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Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself Paperback – December 6, 2016
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“Featuring step-by-step instructions (along with photos), [Cat Castles] shows you how to give your cat comfy play spaces that are inexpensive and eco-friendly.”—Catster
“Each project is beautifully illustrated and accompanied by gorgeous photos of very happy cats enjoying their new hangout. I guarantee you’ll be inspired to pull out your glue gun!”—Hauspanther
“Beautifully illustrated with very detailed instructions for each project, this book will delight cat lovers who enjoy building things – and I bet it will delight kitties not just with the end product, but with the process of helping the human build the project.”—The Conscious Cat
“Your creative, cat-loving friend will love this DIY guide full of fun homemade cat habitats.”—Pet Central
“This title instructs cat parents on how to build special pussycat digs while on a budget. No contractors needed.”—The Columbian
“Shoeboxes and paper bags are fine for other cats. However, your favorite felines deserve luxurious living spaces. Cat Castles. . . provides easy instructions on how you can build your cat “paw-some” homemade habitats.”—Animal Behavior College Blog
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First, there are very helpful sections on tools and techniques. Then the book launches into the actual projects. What I found especially helpful is that the book teaches several methods for making your own scratching pad or scratching post! There are also tips for making a few cat toys. Of course, creative cat abodes are the focus.
Note that the 1 and 2 star reviews are from people complaining about such things as that the book didn't come with cardboard (!) and that measurements aren't provided. First, measurements aren't necessary! You work with what you've got. Second, measurements actually ARE provided when necessary. I'm attaching two relevant photos. As for the book not coming with cardboard, clearly these are shoppers who don't order enough from Amazon. There's your cardboard right there.
One weakness is that the book really could include more elaborate structures, but it still deserves 5 stars. Also, once you get good at this, you can use the techniques and tips you've learned to create your own.
If you have a lot of time on your hands and lots of extra energy you might be able to reproduce these designs .
I’d pay good money if somebody makes these things and sells at a flea market .
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It’s great in theory to have a design to make a scratching post for cats out of bits of left over cardboard, but it easily disintegrated in less time than it took us to build it; however, they did have fun chasing the bits of cardboard around the room. It was easy to make, and it used up some of the Amazon packaging we had accumulated over the Christmas period. Also we had lots of spare boxes which proved useful in making a couple of the "cat forts".
With the help of our grand-daughter, we made the cat pyramid, which was simple as the book gives you all you need to know in regard to how big to cut the sides and where to make the folds etc. The cats enjoyed it immensely so we made another one, the pleated tunnel; we did not actually pleat it, just decorated it instead with left over tinsel. This also was a success.
Trying out some of these ideas has reinforced our belief that, no matter what shape it is, cats love boxes. It does not matter to them what is on the outside, only that it provides somewhere that they feel safe and protected. Making different things - a castle, a car or a train - is really more for the owner, to make your house more interesting to look at and to have a contented cat. This book helps you to make and think of different and varied ways to use up old boxes and bits of wrapping paper. Any cat lover will adore this book.
As you may gather, the cats enjoyed the various castles, but none for very long. It’s rather like kids – what do they have more fun with, the present or the box it came in?