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    cat house

    This is my folks second year Wintering in Arizona, they leave their outdoor cat in an unheated garage with a heated bed, I go over and feed it everyday till they come back. I decided to build her a house for inside the garage with some left over redwood and cedar fencing I had on hand.

    The framing is redwood left over from some steps I built earlier this year, ripped down to 1" x 1" trying to keep this as light as possible. 1/4" BB plywood for the floors.

    Some carpet installed and a heating pad.

    I used 18 cedar fence boards I had left over from my Spring fencing project, routed the edges used Elmer's exterior grade glue on everything.

    Cut a hole big enough to get the heat pad corded threw.

    Cut 2 10" x 10" holes for some 1/4" thick plexi I had.

    Put a picture of my folks and me in so the cat would never be alone ;-)

    Also put a mirror in for her to check herself out before leaving the house ;-)

    3 trusses built from some pine 2x4 ripped to 2x2's

    Roof boards also glued solid, using nail gun with finish nails.

    Carpet installed on the third level attic.

    put a mirror in on an angle so the cat can see if another cat or raccoon is coming up.

    This side of the roof I am using screws and not gluing it so easier access to replace the carpet in the future. Carve the gable end.

    I've wired in a couple of lights, 1.2 watt 70 lumen LED bulbs, tied some catnip mice to the chains hoping she can figure out how to turn them off and on as she wishes.

    I cut a closeable vent in the back top of the attic to control the temp.


    Picture shot from outside the open vent.


    The roof just lifts off for easy access.


    Pet doors installed, the top one is just an emergency exit if another animal gets in with her.


    I used a 6" diameter cardboard tube my LED bulbs for my shops came in, hot glued some carpet to it and wrapped 150' of sisal rope in a few places giving the cat a fourth level outside the house.

    A couple handles installed on this side of the roof to make it easier to lift off.


    Cat's name, yes my mother named her Miss Kitty, put glow in the dark powder on it then clearcoated and glued to the house. Thermometer so I can monitor the inside temperature.

    Picture threw one of the windows, put my folks picture so the cat would remember them since their gone all winter.

    Now I just need to keep this in my heated garage for a few days to let the SuperDeck stain I put on it air off so the cat doesn't pass out from the fumes ;-)

    Took me like 2 weeks in my spare time to build this, what do you think of it?

    Thanks ~Mike
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    Re: cat house

    I went to edit the post and it brings it up with everything missing, I didn't want to start over so just adding this. Picture of "Miss Kitty"


    There was something eating her food (I could tell because she doesn't eat that much and both auto feeders were empty) so I set up a trap in front of her cat door in the garage door.

    She wasn't thrilled that she couldn't get out now, but I told her not to trip the trap and she didn't.
    Next morning I had the raccoon in the trap, she came out of the garage and confronted her tormentor and growled at it. I'd never heard her growl before.

    The last couple nights something else has been eating her food though not to the extent that this raccoon was so I think there is another cat getting in. I've set the trap again, hoping I catch whatever it is tonight. I've already gone threw a 25 pound bag of food in less than a month and usually that lasts all Winter.

    ~Mike
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    Re: cat house

    Wow. That is one fancy cat house. Nice job.
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    Re: cat house

    Not exactly what I had in mind when I read the title of the post. LOL
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    Re: cat house

    Fantastic Mike - as always
    Art and Creativity - Collide with the Functionality of CNC - priceless
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    Nice looking cat house Mike and nice job catching the food snatcher.
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    Re: cat house

    Made me smile - looks great!
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    More cat stuff....

    Thanks guys, I don't know why but I have a tendency to over focus on things. Made a few more things for the cat. Not sure how thrilled my dad is going to be about me turning his garage into a cat playhouse.

    2x2 frame insulated with 1" Styrofoam, got one of those really soft fuzzy blankets at Walmart and stapled and glued it in doubled up.

    I was running out of carpet remnants so I had to get a little creative.

    Was kind of a pain and I used quite a few sticks of hot glue.

    Gray carpet on the back and front panels inside.

    Added some gray ears.

    Got it hung up and some carpeted steps installed.

    I sure hope my father doesn't get to upset about this, I'd hate to be in the dog, or rather cat house.

    There is now 2 heat pads in the house, 1 on the lowest level with a cat bed on top and the one she's on in the picture.

    I think I'm over building cat stuff.

    Thanks ~Mike
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    Re: cat house

    Mike, the snow in your parts hasn't claimed too many vehicles yet? Looks like a case of a guy having waaaaay too much time on his hands!
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