Sahara has put on a little weight, but I’m not ready to fully commit yet. Still, in anticipation, while some people knit little booties and things of that nature, I invent things.
FIRST — here’s my problem (demo by Einstein from the “E” litter):
When the babies are about 5 – 6 weeks old they venture out of the nursery where they need to have access to kitten friendly litter boxes. As you can see from the video above, it’s a bit touch and go! If I put out low-sided boxes, the big cats make a huge mess. Previously I’ve cut lower entries or used commercial boxes such as the one in this video, but it’s even a bit high for the tiny kittens. I use ramps on the outside and put more litter on the inside which helps, but in the past couple of years I changed to all storage boxes and have cut the openings another inch higher above the floor. The last three litters have gotten by with a piece of sisal stapled to a chunk of wood hung over the opening for the kittens to climb, but you can’t wash the sisal and the wood gets all gunked up. SO, we now have the Kitten Stile! Here it is. Do you think it will work?? I’m not sure. They will climb it, but might fall on their little heads on the other side, so high litter level inside and a ramp on the outside are likely going to be a ‘must.’ But then it only needs to work for a week or two. By the time they are 7 – 8 weeks old they are leaping in and out of everything.
It’s made of canvas so little claws won’t unravel it, but can climb it and it can be removed and washed. The wire is heavy gauge, 36″ long, and then bent in the form of a huge clip. I can hear Auntie JAFO heaving a great sigh of relief that she wasn’t dragged into THIS one (LOL).