so sweet, Melanie and I'm so sorry that you can't keep your kitties with you. I think that if you feel it's better to keep the dogs and cats apart that you've got to trust that instinct. I had two dogs who didn't like each other and, while I tried to explain that one needed a new home, we accrued massive vet bills when they got into an awful fight. One had to have her ear reattached. You've got to go with your gut on these things. Had I just acted and taken one to live somewhere else instead of trying to convince that it was the right thing to do, they wouldn't have gone through the stress or pain that they did. I'm so glad that you still "keep in touch" with your kitties and I hope, too, that you find yourself back home where you could visit them daily. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Melanie! And no worries about ever making things all about you. This is my place for us. You, me and the readers of this blog. I love that you shared so much of yourself with us all!

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