CATHOLE

I am very excited to report that I ordered the CATHOLE: “Cat Door with a Brush”.  (Not to be confused with the other kind of cathole, although not unrelated.)  I plan to put the litter box in the closet outside the bathroom, as seen in my floor plan post.  This will be convenient for scooping it (Jarrod’s most loathsome chore) and should contain all of the tracked litter.

The closet has a bifold door, so I’m banking on being able to remove it from its track so that I can install the cathole.  Installation should otherwise be easy.  Look at those rave reviews!  D.E. from Chicago declares “I did it all by myself! ( I am a 30 year old female!)”  30-year-old females: there’s no limit to what we can do.

Made in America and protected by U.S. Patent No. 5,458,088.

Stupid dogs, you can’t fit through the cathole.

 

(Update: You can see the finished see the CATHOLE installed in this follow-up post.)

CATHOLE

I am very excited to report that I ordered the CATHOLE: “Cat Door with a Brush”.  (Not to be confused with the other kind of cathole, although not unrelated.)  I plan to put the litter box in the closet outside the bathroom, as seen in my floor plan post.  This will be convenient for scooping it (Jarrod’s most loathsome chore) and should contain all of the tracked litter.

The closet has a bifold door, so I’m banking on being able to remove it from its track so that I can install the cathole.  Installation should otherwise be easy.  Look at those rave reviews!  D.E. from Chicago declares “I did it all by myself! ( I am a 30 year old female!)”  30-year-old females: there’s no limit to what we can do.

Made in America and protected by U.S. Patent No. 5,458,088.

Stupid dogs, you can’t fit through the cathole.

 

(Update: You can see the finished see the CATHOLE installed in this follow-up post.)

Catio Portal Project

The cats love being on the patio – so much so that they get really bitchy when their catio access is cut off.

Usually we keep a window open for them but that’s becoming a less appealing option for us as the temperature drops.  The other day I realized a scrap of wood I had leftover from another project was the perfect height for a window insert, so I ordered the cheapest pet door offered on Petco.com ($13.99 PetSafe 2-Way Cat Flap – “Give your pets the freedom they deserve”).

I cut the wood to the correct length using my handsaw and then cut out the pet door hole using a hand-me-down RotoZip saw from my dad.

Victory!

After painting the wood white, I applied foam strips to all four sides.  This roll was left in the library after the renovation at MGB; no one ever returned to claim it, so I took it.  It’s really useful stuff.

The foam helps the wood stay gripped in the window and makes a tight seal all around.

I can’t believe how well this turned out.  And quickly, too.

At first the cats don’t get it.

But treats help!